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Old 03-10-2018, 06:28 PM   #1
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Changing Bearings

How do I find out who makes the axle on my Montana High Country Model 305RL?
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:37 PM   #2
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There should be a shiny metal ID tag around the axle.
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:53 PM   #3
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More than likely Lippert bought the axles from Dexter.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:06 PM   #4
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You have to crawl under it and there will be a label on both of them. Take a rag and your smart phone to take a pic. Odds are its Dexter, but the tag should be all the parts store needs to get you the bearings you need.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:27 PM   #5
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If you are replacing the bearings, just remove one and the bearing# should be etched on the race, or take the bearing to any auto parts store.
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If they are Dexter get the model and order number off the tag on the axles. They can give you the build sheet with the part numbers of all the components as they were ordered by Lippert or whoever manufactured your frame.
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And ask for Timkin bearings, not the chinese junk.
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I recently replaced all the bearings on the Crusader 355BHQ. The outer ones were all badly pitted and spalling. The inner ones appeared OK, but all were replaced. Matching bearings and outer races have different numbers so make sure you get all the numbers. I used National, a USA made bearing and got them from my Advance Auto. The originals were chinese crap. Some of the numbers on the originals were hard to read so getting more than one out was necessary to verify correct numbers.
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My 2015 Montana High Country 370BR has dexter 7,000 pound axles. Once you know your brand and weight rating of the axles you can look it up on dexters website. Then you can get the bearing numbers. Once you have that you can get America made bearings. I went to NAPA and got timken bearings and remember to get and change out the races.

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I'll be looking over my bearings soon as well. I'm assuming these are typically steel races in a steel component. Or are they typically in an aluminum component?
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In the 40 years I have worked on my vehicles , Iíve only have seen complete steel bearing components ( bearings, cage , race )
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In the 40 years I have worked on my vehicles , I’ve only have seen complete steel bearing components ( bearings, cage , race )
I guess I wasn't clear. Is the component the race is pressed into usually aluminum or steel? Heretofore all the wheel bearings I've replaced are on aircraft, which have the races pressed into the wheel halves. Since the wheel halves are typically aluminum or magnesium and the races are steel, you can heat the wheel to get the races out easier. From the videos I've seen it appears the races are pressed into the hub on RVs which appear to be steel.
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I guess I wasn't clear. Is the component the race is pressed into usually aluminum or steel? Heretofore all the wheel bearings I've replaced are on aircraft and motorcycles, and I know they're generally set up differently than other vehicles.


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Usually it is steel.
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Usually it is steel.
Crap! I guess I better get to buying some good drift punches.
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