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Old 05-15-2016, 08:15 AM   #1
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used TT ? did you check your wheel bearings?

i bought a used TT. when i got home. i touched the rims near the
center and 1 was warm while the rest were cool.
i jacked it up. i grabbed the tire and i could wiggle it a little bit.
found nut was not tighten correctly. could turn it to next cotter pin slot.
removed outer bearing. not much grease in there. repacked with grease.
ordering all new bearings so i can replace them myself. then i know they
are done correctly. do yourself a favor and check bearings. you do not
want a problem on the road. this could be a disaster.
plus it mite save you from buying a new axle. (cheap insurance )
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:26 AM   #2
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Check new ones as well.

Hope you didn't order Chinese bearings.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:41 AM   #3
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can you get any that are not made in china? they all seem to be made in china.
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:12 PM   #4
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can you get any that are not made in china? they all seem to be made in china.
I used USA made Timkens. Search my other posts.
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Old 05-16-2016, 05:43 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=lynnmor;3069028]I used USA made Timkens. Search my other posts.[/QUOTE

take a look at the stamping on the bearing.
it wont say made in the u.s.a.
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I used USA made Timkens. Search my other posts.[/QUOTE

take a look at the stamping on the bearing.
it wont say made in the u.s.a.
You are WRONG!


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Old 05-16-2016, 04:29 PM   #7
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if you purchase USED from a dealer.. do NOT take there word for it.

last year I purchased a travel trailer... I did ask if bearing and brakes were checked.... I was told YES, part of the check over...

got home... because other things on the dealer supplied check list was not done...

I removed the wheels... bearing were OK,, not great.. but 3 of the 4 brakes were destroyed.

returned trailer.. 3 days later .. all new brakes and repacked wheel bearings.

I was going to depart on a 2,000 mile trip in a month..
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My last new trailer...while driving it home...It didn't feel right. Here two tires on one side were at there 50 PSI the other side both were at 20 PSI...You would have thought they would have caught that in the PDI. I never saw it myself...I only assumed...
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Warm hubs is normal. I would be concerned that the cool hubs brakes were not working.
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:52 AM   #10
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People just don't 'do' bearings on a towed RV. It's nasty, dirty, heavy work and so many folks today never grew up and lived during the time when packing wheel bearings on an automobile was a part of the yearly/12,000 mile maintenance - and RV wheel bearings are really just automotive.

I prefer Timkens and purchase from Rock Auto Parts most reasonably. I pulled mine Sunday (the Chinese junk was replaced last year) to see how they fared after about 12K miles. They looked as good as the day they were put into service. Since I don't/wont bother with the E-Z Lube arrangement, prefer to use my inexpensive bearing packer to make sure the bearings are clean and well lubed and are inspected, now to be at 15000 mile intervals plus then can inspect the brakes (about 1/2 gone in about 15K miles), drums and magnets. I also use a Dexter recommended grease and always the same one (Mystik JT6 #2)

A note about Timkens - they are made in 27 factories worldwide. I would trust that brand regardless of where made. Also NGK, Fafnir, National and several major brands - but never unnamed bearings made in a Far East country.
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:38 PM   #11
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A good set of name brand bearings (I use Timken) should last a long long time if maintained properly. Everyone says annually, I don't tow enough to do that. I see no reason to pull them unless you got 10-15K miles on them.
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