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Old 09-08-2015, 07:05 AM   #29
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The pads are labelled as mfd in the USA, not sure about the Timkin bearings and races.... Never have replaced one. Can't recall looking on the seals.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:51 AM   #30
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The pads are labelled as mfd in the USA, not sure about the Timkin bearings and races.... Never have replaced one. Can't recall looking on the seals.

Awesome, would have to order them also because they are not in store stock at the local parts store. Not too many 80-90's Buick Skylarks still around I guess. Im gonna stay with the kodiak parts for now. Cost way more but still cheap insurance in the grand scheme of things. Plus if something acts up I can get on kodiak about their parts. The bearing seals have all been made offshore as well, been buying those by the dozen from Etrailer. Have not found a US made one yet. Any ideas?
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:58 AM   #31
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Kodak screwed owners last year....
They no longer honor their forever warranty on ceramic pads!
I then replaced mine with their semi metallic pads and they failed through cracks and chunks falling off!
Auto store pads work much better for 1/3 the cost!
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:59 AM   #32
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I'm using a 3 lip nitrile seal for years without failure. I'll look up the number for you.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:02 AM   #33
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I am new to these forums, and we are looking to buy a classic 30, This talk of bearings, drum versus disk brakes, and controllers, etc has me worried. Are not the factory installed brakes any good, whether they be disk or drum, I have always been in a motor home never pulled a trailer. I like the idea of 16" tires, are they standard on a classic and centramatics, I had those on the motorhome, and they are great, I like a TPMS, Does the truck you pull with, in my case a 2500 Chevy Dura max diesel, with allison tranny have to have some special apparatus to be able to tow one of the classics? We are down sizing to be able to visit national parks etc, Gary Carmichael
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Gary,

Both types of brakes work well, but just like cars, Disc brakes have advantages...like a shorter stopping distance. Both types have their pros and cons, but I wouldn't worry yourself over the minutia details offered by us detail oriented folks. I believe 16" are now standard on Classics, but were not until 2015??? It is an easy conversion if you buy used.
Your truck is FINE for a 30' Classic. I would bet it has the HD tow package already. You don't say what year it is, but the most you might have to do is install a brake controller, which is also an easy job.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:12 AM   #35
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Classics with Disc Brakes ?

Hi Gary, welcome!
Yes the magnetic drum brakes work, however the hydraulic discs are just awesome, work much better!
There are better seals available, bearings aren't really an issue!
Everyone likes Timken, but there are several good manufacturers!
It is good to have spares, as to avoid down time in the event of a failure. Not really a common occurance!
I'm personally a fan of the nevr lube hubs as you cannot service them! When they're spent they are bad!
I like the ability to maintain stuff.
I fulltime and to about 50k miles a year. I have learned what to worry about, and what parts to use and or carry.
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Thanks all, I hope the Airstream will be a little less complicated than the last motor home we had, I am a fan of PM On the bus we replaced tires every five years same with the batteries, but was running 365-tires, can you get Michelin tires in 16 inch and what ply and pressure do you run, also what is the life and when are the tires to be changed out. again we are looking to simplify, I want to flip a switch and the light comes on, not have to worry whether the computer will recognize me or if the darn thing shuts down and you cannot even get in the thing much less operate anything, any body else been there? Gary
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Atomic has a preference to maintain, and there is nothing wrong with that...but there have not been any unusual number of reports of sealed bearing failures here on the forum...with or without Centramatics installed. I prefer Nev-r-lubes for the following reasons:
1) no need for annual repacks

2) typical life of automotive sealed bearings is around 100,000 miles (give or take 10 - 20 K. But you have zero maintenance. Let's be honest, it isn't unusual for traditional bearings to have similar life.

3) With discs you can still perform your regular brake inspections with no or minimal disassembly of componentry.

I do carry one extra sealed bearing assembly with me on my travels, due to the uncommon availability, depending where you are. Any shop with a press can easily replace.

Again, there is some personal preference in this choice and really not a correct or incorrect choice.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:06 AM   #38
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I have 250000k miles on my classic, original bearings!
Do that with a Vaseline greased sealed , non servicable bearing.....
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It's really rare that a bearing fails anyway! With proper preload a earring should last a good long time. Synthetic greased also add to the longevity.

A too tight bearing will always fail before a too loose bearing!
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I have 250000k miles on my classic, original bearings!
Do that with a Vaseline greased sealed , non servicable bearing.....
You certainly are on the top margin of the population of wheeled vehicles out there on the road. I commend you on your evidenced regular and proper maintenance....but that is not the norm, unfortunately.
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Most simply run to fail then fix!
Personally, I loathe bearing service!
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Gary,

You're in Floyd VA. take a Saturday drive over to VA highland haven, drive in, find the host and introduce yourself. And be prepared. It's an airstream only park about 45 min east of you. Meet the folks and ask questions.

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