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Old 03-24-2019, 08:56 PM   #1
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Packing Bearing Every year?

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So I purchased my trailer last spring. The previous owner had already packed the bearing prior to me purchasing it. To get ready for this year I pulled the bearing cap to see if I needed to repack them. There is still a ton of grease in it and it still looks/feels really new/fresh. I didnít tow a ton of miles last year. Probably 1000-1500 miles. Should I worry about repacking them agian?
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Old 03-24-2019, 11:43 PM   #2
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Might as well pull the cotter pin and nut to look inside. That's a lot of grease on the spindle, makes me wonder if the previous owner didn't just smear some grease in the cap and say the bearings were packed.
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:59 AM   #3
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Might as well pull the cotter pin and nut to look inside. That's a lot of grease on the spindle, makes me wonder if the previous owner didn't just smear some grease in the cap and say the bearings were packed.


Thanks. I will check it out to make sure.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:22 PM   #4
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I wouldn't mess with it. I'm in the camp that believes repacking bearings every year is not necessary except for a boat trailer that continually gets dunked in water. Frankly, I think repacking bearings every year is a scam perpetuated by the RV dealers who make a ton of money from the service.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:19 PM   #5
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Bearings do not need repacking every year (except as mentioned about boat trailers). They do however require repacking after about every 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles). The last thing you want is a bearing to go out in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:20 PM   #6
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My answer is, you don't know if they were done correctly, or if they just had some grease slapped on them. For peace of mind, I would get new seals, take the entire thing apart, inspect the brakes, and clean and repack the bearings, put a little glob in the center of the hub, but NOT in the cap, and know that they are good for the long hauls. Packing too much grease can cause the seal to leak when the grease is hot and expands, splashing all over the brake backing plate and shoes.



The same goes for those ez grease hubs, have to be careful not to pump too much in because it can get past the seal and cause damage.
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:32 PM   #7
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We put about 5-7,000 a year on our TT some of it is in the mountains. We do not have disc brakes and have them checked and pack before the season because of the potential for overheat the brakes on some of the downhill portions.
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I see grease on the wrong side of the bearings and a hub/drum that looks to be in bad shape.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:08 AM   #9
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I see grease on the wrong side of the bearings and a hub/drum that looks to be in bad shape.


It is on the wrong side of the washer that goes between the bearing and castle but.

I am going to at least remove the nut and washer to make sure there is fresh grease on the bearing as well.
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99% of the time the inner bearing is the one that fails, mainly because the outer usually shows there is enough grease so the extra step to remove the drum or hub isn't done.
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