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Old 03 October 2014, 12:10   #11
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Well it's good to know I'm not the only one that's got wheel bearing OCD!

My nerves start jangling on new bearings even after a couple of launches. Mainly because I had a trailer years ago that I wouldn't get a season out of the bearings. To be fair that turned out to be overloaded aswell as being dipped in saltwater pretty much every weekend.

Festinhouse - your set up far exceeds mine and sounds like the ultimate piece of mind for long trips.

Nos 4r2 - Paddler is right.... Sometimes the boat you want comes with the trailer you don't want and I reckon my method is the only way to be completely confident those sealed for life bearings are gonna go 400 miles without self combusting!

Only trouble is that 2 x wheels and hubs can be a pain to store when you've got 5 peoples camping gear in the back of the truck so I reckon Biffer's spare wheel bracket x2 could be next project.
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+1 for biffers bracket. I have been gathering bits to do just this to one of our trailers that is currently under modification.

PS. I was going to use a large 1" bolt welded to a plate rather than a stub axle as a carrier .
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Anyone care to share some spare tire/hub carrier photos please?

Here is one I found for purchase. Spare Tire Carriers with Hubs


Most boat trailers today come with a spare tire mount, and small trailers just need a U bolt. I have had a spare for every trailer. Plus I always carry a tie down strap to tie up an axle on a tandem, or the many other uses tie downs have. I have carried spare bearings and a seal, but swapping races in the field requires more than a few tools. Swapping a hub requires one tool. You need a hammer to knock the bearing buddy off (Adjustable wrench), a tool to bend the cotter pin straight and push it out to be reused/or replaced (Adjustable wrench), and a wrench to loosen and tighten the axle nut (Adjustable wrench).

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PS. I was going to use a large 1" bolt welded to a plate rather than a stub axle as a carrier .
There is always a possibility the spare stub axle could be cut off the spare tire mount, and used to get you home. Welding businesses are not always that hard to find. Heck some Jeeps and other 4x4's are set up to weld. In our rock crawlin' crew we had three welders and enough spare parts to fix the common failures.
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That pic says it all really, mine were in stainless but more or less the same
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welding at home is all well and good.....but on the side of the road !, this is the point that I would call the big yellow taxi in.
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I reckon ribnetters are in the minority when it comes to spare equipment for trailers.
You wouldn't believe the amount of boaters I've come across that don't even carry a spare wheel!!

Seems Peter C is on his way to having a mobile engineering works in his emergency kit!

I say whatever you can do to keep everyone safe and your trailer moving has got to be a good idea.
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welding at home is all well and good.....but on the side of the road !, this is the point that I would call the big yellow taxi in.
To us the cost difference is substantial. Maybe $90 for taking it to a welder, or a little more for calling a welder out, vs $450 for a tow ride home, depending on distance.
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The main problem I have with the 'sealed for life' bearings is the lack of access to grease and service the damn things!
Bought an SBS ex demo trailer last year and I'm really pleased with it. Do the usual on our run North, stop after an hour for a coffee/cigar/pee and check the hubs for heat/straps etc. Usual checks prior to setting off check the handbrake and jack the trailer up & spin the wheels . BUT when I had a twin axle un-braked I could remove all the hubs visually check them re-grease then put them back happy or replace as needed for a few quid !
As a result I don't put the wheels in the salty stuff at all. A bit of a chew but manageable where we launch on the beach.
Is this OCD or paranoia ???
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