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corvettekent

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Posted: 09/25/20 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bowti wrote:

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Dexter does make a sealed bearing cartridge for some of their axles. Nev-R-Lube bearings don't need any maintenance during their lifetime. Mine are 12 years old, function like new, and have never been touched. They are not an aftermarket add. The axle has to be specified with the bearings.


I was not aware of this option from Dexter. Do they give you a mileage life, as to when they need to be replaced?.


I called Dexter about my Nev-R-lube bearings and they told my 100,000 miles. Mine are 16 years old and doing fine.


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Posted: 09/25/20 08:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bowti wrote:

Durb wrote:

Dexter does make a sealed bearing cartridge for some of their axles. Nev-R-Lube bearings don't need any maintenance during their lifetime. Mine are 12 years old, function like new, and have never been touched. They are not an aftermarket add. The axle has to be specified with the bearings.


I was not aware of this option from Dexter. Do they give you a mileage life, as to when they need to be replaced?.


Five year or 100,000 mile warranty. Inspection involves jacking the wheel off the ground and give it a spin and jiggle test. Tight and smooth then you are good to go.

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Durb wrote:

Bowti wrote:

Durb wrote:

Dexter does make a sealed bearing cartridge for some of their axles. Nev-R-Lube bearings don't need any maintenance during their lifetime. Mine are 12 years old, function like new, and have never been touched. They are not an aftermarket add. The axle has to be specified with the bearings.


I was not aware of this option from Dexter. Do they give you a mileage life, as to when they need to be replaced?.


Five year or 100,000 mile warranty. Inspection involves jacking the wheel off the ground and give it a spin and jiggle test. Tight and smooth then you are good to go.


That's mighty impressive, given they want e-z lube bearings serviced every year or 3 to 4 thousand miles, which ever occurs first. The upgrade might be the way to go just for the peace of mind factor, even though greasing each year is no big deal. I guess the cost of the upgrade, also has to be considered before going that route.


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Bowti wrote:

That's mighty impressive, given they want e-z lube bearings serviced every year or 3 to 4 thousand miles, which ever occurs first. The upgrade might be the way to go just for the peace of mind factor, even though greasing each year is no big deal. I guess the cost of the upgrade, also has to be considered before going that route.
They don't actually want you to service your bearings that often. That is simply the CYA put out to Cover Their A**es.

I'm firmly in the camp that the bearings should be checked when you first take possession of your trailer. Once you've determined the bearings are good, and are lubed well, you check them every several year or when you feel the urge. Every year or every other year is a waste of my time.

It would appear that trailer builders are notorious for doing a singularly poor job of assembling, and/or greasing the bearings before putting the trailer in service. Mine were pretty bad, but I finally pulled and rechecked bearings after 5 years and all was good.


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I have a 2015 CreekSide with Dexter EZ Lubes. I've read all the pro-cons in greasing the bearings with this. I felt that most persons having trouble with getting grease in their brakes were likely over greasing, or not spinning the wheel while greasing. I was wrong. I spun the wheel while gently greasing just enough to see the grease come out by the washer and nut........aaaand I had grease in 3 of 4 hubs with brakes. I think what happens is the hub(that is full of grease) gets hot going down the road, builds pressure and slings it into the brakes. Either way, I will be manually greasing my bearings every 10 or so thousand miles. Also, Dusty R, don't trust the spring loaded cabs with the grease zerk, they only grease the nut, washer, cotter pin and maybe a little of the front bearing, unless the entire hub is full of grease to force it to the back bearing....and if your flat bed trailer has brakes, they will likely get gooped up with grease. I've seen much of that at my Dad's RV shop when I worked there.


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I put USA made Timken bearings in mine, greased with a good synthetic moly grease, and don't worry about them for a good while. Always a full clean, inspect, and repack. None of this pump more grease in and go stuff.

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not knowing what the axle will be used for may be part of the repack recomendation. Boat trailers that get in the water one story. Travel trailer that gets used often, another story where you can probably go a long time between repack. Then there is the person that takes the trailer out once/year for 2 weeks and then it sits out for 50 weeks. probably not good for bearings either.

I repack a new trailer axle at one year then let it go at least 5 years. My neighbor has put close to 200K miles on his cargo trailer and 150K on the previous cargo trailer and never had a failure and never did a repack either. They get 30K ish miles/year.

Our son's work cargo trailer probably has 75K on it, about 10 years old, never been repacked, no issues.


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