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Old 10-08-2009, 07:58 AM   #1
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Bearing grease specification?

Bought replacement tires for our airstream and going up north to bring our baby home. She has been parked in the pine trees (I know for sure over 17 years) and maybe 30! My husband is repacking the bearings today. Is there a required weight or just get a high temp grease?
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Bought replacement tires for our airstream and going up north to bring our baby home. She has been parked in the pine trees (I know for sure over 17 years) and maybe 30! My husband is repacking the bearings today. Is there a required weight or just get a high temp grease?
Use a high quality grease.

Replace the grease seals, that are hard to find.

The brakes on that trailer, have been obsolete for many years.

The shocks could be shot.

What's the condition of the wheels? Are they rusted?

What's the condition of the coupler lock? Is it OK?

Being parked that long has many negative effects on the trailer.

Exterior gaskets, hazardous furnace, leaky water tank, leaky water heater, frozen piston in the air compressor, rusty flue in the reefer, as well as a dirty burner and orifice from rust, etc, etc. LPG leaks?

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Use a high quality grease.

Replace the grease seals, that are hard to find.

The brakes on that trailer, have been obsolete for many years.

The shocks could be shot.

What's the condition of the wheels? Are they rusted?

What's the condition of the coupler lock? Is it OK?

Being parked that long has many negative effects on the trailer.

Exterior gaskets, hazardous furnace, leaky water tank, leaky water heater, frozen piston in the air compressor, rusty flue in the reefer, as well as a dirty burner and orifice from rust, etc, etc. LPG leaks?

Andy
Safari62? sounds familiar......
Project one is to safely move trailer to your work location. Does your truck have a brake controller installed? If electric brakes work at all this is needed to send power to them.

When I first moved my 62' Safari, it was two miles up the road to brothers house and driveway. The trailer had been in it's location for 10 years. My house was 500 miles away so further precautions were made to prepare for the longer journey.

This is where I got carried away. I totally rebuilt brakes, replaced bearings, seals, and even had the drums resurfaced. Now I own a worn out axle with all new parts. It was around $300.00 not including new tires. I did the labor.

So the best thing to do if the stars are in your favor is make sure brake lights work, inspect bearings, brakes and if it operational transport a short distance. Axle replacement will be in your future in any case.

If anything looks too risky, hire a flatbed tow truck and have it delivered to your new work area.

Worn out furnaces and leaking water tanks will not have any effect on the this first outing with your Safari. That will be later.
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Tell husband to go by Tractor Supply and pickup TRUCK AND TRACTOR GREASE, tell him its the red stuff. TSC also carries some trailer supplys so they may also have some bearing grease.
TRUCK and TRACTOR GREASE is what ya USE on those $250,000 combines for cutting grain. I have used it for yrs in my trailers. It has a high drop point and sticks well on things thats spin.
As said previously CHECK EVERTHING SAFETY related. Especially Coupler and latch,make sure to put a lock or bolt in the latch. Make sure safety chains are in place and also everything that has been mentioned previously
Good with your new Baby
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Safari62? sounds familiar......

Worn out furnaces and leaking water tanks will not have any effect on the this first outing with your Safari. That will be later.
If your furnace was made by "International Oil Burner", do not attempt to fire it up.

That furnace has a history of exploding.

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Thank you to all.......we're home with our baby. No problems. Husband is well acquanted with the safe guard issues. Put the new tires on, packed the bearins, brakes were great, unbelievable the condition of this trailer. We are looking forward to working on her next summer when the weather gets warm. October in Michigan is starting to get cold. Snow flakes in Graying today and yesterday. Oh...he did have to to a slight re-wiring...the accessory and brake wire were reversed.
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Glad Ya made it home safe with your new baby. We will expect to see you at the Detroit-Metro Rally next year. I dont know the location yet but stay tuned here.
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On time

Hope to have her up on time
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