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Old 09-08-2019, 07:42 PM   #1
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Wheel bearing seals

My trailer has about 12K on it and I think I will pull the wheels and repack the bearings as a part of my PM. I am not experiencing any problems, this is purely PM. I have only ever greased the bearings thru the EZ lube feature, buts see no signs of bad seals as some have reported, but it seems like a good time to replace the seals while everything is apart.

I assume there are some seals better than others, so who makes and sells the better seals? If anybody has the correct seal number, that would also be appreciated so that I can have replacement parts on hand.

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I've got 50k miles on 3 of my fifth wheel seals and I only replace them if they go bad resulting in grease leaking out.
With the hub removed, I can clean the inner bearing with a rag and repack the bearing with out removing the old/good seal. This can be done by putting a pile of grease on 2 fingers and reaching through the seal/bearing and pressing the grease back against the bearing.
My approach my be different from others since I do my own repairs and also carry extra seals which can be easily replaced if I did notice a problem.
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Old 09-08-2019, 08:09 PM   #3
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I wouldn't get too involved in trying to determine the "best" seal. Most seals available at the local auto parts store will be just fine as long as it is the right size. Kinda the Ford/Chevy or Spartan/Freightliner discussion. The most important thing is to make sure it gets installed correctly and without damage. Much like bearings there are only a few manufacturers of seals and the quality is good for all of them. That said Timken, SKF, and Chicago Rawhide are some of the big names in seals. Happy hunting.
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EZ lube feature? I didn't think we had those. I have a 2019 creekside 21RD mountain series with the x4 Morryde 3000 suspension. What are the odds I have three EZ lub hubs?
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Would need to know which axles you have in order to determine seal part #. There should be a label easily visible on the axle with that information. We have Dexter D52 (5200lb) axles with EZ-Lube on our 23DBS.

For the E-Z Lube system Dexter recommends using a double-lip seal. On top of that I'd recommend a double-lip seal that is spring-loaded. Grease seals are cheap so I prefer not to reuse them, even if I was careful about removing the hub.

My habit has been to pull the hubs at the beginning of each season and clean/inspect/repack the bearings plus inspect/clean/adjust the brakes. That was on our previous 195RB that didn't have the self-adjusting brakes. I'm contemplating doing this every other year on the 23DBS since it has self-adjusting brakes. I also carry some complete bearing sets and extra seals along with the few tools needed to replace them just in case.
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For my Al-Ko 5200# axles:
Double lip grease seal is 3.376" OD, 2.25" ID
Dexter # 10-36 or Tru-Ryde RG06-70 (2 per package), for use with EZ-Lube spindles.

*NOT* 2.125" ID, *NOT* GS-2125DL

Apparently the AL-KO 5200# axles come in two possible spindle sizes: 2.125" and 2.25", so measured my actual spindle dia where the grease seal sits, and it is 2.25"
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EZ lube feature? I didn't think we had those. I have a 2019 creekside 21RD mountain series with the x4 Morryde 3000 suspension. What are the odds I have three EZ lub hubs?
I'm going to say it's nearly guaranteed you'll have the EZ Lube axles
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EZ lube feature? I didn't think we had those. I have a 2019 creekside 21RD mountain series with the x4 Morryde 3000 suspension. What are the odds I have three EZ lub hubs?
Pop the center section out of your center caps. Should be a zerk hiding behind it.
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Here is a seal that should work well.

https://www.liqualube.com/
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Here is a seal that should work well.

https://www.liqualube.com/

Like the idea, but don't see anything for 5200# axle and 2.25" ID spindle. Everything looks smaller.
And not sure if their oil seal is more reliable than the grease seal ...
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Get all of your hub numbers together.
As suggested above.

Call and talk to Etrailer parts department.

Or go visit your NAPA store.

At this point your doing allot of fretting and much speculation.

Talk to the people that sell and stand behind the parts you need.

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I suggest you do NOT use the EZ lube system ever.
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I suggest you do NOT use the EZ lube system ever.
Ut-Oh, to late for me.

Been doing just that, for years and years, with no problems.
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I suggest you do NOT use the EZ lube system ever.
I've used my EZ Lube zerks twice. I've only pumped enough grease in them to see a little come out around the washer and nut. Sometime next year I'll be installing a MorRyde rockers, plates and wet bolts. I'll be curious to see how it has affected my brakes and if there is any pushed grease past the seals. Seems like the results are all across the map. Some wind up with totally wiped out brake systems, others no issues. So far I still have good braking..........guess we will see!
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