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Old 07-01-2023, 12:03 AM   #1
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Left side lug nuts are hot

Hi, the left (driver's side) lug nuts of my 2021 22-FB Carvel are hot. On top of that, the trailer is making odd noises. The right side is fine. Neither tire is hot. Can I assume that the bearings are shot?

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Old 07-01-2023, 12:26 AM   #2
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You could have brake shoes that are adjusted too tight on the left side.
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Old 07-01-2023, 06:16 AM   #3
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Don't assume anything, have a look. Inspect the brakes and bearings. They need to be right or the result will be bad.
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Old 07-02-2023, 01:44 PM   #4
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Loose guts of the brake rattling around inside the drum is a common problem. Jack up the driver side and spin the wheel. If you feel a lot of resistance or hear clattering then the brake needs work. If moderately handy you can do the work yourself. You may need to pull the drum to make sure and it has to be removed to replace the brake assembly. Sometimes when towing very slowly you can hear the racket.
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I would not tow your trailer until you diagnose and repair the cause of the hot hub. If you don't want to do the job, you might be able to call a mobile RV tech. Repairing trailer electric brakes is a trailer industry common component and not exclusive to Airstream. Axles, brake assemblies, brake drums, bearings, seals are all common components, just like tires. Any trailer shop should be able to do it. Just notify the tech where the correct jacking points are on the trailer. Your manual explains the location.

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Old 07-05-2023, 03:56 PM   #6
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Quick update

Coachnet will have the trailer hauled to the dealer on Friday. Given the left wheel is making noise, I didn't want to tow the trailer some 25 miles, mostly on the thruway.

I have no idea what expenses we face. I found out that the Dexter Nev-R-Lube bearing warranty is 2 years for parts and service. We've owned the trailer for 2 years and 5 days at the time we reported the problem. I don't know if the wheel has suffered other damage. I doubt we have put on more than 8,000 miles on the trailer.

When the bearing problem occurred, we were just returning from a trip along the Oregon and Washington coast. We had the water pump go out as well as the inverter. Fortunately, both problems were loose connections that I was able to fix.

I can't say how bummed out I am about this bearing issue, but I guess that's life.
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Another update. It turns out that the bearings were gone. Airstream picked up the tab even though the warranty had expired. Dexter had also promised to pick up some, if not all, the costs but I preferred to work through Airstream. So the story had a happy ending.
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Another update. It turns out that the bearings were gone. Airstream picked up the tab even though the warranty had expired. Dexter had also promised to pick up some, if not all, the costs but I preferred to work through Airstream. So the story had a happy ending.
Thanks for the update. Glad both are willing to step up. Even if Dexter picks up all the bill they would just have you get an authorized dealer (such as an Airstream dealer) do the work. Just be happy you don't have to pay.
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This is one of the reasons to have a TPMS system. I had a brake go bad on one of my tires. Would never really had known about it, but the alarm went off. Thankfully, I was close to a trailer repair place. Was able to get it fixed fairly quickly.
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I also have a trailer TPMS with tire temperature being monitored also. Truck drivers swear by such systems. A blown tire under our Airstreams can do major damage to the trailer. I was always reading tire pressures before I pulled away with my Airstream. But heck, I could run over a nail in the next mile down the road. My TPMS will alert me of low pressure before the tire blows apart.

I think a TPMS for our Airstreams is a good investment in safety.

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This is one of the reasons to have a TPMS system. I had a brake go bad on one of my tires. Would never really had known about it, but the alarm went off. Thankfully, I was close to a trailer repair place. Was able to get it fixed fairly quickly.
Thanks. That is a great idea and I will look into it.
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