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Old 03-29-2012, 06:34 AM   #1
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Checking Hub Bearings

Hello Group,
How often do you check your hub bearings and brakes? I have a 08 31 BHDS G2 that I bought new and havn't done it yet and was wondering how often others do after the dealership told me they recommend it every year. And for those who do it themselves if it requires service or repair what normally are problems that you find?


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Old 03-29-2012, 06:56 AM   #2
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Being this is my year anniversary I plan on pulling all the wheels off to balance them based on what I have read this past off season. In doing that I plan on checking brakes on each side. I want to know what is going on in each so if I need to, I can problem solve should something go wrong. I will probaly invest in a few key components for emergency repairs.

As far as bearings go a shot or 2 of grease in each until it just starts to squirt out the sides since I have Ez-lubes. I will also check for slag in each with a good rattle on each. Going forward each season I will pull a tire from each side and check the pads as well as the grease procedure.

I figure I have about 3K on my unit taking into consideration delivery miles to the dealer from the plant.


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Old 03-29-2012, 06:58 AM   #3
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There's an excellent thread on this here:

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Old 03-29-2012, 07:17 AM   #4
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I travel less than 2000 miles a year. I have the bearing serviced every 2 years. I had them serviced last fall before taking our annual trip to Martinsville Speedway and they still are like new.(Trailer was 4 1/2 years old)
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:15 PM   #5
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The last time I had mine repacked, I had it done at an acquaintance's ag. shop. He told me that they really did not need repacked even at that point. I actually think it had been 3 or four yeas at that point. Our new trailer has bearing buddies I am not sure how that will work out.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:27 PM   #6
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I repacked mine and installed new seals last weekend. The only problem I found was that there was varying amounts of grease leakage though the seals and into the brake area.

The grease hadn't seemed to reach the brake shoes, but I blew them clean and hosed everything off with brake cleaner before reassembly. The bearings were all in great shape with no signs of galling or overheating, but the grease did look old and dirty.

I used a blue marine grade wheel bearing grease I found at Walmart to repack the bearings. It was a lot of dirty work, and I'm glad it's all done. I'll probably check them out every 12000 miles or so (manufacturer recommendation), not so much for bearing maintenance as for checking the condition of the brakes.

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Old 03-29-2012, 11:19 PM   #7
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Trailer wheel bearings should be good for 15000 miles or more. The dealer says every year so they can keep busy and charge you for an hour or more to use the EZ lube feature. I don't like the EZ lube because someone, not me, used it too much on our last trailer. We lucked out and had the bearings hand packed at a local shop. The grease hadn't gotten to the shoes yet. On our new Jayco 3 of the 4 wheels were full of grease and ruined the brakes. They were over greased from the factory. It cost $1100 just because someone was overzealous with the grease gun.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:25 AM   #8
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Since we travel less than 1000 miles each season. I have them checked every other year.

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