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Old 10-13-2015, 08:54 PM   #1
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Buddy Bearing question

I just purchased a 1975 19í Terry Travel Trailer that has been sitting for several years. I will need to move it about 120 miles to my hunting property where it will probably stay permanently. I donít want to re-pack the bearings and have installed Buddy Bearings. Do you think I would be ok as long as I fill the fittings, stop and check the temp of the hubs occasionally and take our time? I moved it a couple of weeks ago around 6 miles without a problem.
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:03 PM   #2
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I would think if you pump some grease in there, and then periodically stop and check the hub temps, you should be fine, how are the tires???? I would also jack it up, and check the bearings to see if they are loose
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Old 10-13-2015, 09:09 PM   #3
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The tires look fine. Good idea about jacking it up and checking the bearings.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:55 AM   #4
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I put bearing buddies on both of my trailers and never had a problem.. On one of them I had to put a new bearing in first though, the prior owner was a tag... Forgetful.. when it came to bearing maintenance.

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You will probably be fine but no one knows for sure. What's your plan if you have a bearing or tire failure?
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I have a spare tire but no plan for a bearing problem.
I don't have a plan for a bearing failure. We should be able to stay off the interstate and poke along.
I'll take a jack and hope for the best.
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Just a thought, most bearing buddies grease ONLY the outer bearing well. Some grease may migrate to the inner bearing in some instances, but for the most part, they only assist in greasing the outer bearing, leaving the inner bearing with whatever grease it had when you started . . .
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:49 PM   #8
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Bearing Buddies are typically used on boat trailers. If full of grease and checked, 120 miles isn't far.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:47 AM   #9
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I have used bearing buddies for years on boat trailers, they work great. Yes they do grease the inner seal!! If you get over zealous with the grease gun you will blow the inner seal out.
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I have used bearing buddies for years on boat trailers, they work great. Yes they do grease the inner seal!! If you get over zealous with the grease gun you will blow the inner seal out.

Most inner bearings are roller bearings (non conical). Most outer bearings are conical (tapered) roller bearings. The inner and outer bearings are separated by chamber housing the brakes. The Bearing Buddy is located on the outside of the spindle, and puts grease in the area of the outer bearing. The only way for grease applied through a bearing buddy to get to the inner bearings would be for it to have filled up the inner chamber . . . the one housing the brake pads or shoes . . . wouldn't help your brakes work to well!

Mechanics will tell you lots of things, take your wheel, drum and hub off, removing both sets of bearings and have your mechanic explain to you how the grease will "jump" from the outer bearing to the inner bearing without "greasing" the brakes on the way.
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Most inner bearings are roller bearings (non conical). Most outer bearings are conical (tapered) roller bearings. The inner and outer bearings are separated by chamber housing the brakes. The Bearing Buddy is located on the outside of the spindle, and puts grease in the area of the outer bearing. The only way for grease applied through a bearing buddy to get to the inner bearings would be for it to have filled up the inner chamber . . . the one housing the brake pads or shoes . . . wouldn't help your brakes work to well!

Mechanics will tell you lots of things, take your wheel, drum and hub off, removing both sets of bearings and have your mechanic explain to you how the grease will "jump" from the outer bearing to the inner bearing without "greasing" the brakes on the way.
I have never seen a post with this much incorrect information.
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I totally agree with lynnmor. So much incorrect information in one posting!
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We arrived at the hunting camp in one piece and without any wheel problems.
A normal 2 hour trip turned into 4 hours. In any event we don't plan on moving it anytime in the near future.
I don't know if the buddy bearings helped but I assume they didn't hurt.
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