View Poll Results: When do you repack your wheel bearings?
As per Airstream, once a year or 10,000 miles. 21 41.18%
Every other year. 17 33.33%
Every five years. 9 17.65%
When you need new brakes. 1 1.96%
When you replace your tires. 1 1.96%
When one make a noise, seizes up, or wheel falls off. 0 0%
Other, explain. [or never] 2 3.92%
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:18 PM   #15
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This is a great forum and I just noticed I haven't been on here since last August. I'm agreeing that the likeliness of brakes causing a problem before the wheel bearing needing to be re-packed is likely.

Since I'm a new 2005 International owner and I used our Airstream for about 7,500 miles last year I wanted to do the proper thing before heading out this year. Is there somewhere on the forum where someone walks you through the steps of actually repacking the bearing and adjusting and/or replacing the brakes?


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Old 06-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by John Geisen View Post
...Is there somewhere...
some info here on the issues with newer streams...

or simply google the terms or check Utube for video of the process.

it's also covered nicely on one of the wb' unit sites here...

A Grease Adventure - Repacking Trailer Bearings

Maintaining your RV- Wheel Bearing Maintenance

along with the stepbystep, their links to OTHER sites with more on this are useful


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Old 06-22-2010, 03:55 PM   #17
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Many will tell you once a year. Now think about that for a second. How often do you repack the front bearings on your car. They are exposed to a much harder condition, turning.

The more important thing and maybe the reason for once a year is the inspection of the brake magnets. Depending on your driving, lost of hill and dale or lost of turnpike, you should set up your inspection interval based on that. My utility trailer dose not have brakes and the wheel have not been off in at least 30 years that I know of, and most likely a lot more than that.

I inspect my brakes every other year because I use the trailer more than the average.
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:35 PM   #18
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I just repacked mine. Just over 11k miles and grease looked good. Brakes were out of adjustment, everything else looked good. I will probably check in another 10-15k miles.

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