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Old 08-24-2016, 08:53 AM   #1
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Being fairly new to RV'ing, I have a question about wheel bearings.
How often do you repack the grease in the wheel bearings in your travel trailer or 5th wheel?
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Being fairly new to RV'ing, I have a question about wheel bearings.
How often do you repack the grease in the wheel bearings in your travel trailer or 5th wheel?
Thanks for any replies.
The manuals for our travel trailer and 5th wheel both had a very short interval for repacking wheel bearings, something like 3000 miles or one year which ever came first. I just did it yearly regardless of mileage.
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I don't do them any sooner than once a year, maybe longer. Just be sure to stop after the first 50 miles or so and retorque the lug nuts. I do mine once at 50 and then again at whatever the next stop is. They can come loose. Trust me I know from experience.
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Most manufacturers say one year and some 3000 miles. We have always gone 2 years. I pull the brakes and check them. While apart, check the bearings, repack and replace the grease seals.

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I just looked and Etrailer says yearly or 12,000 miles. That sounds more realistic. At 3000, I would have needed to do them three times on my trip last year.
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Thanks for the advice. Looked in the maintenance manual for my TT and it only says to repack the bearings with a quality grease but doesn't address intervals.
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My Jayco Dealer said annual on bearings.
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I just did mine for the first time last month after 2 1/2 years since new. The bearings looked new and there was no shortage of grease. They are Dexter axles and repacking is 1 yr or 12,000 miles per Dexter.
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Dexter/AL-KO/Lippert(all same ownership now) manual says 12K miles/12 months. The miles are fine but 12 months is pretty conservative so I would go 24 months. I will usually do ours every spring or about 8-10,000 miles. That includes the E-Z Lube bearings too. If you are unfortunate enough to have Nevr Lube bearing modules - they cannot be lubed, just replaced with exorbitant pain to your billfold.
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Let me caution you about lubrication problems experienced in some RV's.
Some axle suppliers are assembling the hubs and injecting a very thin "axle grease" thru the hub as a time saver over hand packing thick axle grease. Some use rear axle seals used of poor quality and the thin grease leaks through the seals into the brakes. The brakes lose friction and don't work--causing a safety issue.
Grease splatter on the back of the wheels is a giveaway that the problem exists.

There's just no substitution for manually packing thick, sticky old style axle grease on RV's.

I would suggest anyone doing any substantial travel to carry an infrared thermometer, and to check their hub temperatures often when on the road. And make sure the brakes are adjusted properly.
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Great conversation on repacking bearings--curious no one mentioned the protocol/specs they use for setting/resetting the pre-load on the axle castle nut once repack is done????
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Great conversation on repacking bearings--curious no one mentioned the protocol/specs they use for setting/resetting the pre-load on the axle castle nut once repack is done????
Go to the files section at the top of the page and download the axle manual, it covers all your questions.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/downloads...rt=date&page=2
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Let me caution you about lubrication problems experienced in some RV's.
Some axle suppliers are assembling the hubs and injecting a very thin "axle grease" thru the hub as a time saver over hand packing thick axle grease. Some use rear axle seals used of poor quality and the thin grease leaks through the seals into the brakes. The brakes lose friction and don't work--causing a safety issue.
Grease splatter on the back of the wheels is a giveaway that the problem exists.

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Wow!! what a bunch of misinformation here!!!
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Wow!! what a bunch of misinformation here!!!
OK. Give me the scoop.
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