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Old 05 January 2015, 17:53   #31
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Alko bearings. Sealed for life - or sealed for death?
If it's that big as problem - change them! If you are spending that much on a trailer that ticks every other one of your boxes, a new set of "traditional" bearings isn't going to break the bank.....



I guess the lighter boat + Beefier trailer is still within your towing limits?

FWIW in that regard I could have gone unbraked (just - and I mean 2Kg close just) when I bought the new trailer for Wildheart. But I decided to "future proof" and go braked. Yes, more maintenance but another set of braked wheels should I ever need to stamp on the middle pedal.
Ironically I went up a car size and modernised it by 10 years - guess what - I wouldn't have been able to tow the unbraked one by about 2kg...... Physically bigger car, but about 20Kg lighter, so max unbraked weight dropped from 750 to 742Kg.....
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Old 06 January 2015, 04:54   #32
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If it's that big as problem - change them! If you are spending that much on a trailer that ticks every other one of your boxes, a new set of "traditional" bearings isn't going to break the bank.....
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You cant just change the bearings you will have to change the axle!

But having said that if you are ordering new most makers will fit a axle with tapered roller bearing for you
When I got my Ribeye it had no brakes (been removed) and it was a mess inside the hubs, having rebuilt trailers before I decided to go new axle and tapered bearings as you price up parts compared to new axle
Well any how after 5 years of neglect the sealed for life bearings where in perfect condition and I towed it over 200 miles home!

Still would prefer tapered rollers for ease of maintenance though
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Old 06 January 2015, 06:45   #33
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Can't honestly see your problem, I've had both types of bearings over the years & prefer the Alko sealed type.
Same here Dave ,,,,, tow miles each year and much prefer the SFL's . The newer 'waterproof' ones do have a different bearings - the seal part has metal shrouds which help a bit.
Yes - not 'servicable' but change every 2 years and no issues as far as I have seen
Poor adjustment of taper rollers ( and overgreasing) causes more catastophic failures in my previous experience with dive club kit
Each to their own of course
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Nothing wrong with 'em
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Towed plenty....Launched/Recovered loads! Very happy with mine
...Might be be less strain on Four than two though!??
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