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Old 05-03-2014, 04:53 AM   #11
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Wow, good thing you checked that BSHGTO, that could have gone bad in a hurry.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:04 AM   #12
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2014 Cougar 24RKSWE TT

Our travel trailer is supposedly not a part of this recall, however in September of last year we were getting ready to take a trip when I noticed we lost the hub cover off our rear drivers side wheel. I'm no mechanic but the way the parts inside were laying in there did not look right. Fortunately an employee from our local dealership lives just a few houses down the street and our next door neighbor is quite the mechanic, they took the tire off and took the hub apart, let's just say it was not good. The bearing buddy had fallen off, the spring from the inside of the buddy was wrapped around the axel, could have been really bad had we hit the road with it like that. We bought the unit brand new in February of 2014, I contacted both the dealership and Keystone. Keystone told us it was a "standard maintenance issue" which I disputed, our dealer sent a mechanic to our home to repair the issue and check the other wheels, 2 of the other wheels were on their way to doing the exact same thing. Scary. Keeping our fingers crossed we do not have any other issues, everyone we talked to said they have hauled their trailers "thousands" of miles and have never experienced any issues with their bearings doing this.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:38 PM   #13
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ez lube procedure?

Where can I find the proper procedure to make sure my ez lube axles are greased properly? My TT is outside the recall but I want to check everything before we start camping again in March.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:54 PM   #14
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Where can I find the proper procedure to make sure my ez lube axles are greased properly? My TT is outside the recall but I want to check everything before we start camping again in March.
Dexter axle has videos on their website.
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Old 01-14-2015, 01:52 PM   #15
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The Dexter and You tube videos were right on the money. Thanks.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:54 AM   #16
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Bearing issues, twice now....

We have a 2014 Cougar 24' travel trailer. I discovered by chance an issue with our bearings while getting ready for an upcoming trip when I noticed the center cap was missing from one of the wheel hubs. Upon closer inspection I could see pieces of the bearing buddy laying sideways inside the hub. We contacted the dealer who ended up sending a service tech to our house and found that 3 of the 4 wheels all had these same bearing issues. They replaced the bearings under warranty (at that time we had our trailer for less than a year so it was covered regardless). This was all in September 2014. After another short trip just this last weekend we got home and this time I could smell a burning smell. Felt one of the hubs, burning hot to the touch. This was only about a 40 mile trip. Defective bearings again, dealer is working on it as we speak but I have no idea if they will cover this one under warranty again or not. I found the thread to the Keystone recall on this forum last year right after the first bearing failure, and ours was one of the units affected. Thank god I did find it because we never received a letter or any other kind of notification from Keystone OR from our dealer in regards this recall. Anyone else having these kinds of issues with Keystone? Our dealer has tried to be very fair with us, but the rep I had been in contact with at Keystone (Ann Flagg if anyone is interested) quit responding or acknowledging my emails after the first bearing failure. So disappointed for the kind of money we are paying for this unit, but have to admit other than the crappy customer service from Keystone we love the layout and the style of our trailer. Just wish we haven't had some of the quality issues we have had.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:17 PM   #17
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In Keystone's defense, the axle units, whether AL-KO or Dexter, are delivered to the various Keystone plants complete, minus the wheel/tires. Keystone does not disassemble these axles, so any lack of grease is ultimately on the axle manufacturer. Yes, Keystone is the manufacturer of the trailer, but the company that provides the various components ends up making it good.

On the subject of the E-Z-Lube axles, they aren't filled with grease from the factory, nor is it really a good idea to do so later. When you do pull the wheels and drums to inspect the brakes, you end up having a serious mess of grease everywhere. These axles are not installed on boat trailers and are not normally immersed in water, so the bearings only need a normal quantity of grease packed in them and a little extra on the races when put back together. Too much grease also tends to cause seal failure and results in grease on the brakes.
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Old 06-11-2017, 02:51 PM   #18
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Just a note to anyone purchasing a new travel trailer, or 5th wheel. The axle assembly's are not, IMHO, checked out properly before shipment to the factories, just read the threads. The factories have many components they are installing that are not their own equipment. Each of these contain their own warranty from the company that makes them. Ultimately, I believe the one item that may contain the most liability would be the axles. If they fail, you could be in a fatal accident. Even if the factory checks the axles, which I am sure most do not, unless you pick up your unit at the factory it has been towed "X" number of miles to the dealership of your choice. I can pretty much guarantee that most, if any, dealers pull the wheels and hubs on all the trailers they receive to check the brakes. Anyone purchasing a new rv from a dealer should insist they prove the brakes are in good shape or move on to one that will. My 2016 fz371 had completely trashed brakes on all four wheels, which I did not discover until I got home, 300 miles from the dealership. I checked them on my own an ended up replacing all four brake packages and repacking the bearings, which were obviously not packed properly from the manufacturer. I recently advised a friend that was purchasing a new fuzion to have the dealer pull a wheel and hub and check the brakes and they were also in bad enough shape to need replacing before they left the lot. If you ask a dealer to inspect the brakes and they balk, walk away. This is a major problem that needs to be addressed. Many people that buy rv's are not mechanics and are trusting that the unit they are buying has been completely checked out, and is safe.....You are paying good money and can't ask too many questions.....
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