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Old 01-27-2023, 10:38 AM   #1
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Lubing Bearings

When lubing your bearings, do you have to hook your trailer to your tow vehicle before jacking it up? Or can the trailer be jacked-up without connecting to you truck? Just block the wheels on the opposite side so it doesn't move.
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Hooking it to your tow vehicle would be the safest way to stabilize it. Our driveway is pea stone and level, and I've jacked it up just enough to spin a wheel by chocking the opposite side, but that's just what I'm comfortable with.
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Be very careful if your hubs have the zerk fitting for a grease gun. It is extremely easy to put in too much grease. DAMHIKT It can blow the seal out the back and the excess grease will get on your bake pads.
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The best way is with axle stands on concrete pad.
Buy the higher capacity as they are taller and larger base. Put then under the frame not the axles. Use a good hydraulic jack on a solid wooden block and Jack on frame front and rear. Do not use concrete building blocks. They can and do shatter.
Yes block the opposite side but be safe. When up on stands give the trailer a good push. Did it wiggle?
Wiggle is not stable.

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I do not connect the TV. I just do one wheel at a time.

I always pull the bearings and do a full cleaning, inspection, and new rear seal.
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I do not connect the TV. I just do one wheel at a time.

I always pull the bearings and do a full cleaning, inspection, and new rear seal.
This for sure full cleaning inspection and hand pack

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Yes, I Level the trailer as normal. Then with wheels chocked, just barely lift one wheel (an inch or less off the ground) at a time, jacking under the spring u-bolts.

If you will be crawling under the trailer while the wheel is off, you are going to want jack stands under the frame.
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X2 on jack stands and wheel chocks.
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X3 jack stand and wheel chocks!!!
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I use a Hi-Lift jack like seen on jeeps. https://hi-lift.com/

It has an attachment that allows you to connect it to the outside of the wheel with two hooks, one through each cutout in the steel wheel. It's called the Lift-Mate accessory. https://hi-lift.com/accessories/lift-mate/

That allows me to lift the wheel and place a jack stand under the axle between the two U-bolts easily. No need to use concrete blocks or lumber to jack the trailer. Nice and easy to do a wheel bearing repack. I actually put all four axle points up on jacks to keep the wheels off the ground during winter when it's not being used so that the wheels don't crease in one spot (I store my trailer in a fully enclosed RV garage with cement pad. It takes me maybe all of 15 minutes to put all four jack stands underneath.

This is also how I change a flat tire on the trailer. I lift the bad tire, throw a jack stand under it, release the jack, take off the bad tire.

The whole Hi-Lift system fits in the bed box in my truck. But they also make a locking rack that might be able to bolt to a trailer bumper.
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Hooking it to your tow vehicle would be the safest way to stabilize it. Our driveway is pea stone and level, and I've jacked it up just enough to spin a wheel by chocking the opposite side, but that's just what I'm comfortable with.
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