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Old 10-21-2011, 08:47 PM   #1
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Repacking the bearings

I own a Jayco X17Z and I was wondering how often the wheel bearings need to be repacked and whether or not this is something I could do myself?
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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Rookiecamper,

Welcome to the Jayco forums.

I would repack the bearings at least once every two years, because this also gives you the opportunity to inspect and/or adjust the brakes. It is something that some folks can do themselves with some basic mechanical knowledge and tools..., but if you haven't done it before I would recommend that you have someone work with you that has. Part of the process is having the ability to recognize any potential mechanical or component short comings.

Also, any RV or auto service center can perform this service as well.

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Old 10-21-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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Care must be taken when pushing out the inside bearing and grease seal. I messed up a bearing on my flat trailer last summer when I used a punch to push out the bearing. I should have used a big socket but you know about hind sight.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:47 AM   #4
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Etrailer has provided some diy videos that will help answer a lot of questions.


http://www.etrailer.com/tv-remove_re...ailer_hub.aspx
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That is an excellent site. Thanks for the link.
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You can also check your axle manufacturers web site for instructions. Mine was made by Dexter and they have a good technical area on their website that gives grease types, maintenance intervals, ect. Here's their site: Just find your setup on the right hand side

http://www.dexteraxle.com/literature1

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Dug this thread up.. I just got done re-packing my bearings today and removed the dark/worn grease as well as some of the fresh red grease that i pumped out of the spindle. Im assuming the dark grease was originally red but when i re-packed, I used a marine grade grease ( I have about 10 tubes of this stuff laying around from my old 26' boat) cause i needed to use it up. Any real problems with using the yellow/clear marine grease vs. the red? If it makes any diffrence both trailers are drum w/ elect brakes and figure the boat/trailer weighs the same or more that the camper.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:08 PM   #8
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Oh, it did justify me buying a nice new 2 1/2ton jack
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Dug this thread up.. I just got done re-packing my bearings today and removed the dark/worn grease as well as some of the fresh red grease that i pumped out of the spindle. Im assuming the dark grease was originally red but when i re-packed, I used a marine grade grease ( I have about 10 tubes of this stuff laying around from my old 26' boat) cause i needed to use it up. Any real problems with using the yellow/clear marine grease vs. the red? If it makes any diffrence both trailers are drum w/ elect brakes and figure the boat/trailer weighs the same or more that the camper.
I don't know the answer off-hand as to whether your two greases can be mixed but you do need to check and see if both types of grease are compatible. Depending on the kind of grease it may not be stable when mixed with another kind of grease. They need to be "in family" so to speak.
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i dont know, but i wanted to say something, happy camping!
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