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 3/20/2008 6:45 PM
 
Does anyone here know how to find out, CHEAPLY, if my 5-er wheel bearings need to be greased, or repacked? I heard I should do that before taking off on my travels, but money needs to be rationed .... My Travel Supreme has been sitting for 2 years, except for my practice run, and it was well maintained before we bought it.
Thanks for any clues! Kristin
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 3/23/2008 10:45 PM
 
My hubby repacks our wheel bearing himself each & every year on our 5th wheel!!!!!! And yes I would advise to have it done!!!!!!!! Or you could be really sorry if you don't do it! It could set your trailer on fire if you got into problems from not doing so! Go to a good mechanic your trust & have him explain it all to you in terms you understand! And show you how & why you need it done! "I used to have a handle on life --- Then it broke."
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 3/24/2008 6:51 AM
 
One friend of a friend who has worked on rvs a lot, awhile back, said if they check one wheel and the bearings are ok, then the rest are almost certainly okay, if its been sitting for a long time....maybe this isn't too wise? I just have to keep my expenses low, but of course safety maintenance is necessary.
Maybe I can learn how to do it myself!? Boy... this single life has its challenges (worth it tho, to be out of a dysfunctional relationship) Aaah, another project before takeoff. I'm sure learning a lot these days. Kristin
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 3/24/2008 9:03 AM
 
Kristin, not knowing a single solitary thing about wheel bearings, I did a Google on it. I found this website, which tells WHY you do annual maintainence on wheel bearings...and HOW to do it yourself.
Hope this helps you.
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/owners-guide/maintaining/bearings/index.html
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 3/24/2008 9:33 AM
 
Thanks Joella,
I'll check out that site and see if I can really do it. Thanks for the welcome....I've been on a couple of times before, sporadically, as I plan to take off on my first solo, first time with 5er, across the country. You forum women are wonderful support!
Kristin
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 3/24/2008 12:51 PM
 
OH MY GOODNESS that is a job I don't want to attempt!!! I had no idea it was so time consuming and greasy and labor intensive....Thanks for the link Joella! Now I know I gotta find someone.
Kristin
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 3/24/2008 5:48 PM
 
I just had mine done on my 19' hybrid. It cost me $120 for the 2 axels, so hopefully that'll give you some idea of what to expect. Axels are axels, so I can't imagine anyone charging you a whole lot more than that for your 5er. BTW, this is a So. California price -- and we're not generally the cheapest.
Check out non-RV places & see if they'll tackle it. You might be able to get it done more quickly and for less money. When I had my pop-up I took it to Midas & they did it. Laura -- and Jed

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 3/28/2008 9:10 AM
 
While I haven't learned to do it myself as of yet, I found the information/instruction in my Dexter Axle manual to be very good....
My dealership did the repacking/greasing (I've got EZ Lube bearings), while doing other service work, and I think the actual cost was about $60. (just 2 wheels)
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 3/28/2008 10:10 AM
 
Hi,
I have the regular old fashioned (non-EZ lube) wheel bearings so the best price I've found so far is $120 plus seals, so possibly $200. Oh well, its gotta be done. I've been waiting 2 weeks on getting the right part (the guy who is going to fix it keeps ordering the wrong part... ????) to fix the front support legs...unbeknownst to us this was broken when we bought the 5er. My ex- has come back to the area on business and is going to help me drive the 5er to Missouri, where he works now, to help me get more comfortable with handling it. I'm very grateful for this, and we're getting along well, so all is well here. I am learning to be independent but it sure is nice to have someone around once in a while to help with all the new things I'm having to learn!
Kristin
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