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Old 05-21-2016, 11:52 PM   #1
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Trouble with hub and bearings

We bought a 1995 dutchmen 26 ft.Before we got it home,the tire flew off and the wheel bearing went.Having someone repair it.Heres my problem I hope someone can help!! Our mechanic is having trouble finding a hub. Norhing matches up. How do you tell what part you need? ?? I'm don't mean to sound dumb.Seriously cannot find part numbers. Getting so frustrated
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I may be out of my element here but in the case of my Denali the axle components are made by Lippert Components (LCI). The axle has a ratings plate located at the middle of the axle. That was my starting point in determining what hub components my trailer uses. Maybe your axle has a plate with the name of the manufacturer and a part number. Use that as your starting point.
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Welcome to the forum, Deb.

Sorry, things have started out poorly for you. Have your mechanic look here, he should be able to find the right one.

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Her trailer is a much older unit, produced, I think, before LCI started providing axles. I replied in her other thread that it may be a Dexter or Al-Ko axle, both were in use by Dutchmen in the 1990's. Also there should be a tag on the axle tube somewhere, it will tell you who the manufacturer is, the weight rating, serial number and build date. Typically it has been a small stamped steel tag that is either riveted or tack welded on.

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I will also point out that the bearings SHOULD have a number stamped on them that can be cross referenced. You may need to go to an old fashioned auto parts store that has the reference books, versus the new computerized chain stores. Also look for one of the old guys that actually knows what parts are what.

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old guys that actually knows what parts are what

A rare breed these days in the auto parts stores
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I will also point out that the bearings SHOULD have a number stamped on them that can be cross referenced. You may need to go to an old fashioned auto parts store that has the reference books, versus the new computerized chain stores. Also look for one of the old guys that actually knows what parts are what.

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Even better is a good old fashion Bearing Store, if you have one near by. I used to take my old bearings into BC Bearing. That's all they sold was bearings from the smallest needle bearing, all the way to mining truck roller bearings, that took two man and a boy to lift.

No number, no problem, they get out the calipers, measure it, find it on the size table, ask you, what brand you want. Five minutes and you walking out the door with a bearing that has been obsolete for decades.

Of course that only helps if all you need is bearings, but the OP said she is looking for a hub. Personally I would replace all of the running gear on a camper of that age. I like to know exactly where I'm starting from.
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Thank you to all who have replied Ir has helped. We will start again tomorrow with some of your suggestions
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I give up

I give up.I have crawled underneath with a flashlight.Thete is absolutely NOTHING on the axles
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I give up.I have crawled underneath with a flashlight.Thete is absolutely NOTHING on the axles
Don't give up just yet.
Time to visit the local RV shop. Surely their technicians can provide some guidance. Quite a few of them are pretty knowledgeable about these things regardless of what brand or how old the rig is.
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