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Old 10-08-2021, 04:10 PM   #1
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Bearings/seals, where to buy

Where are you buying travel trailer bearings and seals? How do you insure that you order the right sizes?
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I bought my bearings and seals from auto parts places such as Napa or O'Briens. Usually there's nothing special about trailer bearings they have a number on them as do the seals, and the auto parts places can cross reference that number to any normal bearing.

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I refuse to use China made bearings and races. I have found that the best price on Timken Bearings is in sets from Summit Racing. Timken packages bearing (cone) and race (cup) together as a set and assigns a number to it. For example, the typical 3500 lb axle, be it leaf spring, torsion, Dexter or Lippert, uses.................

Trailer bearings and seals for 3500 lb axles
Outer bearing L44649
Outer race L44610
The L44649/L44610 together are knows as SET4
Inner bearing L68149
Inner race L68111
The L68149/L68111 together are known as SET17 by Timken
Seal is a 10-19 ID 1.719 in, OD 2.565 in.
National seal # 473336 (1.719 ID, 2.565 OD, 0.5 wide w/double lip and spring) (National 442251 is single lip wo/spring same dimensions)

All eight sets of bearings and the four seals, for a tandem axle will run just under a $100. Add in a tube of grease to get it over a hundred and get free shipping.

I am confident that Summit does not have bogus parts that show up in many other places.

Barring that, I buy the individual parts from an industrial bearing and drive business such as Motion Industries, or B&D. It costs more as the same parts will set you back $160 or more from them.

Auto parts places sell crap. NAPA does sell SKF which is made in Mexico.

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Also if you can get the part number off them (which may be an issue) before you start. RockAuto has them by part number. And yes, they sell economy (read cheap) sets, but usually they have several grades and frequently the top shelf is Timpken.
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If you have Dexter axles, you can find the bearing numbers from the parts catalog. Here is the link to the PDF of the 600-8,000 lb axle catalog

https://www.dexteraxle.com/user_area...te_catalog.pdf

Forgot to include the Summit Racing link, https://www.summitracing.com/

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