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Old 04-27-2019, 09:30 PM   #1
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One week and a wake up.......

We are off on our 2 week trip.


Soooo, since I did not have enough on my 'to do list'. I decided to pull the wheels and check the brakes and bearings. No, normally I am not that anal. The 2018 trailer has maybe 3,000 miles on it.


Now I am not an RV expert, but I have wrenched a few bolts in my time. Have you ever seen a hub this clean with no GREASE in sight???


Hmmmmm. WTFO?
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:29 PM   #2
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That for sure is a red flag that not enough grease was used, or never been greased from the spindle. Those would be yanked off immediately and regreased if it were mine.



I would not pump grease into the spindle until I know the bearings are not damaged from lack of grease.
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That for sure is a red flag that not enough grease was used, or never been greased from the spindle. Those would be yanked off immediately and regreased if it were mine.



I would not pump grease into the spindle until I know the bearings are not damaged from lack of grease.

Thanks for the advice.


I pulled the wheel next to it and it shows signs of grease. The bad news is that the suspect wheel makes a guilty noise while I spin it and the other does not. UGH I will of course be pulling all 4 wheels now.



I am waiting until tomorrow to talk to Lippert. I have a feeling I am going bearing shopping!
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The good news is the bearings are pretty much universal between axles, and easy to find. Of course it sucks having to replace bearings on a new trailer.
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I was lucky. There was minimum grease in the suspect wheel. The adjacent wheel was more normal. I checked them both and the bearing and races all look good. Repacked and good to go.


Not sure if it was Lippert or Dutchman did the assembly. The Lippert rep said it could be either.


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I was lucky. There was minimum grease in the suspect wheel. The adjacent wheel was more normal. I checked them both and the bearing and races all look good. Repacked and good to go.


Not sure if it was Lippert or Dutchman did the assembly. The Lippert rep said it could be either.


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I've seen them transport axles to trailer assembly houses (we have the boat trailer folks close by). They usually have the hubs on them but not the tires. I imagine the axle assembly house was the culprit there. Good catch!
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Recreational Vehicle?

I never thought of the term Recreational Vehicle quit that way before. I always thought the RV supported recreational activities, not was the object of the recreation.
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Great, yet another thing for me to fear!

Thanks for letting us know and I will put this on the things to check.
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