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Old 02-17-2014, 12:05 PM   #1
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New to this forum... got into RV-ing in '08 with a small 16' "Nash" trailer from Northwood (my... 'training wheels' ) then a couple of weeks ago got a 2013 Evergreen i-GO 29 footer...

Had a maintenance question for the more experienced RV'ers here... How many of you repack your own bearings? Is that an easy thing to do? Worth a diy or would I be better off having the local tire store do it? (I am a ...youthful 62 year old and have done complex car maintenance.. up to replacing a timing belt... but that was back in the day when ...all my own joints worked as advertised )
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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Ask your dealer/garage what they would charge you. If you think its worth it to have them do it, let them. It is not THAT hard to do. Jacking it up, removing the wheels, is not fun. Getting your hands dirty by "hand packing" may not be what you would like. Then there is that ole back pain. Do you have it ?? You will do a lot of bending, wrestling the wheels back in place. But if you have a day to get er done, you might just take it on. Have fun >>>
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You do not need to hand pack anymore, you can get a wheel bearing packer that works off a grease gun-and they are cheap. Looks like two shallow cones with a Zerk fitting on the central shaft. forces the grease from the inside out.
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Thanks for the responses and welcome messages folks. Btw, in your experience is there any advantage to having an RV shop do this kind of work, as opposed to a local tire/shock/alignment/brakes place (my nearest RV shop is 3x as far)
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Welcome to the Forum.....Greasing your wheel bearings is not that hard. The worst part (if you don't have bearing buddies) is removing the wheels. If you can do that the rest is a snap. But, I have learned since I put on some age, that a phone call to a local shop can get the job done at a lower price than you may think....
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Hand packing can make you at one with the Earth! Or in my case make me feel like a Teenager...
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