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RE: Good report on Lippert support-- beyond outstanding!

........ Makes you wonder, how many people parrot displeasure, concerning a company they have never dealt with? ..... Something like people who bash the Dexter EZ Lube axles. But when pushed, admit they never owned an RV with those axles. Or those who bashed the Ford 6.0 Powerstroke. But, again, when pushed admit they never owned one. And the list goes on. Human nature at its less than best.
BB_TX 11/15/21 08:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dexter Axles

I have a 1999 tri axel trailer outside that has well over 100,000mi on it and just went on an 1100mi trip. It weighs around 10,000lbs loaded and the Dexters have NEVER been greased or failed. I have EZ Lube axles but always periodically remove, clean, inspect and hand repack all of my trailer bearings no more than every couple of years. I recently pulled the bearings on my trailer I use for transporting my railroad motorcar and the trailer had been sitting for about a year. Condensate in one of the bearings had created a rust spot on the race and on a couple of the bearing rollers. Had I not found this, I could have ended up on the side of the road with a bearing failure. There's no substitute for proper maintenance.
whjco 08/22/21 03:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Basic Maintenance

Having endured a blowout on my previous RV, a motorhome I'm gun shy about letting tires go too long. To each his own but, after 5 or 6 years I'm buying a new set of tires. I have the EZ lube axles so I just do that. They are far better than the old days when you had to pull everything apart to "pack" your bearings. Adjusting the brakes is super easy and I do that once a year. It never needs much adjusting. The roof is what I pay the most attention to. Our first travel trailer was in 1991. Personally, I've never had a bearing or axle issue and never known anyone too. However, I'm certain that the bearings can fail if neglected or, have a manufacturer defect, or get water in them and rust up.
falconbrother 07/15/21 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: How many strokes??

…. I have that system and have pumped many tubes of grease into them and NEVER had a bit of grease come out the back. I have disk brakes so it's easy to tell. …. . Every time EZ Lube comes up there are those who immediately say don’t do it or you will get grease on your brakes. Two or three of those I asked if they had actually done that. And they admitted they had not and were only repeating what they had heard. No doubt some have gotten grease on their brakes. And questionable if those followed Dexter guidelines exactly, either pumping to fast, not continuously turning the wheel, using a pneumatic gun, etc. Yes, too many declare a product bad, just because they fail to follow the instructions. I had EZ Lube axles on two trailers and never an issue with blowing the seals, but I read and follow instructions. Ken
TXiceman 07/14/21 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How many strokes??

As TXiceman posted. Those are Dexter EZ Lube axles. And definitely takes a LOT of grease to properly grease the inner and outer bearings. Follow the video carefully. Many people say absolutely do not grease those zerks. But done correctly it works well.
BB_TX 07/13/21 08:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help with zirk fittings

Now take a look at their drawing and you will see that the inner bearing has no shoulder support next to the grease seal. Their drawing shows a best case situation that I have never seen. In fact, the drawings and tolerances confirm that there can be zero contact with the bearing ground surface, in my opinion this is a design defect. With the bearing pushing against only a sharp edge, the bearing adjustment is quickly lost. Those that only want to toss grease at their spindles have no clue. https://i.imgur.com/Dn6PEzDl.jpg That may be more of a "illustration" rather than taken from actual CAD drawings since I retrived that pix from Dexters service manual. CAD drawing I would have expected to have dimensions and tolerances notations.. However, I am not exactly a fan of drilling the center out and then cross drilling out material where you want or need full strength.. To me, I would rather have 100% solid "meat" to work with instead of "EZ Lube" capability.. To me, it is a potential weak spot that can be bent or worse snapped off. But, I get it, folks like "new fangled things" that are sold as time saving gadgets and not everyone like myself cares to get hands greasy.. I didn't buy my flatbed trailer because it had "EZ Lube" axles, it unfortunately was part of the deal so I must live and deal with them on one of my trailers. If you must have one and must use it, just read and follow the instructions, otherwise you could face having to needlessly replace brake backing plates.
Gdetrailer 04/19/21 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with zirk fittings

Ok, so i have the ez lube axels or whatever they are called now. I will use them after i finish my break job. I really dont see how a normal hand pumped grease gun will push out the back seal. Hell, i have a hard enough time trying to pry out the rear seal with a hammer to repack them. The new seal is always tight goung in also. I can see if you re use an old seal, or dont put the seal in correctly that you might blow out the rear seal. But under normal operation. I cant see it happening. Now with that said, i would repack by hand every 5 years or so to check the bearings and races and such. But i plan on using the ez lubes for a few years for annual greasing after its set up. Do you understand that somebody that does not know what they are doing with a hand pump grease gun can tighten the tracks on a D-6 Cat dozer so tight it will not hardly pull up on a trailer? Which is the "conventional wisdom" that my Dad taught me back when I got my first car and he showed and explained step by step on how to repack the bearings.. Big rule was to not pack the hub center full of grease. Just pack grease around all of the bearing surfaces is sufficient.. Has worked well for me for several million miles of driving across multiple cars and trucks. But I get it, not everyone likes to get hands dirty and grabbing a grease gun is very convenient.. Thank you I know nothing of what you speak. Is the cat tracks the same set up as an ez lube axel? If it is i am surprised. While my post had nothing to do with "cat tracks", I can see where that is possible to do given the correct parts are put under enough pressure from a grease gun.. Many folks in the "hit and miss" engine collecting community often resort to using the grease gun method for pushing out badly stuck/frozen/rusted pistons.. HERE is one mention of that.. Also have seen folks using same grease gun method to remove stuck brake caliper pistons for rebuilding the calipers.. HERE Using a grease gun to grease wheel bearings are a quick fix for those that do not want to get their hands dirty, but with quick fixes, it comes at some risk. Failure to follow the directions from the manufacturer will most likely result in grease bypassing the seal. To avoid that you must rotate the wheel while greasing, that means you will need to put a jack under each axle and get it off the ground. Grease on a nice warm to hot day, cold grease does not "flow" well and will be stiff.. That will cause pressure to build up higher than when warm. Then because grease guns can develop a lot of pressure, you must pull the handle slowly. Hard and fast handle movements are where you develop the high pressure. If this is the first time greasing, it may take a lot of grease, the factory does not load them up with grease and it takes a lot of grease to load the center hub chamber. When you see grease pushing out the front bearing you can stop, no need to keep pushing. Be patient, don't be in a hurry. Myself, I have two trailers, one without EZ lube and one with.. I personally do not care for the ez lube axles, my inspection mechanic loaded them one inspection, now when the mechanic (or myself) pulls a drum we are greeted with a excess of greasy gooey mess to clean up. That grease pulls out in a big long greasy ribbon and leaves globs of grease on the axle stub.. I would rather pull and inspect my brakes periodically than worry so much about how much grease the bearings have.. Once you grease them the grease does not evaporate or disappear..
Gdetrailer 04/18/21 08:53pm Travel Trailers
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