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Old 03-29-2016, 04:25 PM   #231
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I have EZ lube fittings that were never used- and never will be by me after looking into it. Last July when the trailer was 10 months old I decided to do the bearings as we had over 15K miles at that point. Two seals were leaking.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:22 AM   #232
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I have EZ lube fittings that were never used- and never will be by me after looking into it. Last July when the trailer was 10 months old I decided to do the bearings as we had over 15K miles at that point. Two seals were leaking.
I had a seal leaking on mine as well after one season. That's just one reason why I'm going to do the bearings once a year. Some think that is way too often, but I'd rather error on the side of caution...
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:32 AM   #233
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I have EZ lube fittings that were never used- and never will be by me after looking into it. Last July when the trailer was 10 months old I decided to do the bearings as we had over 15K miles at that point. Two seals were leaking.
I have those on the new cargo trailer I bought, and they warn everyone to just give them one really small shot of grease once a year, as otherwise you can easily blow a seal, and possibly contaminate the brakes. The service manager there told me they would prefer not to have them, but that consumer demand drives the manufacturer to install them.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:26 AM   #234
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When we had our refrigerator replaced in February, I asked the RV place to give me a quote for wheel bearing maintenance. $210 per axle plus parts--holy cow! That would be over $400! I said I would wait a bit to have it done (the trailer will be 2 years old in July). I'm glad there are others that have found better prices--gives me hope that we won't have to spend so much money. Or maybe I just need to learn a new skill and do it myself....hmmm.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:38 AM   #235
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Tash, I too called an RV place and their stated charge was twice what a nearby mechanic charges me. I pays to shop around.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:17 PM   #236
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We took our 11-month old Escape 19 to our local brake and wheel shop to get the bearings and brakes tuned up for the coming season. We put about 5200 miles on the trailer last year. The shop found that two of the bearing seals were leaking and had leaked on the brake magnets. They were able to clean them off without further damage to the brake shoes. They also found that the bearing adjustment was too loose on one of the wheels and got it tightened properly. I have worked with this shop for a few years and believe they know what they are doing. I'm glad I spent the $250 to get the work done as we are planning about 10,000 miles this season. Your trailer may not need work like this, but consider if you should have the bearings and seals checked in case you also had a problem like we did. YMMV.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:26 PM   #237
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We took our 11-month old Escape 19 to our local brake and wheel shop to get the bearings and brakes tuned up for the coming season. We put about 5200 miles on the trailer last year.
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The shop found that two of the bearing seals were leaking and had leaked on the brake magnets.
That's leaking seals after what would be half a year of light use for a car. When cars had this style of bearing they went years without this issue. Have you previously used the E-Z Lube feature?

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They also found that the bearing adjustment was too loose on one of the wheels and got it tightened properly.
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I have worked with this shop for a few years and believe they know what they are doing.
Can I assume that they're not the ones who installed or adjusted the bearings only a year ago, because those bearings were not touched since they came from Dexter Axle?
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:50 PM   #238
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No one touched the bearings since the trailer left the factory and I did no E-Z-Lube. My shop asked if I had done any work as they were about to school me on the bad job I did, but it was all straight from the factory.
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Old 04-14-2016, 09:03 PM   #239
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Another endorsement for adhering to Dexter's interval of One year or 10K miles, which ever comes first. We also had two leaking seals within one year.
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No one touched the bearings since the trailer left the factory and I did no E-Z-Lube. My shop asked if I had done any work as they were about to school me on the bad job I did, but it was all straight from the factory.
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Another endorsement for adhering to Dexter's interval of One year or 10K miles, which ever comes first. We also had two leaking seals within one year.
I still think that's far more frequent than should be required, but maybe at the one-year mark is a good opportunity to catch problems that were created at the factory - Dexter's, not Escape.

What I find really sad is that the standards in trailer running gear are so low that the dominant supplier in the industry - Dexter Axle - has this sort of issue; they're not some second-rate economy brand
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