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Old 09-18-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Bad wheel bearings???????

I went out last night to check on my camper (2009 26BH) at storage and the first thing I checked was the tires to make sure the had air pressure. I put my foot at the top of the tire and pushed. The tire had plenty of air, however the wheel moved like there is play in the hub. The wheel next to it did the same thing although not as bad. The wheels on the other side seemed fine (one had a little play). I went out again this morning to jack it up to do an unloaded test and it did the same thing. The sound and movement gives the impression that a lug nut is loose, however they are all torques to 120ft-lbs. I pulled the dust boot off and the grease smelled fresh (not burnt).

Does anybody have any ideas? Is this normal for trailers?
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:05 PM   #2
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To me, it sounds like your wheels have more play than they should. This could be a significant safety issue. Do you know if you have Nev-R-Lube bearings, "E-Z lube" bearings or manual lube bearings?

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The sound and movement gives the impression that a lug nut is loose
What is the sound?
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:54 PM   #3
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They are easy lube bearings.

As for the sound, I'm not sure how to describe it. Maybe a low "thud" as it hits each stop. Wish I could explain it better.

I can see having one bad bearing, but 3 out of 4?
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:59 PM   #4
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Being a 2009 TT, it's probably time to have the bearings repacked and the brakes checked/adjusted anyway. I do mine every other year and gives me piece of mind that the brakes are in good shape, along with some fresh grease in the bearings.

The "thud" could be the brake shoes hitting the inside edge of the drum (?)..

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You should be checking your lug nut torque every trip.. I dont care what they say about split nuts... besides some little urchin may have decided to have a giggle and loosen your nuts..
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:31 PM   #6
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Well.....I'm going to go and pull it home now...Hope it doesn't fall apart on the way...

Hopefully I can figure out what is going on so we can go camping next weekend. Thanks for the feedback. If anyone has any other thoughts, please pass them along because as of now, I'm clueless...
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:45 PM   #7
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If you think your wheel bearings are not adjusted properly, especially if some of the wheels are significantly different from others, the main thing is for a knowledgeable person - you or someone else - to remove the drums and take a look at the bearings. If you get someone to clean and re-pack your bearings, that is part of that job. And, as Rustic Eagle pointed out, it is probably time to do that anyway since your trailer is two years old. It may be that all you need is that bearing service. Probably should also check the brakes while the drums are off.

The truth is that trailers are sort of a constant fix-it project.
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Short of repacking the bearings you should at least jack it up and tighten the axle nuts to the required spec. We bought a new cargo trailer and the first thing I did was to check the bearings. Both were too loose for me so I tightened them up the way I was taught.
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I am tending to agree with you. I am probably going to take it up to m mechanic tomorrow to have him take a look.

After I got it home, I jacked up each tire independently and each wheel had a little bit of play. Since they all did that, I wonder if it was designed that way? If anyone out there wants to jack theirs up, I'd love to know if it's a common issue.

I'll let everyone know what I find out.
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Short of repacking the bearings you should at least jack it up and tighten the axle nuts to the required spec. We bought a new cargo trailer and the first thing I did was to check the bearings. Both were too loose for me so I tightened them up the way I was taught.
Maybe I'll try this before taking it to my mechanic.

Do you know where i can find the required torque spec for the axle nut.

Thanks.
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