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Old 05-21-2020, 07:18 PM   #21
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I think maybe you posted the wrong link. My water pump actually works pretty well!
That was strange, was posting elsewhere but ended up here. It's deleted.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:49 PM   #22
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It seems like the best thing I can do to prevent issues is be prepared. If I have the parts and tools to handle problems, I don't have any. If I am unprepared, whatever can go wrong seems to. We are traveling further from home than I used to. I like to be prepared. 4-5 hours from home is not uncommon. We want to go to Disney next year, 11 hours or so.
You are half way there - the best thing you can do to prevent issues on the road is to conduct preventative maintenance at home in your driveway where you can pick the timing and speed of the work. THAT is the first and most important part of "being prepared". You can carry a multitude of spare parts - and you will need them all if you do not do basic maintenance at home before your trips.

So disassemble, clean, and inspect your hubs, bearings, races, and brakes; replace defective or worn parts, re-lubricate and reassembly properly. Doing so will significantly reduce the number of problems you have on the road and the cost of spare parts you need to carry. JMHO
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:00 AM   #23
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ChuckS #17 said it all. good luck
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:58 AM   #24
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Id recommend following Dexter Axle procedure for EZ Lube bearing and hand grease and follow their recommended initial torque of 50 ft lbs then back nut off and finger tighten nut and install the retainer
Now that you've read the EZ lube procedure & know how it's SUPPOSE to work, it's my strong recommendation don't ever do so UNLESS you're 100% confident that the seals are good & didn't leak by..............only way you can be 100% is take them apart & look.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:02 AM   #25
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I don't have ez lube axles.

I've bought pre greased loaded hubs. I'll just have to make time to get them on before our upcoming trip.
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Old 05-22-2020, 01:59 PM   #26
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So in regards to axle nut setting what type of axles do you have?
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Old 05-22-2020, 02:06 PM   #27
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I have Dexter 3500 pound axles. Other than that not sure what you're asking. They are not equipped with grease fittings.
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Old 05-22-2020, 02:30 PM   #28
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I've always greased and/or replaced the wheel bearings in my trucks myself. My dad uses "feel" and experience to determine how tight to get the nut after putting the bearings in. I've never been very good at it, and always feel a need to have him close by to double check for me. All that said, I never pulled the bearings on my old camper. Few pumps in the grease fitting now and then is all I did.

I'm aware now that that's not the best practice, but also this trailer doesn't have bearing buddies.

Is there a certain torque spec I can follow to get the axle nut set? Or do I need to go all ratchet whisperer like my dad does?
Since you have standard type Dexter axles the procedure for the axle nit tightness you asked about is basically the same..

Follow Dexters procedure and install cotter pin as per their info after initial torque of 50 ft lbs and backing nut off and finger tight...
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Old 05-22-2020, 04:19 PM   #29
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I was guessing it was about the same procedure. That's more or less what FJR VFR said to do also. Shouldn't take too long.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:35 AM   #30
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Use the Dexter Axle service manual - they are the usual manufacturers of axle with them as well as AL-KO now both owned by LCI:

https://www.dexteraxle.com sprung-axles light-duty service-manuals

You may need to copy and paste
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