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Old 05-31-2007, 04:09 PM   #1
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Cost to repack bearings?

I'm just curious... what is the normal cost range for repacking bearings on a 2-axel (30') trailer?
I did a search on 'repack bearings cost' but didn't come up with much.
I normally do this myself, but time constraints are requiring that I have it done.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:13 PM   #2
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I'm just curious... what is the normal cost range for repacking bearings on a 2-axel (30') trailer?
I did a search on 'repack bearings cost' but didn't come up with much.
I normally do this myself, but time constraints are requiring that I have it done.
I'm not sure as we always do the work ourselves. Have you tried calling your local Airstream dealer? I'm sure they will give you a quote over the phone.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:18 PM   #3
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Our local dealer (TX/NM border) quoted 1 hour labor/axel. Thus it was about $200. Not cheap, but we were under a time crunch as well.
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They just called and told me my bill was $350 for labor. Seemed high. (We're in Houston)
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:30 PM   #5
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I was in to my dealer in Iowa last month. Their bill for two axles, 1.25 hours -- $150.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:55 PM   #6
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THat sounds about right 1.25 hours, times the shop rate.


But $200 or worse yet $350 is a rip off. Did they ask for that much money without a gun?
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:07 PM   #7
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I just got mine repacked yesterday.

I paid $110 for 2 hours of labor to repack 4 trailer wheel bearings, replace the seals, clean and adjust the trailer brakes, and to replace the fuel filter in my truck. I was charged another $33.12 for the seals, and the fuel filter cost $56.52. (with 6% PA tax added to all)

I believe it would have been well under $150 total if they had only repacked the bearings and replaced the seals.

Incidentally, they repacked my bearings 2 years ago at this time, and when I took it in last year for repacking they told me it was fine and didn't need to be done. (I put about 5000 interstate highway miles on my trailer each summer, and store it inside for 8 months during the winter.)

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Old 05-31-2007, 05:32 PM   #8
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I need to go into the repacking of bearing business. I just did mine on the CCD in less than 2 hours, I recognize that you have a time constraint.

$4.89 for good bearing grease and a tub of hand cleaner (yes, I used gloves but they don't stop everything). 4 seals were $3.50 each and the bearings were in great shape. But, I did have a dealership replace all 4 rotors and brake pads on the F250 yesterday for $850, I felt taken but I also am up against a hard deadline for a trip so I did not want to have a truck in limbo for parts.

$150 seems like an upper limit on what I would pay for packing bearings if that included new seals.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:40 PM   #9
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But, I did have a dealership replace all 4 rotors and brake pads on the F250 yesterday for $850, I felt taken but I also am up against a hard deadline for a trip so I did not want to have a truck in limbo for parts.
$850 seems within reason. We just did the same work to our GMC 2500 HD and the parts cost us $350 and about 4 hours of labor. So if labor costs $100/hr and you add in parts, it would have cost us about $750 if we took it to the dealer. Keep in mind, our parts costs are lower because we bought after market parts at Napa. Dealer parts are always more expensive. Also, we had trouble with getting the rims off the front of the truck because of rusted bolts. Perhaps your dealership needed extra time for something like that.
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At some of those prices, it sounds as if more than the bearings were getting "packed"
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:48 PM   #11
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cost...

Most of the dealers in our area charge $100 to $150 per axle for labor PLUS the cost for the grease seals. They also adjust the electric drum brakes which do not self adjust like automobile drum brakes. I usually do our own bearings/brakes and plan on taking a whole Saturday to do it, 3 tires in the morning and the other 3 in the afternoon.
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Had my single axle done at A/S in Jackson Center earlier this month :

@ $85. / hr $122.40
2 Seals $ 13.28
2 Cotter Pins $ .36
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Our local trailer shop charges $200 for 4 wheel repack, including seals, not including new bearings or brake parts.
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:35 PM   #14
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We just paid:
4 seals and brake adjust kit = 23.59
bearing repack labor 3 hours = 195.00

Total $218.59
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