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myredracer

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Posted: 08/06/19 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bravelion wrote:

After how many miles should wheel bearings be repacked? What does that actually entail?

Well, according to Dexter, bearings should be inspected and repacked annually or every 12K miles, whichever comes first. If this happened to be your own trailer, yes you might want to follow that. Many let it go longer than that. But 500 miles?? That's just plain ridiculous. Just an upcharge for nothing. Doing a proper repack on 4 wheels is hours of work, and not possible to do for $55.

As mentioned, just how would they know your mileage? 500 miles is a pretty short road trip. It would be interesting to ask how they track it. Another important reason to pull your drums off is to do a brake inspection. That's just as important as a routine bearing inspection/repack, if not more so.

As for tire speed rating, there's more of a choice now for higher than a 65 mph speed rating. Just had a set of Endurance installed with an 87 mph rating and have a few hundred miles on them. Nice to have ST tires that you don't have to restrict to 65 mph all the time. While I rarely want to or have a need to go above 65, I did get up to 75 or so on the interstate with them a couple of times and they sure run nice and track straight as an arrow.


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My inexpensive Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires are rated to 81mph, although I dont typically go faster than 70-72 with the travel trailer.

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72cougarxr7 wrote:

My inexpensive Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires are rated to 81mph, although I dont typically go faster than 70-72 with the travel trailer.


I bought a set of the Carlisle Radial Trail HD tire for my boat trailer for the higher tow speed. I'm on my second year, time will tell I usually get three years before noticing any degradation.


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I repack the bearings on my 2008 Keystone Sprinter 5th wheel every spring regardless of how many miles I put on it the following year. I have a gooseneck cattle trailer I bought new in 1992 and only greased the bearings once which was last year. That's 26 years, and countless thousands of miles

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jmhartley11 wrote:

I repack the bearings on my 2008 Keystone Sprinter 5th wheel every spring regardless of how many miles I put on it the following year. I have a gooseneck cattle trailer I bought new in 1992 and only greased the bearings once which was last year. That's 26 years, and countless thousands of miles
So why do one differently from the other? Same design. Why spend so much time doing what you've discovered is basically unnecessary busy work?


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MFL wrote:

" Post back after READING CURRENT INFO, we'll see if you are MAN ENOUGH to admit when you are wrong!"

No word from Doug yet??? Didn't expect any!

Thanks Howard, for looking it up, reading for him.

BTW...Providers have been out in trailer use since 2010, rated M, so not just something that just happened.

Jerry


I will eat Crow. But, as noted, the change came in 2005. BUT, OEM trailer tires will NOT be rated higher than 65 mph. I will bet 90% of towable tires are either OEM or CHEAP replacements, as most people will not research and get higher mph tires when they replace the Trailer tires. So, I will stand by my statement about towing speed and will remove the word ALL and add SOME. Doug

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Posted: 08/12/19 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"BUT, OEM trailer tires will NOT be rated higher than 65 mph."

Again, don't bet the farm on that. Some people have posted about their trailers coming with either Sailun or Goodyear tires as OEM, both of which are rated above 65 mph.

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