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Old 05-29-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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Re-packing Wheel Bearings

We have a 2002 22' CCD which we have owned since 2004. I was planning to have the wheel bearings repacked prior to our summer travels. However, when I contacted our local AS dealer (Sky River in Paso Robles) they said their service dept. was booked for months and the earliest they could get me in was late summer. So, my question is.... what experience have forum members had with non-AS RV service depts. doing such maintenance? Is it generally safe to use an RV service center with a good reputation, even though they are not Airstream specific? Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:16 AM   #2
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Wheel bearings are wheel bearings.
Most any reputable service center could do the job for you.
It doesn't have to be one that works on RVs even.
Your local neighborhood auto service garage could do it too.
It is a very simple task.
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:18 AM   #3
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Not a tough task....

You can feel safe that this is something that any reasonably good service center can do. It may be something you might want to learn to do as it is not that difficult. Good Luck.
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:28 AM   #4
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So, my question is.... what experience have forum members had with non-AS RV service depts. doing such maintenance? Is it generally safe to use an RV service center with a good reputation, even though they are not Airstream specific? Your thoughts would be appreciated.
An RV service center with a good reputation is better than an Airstream Dealer with a marginal one. Just make sure their quote includes replacing the the seals. Double lipped seals are best.
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Thanks for the replies! I suspected that "wheel bearings are wheel bearings"... but wanted to be sure. There are a couple of very good shops (RV and automotive) in the area, so I'll have one of those do the work for me. Again, thanks for the advice.
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:38 AM   #6
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Wheel bearings are wheel bearings.
Most any reputable service center could do the job for you.
It doesn't have to be one that works on RVs even.
Your local neighborhood auto service garage could do it too.
It is a very simple task.
i agree with one major exception!

make sure the folks working on your trailer know exactly where to jack it up!

there have been a couple of horror stories here about jacks bending axle arms and or going through the belly pan.

jack only on the axle mounting plate, NOT on the tube or the arms!

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I was thinking the exact same thing. You have to clearly understand where to jack these things or BAD things will happen.....I would not take it to the nearest auto dealer.
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i agree with one major exception!

make sure the folks working on your trailer know exactly where to jack it up!

there have been a couple of horror stories here about jacks bending axle arms and or going through the belly pan.

jack only on the axle mounting plate, NOT on the tube or the arms!

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Very good point......
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Old 05-29-2006, 08:31 PM   #9
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I was concerned about this last year when I decided to do my brakes.
Looked under my trailer and found two labels, one on each side that said Jack with an arrow pointing to the correct location for the jack. There is even a two inch square piece of aluminum riveted to the frame to make sure you know where to position your jack.
mine is a 94 excella.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:27 AM   #10
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Prudence YES!, but really guys, aren't we careful!?

Hello all -

Been reading threads when I can and posting rarely. Such is life!

This thread actually got my interest as I am redoing bearings on a boat trailer, as well as repainting and rebuilding the Whaler that goes on it. Saw the prudent reminder about proper jacking (Thanks JohnHD).

Seriously, most of us AS nuts - AH, Meant AS owners there! - are pretty careful about our babies.... We are the folks that hear every heat shield rattle, every loose dash trim piece, we understand most of the basics of our TV's, our trailers and other daily systems.

We also contemplate the tires, the service intervals, etc... involved with all the above.

I try to be really scrupulous about who touches my things for maintenance and repairs, and the half-a**ed and the johnny come lately's don't get my $'s or my time. If I can't/ won't/ don't know how, then I DARN well make sure that whoever DOES DO IT, is reputable and expert at it - and there if I have a problem down the road.

All that being said, there are many that are in unfamiliar surroundings a LOT! and therefor at times at the mercy of the local businesses. A tire blowout in UT comes to mind for me!!!

I asked around in town where the locals go for service and tires - got several recommendations for a mom&pop place - they were 1ST RATE!!! Cheaper than the local MEGA-mart too! Even moved us ahead of several local vehicles so that we could meet our timetable.

Gave the service guy a handshake with a $20 in it for his time, professionalism and the owner got a letter of appreciation when we got home! Hopefully the next AS'er gets the same level of service when they happen in.

Anyway, back to the thread... Thanks for the reminder JohnHD. Thanks for the think!

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i have found showing up with a box of chilled beverages works just a well as the 20 dollar handshake!

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Locally, YES, but in UT?

John -

I have also had more than the seeming 'average' of encounters where the 'chilled beverage' gambit works like a charm!!!

Didn't think that UT, however, was where I was likely to have anthing like a 50/50 chance of luck ;>). Don't want to insult anyone afterall! And it was a early Saturday morning.

Cash works too! Heck we tip at restaurants, Right??? Service = $

I have, however, had a Cat scale 'reading' on a whole house move that was a GOOD 3K pounds too LOW - at LEAST! - due to treating the movers, the driver and such like 'royalty'. That was the best $25 for lunch at BK I EVER spent x 3 days. They wrapped and packed like it was their MOM moving! The 'chilled beverages' were from the already lagered stash - and it wasn't Miller (sorry!). The unpacking crew got the same! Once they talked to the driver I was the MAN!!!!

Hey, $150 saved me several thousands!!!

Hey, whatever greases the skids!?!!! Works for me.

Back to the thread - the local shops worth a d*mn all know when good business walks in with good $ to spend. They will work to earn that repeat customer! For that effort I am happy to spend the money. They earn it. Everyone wins.

Thanks for the thoughts!

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