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    Trailer bearings before cross country road trip?

    I have a 16'x6'10" 7k utility trailer that I bought new in 2013, since then I have probably put 2500 miles on it or so with no issues at all. I keep the bearings greased regularly through the ez-lube hubs but have not removed the hubs to inspect the bearings. I will be carrying probably 4k on the trailer and wonder if i should replace the bearings and races or just let them be the trip will be 4000 Miles with the last thousand miles of that being through Alberta and British Columbia.

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    I would jack each wheel up, inspect for excessive free-play, adjust as needed, and adjust the brakes as needed too. Give each hub some grease and enjoy your trip.
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    If your concerned, get a cheap IR temperature gauge, then take a trip at highway speeds for 30 minutes and then check the temps of the tires, rims, and hubs for anything abnormal. This of course in addition to what Jason wrote-not instead of.

    Also, make you have a spare or two, and the tools needed to change on the road-trailer tires are notorious for blowouts, all are made in China nowadays.
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    Cannot add to what has been posted. If you're really worried, take a set (or 2)of bearings with ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbacklash View Post
    I have a 16'x6'10" 7k utility trailer that I bought new in 2013, since then I have probably put 2500 miles on it or so with no issues at all. I keep the bearings greased regularly through the ez-lube hubs but have not removed the hubs to inspect the bearings. I will be carrying probably 4k on the trailer and wonder if i should replace the bearings and races or just let them be the trip will be 4000 Miles with the last thousand miles of that being through Alberta and British Columbia.
    Sorry just have to say this,,, WOW a 16' Wide trailer and it's only 6'10" L NA


    I bet its a 6'10" x16'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Cannot add to what has been posted. If you're really worried, take a set (or 2)of bearings with ya.
    Agreed - spare tire(s) and spare bearing sets with the tools to change them out. Inspect tires and feel heat of hubs at every stop.
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    It wouldn't hurt to pull the hubs to get a look at the grease. If the grease looks like new simply put it back together. If any sign of water, rust, or any other discoloring is noticed. Repack and or replace the bearings. It's a good idea to have a spare hub / bearing , grease, and tools with you. It's unlikely a bearing will fail if you have a spare on hand.
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    If there isn't any excessive play in the hub, grease it like you have been doing and don't worry about it. I have gotten at least 10,000 to 15,000 miles out of most of my trailer bearings just by pulling and packing them by hand once or twice a year.
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    Thanks for the advise I have one spare and will probably grab another. I will definitely check the play in the bearings and probably rotate the tires while I'm at it what do y'all do x pattern or front to rear?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbacklash View Post
    Thanks for the advise I have one spare and will probably grab another. I will definitely check the play in the bearings and probably rotate the tires while I'm at it what do y'all do x pattern or front to rear?


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    yeah 2 spares, 2 sets of bearings, 1 hub brake drum, a low jack, couple of wooden timbers too. aw-yeah I would probably take my road toolbox, to perform these duties. one last thing, a spare axle nut and a flat file, in case u don't catch the wheel coming off the axle quick enough, ur need that new nut then and the file to fix the messed up threads. when I trucked I had lots of tools and 2 jacks. I fixed anything I could along the road, before letting anyone else do it. good luck and have a safe trip!!!
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