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Old 02-24-2007, 10:25 PM   #1
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Question Lube interval for a '06 Classic

I was told that my trailer, 06 Classic 31, had permanently lubed axles. Now I am being told they do not and need to be done every 10,000 miles. One problem I already have 15,000 miles on the trailer.
So does anyone really know if I have sealed bearings? Do I need to replace them? do they need to be repacked now? or at the one year anniversary?
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"permanent" well that is a long time...

since you have an 06,

you must have dexter axles?

they make at least 3 styles...

http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/1080235/f/...gs_4-06_72.pdf

1. conventionally lubed
2, 'e-z lube' (via a zerk like fitting)
3. 'nev-r lube' a sealed bearing race good for up to 100,000 miles or 5-years.

#3 is NOT a lifetime bearing set but rather a 'no service' set and they do need to be replaced based on mileage or years...

in your purchase paperwork, should be a yellow sheet/card...

labeled the airstream certified performance check-out...

this sheet has listed all major bits (frame, axles, locks, applicances, lp tanks) along with serial numbers...

so this sheet contains the serial numbers for your axles...

dexter has a website. you can call them or email them with your axle numbers.

http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1080235/f/6-8K%...0_res_2-05.pdf

you can download the complete dexter service guide and even the installation manual for your axle model...cool!

http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/1080235/f/...-06_72_res.pdf

why not get the correct answer from the maker?



alternatively you can remove a wheel and center cap and look...

fyi...per airstream/for warranty purposes a hub/bearing inspection is required at 6 months.

did you have this done? if not, your hubs are out of warranty sad but this is in the paperwork.

there are many threads here on the +/- of bearing repacks and frequency...

and NONE of them matter IF you have the never-lube 100k style...

i had mine (henschens) inspected at 6 months (9-10k) and repacked at 25kmiles...

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Old 02-26-2007, 03:11 PM   #3
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I was told that my trailer, 06 Classic 31, had permanently lubed axles.
Permanently lubed axles or bearings?

The axles will never need lubrication. The bearings are another story as outlined above.

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Dunno, looks like something is going on...see post #1:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ade-30441.html
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Michelle does have Dexters -- although they were only used on the '06s between mid-summer '05 and about February '06. Suspect she'd confirm her build date within this period. My Safari was built in August '05 and has the Dexters -- drum instead of disk brakes tho.
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Dexters....were only used on the '06s between mid-summer '05 and about February '06.
can you confirm this bob?

while it was repeated here several times that the dexter switch was temporary,

my info suggests they are STILL using dexter.

the henschens aren't 'canada certified' yet.

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can you confirm this bob?

while it was repeated here several times that the dexter switch was temporary,

my info suggests they are STILL using dexter.

the henschens aren't 'canada certified' yet.
2air' -- No I can't. I have only a general recall of posts here at the Forums. Like the news about sealed bearings it is hard to keep up with exactly what the factory is doing. If no Canada certification is in place yet, one would have to wonder if/why they'd be using any Henschens. Tell us more ...
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:31 PM   #8
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2air excellent post

2air,
Your post #2 is excellent. Thanks for the well researched info...
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Dexters

What is the difference in these axles.Mine was built I think around October or november november of 2005.I got my 05 in feb of 2006.Just curious as I do not have the Aistream with me anymore.I parked it in town for the summer at the parents house.
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can you confirm this bob?

while it was repeated here several times that the dexter switch was temporary,

my info suggests they are STILL using dexter.

the henschens aren't 'canada certified' yet.

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2air,

The Henschens are Canada Certified (AKA: CSA Approved) - oddly enough - using Dexter brakes!

The rest of your info is spot on - including Airstream still using Dexter axles!

Additionally, Henschen does NOT offer the Nev-R-Lube bearing!

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bearings. I am going to go see if the info I really need is in my owners packet today. If not I will be at the factory in a couple of weeks.
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My trailer was built in late march of 06. I have disc brakes. Works great when properly synced!
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If it were me, I'd just call or email AS customer service, give them the serial number, and they'll tell me what axles/components I have.
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