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Old 03-19-2013, 08:37 AM   #21
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Princess auto ushualy carries kits to service most trailer axles.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #22
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If you are mechanically minded even in the least, repacking bearings is real easy. There is a plethora of info available on the net. If not, a bit of shopping around will find you a decent price to do it. I don't do mine every year (but it can't hurt), but more based on mileage and use. If I was travelling a lot more, I would do it yearly.

Not that there is a lot of actual wear if proper maintenance is kept up, but I too like the idea of doing the bearings myself and being able to give them a physical inspection. Should the bearings be failing for any reason, just pumping more grease through on the E-Z Lube axle is not going to fix it. I have rarely replaced the bearings, just the seal covering the inner race.

I guess for me, it is one of those things that when already easy to do, and proven to work good, why mess with it. 1-2 hours a year to deal with the bearings seems minor to me. I have wasted much more time on other things.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:06 AM   #23
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I now prefer to do ours since I believe, but can't prove, that it was a poor bearing pack that led to our problems; not generous enough with the grease and I believe the locking nut was too tight. I can second that even for a non mechanic that it is pretty straight forward.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:18 AM   #24
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I agree. I learned to re-pack and inspect the bearings on our pop-up after I paid somebody else to do it the first time. A few weeks latter we stopped to buy some souvenir tires in Rapid City South Dakota after a blow out. When the mechanic pulled the tire, he noticed the castle nut was loose, and missing the cotter pin. Really shook me up. ( I did not learn to remove the bias ply tires for winter storage until I bought souvenir tires a couple of years latter in Amarillo) No more trouble for almost 20 years after that. Next year I'll be doing four sets instead of two on the new 19!
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:55 PM   #25
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Are Dexter 3500# axles the same as the 2500# on the Escape? I'm confused as to why some people say 3500# axles bearings and Escape says 2500# axles are what is on the trailer?
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:14 PM   #26
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Are Dexter 3500# axles the same as the 2500# on the Escape? I'm confused as to why some people say 3500# axles bearings and Escape says 2500# axles are what is on the trailer?
Presently the Escape site specifies 3,500 # on the 15', 17' and 5.0 and tandem 2,500 # on the 19'.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:19 PM   #27
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So the single axle units are 3500# axles and the duals are 2500# axles (with the new 21' having dual 3000# axles) So there are 3 different sets of bearings and bearing kits in use.
Chuck, do you carry the 2500# bearings, I see you have the install kit and the grease kit, what about the bearings and dust covers for the 2500# axle?
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:24 PM   #28
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Via e-mail from Reace 3/19/13
Are the Dexter easy lube axles standard equipment on the 19' Escape or are they an option ? Is the 2500lb axle the standard axle on the 19' Escape ?

Eze lube axles are an upgrade at $50.00 per axle. I don’t stock these, so if you want to order them, I would need to know now to have them in time for your chassis. The axles are 2500 lb capacity each.

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #29
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I wish I had known about this, saves a ton of work on a dual axle set up. I'll have to bone up on my bearing repack, I remember doing it on cars years ago.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:33 AM   #30
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I heard back from Dexter, you have to replace the entire axle for the E-Z-Lube feature, no upgrades are made. So I'm going to stock some bearings and grease and dust covers and a bearing kit.
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