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    Posted: 16 Sep 2014 at 5:26pm
Anyone have any idea what mileage to expect after lubricating?
One dealer offered to repack mine for $423....Yikes!!!

I would rather do it myself, but not sure how. Manuals I've read are pretty vague.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2014 at 7:28pm
Welcome.  According to some, you should repack your bearings after 5-7k miles.  I have mine done each year at my local Camping World.  After checking with my delivering dealer who wanted me to make all the payments on his boat, I checked with Camping World.  Cost is about $150.US.  Safe Travels.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2014 at 8:17pm
We had a lively discussion on just this topic:

http://www.rpod-owners.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=4323&KW=wheel+bearing&PID=41820&title=spring-maintenance#41820


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2014 at 10:55pm
The "spring maintenance" discussion covered it pretty well IMO.  I've repacked a lot of bearings in the last 30-40 years.  It's not rocket science but, as mentioned, is indeed messy/gooey.  Frequency?  I try to pay attention to how much I use a given trailer.  If I use a trailer for what seems like a lot of miles in a year, I'll repack the bearings.  If not, I'll wait till next year.  Note that "lot of miles" is totally subjective.  I guess I don't make a science of it like I probably should.  Never had a bearing failure, though (knock on wood).  If I needed a mileage number, I'd probably use 10-12,000 mi.

As for the use of the bearing buddies and super-lube hubs, it's probably like most things:  if it's done right, it works out ok.  My fear is grease getting past the rear seals and getting on the brakes.  I do use the bearing buddies on my boat trailer (no brakes).  

One more thing on doing it yourself:  When I started repacking bearings, we didn't have the nifty nitrile gloves like today.  Those take a lot of the nastiness out of the job.  Hooray for Harbor Freight!

Sorry this got lengthy .. Just trying to add one more data point.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 2014 at 10:39am
Just a little question I would like to thro in. When is the last time you repacked your car or truck front wheel bearings?????? Same type cup and cone. Even so I do the pod, and 2 boat trailers every year with new seals.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 2014 at 1:22pm
I've done them on my F350 several times in it's currently 200,000+ mile life.    Trailer bearings are a piece of cake compared to them- 4wd truck- all the locking hub stuff, calipers etc have to come off, plus huge seals that are around $15 apiece.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 2014 at 1:36pm
I thought most on cars and trucks were now sealed?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 2014 at 2:13pm
I think that may be true on most front wheel drive cars.   

Actually Dexter offers a sealed bearing unit for trailers that is supposed to last 100,000 miles guaranteed.  Of course it costs more so I doubt few trailer manufacturers are spec'ing them.

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