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Old 03-15-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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Wheel seal ordeal

Decided to take advantage of the nice weather we had and pack the wheel bearings on my "63 Trotter the other day. Pulled it apart and there were no numbers on the seals. Called Inland RV (purchased the new Henschen axle from them last year) and attempted to get the seal number and was told by Andy that he couldn't give me a part number because the seals don't have one, but he had seals, very very special seals.

Not buying this line I did some research with the Henschen co. ( they were very accomodating) and my local Airstream dealer ( Davenport, Ia. Ed in parts) was very helpfull . All either needed to know was did I have 10" or 12" brakes. I was able to get the exact replacement seal at the dealer. It was Airstream part # 680370-100 ($9.00 each). Henschen informed me that another seal CR (Chicago Rawhide) #22558 would also work. Hope this will be of help to anyone else looking for these numbers
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:40 PM   #2
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Seals are not as complicated to match as a person might think. The catalogues for Timkin, National, Chicago Rawhide, etc. all have a section where you match the axel O.D. and the hub I.D. and thickness of the seal. This information will get you all seals that will physically fit. You may then have choices of spring loaded or not, or rubber or leather, or double seal or single, specific type of application, etc.. Many times on older applications, the new seal may not look exactly the same as the original, but that doesn't mean it isn't correct. There are many suppliers on the internet and you can call them up with your measuerments and they will be glad to try and match them to current production seals.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:01 PM   #3
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any chance your trailer is the one i see in davenport at the swap meet every year?

wheel seals are easy if you have the original number, if not, taking the used one for measurement to a bearing supplier usually works.

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Old 03-15-2007, 10:11 PM   #4
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Could have been mine

John thats not my trailer you see in Davenport. When you say swap meet are you referring to the Labor Day motorcycle meet at the fairgrounds. Steve Chochrane from Davenport used have his Caravelle there, that might be the trailer you saw. Interesting side note I ended up in a bidding war with him at a charity auction to get my GT.

As for matching seals, I had all the parts at Motion Industries in Moline (big industrail bearing supplier and they couldn't come up with numbers, double lip is a weird one. Forgot to mention I had 12" brakes in my original blurb.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:19 PM   #5
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This is a convenient site for bearings and seals. I have purchased double lip seal there at a very good price.

The E-Z lube seals are double lip, they will work fine on non-EZ lube hubs, just check the dimensions.
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:50 AM   #6
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This is a convenient site for bearings and seals. I have purchased double lip seal there at a very good price.

The E-Z lube seals are double lip, they will work fine on non-EZ lube hubs, just check the dimensions.
Hi Mark; On my 5000lbs 12" brakes Dexter axles I have used SKF seals #22532 a double lip high pressure seal but to a tune of $ 26.00 each. Worth the bucks definetly. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Hi Mark; On my 5000lbs 12" brakes Dexter axles I have used SKF seals #22532 a double lip high pressure seal but to a tune of $ 26.00 each. Worth the bucks definetly. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
I use the 10-36 double lip spring seal for $2.38 each.

Are they worth the bucks? I don't know, but they hold grease just fine and don't leak.
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Not worth it for my application.

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... $26.00 each. Worth the bucks definetly.
Out of curiosity, why, to you, are they worth it? It torqued me to pay $8 a piece for the last seals I bought because a seal's life protecting a properly packed set of [non-EZlube] bearings is not that hard, and the seals are supposed to be replaced dring the brakes' yearly inspection.

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Seal Prices

I just took a wheel seal to a Tire & Rim deaer. He looked at it and just asked trailer or vehicle. I replied trailer and bought a dozen at a couple of $ each (I cleaned the bin).

I did get lucky buying the end of a lot, but it was a good price! Check several places that sell seals.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:54 AM   #10
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Grease seals.

There are grease seals and "oil seals."

Obviously, the oil seals are superior.

Airstream uses "oil seals."

They cost far more than a couple of dollars.

Same old story, good, better, or best.

Each owner must weigh the risk.

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