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larry barnhart

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We do our bearings every year and that will be Sept 3rd this time. Never had the brakes changed because of nothing needed but who knows this might be the time.

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memtb wrote:

Someone mentioned monitoring your bearing temps by touching the cap....effective, but not real accurate. We carry a temp gun (less than $50), and take tire and hub temperatures on every stop.
I too check at most stops, and I also check my TPMS temperature readings at least hourly. I know that works because the sunny side is always hotter than the shade side, and I know one of my wheels is always just a few degrees hotter than the others.

As long as things stay like that, I'm good.

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A bit late in the day to get parts if needed. Best of luck. BTDT.


My guardian angel stepped in....

I spent two hours on the phone trying to find a tow company and repair shop. The tow company wasn't too tough but I was out of options on the repair shop. I was starting to get concerned. My phone rang and it was repair shop that I had spoken with earlier. The gent felt bad that he could not work on my trailer, too far away, so he got on the phone and found me a shop called Freight Savers. I never would have found them.

We towed it to their yard ($541) and saw that there was a 6 Robles warehouse a couple of doors down. Called the and a gent came down and looked at the trailer, left and came back 30 minutes later with all of the parts.

The trailer should be ready this morning. Great people really helped me out.

I am a little afraid to see the repair bill......
If you are back on the road next day just be happy for that.

I had a hard time getting a tow truck out and then two show up (same company) and neither wants to risk damage. Referred me to their mobile repair guy but by then it was late in the day and he had no time to chase parts. We left immediately in the truck toward town. My daughter was calling parts houses and everyone could get the parts in 4 to 6 days but referred me to another. Third one had something but not matching. She begged him to stay open past 5pm as were in motion and arrived about 5:20. Had to buy the rotor/hub/caliper so they would match in addition to full hardware. Called mobile service guy and started work about 7pm with the parts we brought. On the road again that evening about 9pm and into camp at 11:30. We were so lucky to lose essentially no time as every day was booked at 5 places in 10 days.

All worth it once we felt the euphoria of getting back on the road and back on schedule. Was concerned about the rest for the remainder of the trip but no more issues.


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I hope so.

Consider that we are replacing the entire rear axle, brakes and one wheel and tire. And they are working on Saturday to get it done.

I will be surprised it is less than $1000...


I feel your pain. We lost 2 wheel hubs, several years apart, on our last trailer. First time we ended up getting towed to a truck repair place; he was able to fix damage to the spindle so we didn't need to replace the axle, but we still waited all day in the sun at his shop while he was out on calls, then had to check into a seedy little motel for a couple nights while he awaited other parts. Second time we were luckier - discovered the damage to the hub when we arrived at the CG we had reserved for the night, which happened to be a block away from a truck repair garage! This time we had to replace the axle, which took a couple weeks (waiting on parts), so we had to unpack the trailer and leave it there, and go home (6 hours away) in the meantime.
Yeah, from our experience, your repair bill will be at least $1K. Good luck!!

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2oldman wrote:

What I don't get is how do you just readily view a grease hub? Aren't those usually covered by the rim or something like that?


When I first got my camper it had silly little chrome cups over the center of the hub. Had to pull the wheel to get to the hub cap. Chrome don't get you home.

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Unfortunately I was not surprised in the manner I had hoped.

$1514 for the repairs and $541 for the tow...

$2055 due to a failed wheel bearing.... Now come the medical bills... I think I may have pulled something while kicking myself in the butt for deciding to continue instead of Finding a shop to look at it.


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Yea that little voice!


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JRscooby wrote:

2oldman wrote:

What I don't get is how do you just readily view a grease hub? Aren't those usually covered by the rim or something like that?


When I first got my camper it had silly little chrome cups over the center of the hub. Had to pull the wheel to get to the hub cap. Chrome don't get you home.


I thought most all aluminum wheels had the chrome caps covering the wheel grease dust caps??? It would look pretty bad running the wheel without the chrome, but granted, give better access to measuring heat.

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dryfly wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

2oldman wrote:

What I don't get is how do you just readily view a grease hub? Aren't those usually covered by the rim or something like that?


When I first got my camper it had silly little chrome cups over the center of the hub. Had to pull the wheel to get to the hub cap. Chrome don't get you home.


I thought most all aluminum wheels had the chrome caps covering the wheel grease dust caps??? It would look pretty bad running the wheel without the chrome, but granted, give better access to measuring heat.


IMHO shinny paint on hub and cap looks fine at 50 MPH. If you don't like what you see, turn your head.

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Our main mileage is during the late fall to early spring .... Jayco recommends a bearing inspection 12,000 miles or once a year. I don't care to do that kind of work anymore so for the last 12 years I* drop off my TT at the dealer and they go over the whole unit. Sure it costs a few bucks but guess what they have prevented bad things more than once and a few bucks is spent in the positive direction for a problem free trip.
As I drive across the USA there are many spots far away from a dealer and not where I want to be along side of the road thinking if I woulda or coulda.


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