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Old 07-07-2015, 01:34 AM   #11
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Pat- I would definitely check those bearings before your trip.
Thanks Rossue . I guess I need to look into this . Pat
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:51 AM   #12
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I'd much rather pay somebody to repack my bearings than make it a DIY project. My mechanic has a solvent tank and can easily flush out the old grease. The solvent gets filtered and recycled. I tried to do it myself once and ended up with a half gallon of contaminated gas to get rid of.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:21 AM   #13
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I'd much rather pay somebody to repack my bearings than make it a DIY project. My mechanic has a solvent tank and can easily flush out the old grease. The solvent gets filtered and recycled. I tried to do it myself once and ended up with a half gallon of contaminated gas to get rid of.
I use to have a 1964 Chevy and I used to do the bearings . We see how busy I am . I don't like to pay for things I can do . Money is getting harder to come by now . Pat
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:32 AM   #14
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Dexter says every year or 12,000 miles, complete repack.
I have always considered every year or 12,000 miles to be excessive and unnecessary. In many years of trailer ownership, I have found that 20,000 to 25,000 miles or 3 years is a perfectly acceptable service interval. And I have never had a bearing problem on any trailer. My grease of choice is Lucas Red 'n Tacky (or Lucas Heavy Duty). Mobil 1 Synthetic would be my second choice. Off course, a boat trailer with wheels immersed in water, especially salt water, demands more frequent bearing maintenance. But as Dinna D likes to say, YMMV!
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:09 AM   #15
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Rossue may seem like a dumb ? Where can I buy new seals and bearings ? I have about 9000 mi since Nov 2013 . Do I need to do this before my trip ? Thanks, Pat
I would definately check them. But i doubt that they will need replacing. When inspecting just add a little grease if required.

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Old 07-07-2015, 09:20 AM   #16
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I have always considered every year or 12,000 miles to be excessive and unnecessary. In many years of trailer ownership, I have found that 20,000 to 25,000 miles or 3 years is a perfectly acceptable service interval. And I have never had a bearing problem on any trailer.
This is similar to the schedule I use too. Never had a problem in 25 years of travel trailers.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:35 AM   #17
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I just took The Skylark into a trailer place because we have about 14,000 miles on it. They said the grease was both plentiful and clean, and the brake pads have plenty of wear left on them. So I figure I will take it in again, probably in about a year.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:48 AM   #18
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Do you know how they determined the grease is plentiful and clean?
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:55 AM   #19
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Do you know how they determined the grease is plentiful and clean?
They told me they inspected them -- I don't know anything about bearing repair, but I assume this means they took the bearings out, or at least removed the caps and looked at them closely enough to know if they needed greasing.
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A fun job but somebody's gotta do it.
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