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Old 10-27-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Torflex with Nev-R-Lube Bearings?

I see from the Dexter site that you can get the Nev-R-Lube bearings with the #10 Torflex axles: Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - Nev-R-Lube Bearings
I suspect that this is the axle used on the new 21' Escape, and wonder if any of you have considered having these bearings installed? I like the idea on not having to worry about bearings needing to be re-packed every year or so.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Hi: Ray N... I guess I'm a maintenance "Geek". I enjoy my annual visit to my RV Tech for a repack, tire check, and brake adjust. There's usually some other minor thing required, that I've caused over the camping season. I may change my tune when the new 5.0 Tandem has it's first annual check. Double axles double charges!!! Never...is a long time and if they're sealed for life, who's life is it any way? Alf
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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I see from the Dexter site that you can get the Nev-R-Lube bearings with the #10 Torflex axles: Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - Nev-R-Lube Bearings
I suspect that this is the axle used on the new 21' Escape, and wonder if any of you have considered having these bearings installed? I like the idea on not having to worry about bearings needing to be re-packed every year or so.
But that is with 6 bolt wheels. Escape uses 5 bolt wheels and they do not fit the no lube axles.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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Check out the posts on FiberglassRV about U-Haul trailers and their sealed bearings. Nope, don't want them. I agree with Alf. Annual checkups are a very good thing.
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Check out the posts on FiberglassRV about U-Haul trailers and their sealed bearings. Nope, don't want them. I agree with Alf. Annual checkups are a very good thing.
Hi: Donna D... From now on I'll have to take my "Scooter" in for an annual checkup too!!! LoL Alf
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:14 AM   #6
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Not sure I could trust the reliability of any of the no lube hubs. It is not just the amount of lube that is of concern, but general inspection the wear and condition, tightness of the nut, and a few other checks. It takes about 2 hours to do all four wheels.

Though there is absolutely no harm in it, I do not subscribe to doing the bearings every year. Some years mostly sees lots of short weekend trips, and my only have 5,00 km on the trailer. I plan to do mine next spring, which will be the second time after 5 seasons of use. Last time after 3 seasons, everything was fine and though there was comfort in checking, everything was fine. If I was putting on 10,000 plus km in a year, I would do them annually.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:14 PM   #7
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But yet we think nothing of permanently sealed bearings on cars. Is Dexter just not up to the same standards?
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I thought you still had bearings to pack on non 4 wheel cars, such as the rear of fwd and the front of rwd cars? With 4 wheel the 4 bearings are bathed in axle fluid as is the drive wheels of 2wd vehicles?
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I thought you still had bearings to pack on non 4 wheel cars, such as the rear of fwd and the front of rwd cars? With 4 wheel the 4 bearings are bathed in axle fluid as is the drive wheels of 2wd vehicles?
Maybe on some, but none of my last four cars called for ever having bearings packed.
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Not a car or a trailer, but my furnace had a life-time, sealed, lubricated fan motor.
Not my life-time, but it's life-time, which luckily ended before the warranty.

I'd much rather have my bearings checked and lubed every couple of years than hope that they won't cause me trouble.
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