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Old 10-18-2014, 10:20 PM   #29
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I have a 2003 Alfa gold 5 th wheel withe triple axle
I am stranded the rear tire rubs on the centre tire. Has anybody else
Ever had that problem
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:38 PM   #30
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Sounds like one of the spring mounts has broken and allowed the wheel to move forward/backward...
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:17 PM   #31
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Just an FYI, Your Al-Ko axles are now Dexter Axles! Dexter bought them out in Nov. 2014.

I had a warranty problem with my 2013 Arctic Fox recently. Bearing races in all 4 hubs would spin freely in the hub. They replaced all 4 hub/drums and for some reason, sent 4 new backing plates with brake shoes and magnets! Everything back to new down there with labor charges only.

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Old 04-23-2015, 01:25 PM   #32
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Axle wheel bearing failures...

Wheel bearing failures are quite commend...They can happen instantly however most take time and I mean several miles of increasing bearing temperatures before a catastrophic bearing failure occurs...So with that being said monitoring bearing temperatures is a good way to prevent expensive catastrophic damage to your RV...I Carrie a pistol type infared thermometer in the glove box of my truck...The cost for one is very minimal under $100.00...We normally stop for a rest when we are traveling every 3 to 4 hours...I immediately grap the infared pistol and point it at each wheel and check the temperatures if one of them appears to be much higher then the others its time to take action and get it checked or replaced...It only saved me one time but a new axel, tire, wheel,and slide repair could cost you $10,000...So the thermometer is cheap insurance to me...
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:26 AM   #33
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I haven't seen much movement on this thread so ........ Our '06 Titanium is gone but only after many, many more miles with the replacement E-Z Lube axles with no problems. Hopefully those that kept the Nevr Lubes are still enjoying trouble free miles with new zero offset wheels

A new bigger and heavier 5er resides in our driveway but it has only 5.2K axles which don't make me feel warm and fuzzy regardless of the fact the unit is still within the 10,400 pounds on the wheels plus 2000+/- pin. There just is no safety margin. Has anyone investigated the actual physical differences between the 5.2 and 6 K axles? Is it hubs and bearings or is there actually a heavier axle tube? Different spindles? I intend on calling Dexter eventually but am curious if anyone has done a check out here first.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:01 PM   #34
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I had 5.2k axles on my Glendale 12000 5th wheel trailer.
The weakness was the 15 in wheels and tires.
They lasted 15 years with just one brake linings rebuild. Bearings were originals. Tires was a pain till I went with LTs.
The axles were loaded to the limits for 13 years we owned it.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:48 AM   #35
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I had 5.2k axles on my Glendale 12000 5th wheel trailer.
The weakness was the 15 in wheels and tires.
They lasted 15 years with just one brake linings rebuild. Bearings were originals. Tires was a pain till I went with LTs.
The axles were loaded to the limits for 13 years we owned it.
That's at least some encouragement to me as I at least have 16" wheels currently with lousy ST tires soon to be LTs - on Monday to be exact. A note, our Glendale Ti had 6k Eze-Lube axles with 16" wheels (originally had Nevr-Lube axles as you can see with my much earlier posts above)
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:43 PM   #36
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Nev-Lube Bearing

Interesting that so many owners have had bearing failure and the manufacture's are still installing them..

I bought a used unit [2006 Carriage in 2110] and one of the hubs and Nev-Lube bearing had been replaced along with a tire blowout.. So I pulled all the hubs and found the remaining 3 leaking..Now these are the bearing they say are garnateed for 100,000 miles... The previous owners that got it new said they pulled it lest that 10k while they owned.it ...

Now my question is, how do you document milage on a towed rig...When I inquired with the dealer that I bought replacement parts from, his responce was pretty much "Sorry Charley"'...

Pressed in New bearings and also bought a extra hub with bearing and carry as a spare.. But the most important item as stated in preivous post ... a Temp Gun and check Tires and Hubs often..

I installed larger 17' wheels and oversize tires but have the same offset on both sides of the 50mm bearings.. Now about 4500 miles on them...

For what its worth....adios Rich
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I think Dexter suggests inspection every 12k miles. 100k sounds like a lot without repacking the bearings. I have the 7000 pound axles and hoping they hold up. Others have suggested 17.5" wheels so you can get H rated tires.
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I think Dexter suggests inspection every 12k miles. 100k sounds like a lot without repacking the bearings. I have the 7000 pound axles and hoping they hold up. Others have suggested 17.5" wheels so you can get H rated tires.
You don't/cannot repack Nevr-Lube bearings. You run 'em until they fail then start replacing parts regardless of how Dexter says to check them. If lucky, just the bearing capsule(which requires at least a 20 ton arbor press), if unlucky, the hub along with that bearing. If none of the stars line up and your personal black cloud is there on that fateful day, you add the complete axle along with a new hub and bearing. If you have been given good advice, you then convert to E-Z Lube axles that have standard roller bearings that you can service every couple years or 12K miles (or less if you have the poorly made bearings from that Far Eastern country with a shaky reputation for cloned parts)

17.5 wheels and H rated tires don't do a thing for bearings
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I am thinking once I buy my 5'er (Probably a GD Reflection 337) I'll just figure in the cost an axle change as well. get rid of those wimpy wheels and I'd like to go at least to an axle with 1,000 higher rating and disc brakes. Shocks would go on as well. If the trailer doesn't have the rubberized equalizers from the factory I'd put them on as well. I'd also upgrade the factory tires of course. The Reflection trailers are also known low riders and most folks put spacers in them. I have no idea what the cost on something like this would be but I'd guess I could re-coop some of the cost selling the old stuff off. I don't understand why manufactures don't do this at the factory. It's 2016, shouldn't they all have disc brakes and shocks on them?
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I am thinking once I buy my 5'er (Probably a GD Reflection 337) I'll just figure in the cost an axle change as well. get rid of those wimpy wheels and I'd like to go at least to an axle with 1,000 higher rating and disc brakes. Shocks would go on as well. If the trailer doesn't have the rubberized equalizers from the factory I'd put them on as well. I'd also upgrade the factory tires of course. The Reflection trailers are also known low riders and most folks put spacers in them. I have no idea what the cost on something like this would be but I'd guess I could re-coop some of the cost selling the old stuff off. I don't understand why manufactures don't do this at the factory. It's 2016, shouldn't they all have disc brakes and shocks on them?

While only a guess, my bet would be that your desired 2016 Reflection would have Dexter E-Z Lube axles along with either Lippert's or MORryde's rubber suspension (I prefer the Dexter E-Z Flex which will work with shocks). Neither of these will support shocks as I've asked - our 5er has the MORryde. It will also most likely have 'E' rated tires, probably something made in China though some of the top end mfrs. are now supplying decent LTs as standard equipment. As far as selling anything, the tires are about the only thing anyone will buy as I found after 'sitting' on some Nevr-Lube axles with hubs. My tires went for $150 to a landscaper's trailer. Brakes - barely worth the effort to try to sell since entire new sets are only $200 to $300 vs the $1700 plus installation costs for a disk assembly. That Reflection will have decent 16" aluminum wheels. Most manufacturer's will install whatever you want on an ordered unit - if you have the bucks
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Neither of these will support shocks as I've asked - our 5er has the MORryde.
Why won't they support shocks? That puzzles me.
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