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Old 03-26-2024, 10:45 AM   #1
2015 23' Flying Cloud
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
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Shocks and Bearings

Hello fellow Airstreamers:

Just repacked the bearings on my 2015 Flying Cloud 23 Front Bed. All went well. The shocks however were a different story. The shocks on the door side were shot, no resistance at all, the ones on the other side although not great were still functioning.

How often do you all recommend shock replacement and bearing repack?

All the best.

Pittsburgh JBC
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Old 03-26-2024, 01:54 PM   #2
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As soon as I took delivery of our 2015 23FB I converted to 15" wheels and tires. replaced the stock bearings, races and rear seal with Timken, repacked everything.
Now I remove and repack the bearings about every three years. Replaced the Gabreil shocks with Monroe shocks last month, along with new brakes. The Gabriels offered virtually no resistance when compressing and pulling apart.

I probably replace brakes and shocks on a five year cycle, when I replace the tires.

After seeing a wheel fly off of a tandem horse trailer on Rattlesnake Hill in Idaho I have a new appreciation to maintaining the wheel/axle assemblies.
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Old 03-26-2024, 03:43 PM   #3
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Replace shocks as needed, shock life is variable depending on miles traveled and the kind of roads you travel on. Repack bearings every 24,000 miles regardless of time or every two years. You can go longer on the two years if you store the trailer inside.
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Old 03-26-2024, 03:55 PM   #4
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In Pennsylvania, you have humidity and rain. I'd repack every two years. In drier climates, a longer interval is fine, especially if the trailer is towed regularly.

With utility trailers stored outside in damp climates and not used, I've seen water and rust in the hubs, so I think weather has a lot to do with it.

Shocks - I'd say check along with the brakes, and replace when worn out.

On edit - it looks like you have a very nice indoor storage solution. You can probably go longer than 2 years with bearing services. The trailer looks great!
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