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Posted: 01/25/13 06:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The service manager at the dealer I have used for 12 years told me every other year. The trailer gets NYS inspected every year, bearings repacked every other. Works for me.


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mosseater wrote:

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.


The pull 2 of your axels apart during a yearly inspection? They have a yearly inspection? Wow. I've never heard of anything like that in the midwest.

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mosseater wrote:

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.


The pull 2 of your axels apart during a yearly inspection? They have a yearly inspection? Wow. I've never heard of anything like that in the midwest.


I had so many bad experiences with PA state inspections that I refuse to have it done anymore. I would rather pay the fines.





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Found the info on pages 10 & 11 interesting. Has anyone tried this method to determine tongue weight?


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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...


Found the info on pages 10 & 11 interesting. Has anyone tried this method to determine tongue weight?


Yes, it works fine.


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Is there a way that I can check my RV to find out what axle I have? I want to buy Timken replacement bearings for my Dexter axle; however, my owner’s manual doesn’t specify what I need for replacement hub bearings. Dexter makes 2K, 2.8K, and 3.5K, etc axles capacities, but I don’t know what mine is. Any thoughts or do I need to call Jayco?


Call Dexter w/ your axle number. It is stamped on the tube. 9 digits I think. They will send you a whole spec sheet for your particular axle. Part numbers and sizes for bearings, hubs spindles, brakes, etc. I just got one for mine a couple of days ago.

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I typically repack mine every 6 mths.

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Turtle n Peeps wrote:


I "inspect" about every 7 years. Why 7 years? Because after owning over 7 trailers in my life I have learned that "my" trailers need "inspecting" after 7 years at about 5K a year average.

Even then I don't always pack them. In fact, most of the time I don't. The magnets most of the time need redoing after this time but the lining is usually in good shape and so are the bearings. I adjust up the brakes and call it good for another 7 years.


I think Turtle n Peeps might be on to something. It's not that I can't afford $200 dollars to have the bearings repacked, but I also don't want to throw away money when it's not needed. I'm going to put a little Amsoil GLC grease in the E-Z lube and monitor with a thermal gun.


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Call Dexter w/ your axle number. It is stamped on the tube. 9 digits I think. They will send you a whole spec sheet for your particular axle. Part numbers and sizes for bearings, hubs spindles, brakes, etc. I just got one for mine a couple of days ago.


Mike, I appreciate the info; however, I didn't make myself clear in a previous post which is my fault. Jayco has already provided me with the Axle and Brake Information including Jayco Part Numbers and Vender Part Numbers. The Jayco Tech suggested that I call Dexter and have them cross reference for the Timken bearings.

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I repack every 2-3 years. the last time I did it was oct 2011, before our trip to Disney in Nov. in reality you need to repack more often if the trailer sits for long stretches and the grease gets condensation or if you put alot of miles on it in one year (at least 10k miles). I put approx. 3-5k miles on our trailer a year. and it gets used approx. every 3 weeks until winter storage. I will probably repack them at the end of this year.


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