Aside from seeing La Familia, that is. OK two things … Oh, and the food. I guess that makes three things.
Anyway, access to the right tools makes working on your rig easy. And that can help you save a lot of money.
And believe me, El Jefe has all the right tools … and the shop, and the brain, which I picked to learn how to to pack the wheel bearings on our fifth wheel trailer.
Recommendations for mileage on wheel bearings range from 3,000 to 30,000 miles before repacking them with fresh grease. Our Arctic Fox dealer suggested we have it done at 10,000 miles. I have a lot of faith in René’s father when it comes to things like this, since he put plenty of years in under plenty of trucks.
He suggested 20,000 miles would be fine, which was fine with me. That gave us ample miles to make it back to his garage, where he could help us. And by doing the job ourselves, we probably saved at least $300. René called a local shop that wanted $150 per axle.
At least once annually is a good schedule for repacking the bearings on any trailer on the road full-time. But here’s one basic rule of thumb: The smaler the wheel, the fewer the miles. On small wheels, the bearings rotate faster. But our trailer rolls on standard truck tires and has two axles.
While I found some pretty detailed instructions for repacking trailer wheel bearings, I decided to make my own in the form of this video. Besides, that handyman’s hands are way to clean for a dirty job like this…
Fair Warning: You might find the video long and boring, unless you’re looking for simple directions for how to save money by re-packing your own wheel bearings. It just helps to have the right tools!
Many thanks to El Jefe for imparting his mechanical wisdom, and for use of all the right tools. I guess we’ll just have to come back in another 20,000 miles or so. Hopefully the job I did on our bearings, will last that long.