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Old 06-03-2010, 08:06 AM   #15
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Yes......now I'm curious about Airstream's new "Nev-R-Lube" hubs.
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:21 AM   #16
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I know that you can buy Timken bearings (and a LOT of other RV stuff) here:

Trailer Parts Superstore - RV Parts & Accessories (800) 453-7379

and somehow, I know that my trailer (a '99 Safari 23') takes Timken bearing set # 17 for the larger end of the spindle, and bearing set #4 for the smaller end ( can't remember how I found that out) ...

but I can't remember whether the Timken bearings are Chinese made or not ...

either way, I DO trust Timken to have good quality control. Am I paying a few bucks more per hub for the name? Maybe, but I also think that I get Timken's long history in metallurgy (for a long time they made their own steel ... not sure whether they still do or not), their known quality manufacturing methods, and their QC. I just sleep better at night this way, and the few extra bucks are worth it to me. Maybe not for others.
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My experience with the 'offshore' bearings
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f465...tml#post591215
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:35 AM   #18
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<snip> Does anyone know if American-made bearings are still available? Are new Airstreams supplied with American bearings?
I would hope that Airstream doesn't skimp on such an inexpensive part on their very expensive trailers... I don't think they would as a bearing failure could result in a VERY expensive warranty repair.
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My '05 came with Koyo bearings made in USA. I just replaced one bearing set which was toast (third inch free play at outside edge of tire).
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My '05 came with Koyo bearings made in USA. I just replaced one bearing set which was toast (third inch free play at outside edge of tire).
YIKES! Can we presume you did annual maintenance?
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This is second maintenance. Outer bearing looked good, inner one was mangled.
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