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Old 06-05-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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Trailer hubs..

I am new to using my Travel trailer. We have a new Starcraft. I was wondering about greasing and servicing the bearings. How often should this be done?

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Old 06-05-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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Virtually all axle mfgrs. say to clean, inspect, and re-pack standard wheel bearings every 12,000 miles or annually.
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x 2 what Ray said.
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:05 PM   #4
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DO NOT pump grease into the spindles. This is lazy, will grease the brakes probably, and does not replace correct, regular maintenance.

Every couple years, depending on how much you pull it is fine. Besides, you probably need to perform bearing maintenance on your regular daily driver anyway.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:05 PM   #5
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I am lazy and pump grease in my spindles. Ok, there, I've said it...
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:13 AM   #6
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I would think every two years you should pull all the wheels and inspect for wear and tear on the brakes and bearings, etc. seems like just good practice even if you don't find any issues.
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I am lazy and pump grease in my spindles. Ok, there, I've said it...
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I will check my bearings and brakes when it is time, but my spindles are designed to allow new grease to push out the old stuff in between service intervals. It works fine, and if a seal does happen to blow out, then the axle needs service, anyway.
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I like to, at the least, jack up each tire and check for any bearing slop by holding the tire and trying to twist it in and out. Every other year I pull the hubs apart replace the seals and repack the bearings with Kendall Blue bearing grease.
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I'm thinking the same as you Texastbird, I use the grease fitting that was Installed by the mfgrs. if it don't work why would they keep putting them on?
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They work fine on mine, but they don't preclude the need to repack and check at the proper interval. Just gives a little peace of mind to know they have fresh grease at the beginning of a trip. One less thing to worry about.
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Only a few people have had problems with EZ-Lube and others like it. If one follows the directions EZ-Lube works great! That being said, proper maintenance is still required. There is a lot more to repacking bearings than repacking bearings. All the other components are inspected as well. Over the years I have found myself or the mechanic who repacked the bearings have found many other problems such as broken springs, sticking brakes, dragging brakes, brakes not working, broken shackle bolts, broken hangers, leaking seals... If you don't look, you won't find out that there is a problem until it is too late.
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