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Old 01-19-2024, 11:18 AM   #1
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Wheel Bearing Care

I have a 2016 Flying Cloud Bambi. I am trying to determine if I have the Nev R Lube Axle or not. I have been towing a while and need to know if it is time to repack the wheel bearings. The part numbers listed for 2016 Fkying Clouds has the part numbers as 41 0980-06 4300 pounds and 41 0980-07 CSA 5000 pounds.. I am assuming that would include the Bambi that year but not sure. I am not sure what the CSA would mean either. I am hoping there is a label on the axle when I crawl under to look for an actual part number. Does anyone know if this is a Nev R Lube axle? Thanks, Dominic
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Old 01-19-2024, 12:00 PM   #2
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Check this link:

https://highskyrvparts.com/airstream-axle-410980-06

This vendor indicates that the axle uses Nev-R-Lube bearings.

However, the brake drums should still be pulled off to inspect the brakes. Your mechanic or technician will be able to confirm the bearing type immediately upon doing that.
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Old 01-19-2024, 12:23 PM   #3
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Our 2015 20FB FC does not have nevrlube bearings: no dealer nor RV shop in town, we have a trailer sho that is a Dexter axle dealer, I go there, they relube and adjust my brakes, etc.,.
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Old 01-19-2024, 12:25 PM   #4
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What does the CSA mark mean?

The CSA mark indicates that a product has been tested against and has met the requirements for safety, performance and/or energy efficiency for the U.S. and/or Canada. These requirements are based on nationally recognized Canadian and/or U.S. standards as well as any other recognized documents that are used as a basis for certification.

Only when a product has been certified to an applicable standard is it entitled to bear the appropriate CSA mark. CSA marks may appear on product packaging or be located on the product itself, depending on the individual requirements of each applicable standard.

For consumers, the mark can help provide increased assurance of quality and safety. For manufacturers, the international recognition of the CSA mark can help you enter into foreign markets.
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Old 01-19-2024, 12:28 PM   #5
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Ok, I checked the 2016 manual, it has the same wording as my 2015 manual:

https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...manual-148.pdf

Dual axle wide body campers have nevrlube axles hubs, narrowbody single axle ones don’t.

Edit: actually I paraphrased: it says widebody campers 25’ or longer have NevRLube hubs, that narrowbody ones under 25’: a 23FB is a dual-axle but a narrow-body…
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Old 01-19-2024, 02:43 PM   #6
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The first thing I did when I purchased my used 2006 in 2009 was pack the wheel bearings. Then I started reading this forum and back then I think everyone had the kind of bearings that had to be packed and boy, was there a lot of advice about this. Some packed every year, some even more than that. I asked our dealer and the guy who ran the shop said every 10,000 miles was plenty. Even if it took you more than a year, 10K was the idea. This is what I have been doing ever since. I do like to have the shop do it so they can inspect the condition of the brakes while they are in there. My 2006 still has the original brakes and they are still good to go, at least for another 10K miles.
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Old 01-19-2024, 06:40 PM   #7
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I have a 2016 Flying Cloud Bambi. I am trying to determine if I have the Nev R Lube Axle or not. I have been towing a while and need to know if it is time to repack the wheel bearings. The part numbers listed for 2016 Fkying Clouds has the part numbers as 41 0980-06 4300 pounds and 41 0980-07 CSA 5000 pounds.. I am assuming that would include the Bambi that year but not sure. I am not sure what the CSA would mean either. I am hoping there is a label on the axle when I crawl under to look for an actual part number. Does anyone know if this is a Nev R Lube axle? Thanks, Dominic

It'll be in the manual. Look it up on the AS website.

Otherwise take the wheel off and look at it.
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The first time I worked on my hubs on our 2007 and 2015 Airstreams, I replaced the stock bearings and races with Timken. I could feel the difference in the weight. The Timkens just seemed more robust. Also carry a spare set pre-greased. Use Mobil 1 synthetic grease.
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Old 01-20-2024, 12:32 PM   #10
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Thank You all for your kind replies to my question about wheel bearing maintenance. My trailer doesn't have the Nev R Lub axle according to all the research I have done and will require periodic maintenance. Dominic
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Old 01-28-2024, 10:11 AM   #11
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I have a 2016 Flying Cloud Bambi. I am trying to determine if I have the Nev R Lube Axle or not. I have been towing a while and need to know if it is time to repack the wheel bearings. The part numbers listed for 2016 Fkying Clouds has the part numbers as 41 0980-06 4300 pounds and 41 0980-07 CSA 5000 pounds.. I am assuming that would include the Bambi that year but not sure. I am not sure what the CSA would mean either. I am hoping there is a label on the axle when I crawl under to look for an actual part number. Does anyone know if this is a Nev R Lube axle? Thanks, Dominic

Agree with others that you should have a drums off brake check and bearing repack every 5-10k miles. Many, including me, have had serious brake issues that this interval caught.
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Old 01-28-2024, 03:14 PM   #12
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2016 27fb. Had a mobile tech pull off wheels. Brake pads were very worn and Nevr Lube bearings were leaking grease. We replaced entire brake assembly and replaced the bearings with new. I donít remember but I think the bearings were not able to be regreased.
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