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Old 11-12-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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Angry Hub "cap" and bearing seal missing

While on our last trip out with the 'Stream, we noticed an issue with one of our hubs. It was missing something. We finally narrowed it down to the bearing seal and hub cover. Someone had stolen them while it was in the gated storage lot.

This is for the trailer tires on a 77 argosy 24ft. You can see the difference between the two tires side by side. And you can see a close up of what is missing in the other shot.

Could anyone tell me the best place to purchase these and what exactly should I be looking for?

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Old 11-12-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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There is no seal for the outside bearing, just the dust cover.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:44 PM   #3
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Any trailer supply sales and probably most auto parts locations will have the bearing dust cap that you will need. Take another one with you for size. Should only be $3-$4 at the most.
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Not all dust caps are made equal - the new Inland supplied axles come with sturdy dust caps that resist denting and are made to last for years - the local trailer/hitch store covers are little better than foil thickness, the first time installing them they dented and deformed terribly on just a little force.

Take a long look inside - is there evidence of contamination? grit or water? Its cheap insurance to remove and wipe everything down and repack is anything looks fishy.

I can't guarantee parts ala-carte anywhere are better than any other, just noting you don't have to settle for the cheapest thing made. If you don't like the one you get to get back on the road safely keep looking
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Not all dust caps are made equal - the new Inland supplied axles come with sturdy dust caps that resist denting and are made to last for years - the local trailer/hitch store covers are little better than foil thickness, the first time installing them they dented and deformed terribly on just a little force.

Take a long look inside - is there evidence of contamination? grit or water? Its cheap insurance to remove and wipe everything down and repack is anything looks fishy.

I can't guarantee parts ala-carte anywhere are better than any other, just noting you don't have to settle for the cheapest thing made. If you don't like the one you get to get back on the road safely keep looking
Yes it is a dust cover and as Wabbiteer indicates, they vary in size and quality. You can mic the hubs but the best bet is to take one of the others off and carry it with you to the store.

We keep a couple of spares in the toolbox along with a spare set of bearings and some grease seals.
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