Posted by Michael B on July 5, 2010, 1:28 pm
Yes, the instruction manual tells you that you need to
repack the bearings every 2-3,000 miles, and shows
how to do it. 2,000 miles would be over 20 years for me.
Posted by Gunner Asch on July 5, 2010, 1:45 pm
On Mon, 5 Jul 2010 06:28:32 -0700 (PDT), Michael B
That would be 2 weeks for me.
One could not be a successful Leftwinger without realizing that,
in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers
and mothers of Leftwingers, a goodly number of Leftwingers are
not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.
Posted by vaughn on July 5, 2010, 2:54 pm
Except that time and environment also have their effect on the bearings. As a
result of this thread, I got to thinking that my trailer was perhaps ten years
old and perhaps it was time to repack the bearings. (I doubt if it has more
than 2 or 3 hundred miles on it). Even after repacking, I found one of the
bearings felt rough enough to need replacement. That trailer is part of my
evacuation plan (I live in hurricane country) so I now have a complete
grease-packed spare hub. I plan to go "all out" & install a spindle on the
trailer's frame to hold the spare tire and hub all together. The hub and
spindle will serve as my spare tire mount. You will actually be able to rotate
the spare on the bearing!
Posted by Michael B on July 5, 2010, 3:19 pm
Pretty impressive to have a spare hub as well.
My trailer sits in the garage. But if you're in hurricane
country, you likely have salty airas well, certainly appropriate
to protect the moving parts, and to have spares.
Posted by Pete Keillor on July 6, 2010, 12:02 pm
On Mon, 5 Jul 2010 10:54:01 -0400, "vaughn"
It's likely your spare hub will die along with those in use. It'll be
exposed to the same elements, spare may roll in the slipstream, seal
will be compressed on spindle, etc. I'd seal up the spare hub
somehow, maybe plastic cups over ends and stored in waterproof box.
Can you evacuate ahead of time? Sometimes they don't let trailers on
the road when it's down to crunch time. If you're retired, then
that's not a problem as long as you don't mind evacuations. It's also
a hell of a lot easier to evacuate a day or two before crush. I once
spent 12 hours driving 120 miles. Drank a twelve pack of cokes,
smoked a half dozen cigars. For a good chunk of the trip, there were
cars in both lanes (2 lane road), both shoulders, and some in the