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Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings #5413857 04/26/20 03:41 PM
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Just purchased a 2015 16ft Jayco travel trailer with a Dexter axle.

The trailer has low mileage, but it is 5 years old.

Do the wheel bearings need repacking, or just inspecting?

Thanks.


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Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: knerml] #5413858 04/26/20 03:43 PM
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If you take the time to take it apart to inspect, why wouldn't you just buy new grease seals and repack?

I would inspect, repack, replace as needed.

Last edited by Kestas; 04/26/20 04:14 PM. Reason: No need to completely quote the first post in the second post.

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Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: knerml] #5413881 04/26/20 04:27 PM
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Since you have not owned it since new, i'd take apart inspect and regrease. What axle do you have? There is the Never lube, and the ez-lube axles. The Ez-lube have a grease fitting that greases the inner and outer race bearings. I have the ez lube, i've had it since new and i grease it regularly. I don't feel i need to take it down yearly.

My previous 05 jayco had EZ-lube axles, so i suspect thats what you have. Check your manual or pull the axle cap off like in the video below and see.

I jack up the trailer, spin the wheel as i slowly inject the grease. You want to grease SLOWLY so that you don't push grease out of the rear seal and contaminate the brake pads. Don't use electric or air powered grease guns.




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Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: knerml] #5413892 04/26/20 04:44 PM
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Definitely repack them now.


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Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: knerml] #5413971 04/26/20 06:32 PM
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What is the model# of the Dexter axle? It makes a big difference how the bearings are serviced.

Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: spasm3] #5414068 04/26/20 09:07 PM
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That’s just like the Tie Down Engineering spindles on my boat. I do a few shots every trip and figure that’s random enough to not have to jack the wheel up …

Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: knerml] #5414097 04/26/20 09:46 PM
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"You want to grease SLOWLY so that you don't push grease out of the rear seal and contaminate the brake pads."

Where does the old grease go?


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Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: knerml] #5414229 04/27/20 05:11 AM
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Inspect and repack annually in the spring before the camping season starts.


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Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: spasm3] #5414230 04/27/20 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by spasm3
Since you have not owned it since new, i'd take apart inspect and regrease. What axle do you have? There is the Never lube, and the ez-lube axles. The Ez-lube have a grease fitting that greases the inner and outer race bearings. I have the ez lube, i've had it since new and i grease it regularly. I don't feel i need to take it down yearly.

My previous 05 jayco had EZ-lube axles, so i suspect thats what you have. Check your manual or pull the axle cap off like in the video below and see.

I jack up the trailer, spin the wheel as i slowly inject the grease. You want to grease SLOWLY so that you don't push grease out of the rear seal and contaminate the brake pads. Don't use electric or air powered grease guns.





I wouldn't use that. You want to get the old grease out, replacing it with new grease and the only way to do it with an E-Z lube is to destroy the seal. Besides, I would want to inspect the bearings as well.

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How do I determine what axle I have?

The Jayco manual has no maintenance information at all. Just links to manufacturer web sites.


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Originally Posted by oldhp
"You want to grease SLOWLY so that you don't push grease out of the rear seal and contaminate the brake pads."

Where does the old grease go?

It comes out the font of the hub.

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Re: Travel Trailer Wheel Bearings [Re: knerml] #5414261 04/27/20 06:21 AM
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To the folks asking how it works and they would not use it because the old grease........Watch the video - the old grease comes back out towards you.....very nice system.

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Originally Posted by knerml
How do I determine what axle I have?

You'll have to look at it. RVs are not always made from a consistent set of parts, even during the same production run.
From the video, if you have EZ-Lube axles the outer rubber cap will say "EZ Lube."

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Originally Posted by knerml
How do I determine what axle I have?

The Jayco manual has no maintenance information at all. Just links to manufacturer web sites.

There should be a placard sticker on the axle from the Dexter factory

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Originally Posted by wwillson
Originally Posted by knerml
How do I determine what axle I have?

The Jayco manual has no maintenance information at all. Just links to manufacturer web sites.

There should be a placard sticker on the axle from the Dexter factory


Yes, you might have to crawl under there to take a pic of the placard.


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