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Old 03-03-2016, 10:57 AM   #101
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Couldn't agree more. Just did the bearing service on the 19. Cost me less than $10. Great peace of mind. Genuine Dexter seals from our local wheel and axle dealer $1.94 each. I now know the condition of all eight bearings, brake shoes, magnets, drums, axles, races. Initial reinstall wheel nut torque is perfect, tire pressures are perfect and wheels closely examined.
New tires, stems and balance. And enough lead off the rims to make about a seasons worth of jigs.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:21 AM   #102
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Took our 21 into a local RV dealer that we like and trust. $279 for bearing repack, new seals, etc plus had the brakes checked, peace of mind, priceless.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:27 AM   #103
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Ouch!
I only have two wheels, but I paid $67 CDN for the same maintenance. Adjusting the brakes is a five minute job.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:40 AM   #104
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post #7 talks about a $50 upgrade. as if it's an option. we are working on the build sheet.
Ah... post #7 was a almost two years ago! I only skimmed back a couple of pages looking for the $50 reference.

Yes, as Jim explained the option would have been for E-Z Lube axles, and it would have to be per axle or per trailer, because you can't even buy an axle with E-Z Lube on just one side; it would make no sense to get it on just one axle. I agree that checking assumptions is a good idea.

I don't think it matters anyway; isn't EZ Lube standard now? Yes, Bob confirmed that:
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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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This makes some sense to me, since the inspection still gets done on a regular basis, but those annual grease flushes just seem superfluous and wasteful to me. As Jim also mentioned, E-Z Lube was invented to allow boat trailer owners to flush out water contamination, and I think that E-Z Lube is pointless on a travel trailer, but that's just my opinion. Well, maybe not must mine...

I actually don't doubt that E-Z Lube effectively changes out the grease when used as directed by Dexter, but
  • it uses an excessive amount of grease to do it
  • when not properly done (with rotation of the hub) it will not be effective
  • when not properly done it risks leakage past the seal into the brakes
  • other than for a trailer immersed in water, frequent grease changes are pointless; if the bearings are actually losing grease you need to fix that, not just pump more in
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:36 PM   #105
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Agree, Brian, but I would have added two more caveats. First, E-Z Lube does not visually inspect the spindles, races, or bearings for any abnormalities, thereby resulting in the second caveat. E-Z Lube is the half-assed way of doing the job. It is like washing a car with car wash that contains wax rather than applying a good quality wax after washing.
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:40 PM   #106
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It is like washing a car with car wah that contains wax rather than applying a good quality wax after washing.

So I guess no one takes their car to the car wash anymore, that is the way automatic car washes operate?
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:02 PM   #107
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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. ....
You are right on, Carl. I agree, there is no substitute for doing it correctly (manually). In the long ago when I worked as a mechanic, we always did it that way: inspected the bearings and the seals, and also had to clean quite a few grease-covered brake assemblies, that an over-zealous greaser applied through a zerk fitting.

I still do it by hand, but that's what nitrile gloves are for, these days!
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:37 PM   #108
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Agree, Brian, but I would have added two more caveats. First, E-Z Lube does not visually inspect the spindles, races, or bearings for any abnormalities, thereby resulting in the second caveat. E-Z Lube is the half-assed way of doing the job...
I agree. My list in post #104 was just about the problems with E-Z Lube as a system for changing grease; it does nothing for the rest of bearing maintenance (which is basically inspection), which is why Bob and others still do a proper service occasionally.
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:49 PM   #109
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Or, put it this way. E-Z Lube is like using mouth wash instead of brushing your teeth.
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Old 03-03-2016, 09:33 PM   #110
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Or, put it this way. E-Z Lube is like using mouth wash instead of brushing your teeth.

Or changing your pants but not your underwear
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