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Old 10-19-2014, 04:00 PM   #673
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Pahaska, when I ordered my new axles I specified drum brakes & Nev-a-lube bearings.
I would never go back to drum brakes. I had my 2005 converted soon after I bought it and the difference is night and day over drums in smoothness and stopping power. I have actually had more problems with drums than with discs over the years.

OTOH, the Nev-a-lube bearings would be nice, but a repack every couple of years isn't that much trouble and I get to see that everything is in good shape down there.
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:05 PM   #674
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Likewise, I LOVE my disc brakes. Never look back. Mine, knock on wood, have never had an issue. Nor have the nev-r-lube hubs.
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:50 PM   #675
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Hi, Brian; I think you meant OEM MARATHONS.
Yes, I did. Thank you. I will correct it in that post.

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Old 10-19-2014, 04:56 PM   #676
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Speaking of the nev-r-lube hubs, am I correct that New Lucy has these?

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Old 10-19-2014, 06:02 PM   #677
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I purchased my tires from the Discount Tire Direct Internet site. I bought the Sendel wheels from Tredit. Again from their Internet site. As I remember I saved about $250 over the cost of purchasing from Airstream. Part of that savings was the free shipping on tires and the availability to qualify for a Michelin rebate which came in the form of a Visa cash card. Purchasing tires from Airstream did not qualify for the rebate.

We have no Discount Tire Direct stores in the St. Louis area, but they have discounted parters in other area tire stores. Mounting, balancing and disposal of my old tires was priced at $15 each.

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Old 10-19-2014, 07:59 PM   #678
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When I placed the order for my new axles, I deliberately selected the drum brakes. I know that discs have their advantages, but they also have one disadvantage that I don't want - namely if they sit for a while they may bind - I had this happen several times with the LY motor-home I had before I got the trailer. I'm fine with the drum brakes going downhill, I just make sure I slip down a gear and start down slowly. I regularly cross some long steep hills (try the road from Phoenix AZ to Las Vegas NV or cross the continental divide).

As for the Nev-a-lube bearings, I discussed these with JC when I placed the order. Because of the amount of towing I do, I had been repacking my bearings twice a year - on the trip from home to Arizona in November and the return trip home the following March/April. Since I will still have my brakes checked and adjusted twice yearly, if JC sees any issue with the bearings, they'll get swapped out for a new set.
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:32 PM   #679
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I have had Centramatics for about 5 or 6 or more years without a problem and used the same 4 with the OEM and 16" wheels. I got them online. I've gotten lazy about tire prices since when I used to check, Discount was always beating the competition. Michelin has rebate deals from time to time, but it has to be at a "participating dealer"—which means the last time I thought I would get a Michelin discount, Discount wasn't participating. When I changed to Michelins, I got a better price from from Discount than from Airstream, but that was years ago and things do change.

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I have seen some threads about the use of Centramatics and the recommended zero offset for the nev-r-lube bearings. Has this been a problem for anyone? I would appreciate any feedback on your use of the Centramatics with these bearings.
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I would also like to know about any issues in this area.

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Old 10-20-2014, 08:47 AM   #682
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I have seen some threads about the use of Centramatics and the recommended zero offset for the nev-r-lube bearings. Has this been a problem for anyone? I would appreciate any feedback on your use of the Centramatics with these bearings.
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I've experienced, nor heard of any problems. The offset with Centramatics is maybe 30 - 45 thousands inch. Maybe 1/2 - 1 mm.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:05 AM   #683
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16" Wheels, Centramatics, and Nev-r-lube hubs...

I've been running 16" Sendels, Michelin Ribs, Centramatics and new Torflex axles/horizontal shocks with stock hubs since May 2012. With 16,000+ miles logged since then, I've not had a lick of problems (after having a massive Goodyear Marathon failure on right front in April 2012) with this running gear, tire/wheel configuration.

I've been practicing an annual lug nut torque/hub inspection routine just to get into the running gear for bearing inspection, lube, and general procedure. For me, it buys me peace-of-mind and a confidence knowing that the hubs are in good order as I'm rolling to the next destination. I keep spare bearings sets and a bearing/race tool kit with me at all times in case of emergency. Haven't had to use the kit on my AS, but I ran into a dude last year in CO who was experiencing a hub failure and helped him get rolling again with my kit. He had never inspected his bearings EVER since having his travel trailer - over 8 years!

I'll be keeping my standard hub/bearing set...

Be well and travel safe!
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:36 AM   #684
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Our five SenDel T03-66655T aluminum and S62-66655SG steel spare wheels and Dill TPMS #1506 - 453 were acquired through Discount Tire. The two different sizes of Centramatics (200-221 Special for 15" wheels and 300-356 all A plates for 16" wheels) were purchased directly from Centramatic. The Michelin tires (with the 15" for the 25FB and the 16" for the 31' Classic) were purchased from and mounted by CostCo.

I did the mounting and tire swapping myself at the trailer store area. Thus I knew the torque was done correctly.

BTW. Make sure the letter of the Dill TPMS sender is chalked on the tire (I also used permanent marker on back of the wheel) so you get the right receiver programer piece into the correct space on the Dill TPMS. I learned that the hard way and CostCo had to break down the tires to figure that out for me.
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switz - I had Dill TPMS installed in my AS tires; I have a set to install as well in the TV tires when I get them changed. The AS ones were done at JC. Here's the issue: the wheels on my curb side register the pressure on the receiver, but those on the curb side don't. Why would this be?
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the wheels on my curb side register the pressure on the receiver, but those on the curb side don't. Why would this be?

One more try on the explanation?

Just a comment, remote antenna where is it located?

I just ran mine under the cab back to the hitch area instead of CB style haven't tested yet.
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