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Old 04-06-2016, 07:31 PM   #1
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Wheel bearing lubrication

How often or better yet how many miles before repacking wheel bearings do most people put on their trailers. Last year I took 12 trips for a total of 2,960 miles on my new trailer
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The folks that made your axles will know. Which axles do you have?

Annually is probably good, or at least good enough. I've owned my trailer since August. I'll inspect and pack the bearings over the summer sometime.
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They are Dexter brand.
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I do mine every couple years. About 5,000+. I would never do them every year. However with the way the new trailer axles have been delivered lately I would do it after the 1st year. Seems like too many have had seal issues.
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They are Dexter brand.
http://www.dexteraxle.com/literature1
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I had my new trailer hand packed. Now I know for sure what I have and the hubs are running cooler than as delivered.
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Do you Know:
How much grease is in there?
What kind of grease is in there?
That the bearings are adjusted correctly?
That the all the brakes work?
That there is no grease on the brakes?
That the brakes are adjusted correctly?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then you might be OK.

Personally, I would service any trailer as soon as possible after purchase.
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I removed the dust caps when I first picked it up last spring and could see some grease. On the first 80 mile round trip the hubs were rather really warm but not screaming hot. I checked under the dust caps again and it looked the same as the last it I checked. The second trip was about 650 miles round trip and it was about the same or less. I could keep my hand on it for as long as needed. The brakes work great all last Sumer once I got them dialed in. The literature says 12 months or 12,000 miles. I would like to wait until it is warmer out to do a repacking and I am not near the mileage that they state. But I figured I would ask on this forum to see what others think before the start of my camping season as I have another 11 trips planed this year so far
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Once a year or 5000 miles seems to be the norm. Hand packed or EZ lube seems to be a personnel choice.

Some will replace the original bearings with high dollar name brand bearings.

Like tires there are numerous opinions.
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Here are some of my "opinions" that I posted a few weeks ago:
Brakes, Bearings and Spindles
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Here are some of my "opinions" that I posted a few weeks ago:
Brakes, Bearings and Spindles

Wow that was a great post thanks for the link. Very informative. When I had searched there was just so many to pick from that I did not see that. I also appreciate the fact that you called it your options even though you have a lot of good facts in there along with some of the other people who posted to this. This was what I wanted opinions with some facts in there. Thanks to every one for there posts. This has conferred a lot of my thoughts and I have learned a little bit. More info and options are always accepted thank everyone.
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One of the reasons to pull the wheels and pack the bearings annually is to check the brakes, brake components and also suspension. Over the years I have found broken adjusters, return springs, loose ubolts, worn shackles etc. Just this year I found a broken brake line and one that had been crushed(I have hydraulic disks). so although it might be overkill, it is the other things that you find that can cause you a problem out on the road. It also gives you a reason to adjust the brakes, which most people forget about.
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One of the reasons to pull the wheels and pack the bearings annually is to check the brakes, brake components and also suspension. Over the years I have found broken adjusters, return springs, loose ubolts, worn shackles etc. Just this year I found a broken brake line and one that had been crushed(I have hydraulic disks). so although it might be overkill, it is the other things that you find that can cause you a problem out on the road. It also gives you a reason to adjust the brakes, which most people forget about.
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All really good points
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Most cars today have intervals of 10's of thousands of miles on front wheel bearings. Of course they use better bearings than the crap they put on trailers. Every two years is often enough. I do it every year because it gives me the opportunity to check the brakes, clean inside the hubs and adjust the brakes. I like doing the service also. Don't worry about 5 or 10 thousand miles being too many miles and that your axles are about to fall off. They won't.
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