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CavemanCharlie

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Posted: 01/16/13 05:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wonder if Jayco would even know. They just purchase the axles and install them. I guess every time I had to replace bearings I had to pull a set out, clean them up, read the part numbers printed on the bearings, and then cross reference them.

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Good read within - Click Here -

Focus on its Lubrication text at bottom of page 7.

Document is well worth reading and following...

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spike99 wrote:

Good read within - Click Here -

Focus on its Lubrication text at bottom of page 7.

Document is well worth reading and following...


Poor lubrication (i.e. overheating) can be caught with a $20.00 IR gun.

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CavemanCharlie wrote:

I wonder if Jayco would even know. They just purchase the axles and install them.


A customer service specialist at Jayco sent me a schematic of the axle specifications based on my model, year and VIN number.


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dieselenthusiast wrote:

CavemanCharlie wrote:

I wonder if Jayco would even know. They just purchase the axles and install them.


A customer service specialist at Jayco sent me a schematic of the axle specifications based on my model, year and VIN number.


Cool, That's a good brownie point on Jayco's part.

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CavemanCharlie wrote:

Cool, That's a good brownie point on Jayco's part.


That’s exactly what I was thinking. From my understanding, there’s nothing overly special about Jayco products as far as how they are constructed or what they use for materials, but they do seem to be very organized, have good customer service and I like their 2 year warranty.

Anyway, I have Dexter Part# 56836 Axles, E-Z lube, 3,300 lb. My Dry Weight is 3,495 lbs, Cargo Weight 1,255 lbs, and GVWR 4,750 lbs. I doubt my axle bearings have very much stress for my light load. I now have a breakdown list of the hub parts, grease/lube parts and brake parts. The Jayco customer service specialist suggested that I contact Dexter axle direct for part numbers on the bearings and then cross reference through Timken.

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dieselenthusiast wrote:

CavemanCharlie wrote:

Cool, That's a good brownie point on Jayco's part.


That’s exactly what I was thinking. From my understanding, there’s nothing overly special about Jayco products as far as how they are constructed or what they use for materials, but they do seem to be very organized, have good customer service and I like their 2 year warranty.

Anyway, I have Dexter Part# 56836 Axles, E-Z lube, 3,300 lb. My Dry Weight is 3,495 lbs, Cargo Weight 1,255 lbs, and GVWR 4,750 lbs. I doubt my axle bearings have very much stress for my light load. I now have a breakdown list of the hub parts, grease/lube parts and brake parts. The Jayco customer service specialist suggested that I contact Dexter axle direct for part numbers on the bearings and then cross reference through Timken.


Don't know if Dexter did this 5 years ago, but the Dexter axles on our recently purchased Jayco White Hawk have barcode labels with the axle serial # on them. Also, the dealer provided us a copy of the build sheet that lists model and serial #'s for every component installed in the trailer that wasn't manufactured by Jayco. Think a call to Dexter will get you the info. you need, and yes the folks at Jayco are a helpful bunch when it comes to customer service, as is Dexter.

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I didn't see anyone from PA reply, and I don't know if any other states require this, but here they pull two axles at yearly inspection. It didn't take long to figure out, even if they're competent and careful, the likelyhood of ruined seals or contamination is more likely the more often you mess with them. I spent quite a bit of time, money and care to get my bearings and brakes nice and purdy, and I hate it every year when they mess with them, so I've decided to at least re-do the two they pull every year and keep track of which ones they do year to year in case they never pull the other two. Just makes sense to me to be confident in smoothe sailing.


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Here's one for you, how about a grease job lasting maybe 28 years? Recently bought an 85 Wilderness 22L that is pristine in and out and apparantly not driven all that much. When I pulled the hubs there was lots of grease but it was all brown and kinda thick, so I thought the bearings would be shot. However, they and the races were in perfect condition, and NOT made in China. I'm not sure if that was the original grease, but it sure looked like it. As I mentioned before in this thread, I leave off the pretty little hub covers that fit behind the wheel so I can take off the dust cover and inspect if there is still a lot of grease around the outer bearing. Everytime I get gas I walk around the whole rig and hold the back of my hand close to each wheel looking for hot ones.


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Posted: 01/24/13 07:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also repack my wheel bearings every year


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