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Old 03-12-2015, 09:08 PM   #61
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Crumb, I missed it. It's Thursday. Will it be okay if I want until next Tuesday?
Not sure Donna, this is uncharted territory.

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Old 10-01-2015, 02:31 PM   #62
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I'm resurrecting this fun old thread which never approached consensus.

I was at the trailer dump station (always the high point of any trip) and for a quick and dirty test to make sure my aluminum rim's lug nuts were tight I grabbed the tire and pulled it back and forth. I've done a lot of mechanic work on auto and trucks but none on trailer axles. I could feel what seemed like more movement than I am accustomed to on a properly adjusted automotive wheel bearing.

So, much to Mary's dismay, our leaving was postponed by me jacking up the trailer, taking off the wheel and checking the adjustment of the wheel bearing - which was fine according to Dexter's adjustment method. After I had it all reassembled there was still seemed like more play than I am used to on other automotive applications.

The bearings were new last year and only have a couple thousand miles on them. When we got home (briefly between trips) I again rechecked the adjustment on both sides this time (no I didn't completely disassemble them, and inspect them like I probably should have, as they are still so new.) After doing some more reading I have just decided that trailer wheel bearings must have more acceptable play than other automotive applications? I drove by the mechanics place who did the work, and had him feel the play and he laughed and said he'd felt way looser bearings than that going down the road on trailers.

It reminded me of what an old mechanic used to say about wheel bearings- "better too loose than too tight."

As we head out in the morning for a relatively short (250 miles each way) trip - I will keep reminding myself of that saying.....
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:35 PM   #63
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Hi: thoer... Does shaking the trailer like that aid in dumping the tanks? Inquiring minds want to know!!! Alf
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:09 PM   #64
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I would not argue with anyone on wheel bearing greasing intervals. Yearly, every two years, some mileage figure whatever you are comfortable with. I would add however that when the bearings are serviced, I always replace the old seals with new ones, the rubber seal will "take a set" as the old boys would say and can also have nicks or splits that are hard to see. For a couple of dollars each, it's worth thinking about. New cotter keys each time also. It's a greasy little job but simple enough that about anyone can do it. Driving the seal out the back of the drum just requires a fairly large diameter socket and a sharp rap with a hammer, the rest is a matter of cleanup and repacking by hand and thumping in a new seal is about it. No leftover parts !!! 50 years of packing bearings on my trailers, kind of second nature now.
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Old 10-01-2015, 04:32 PM   #65
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Weeeeelll, I think a lot of this has to do with fact that my serious mechanic knowledge is now in the neighborhood of 30 years old. So probably what I remember from packing wheel bearings on those old cars and trucks before they became "lifetime" sealed ones is more than a bit rusty. I think my mind is warped from changing over summer to winter tires on my newer cars with sealed bearing that exhibit little play.

For an experiment I walked down to the bottom of the field and did the same shake (no dumping though) on my utility trailer that had is bearings done last year too, and they are way looser than the Escape's. So once again, my declining memory bites me in the rear.

And Alf, nah - does anything really make the grey water drain faster??
I did feel better watching a Casita dump its grey tank that had a garden hose sized dump hose.

And Dave - how many homebrews do I have to bring next time when I bring my trailer to you for wheel bearing servicing?
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:50 PM   #66
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And Alf, nah - does anything really make the grey water drain faster??
I did feel better watching a Casita dump its grey tank that had a garden hose sized dump hose.


We finally resorted to using blocks to dump the gray. Not sure it was even empty then. We use chem packs for the black and guess we will have to get some liquid chem to put down the shower drain or break up a packet.
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:57 PM   #67
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Cathy - folks have talked about the blocks method - does it seem to dump faster? I never seem to remember to try it at the dump. It always seems with all the soap in the grey that the tank should stay cleaner than it does.
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Cathy - folks have talked about the blocks method - does it seem to dump faster? I never seem to remember to try it at the dump. It always seems with all the soap in the grey that the tank should stay cleaner than it does.
Yes, it dumps better but I never want to bother. Finally did. We had more of an uphill at that one. Often seems as if it will be more trouble than it is worth and we just hope the next place is better. Nothing clean about the gray tank!
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I dumped the gray into 5 gallon buckets one time just to see if it was worth it, it slowed way down for the last 5 minutes and I got 3 gallons letting it trickle till it stopped. Not worth the effort in our case.
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Wheel Bearings

Eric. Let me know when you are coming down and we will have a little cookout and while I am doing the bearings you can walk over into my little prairie and pick yourself some purple coneflower seed heads. I really had a lot of them this year. Still some asters blooming and one other yellow one I have not looked at closely. The Compass Plants are done so I have to navigate by the stars on my way to Fort Wayne and back. I have a good supply of cotter keys and get my Seals from Midwest wheel in Cedar Rapids. I am using Lucas Grease. Let me know.
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