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Old 05-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #15
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They did nothing...aside from checking the brakes....maybe.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:00 PM   #16
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They did nothing...aside from checking the brakes....maybe.

Aw...don't say that, maybe they did take the bearing cups off and filled them with grease.

But seriously though, thats what gets a dealership a bad rep....post that name here and call them and let'em know they have been caught.

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Old 05-04-2012, 04:31 PM   #17
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Hmmmm, a little over 2 years ago i took my 27FB to an Airstream dealer to have the bearings repacked. They charged me for it, told me I should come back once every two years. I just checked, I have the Dexter Never Lube axles. Should I be concerned? Could repacking them cause damage, or do you think maybe the service department did nothing at all?
You may wish to question this dealer as to what was actually done to your trailer. Nev-R-Lube bearings are rated at 100,000 miles life span, with no service required. Do a search on this forum, using Nev-R-Lube as the search phrase.

The following link may be of interest
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #18
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Aw...don't say that, maybe they did take the bearing cups off and filled them with grease.

But seriously though, thats what gets a dealership a bad rep....post that name here and call them and let'em know they have been caught.

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Well, that's just be a mess! I wonder though......... Be interesting to pull off the dust caps.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #19
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3.5 years and +30,000 miles on our nev-r-lube 42mm cartridges, no problems.

I've heard countless horror stories about failed standard bearings...
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:10 PM   #20
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50k NPF so far...

My Dad told me it was called maintenance....

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Old 05-04-2012, 09:34 PM   #21
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50k NPF so far...

My Dad told me it was called maintenance....

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Is that because you lube 'em with yogurt?
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:20 AM   #22
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Is that because you lube 'em with yogurt?

Yep....it's the little critters that multiply and keep the bearings lubed, red raspberry werks best.

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I know this thread has be quiet for a while. And I will search Nev-R-Lube as suggested, but I just spoke to the Airstream factory last week. The took my serial number and confirmed we have never lube bearings but insisted they needed to be serviced every year or 10,000 miles. What gives? From what the thread above seems to indicated this is simply not the case. Am I misunderstanding what the factory means as "service"? What really needs to be looked at? Thanks.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:49 PM   #24
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I know this thread has be quiet for a while. And I will search Nev-R-Lube as suggested, but I just spoke to the Airstream factory last week. The took my serial number and confirmed we have never lube bearings but insisted they needed to be serviced every year or 10,000 miles. What gives? From what the thread above seems to indicated this is simply not the case. Am I misunderstanding what the factory means as "service"? What really needs to be looked at? Thanks.
Hi, just the brakes, I would say. On my trailer, I found a broken brake magnet wire and a loose brake shoe anchor pin when repacking my bearings. Since I manually down shift my transmission on hills and never ride my brakes, my shoes are still like new after about eight years. Some people can really cook their brakes and for sure should be checked every year.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:56 AM   #25
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The bearings should be checked for "end play". But you do that without even taking off the tire. Just jack it up, grab the tire at 180* apart points and rock the tire. If you "think" you might feel some play, they are OK. If you do definitely feel play and question if it is too much, have it checked out.

They should have similar free play as a properly adjusted old fashioned set of repackable wheel bearings would have. It's a learned "feel" thing.

EDIT: FWIW, I do carry one extra nev-r-lube wheel bearing with me. Yes, they are good for 100,000 mile life expectancy, but......just like cars, sometimes they fail and I don't think you will find them at the auto parts store around the corner.
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I know this thread has be quiet for a while. And I will search Nev-R-Lube as suggested, but I just spoke to the Airstream factory last week. The took my serial number and confirmed we have never lube bearings but insisted they needed to be serviced every year or 10,000 miles. What gives? From what the thread above seems to indicated this is simply not the case. Am I misunderstanding what the factory means as "service"? What really needs to be looked at? Thanks.
If you are uncomfortable with what the factory told you, then call Dexter and ask them. Dexter is going to tell you that the bearing assembly is rated at 100,000 miles and does not require periodic lubrication. Go to the following link for more detailed information.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:04 AM   #27
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Nev R Lube bearnings

My previous trailers all required annual bearing maintenance. Even at that I had a couple of bearing failures on a lightweight axle and never want to go there again. My 2010 AS has 16,000 mi and I am delighted at the nev r lube axles. As the manual says, I had them inspected at 10,000 mi. the dealer pulled the drum, inspected the seal, bearings and brakes and reinstalled them finding nothing wrong setting the hub nut at the correct setting.
I have a lot of faith in the new bearings.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:48 AM   #28
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My previous trailers all required annual bearing maintenance. Even at that I had a couple of bearing failures on a lightweight axle and never want to go there again. My 2010 AS has 16,000 mi and I am delighted at the nev r lube axles. As the manual says, I had them inspected at 10,000 mi. the dealer pulled the drum, inspected the seal, bearings and brakes and reinstalled them finding nothing wrong setting the hub nut at the correct setting.
I have a lot of faith in the new bearings.
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Pulling a drum and not replacing the grease seals, is a first class seat to major trouble.

It's impossible to inspect the inner bearing without removing the grease seal.

If so, your shop never inspected the inner bearing, properly.

Seals are ALWAYS replaced, and never, ever, reused.

They are way to cheap to even think about the risk.

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