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Grit dog

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Posted: 07/09/20 11:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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?


Timken and SKF are 2 of the best quality bearings.
However it doesn’t look like you need bearings either. And there should be no need in such low miles unless they ran dry or some extraordinary other issue.
The grease still even looks fresh. No wear n tear even on the bearings yet.

IF you had a bad spindle, you could replace Just a spindle (spindle is like $40-50).

Unless your axle is bent (you would see negative camber in the tires), you don’t need an axle.
In your case, tell the crooks to button it up with some grease in it and pack em yourself , go to another shop or carefully grease them with the zerks provided on the axle.


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Btw, I’d first act ignorant of the issue and get them to just put it back together. Then when it’s hooked to your truck, go tear them a new @ss. Loudly and publicly inside the store.
Then figure out how to make sure as many people know they’re scammers as possible.
This is a pretty egregious rip off attempt.

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There is nothing wrong with that axle. I sure don't see any "heat marks on it.

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That is NOT caused by heat, it is fretting corrosion .

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mobeewan wrote:

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.


Thanks everyone for the advice. Here is a quick update. I picked up the camper. Of course, extra fees were tacked on beyond the advertised price for the repack. We all have to learn a lesson the hard way sometimes, right.

I'll be getting a second opinion this week. As mobeewan recommended, I am taking it to Hibbard's. I'll let you know what they say.

As for repacking the bearings myself, it sounds like a great skill to learn. I learned how to do that on bicycles last year when I rebuilt a classic Schwinn. I guess I better step up my game and do it on the camper, too.

Thanks again for the assistance.


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As for repacking the bearings myself, it sounds like a great skill to learn. I learned how to do that on bicycles last year when I rebuilt a classic Schwinn. I guess I better step up my game and do it on the camper, too.



In my opinion, you have no other good choice but to do it yourself. Even if your next stop has a skilled and fair mechanic, what are you going to do when one of those cheap Chinese bearings ends your trip? With basic tools you can service a spindle roadside quickly. I learned the hard way about the junk bearings coming out of China, and replaced all with Timken.

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Try a different shop. It looks fine to me in the photo. It's hard to tell from a photo though. Get a second opinion. They could very well be trying to rip you off.

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Axle in the photo looks normal.

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the e-man wrote:

mobeewan wrote:

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.


Thanks everyone for the advice. Here is a quick update. I picked up the camper. Of course, extra fees were tacked on beyond the advertised price for the repack. We all have to learn a lesson the hard way sometimes, right.

I'll be getting a second opinion this week. As mobeewan recommended, I am taking it to Hibbard's. I'll let you know what they say.

As for repacking the bearings myself, it sounds like a great skill to learn. I learned how to do that on bicycles last year when I rebuilt a classic Schwinn. I guess I better step up my game and do it on the camper, too.

Honestly it is pretty similar to the bike. Seals are different, but it’s just putting grease in the bearing, and the adjusting the bearing nut. Although it’s heavier, dirtier, and you have to sit on the ground to do it.

It’s a shame people can’t be honest, and just do the work needed.

Thanks again for the assistance.



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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?


Better quality, but sadly made in China also. They moved from Ohio to China mid 05-06

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