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Jim Harmon

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Posted: 04/19/12 07:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm wanting to replace all my 50mm Never Lube bearings. They are on a 2005 Holiday Rambler. All the bearings are still OK, but would like to replace all four just because of age.

I have been unable to find a supplier other than Timken, and the 50mm bearings are made at their plant in China. I know there has been a quality control problem at this plant. It may be fixed by now, but would prefer to buy these bearings from a manufacturer that has a better record than the Timken(China) plant. So far I've had no luck finding another manufacturer.

The bearing are Timken JXC25469CD. If anyone has any info on this issue I sure would like to hear from you. These bearings are used now on many 5th wheels, so this is an issue that we will be faced with.

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Check here
http://dexteraxle.com/bearings
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The Dexter Nev-R-Lube bearings are rated for 100,000 miles or 10 years. Sounds like yours are not ready for replacement.

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Thanks JR, but Dexter axle uses the Timken(China) plant for their 50mm Never Lube bearings. I've called them and they verified that was the source of this particular bearing.

I need a different manufacturer, if one exists. I've also called several of Dexter's regional axle plants across the country, same China source. These bearings from China seem to be having a quality control or quality issue, maybe both. At least this is what I have read on some forums. The bearings(original with the 5th wheel) are manufacured in France.

I'm looking for a different bearing manufacturer or at leasta different country of manufacture.

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Posted: 04/20/12 06:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have Never Lube on my Mobile Suite. The big problem is that they were not being torqued properly at the factory during assembly. I know this because I had one come apart on me in the middle of nowhere California. Make sure you torque to factory recommended specs when you replace them.


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Posted: 04/20/12 08:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am still wayne_tw wrote:

The Dexter Nev-R-Lube bearings are rated for 100,000 miles or 10 years. Sounds like yours are not ready for replacement.


Dexter warranty

Dexter's warranty says 100K or 5 years


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Posted: 04/20/12 08:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I purchased a complete new hub from Lippert to carry in case of a bearing failure.

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Motion industries would be a good choice.




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I just carry a spare bearing with me.It's easier to find a shop to install one than to get one delivered out on the road.Or do as Sealyn does,carry a complete hub assembly.
I check the temp on each wheel at every stop,if one is going bad I have a good chance of knowing about befor it causes a BIG headache


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I am a tire & wheel toucher. Not every stop but if doing a long day trip each wheel will get a little feel a couple times during the day.

I must have about 50,000 miles on mine. Carrying a spare bearing sounds like a good idea.


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