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Old 04-13-2005, 07:36 PM   #15
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There are a lot of things going on inside your wheel. Broken wires, missing springs, missing brake adjuster, worn electric magnet, brake shoes or damaged drums. These things should be looked at periodicaly. I did a thourough check last spring and found 3 frozen brake adjusters and brakes way out of adjustment. This year I found a spring and brake adjuster missing. I would have bet good money that everything was in fine working order. Repacked the bearings just because they were in my hand and I will do the same next spring before I head out across country.

Garry please tell me that was a typo on changing oil in the TV, if not I am really in remiss.

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Old 04-13-2005, 09:45 PM   #16
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I bet his TV is a ford or gm. Mine is a sony so I don't have to change.

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Old 04-14-2005, 08:58 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Hippo
When I bought my 1975 As 2 years ago I put on new tires and inspected the brakes and replaced the wheel seals, cups and cones. The old ones showed some wear on them. I also replaced the grease in the electric jack at the hitch.
It is important to listen to AS people to learn what to do with your trailer before you have big problems.
To be clear, it was a long time Airstream (service not just sales) dealer that talked me out of replacement before ever seeing my trailer. I did have them repacked, as he was already taking everything apart to replace the whole backing plate, magnets, etc...

I was hoping to spur a discussion that would provide the thinking behind the statements that repacking is important.
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Old 04-14-2005, 10:14 AM   #18
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Another reason for the yearly event is that in your auto/truck you will feel the vibration of a wheel bearing starting to go bad. On your trailer, unless you ride in it while on the road, you will never notice any vibes in the TV. The only way to find failing bearings is to hold in your hand and check for rough or gritty operation.


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Old 04-14-2005, 11:03 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by sovereignrwe
I was hoping to spur a discussion that would provide the thinking behind the statements that repacking is important.
The thinking behind it is to have an annual inspection to check everything including the bearings. Heck when the assembly is dissassembled to do a repack everything else is exposed.

Repacking is a dirty job and doing it annually (or at 10,000 miles) gives one the opportunity to check the bearings get them cleaned and put fresh grease for another year of trouble free operation. Kinda like going to the dentist. Just a cleaning and an inspection is what is expected. If more is found then better get handled now versus dealing with it on vacation. This time of year is great. Just before you take that bullet out for the summer.


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