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Old 04-18-2015, 04:51 PM   #11
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I should revise my above statement.
I did not re-pack bearings every year, sometimes it was like every other year, etc.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:55 PM   #12
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How any of you would pay a little extra for brakes and bearing designs from this century. Self adjusting brakes and sealed bearings have been used in the auto industry as standard for decades. I for one would pay extra at purchase time for a more maintenance free ownership experience.

Not an expert on packing bearings by any means but there are more variables with hand packed bearings where refreshing the grease and inspecting often is a good idea. Imho
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:18 PM   #13
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How any of you would pay a little extra for brakes and bearing designs from this century. Self adjusting brakes and sealed bearings have been used in the auto industry as standard for decades. I for one would pay extra at purchase time for a more maintenance free ownership experience.

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They are available already on rv's
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I have self-adjusting breaks. I think most Jayco's sold in the past ~5 years all have self-adjusting breaks.
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Dexter also nas a never-lube axle as well. It has a sealed cartridge type bearing that is good for 100,000 miles. I have a set on a flatbed trailer I built. Picked them up used and had to replace one bearing as it was running a bit warm. The bearing was about 120.00 and can be changed in about 1/2 hr but you need a press.
The PO had his axles replaced so he could run a specific aluminum wheel on his 5er to match his truck. the wheels had an offset and these axles have to be run with 0" wheel offset. I know he used them anyway for a while thus the replacement bearing.

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I have had nev-r-lube bearings and EZ lube bearings. I know several friends who have had Nevr lubes seize up way before 100k. Not a fun trip on the side of the road.

EZ lubes sound great but IMO they give you a false sense of security. I have mine checked every other season and repacked if needed. Also I have the seals changed every other year at the same time. Cheap insurance IMO.

Also have self adjusting brakes on my current rig. So far so good in 4 years but I still have them inspected every other year.
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