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LVJJJ

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Posted: 07/09/20 05:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pack'em yourself, nothin to it.


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The only thing I would replace is the place that told you that you needed to do that kind of repair... That should just be a simple repack of wheel bearings.. Pretty easy if you know how to do it and don't mind getting dirty.. But, if that's not an option, it should still not cost too much.. I don't know, as I do my own bearings.

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Your spindle looks fine.
I would replace the bearings with Timkens and go camping..... But first tell CW to take a hike.



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Another thing... I bet if you were to authorize the work, all they would do is repack your bearings and still charge you for the new axles! Why? Because they know the axles are fine..

Wow.. What is the world coming to?

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Huntindog wrote:

Your spindle looks fine.
I would replace the bearings with Timkens and go camping..... But first tell CW to take a hike.


Appreciating everyone’s feedback.

Can you tell me what makes Timkens special?


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the e-man wrote:

Hi All,

We have a Grand Design Transcend travel trailer. Really like it. At 18 months old, it is essentially new as we have done one longer trip and some local camping. Maybe 2,000 miles of travel.

I decided to have the bearings repacked. It seemed like good preventative maintenance before we do any big trips. I took it to our local Camping World. They sent pictures indicating that there is some damage to the axle. Some heat marks. They recommend replacing the whole axle at a cost of $1,475. I am kind of in shock that the whole axle would need to be replaced - especially since we have hardly used it.

Your insight and advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.


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the e-man wrote:

Huntindog wrote:

Your spindle looks fine.
I would replace the bearings with Timkens and go camping..... But first tell CW to take a hike.


Appreciating everyone’s feedback.

Can you tell me what makes Timkens special?


Quality.
The chinese ones are erractic in that dept.
And by the time you find out you got a bad one, you have a big mess on your hands.


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They sent pictures indicating that there is some damage to the axle. Some heat marks. They recommend replacing the whole axle at a cost of $1,475. I am kind of in shock that the whole axle would need to be replaced - especially since we have hardly used it.

Your insight and advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

The blue does indicate heating however how do you know that axle stub in the picture is from your trailer.
Axle stubs are heat treated steel. If a bearing is ran low or without grease it can run so hot the bearing galls to the race and can lock the wheel up .BTDT on equipment trailers. percent of the time its the smaller outer bearing that seizes and spins the race on the stub. The outer end is the weakest part of the stub so if the stub breaks 99 percent of the time its the small end.
I would get a 2nd opinion if you don't know what to look for.
1400 bucks is what you pay when on the road long way from home and the mechanic has you by the......short hairs.
If the stub got to hot it causes the stub to harden and can break. Without a actual physical exam and feel for galling no one can tell just from a picture how bad or good the stub is.


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Your profile only indicates "Virginia". If you are anywhere near Hampton take it to Hibbard's Iron Works on Aberdeen Rd. They are top notch. They specialize in trailers. I've done business with them for over 30 years.

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When I bought my used trailer the previous owner showed me a receipt for having the bearings packed, and the shop had replaced a bearing they said was bad. Two years later I pulled the hubs to repack again, and all four hubs had red grease on the outside bearings, and black grease on the inside bearings. I couldn't figure out why someone would use different grease like that, it didn't make sense. Then I finally realized they didn't use two different kinds of grease, they only repacked the outer bearings and ignored the inner ones so they didn't have to buy new seals. Then lied about the bad bearing, if they had actually found a bad bearing they probably would have greased everything.
That's why I try to do my own work

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