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Old 10-15-2010, 01:38 PM   #15
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From the "for what it's worth department" - - I've had these never lubes on our 38' fifthwheel for 5+years and over 40,000 miles. Barely warm to the touch and no leakage.

As I understand Dexter's manual, they are not serviceable - - replace only.

I'd find someone for warranty service ASAP.

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Old 10-15-2010, 01:41 PM   #16
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Thanks, all. I'll keep a close eye on it and be sure it isn't running hot until I can get it fixed.
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:56 PM   #17
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Dexter told me that Nevr-Lube started a little after the 07 model year. Mine was built in July, 06 and has Nevr-Lube hubs.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:34 PM   #18
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Ours is an '06 34' mfd in March, 06. No Nev-R-Lube issues except the dust caps. A couple tend to fall off when the wheels are removed for rotation etc.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:55 PM   #19
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I have 2006 25' Classic with Nev-R-Lubes.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:57 PM   #20
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I forgot , it has 25K miles, no problems.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:25 PM   #21
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I forgot , it has 25K miles, no problems.
Have you checked the brakes yet?

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Old 10-16-2010, 05:55 PM   #22
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Just had a seal failure on my nev-r-lube bearing. Apparently they're filled with oil. It's dripping out.

They are supposed to last longer than 2500 miles, aren't they?
I believe that the warranty is 5 yrs. or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. They contain a grease, not an oil. Our 2006 Classic came with Nev-R-Lube bearings.

Talk to Rick Kapsa at Dexter. He is very knowledgable and helpful.

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Old 11-09-2010, 09:25 PM   #23
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So....what is the expected lifespan? Should the Nev-r-lube bearings be replaced every 5 years?

I just finished the 4th season with our AS. I am planning on replacing the tires and bearings in March 2012 after five years of use. Cheap insurance in my opinion.

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So....what is the expected lifespan? Should the Nev-r-lube bearings be replaced every 5 years?

I just finished the 4th season with our AS. I am planning on replacing the tires and bearings in March 2012 after five years of use. Cheap insurance in my opinion.

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You don't state what the milage might be on your unit; however, if you are well below 100,00 miles, then you should not experience any bearing issues. If you have TPMS, then monitor the wheel temperatures as a proxy variable for potential bearing issues. If you detect one wheel that is not in line with the others, then investigate bearings as a potential cause.
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It could be just a bad seal / hub assembly. However if the hub assembly got excessively hot there might be the possibility that your brakes on that wheel could be sticking!!
You might want to check this also!!
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:06 PM   #26
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Report just in from the dealer who was looking at this.

Said that some leakage with temperature changes and use is not unusual with these and that inspection shows that the "oil reservoir" still has oil in it.

I'm supposed to watch it and be sure it does not continue to leak.

I'm not necessarily buying all this but that's what they say.

In response to the question upthread, my trailer has no more than a few thousand miles on it.
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No further signs of leaks so I'm guessing that the bearings were overfilled with grease when new.
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So....what is the expected lifespan? Should the Nev-r-lube bearings be replaced every 5 years?

I just finished the 4th season with our AS. I am planning on replacing the tires and bearings in March 2012 after five years of use. Cheap insurance in my opinion.

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They are designed for a 100,000 mile service life. So are the sealed wheel bearings on your family car and many light trucks, and they go hundreds of thousands of miles before replacement.
They are pretty much a "use it until it gives trouble" part. When you perform your Spring service, jack up one side of the trailer and spin the wheels, and try to move the wheel in and out top to bottom. If you don't feel a "rumble", minimal grease weeping, and there is no significant play, the bearings are good.
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