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Old 03-12-2016, 04:57 PM   #211
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Probably appropriate to double the recommended interval in your case. After two years you probably want to inspect everything though, which would include the brakes. For now you should adjust brakes, especially if they've never been done and torque the wheel lugs.
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Old 03-12-2016, 04:59 PM   #212
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For now you should adjust brakes, especially if they've never been done and torque the wheel lugs.
I was just going to edit to add this, but you beat me to it.
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:41 PM   #213
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I'm with Jim on this. You have very low mileage. I put on about 2000 miles on my 2015 Escape 21 and will leave bearings until next year or the following unless we opt for a big trip.

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Old 03-12-2016, 07:23 PM   #214
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Last time I took the trailer to my mechanic for a repack, I got the distinct impression that he didn't want to do it, that it wasn't necessary. After all, he had repacked them the year before, and the original bearings were still in perfect shape. Had him do it anyway, or at least he charged me for doing them.
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:37 PM   #215
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Probably appropriate to double the recommended interval in your case. After two years you probably want to inspect everything though, which would include the brakes. For now you should adjust brakes, especially if they've never been done and torque the wheel lugs.
Just now going to repack bearings after 8000 mi trailer Nov 14 2013 . I did adjust brakes after about 4000-5000. I check wheel lugs before every trip from home . Also before I leave from camp site . I had one lug I have to watch . Pat
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:57 PM   #216
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I wouldn't call it advice, but I'll share what I would do:
I would wait at least a year, since the bearings have neither significant time nor significant distance on them... but it would be good to jack up the trailer (one side at a time) and grab each wheel for a basic check for excessive play (lateral tilting motion), in case they were never properly seated or are wearing extraordinarily quickly. You could check wheel nut torque and brake adjustment at the same time. There is no need to remove the wheels for any of this... and there is a benefit to not messing with them if they are already properly centred and secured.

There is some possible harm in having bearings serviced much earlier than required, if the person doing the work leaves them inadequately packed or improperly adjusted. Of course, no competent professional would do that...
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:33 PM   #217
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Ya, my guy detected a .2mm wiggle in one of my tires, or said he did, so I insisted he repack all the bearings before my next trip. Was first time ever, trailer had 19,000+ miles. Why take a chance?
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:49 PM   #218
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Better safe than sorry. Wrecked spindle =new axle.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:07 PM   #219
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Ya, my guy detected a .2mm wiggle in one of my tires, or said he did, so I insisted he repack all the bearings before my next trip. Was first time ever, trailer had 19,000+ miles. Why take a chance?
0.2mm of tire movement? I don't know how you could get less than that with these type bearings where you have to back the castle nut off so that the cotter pin can be inserted.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:00 AM   #220
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We picked up our trailer in April 2014 and had it inspected April 2015. The mechanic heard about our jaunt over the mountains near Yellowstone (10% grades ...) and did a thorough inspection. He found the brakes were wearing unevenly (there was a misalignment somewhere, but I can't remember where) so we opted to have them replaced. He also repacked the bearings at the same time. This year, when we asked about the bearings, he quizzed us about distance traveled, hills, etc., etc., and said we would be fine for another year.
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