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Old 07-22-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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** Bearings went bad and hub is damaged **

hey guys,
Went on a 500 mile road trip and the bearrings failed tore up my hub and im sitting on 3 wheels. Does anyone know of an airstream repair facility that is noteworthy in San Diego area? I was told San Diego Trailer Supply was good, but they dont specialize in airstream.

Also, I have dual axle. should I remove the opposite wheel that sits on the same axle for transportation to the repair facility?

Sooooooooo SUPER bummed! Keep your fingers and toes crossed that this is an easy/inexpensive fix!!
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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A mobile mechanic can fix you up.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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The axle isn't strictly Airstream, parts are available by cross-referencing the numbers stamped on the individual parts.

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ANY Mechanic, auto or trailer can work on that. I would not tow the trailer more than a mile or so with only one tire on one side. You may heat that tire and blow it on the way.

The important thing to look at before any repair is attempted is the condition of the spindle. If it is Worn, out of round, or colored Blue you may be looking at an axle in which case you will have to order that in.
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how often do you pack bearings

I was told I should pack my bearrings every 12 months or 5-6k miles??? Im wondering why when I dont even touch my tow vehicles bearings???
Someone pls educate this newbie...thanks a bunch!!
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I was told I should pack my bearrings every 12 months or 5-6k miles??? Im wondering why when I dont even touch my tow vehicles bearings???
Someone pls educate this newbie...thanks a bunch!!
Why pack bearings? To avoid what happened to you.

Grease seals can leak, contaminants can get in, one or more bearings could be defective - bearings can burn up and damage the hub. Inspecting the bearings and greasing them while you inspect is preventative maintenance.
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was I quoted the correct time frame for inspecting/repacking them?
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:31 AM   #8
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was I quoted the correct time frame for inspecting/repacking them?
It depends on climate and usage. I think the 5,000-6,000 mile figure is a bit low, but most of us don't pull their trailers that far every Summer, anyway.
If you live in the dry Southwest, you can probably go 2-3 years between repacks. Someone that live in Florida or Louisiana should probably get them done every year, even though they might not go more than a few hundred miles. The differences are heat and humidity, if it's hotter and more humid, cooling off quickly nightly, you will get condensation in the hub, which can quickly ruin the grease in the hub. The same with extreme hot and dry conditions, though this is more from airborne contaminants getting past seals and grinding up the bearings.
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was I quoted the correct time frame for inspecting/repacking them?
It depends on how good of grease you use.
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The outer bearing usually fail first. Which one of yours failed? It helps to have an IR thermometer so you can check hub temperatures. Just pulling off the grease cap can sometimes give you a heads up on how often they need to be repacked. If you are seeing any signs of rust from condensation you need to repack and inspect for pitting. I have found that many mechnics don't use enough grease which is going to greatly reduce the time between servicing. The more the trailer sits in a damp climate the more often the bearings need to be packed. If you were full timing and the bearings got hot enough to boil out any water you could go several years between packings.

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thanks guys.... knowledge is power! so thanks for educating me so this doesnt happen again.
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Thanks, silverwheels, for sharing your problem, and to others here who have offered good advice.

I note that in another AirForums' thread, "Mobile repair in San Diego area?", two repliers indicated that they had good mobile service from:

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Not to change the thrust of the tread but a common cause of bearing failure is the fact that they are all to often put on TOO tight.

Tapered bearings require a little play. While tightening the castle nut you spin the wheel and run the nut in till just snug and then back it off about 1/8 of a turn. Afterwards you should be able to grab the wheel top and bottom and feel a slight movement as you attempt to wiggle the wheel. If there is No movement the bearing is TOO tight.

A common problem is the kids in many shops have not been taught how to set a bearing and you have an overheated hub while traveling.
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RV Solutions is an Airstream dealer in San Diego. They have a service department that can take care of this. If not, the only other Airstream specialist is way up north (Long Beach) area. C & G Trailer Services.
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