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Old 03-03-2016, 06:57 AM   #91
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post #7 talks about a $50 upgrade. as if it's an option. we are working on the build sheet.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:02 AM   #92
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What that is referring to is the option for E-Z-lube axles to be installed where you can perform bearing lubrication yourself, must be decided in advance as the stock axles have the standard bearings, which must be manually repacked. E-Z lube is mainly used on boat trailers due to water immersion but are now available on travel trailers. I had them on my 21' but when I bought tires I had my axles repacked, cost me about $200. So. if you are a do-it-yourself-type person you have the option for $50 to relube your axles yourself. This is $50 per axle, so if you get the larger tandem axles it will be $100 upgrade.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:55 AM   #93
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thanks Jim. I like the EZ lube axle option. had not seen it listed. have towed around a lot of boats and shattered a couple of bearing sets. I like the idea of those Infra Red thermal guns. they don;t cost too much. just shoot the hubs now and again. my theory is to run them till they blow. I'm really lazy I guess. that grease in them bearings last "forever" or until the bearing fails. so I would never recommend my philosophy to anyone
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:58 AM   #94
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The problem with your philosophy is if it fails your axle may also be damaged, $$$ to repair. An oz of prevention to prevent a pound of cure. Never had any bearing issues, probably because I get rid of the trailer after 2 years...., now do not ask me about car brakes....
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:22 AM   #95
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All this is why I'm hoping for NevRLube axles on the new models. Sealed bearings
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:25 AM   #96
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yeah, I guess your right. got all the tools and now retired. after a few cross country trips, I'll be hauling out the floor jack and impact wrench. can you believe I bought an electric impact wrench new for $55 at Big Lots. now I really don't have much of an excuse!!! HA
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oh man!!!! NevRLube sounds nice... maybe they will run out of the old axles before they get to my scheduled Dec 2016 build.
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:33 AM   #98
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I believe the reason the option isn't listed is because it is standard. Reace demonstrated how it works for us when we toured the factory Sept 2014 as we ordered our Escape 21. He thought it a worthwhile feature. I plan on checking bearings every other year and repacking, but using the EZ Lube alternate years. But then we don't put on a lot of miles like some owners.

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What that is referring to is the option for E-Z-lube axles to be installed where you can perform bearing lubrication yourself, must be decided in advance as the stock axles have the standard bearings, which must be manually repacked. E-Z lube is mainly used on boat trailers due to water immersion but are now available on travel trailers. I had them on my 21' but when I bought tires I had my axles repacked, cost me about $200. So. if you are a do-it-yourself-type person you have the option for $50 to relube your axles yourself. This is $50 per axle, so if you get the larger tandem axles it will be $100 upgrade.
If one truly understands how E-Z Lube axles work and their drawbacks, it would be easy to see why I (repeat I, meaning my opinion) consider them a waste of money for a poor concept which primarily could be considered a sales gimmick. Grease is pumped through the center of the spindle to the rear of the inner bearing where it theoretically will be forced through the inner bearing, a large cavity in the center of the hub, and then through the outer bearing. If this process doesn't blow out the seal spreading grease all over the drum and brake shoes rendering them unable to function (very likely), it will take half a day to pump enough grease in to fill the cavity inside the hub between the two bearings. The only way to properly (and safely) service wheel bearings is the old fashioned way: remove, clean, inspect, repack, and reassemble. There is a $15 bearing packing tool available at almost any auto parts store that is extremely effective in distributing grease in the internal areas of the bearing. Yes, it is a messy and tedious job to service wheel bearings, but Satan's stomping grounds will be icing over before I would use the so-called E-Z Lube feature.
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Don't mince words here Carl- tell us how you really feel

Wish I hadn't paid for that option. After reading up on it there is no substitute for doing the real job. Probably good for boaters who don't put on a lot of miles.
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