I remember reading that the type of bearings normally installed need to be periodically repacked. The videos that I have seen illustrating how to do this show it would not be something I would want to do myself. I notice on Dexter's website that they have something called "EZ Lube Bearings" available. This sounds more like the type of bearings available on cars where a grease gun can be used to lubricate bearings, rather than having to disassemble the bearing.
Does anyone have experience with these? Why are they not more generally used?
I posed this question on the Escape videoconference tonight with Reace and Tammy but Glenn suggested it was a question more appropriate for the forum.
From Dexter's website (http://www.dexteraxle.com/faq_s
BEARINGS - How often should I grease the bearings?
Along with bearing adjustment, proper lubrication is essential to the current function and reliability of your trailer axle. Bearings should be lubricated every 12 months or 12,000 miles.
E-Z LUBE - What is the E-Z Lube option?
The E-Z Lube option was designed specifically for the marine application where the axles are constantly being immersed in water. This feature provides a convenient method for purging the water from the hub cavity without having to pull the hub every time. The hubs should be removed every 12 months or 12,000 miles to inspect the bearings and it is imperative to replace the seal at this time to assure that the grease does not leak out the back onto the brake linings rendering the brakes non-functional.
Comment: looks like this is not the option I thought it was.