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Old 06-08-2006, 12:33 PM   #1
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Is this too much to pay?

I'm interested in buying a 1976 31ft Sovereign located at an RV Dealer in Ohio. I asked him how much for 4 new trailer tires and bearings repacked. The price quoted was $400.00 for the four 700-15's tires, mounted and balanced, which was about what I expected. BUT, he quoted $230.00 for repacking the bearings and new seals!! Now this seems way too much! What should I expect to pay for this service? Thanks Bill
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Old 06-08-2006, 01:25 PM   #2
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$40.00 is the Going Rate in Arizona and New Mexico

Greetings Bill,
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that may be the going rate in Alabama. Out here, they get $40 a wheel plus tax for cleaning, inspecting, repacking, installing new seals, and checking the brakes. At times, after doing my own, I have thought that it would be better just to pay someone else to do it.
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Old 06-08-2006, 01:26 PM   #3
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I'd say that's abt right..

Hard as that sounds..that's abt the going rate these days.
RV techie get abt 85$ to 95$, plus parts locally. Each wheel is gonna take abt 30 to 45 minutes to do, depending on conditions of your wheels. They not only do the repacking, they clean everything, inspect it, etc.
Most 4 wheel repacking jobs I've seen can take up half the day.
Why is that?? It's because they let things dry out after cleaning, etc.
You do have a choice...and, it's one that can save you money.
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Old 06-08-2006, 01:46 PM   #4
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Bearings repacked

I just had my bearings repacked and the brakes checked at Camping World in Chattanooga. Cost me $150. It might be more in Ohio, but it's not in Tennessee!
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Old 06-08-2006, 05:02 PM   #5
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That sounds about right.

The first time I had my bearings repacked I was charged $60 per bearing.

Well worth it, but I do it myself now and spend the $240 on fast woman

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Old 06-08-2006, 05:41 PM   #6
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I was told by a local RV repair facility (non-Airstream) that they charge $200 per axle for inspection and repacking. Any parts were extra. I politely declined.
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Old 06-08-2006, 06:31 PM   #7
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Old 06-08-2006, 08:50 PM   #8
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I can't find my receipts, but in the last 3 years I've had the bearings repacked on two trailers locally at a "tire shop", and if I remember correctly, the price was in range of $30 to $45 per axle. It was definitely under $100 for both axles combined. I couldn't justify doing it myself for that price.

If anyone in SE Michigan wants to know where, PM or email me and I'll pass the location along.
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Old 06-08-2006, 08:57 PM   #9
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It's located about 20 miles East of Toledo. Bill

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