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Old 08-30-2018, 09:22 AM   #99
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I have a 2015 25 FC. Both right side Dexter brakes failed within the first eighteen months. First time caught in middle of nowhere. Drove to a town, bought a 1/2 drive breaker bar, and proper socket to remove Nev R Lube nut. Found magnet, broken actuator arm, and adjuster grinding away in bottom of assembly. After returning home I checked remaining three brakes and found broken parts in the right rear assembly. Bought replacement, Dexter assemblies, from E Trailer. Been to Alaska and back to Texas and other places
with no further issues. No issues on left side. Now carry a 24v impact wrench with all the necessary sockets. That Nev R Lube nut is a bear to remove.


And another one. The torque on the retaining nut must be 150# or the seal could wobble the rupture and leak.

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Old 08-30-2018, 02:59 PM   #100
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And another one. The torque on the retaining nut must be 150# or the seal could wobble the rupture and leak.

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150lb torque? Thats way too much, where did you get that figure?
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150lb torque? That’s way too much, where did you get that figure?


From Airstream and Dexter and if you pull the hub there is a plastic ring on it that clearly states torque must be between 145# - 155#. This is for NeverLub hubs. The high orque is an absolute must and all confirmed by two Airstream mechanics with over 70 years combined experience. When I called them about doing a change of brakes on my own the first words after saying, "sure it's not hard", but make sure you torque the hub nut to 150#.
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You almost need to see a neverlube bearing cartridge to get the rest of the story. Ive installed same design on my VW Bug press in and big torque to seat axle shaft.

Yup tag is on unit about torque.
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You almost need to see a neverlube bearing cartridge to get the rest of the story. Ive installed same design on my VW Bug press in and big torque to seat axle shaft.

Yup tag is on unit about torque.
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You almost need to see a neverlube bearing cartridge to get the rest of the story. Ive installed same design on my VW Bug press in and big torque to seat axle shaft.

Yup tag is on unit about torque.
Piaceman,

Did you ask about special tool on this VW job?

If so, YES. I borrowed a bearing press in/out tool from a friend. It uses a 3/4" fine thread bolt as the forcing tool and cups and drivers. http://https://www.harborfreight.com...ers-63728.html

I do think it would work to press out and press in a never lube bearing assy.

Dexter procedure http://http://www.dexterpartsonline....20Bearings.pdf

Same procedure.

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Old 09-13-2018, 03:33 PM   #105
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Two hours and all four brakes changed to manual adjusting Dexter 12x2 brakes. Brings back good memories and now if they work as well as the manual brakes did for us on previous trailers we will be thrilled. Drove 60 miles after and noted to achieve similar braking the Ford F-350 controller set at 6 instead of 6.5 or 7 on self adjusting, time will tell
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Bud,

Got an IR temp gun? Great tool to read drum temps with.

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Old 09-14-2018, 04:04 AM   #107
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Got an IR temp gun? Great tool to read drum temps with.

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Nice, I used to work for IR and have a number of their impact tools.

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Nice, I used to work for IR and have a number of their impact tools.

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Bud,

In a million years how could I use IR for infrared on an ex IR guy. That'll never happen again.

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Hi

You have a gun from International Rectifier? I thought they mostly made MOSFETS ...

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One gotcha with these temp guns is that they work based on light. It's not light you can see, but it's light none the less. It reflects off of shiny surfaces, just like the stuff you can see. What's shiny at IR? Well .... you can do the research. If it's gold plated, it's a pretty good bet it will reflect IR very well. Other metals .... that depends.

To the degree the object is white or black at IR, it will either absorb more or reflect more "light". Your temp gun is probably calibrated for a pretty dark black object. Use in on something that reflects IR well and the numbers will be off. We used to spend a *lot* of time spraying test objects with "known good" flat black paint before using IR thermometry on them. With the paint we could get within a few degrees C. Without the paint, the numbers could easily be off by tens of degrees C (yes C not F ... I never did anything in F my whole life at work .... ).

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In a million years how could I use IR for infrared on an ex IR guy. That'll never happen again.



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Ha

When I see IR I immediately think Ingersoll Rand. Be safe, heading south on the 23rd.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:18 AM   #111
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I used to use my laser infrared temperature gun to check my tires after reading some posts here; but it became easy to skip this check on some of my trips....so I decided to invest in a set of TST TPMS from Amazon after reading several posts here on the Forum again, on how the TPMS will give instant readings on heat and pressure and have saved several incidents before severe tire or brake issues occurred.

I just completed 2600 mile 11 day return trip from Montana thru parks in Utah and Colorado, thru New Mexico and back to Austin. Temperatures ranged from 30 degrees to 90 degrees as we got into Northern Texas. The TST TPMS color monitor sitting on my dash, consistently giving me instant readings on all 4 tires during the trip was great to have. Temps averaged about 10-15 degrees over outside temperatures typically. Tire pressures averaged 5-10 lbs over cold pressures of 45-47lbs on my new Endurance tires. Must say, I felt pretty surprised watching from time to time...Not sure why I put off so long. Good news is no surprises with my brakes or bearings.

Now, if I can figure out how to keep my trailer plug from coming loose from the F250 plug from time to time while driving down the road but, that's another challange for another day...
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Consider going to an EZConnector System. Replace truck connector with a plug and play receptacle and add EZConnector adapter to trailer cable. Holds on with ridiculous strong magnets, very reliable connections and waterproof as well. Happy customer only...
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