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Old 11 May 2013, 16:38   #11
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I'd jack it up and check the wheels, I replaced the bearing in my old trailer today, I was amazed when I head they failed as I replaced them last May, one side was completely worn as my trailer only moves a matter of feet each time I use it.

It's a good thing to know how to do in case one fails when your are on the road (I always take a spare with me).
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Old 11 May 2013, 20:12   #12
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I use bearing savers to protect the bearings and haven't needed to change them in 6 years. Just keep them topped up with grease and regular checks on jacks. I only drive 6 miles to and from my slipway and there are no wash down facilities there so I have to wait till I get home for a brake flush. There is a hole through the wheel and hub that gives me direct access to the inside of the brake components via a spray attachment that I insert at the end of the day to enable me to irrigate the inside with water in an attempt to remove the salt. It must work pretty well as I haven't needed to inspect the brakes since I bought the trailer.
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Old 11 May 2013, 20:21   #13
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Andy, what axle is on yours? I've got the hole in the wheels on the Ballistics trailer, but not in the drums.

I'm wondering if I can get drums with holes in when it's time to replace the drums.
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Old 11 May 2013, 21:17   #14
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Well it probably would in Scotland!
pot - kettle!!!!!

yeah, but regardless of the sh!t the heavens throw at you, the bearings aint gonna see none of it!!!!
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If your worried and the thread would maybe say you could be just a little, would it not be a good idea to service the trailer change the the bearings before the trip so you're starting with 100% good bearings as when the wheel comes off its going to make a mess or worse if you're unlucky.

I've never done the 150 mile tow to Southampton without seeing either a caravan or boat trailer minus a wheel somewhere on the way

I've been in the the q behind a few while they're cleaning up the mess too

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The hole in the back of some drum is to inspect the brake shoes and should have a rubber bung in it, yet the flushing kits require you to drill another hole, I use it for flushing the brakes.
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The hole in the back of some drum is to inspect the brake shoes and should have a rubber bung in it, yet the flushing kits require you to drill another hole, I use it for flushing the brakes.
So do I , but I can feel another Nos " best way to drill a hole " thread coming on.........
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Old 12 May 2013, 06:49   #18
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Made my flush kit from Hepworth Hep2o pipe and fittings and an Hozelok hosepipe connector. It works a treat.
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Just fitted this to my trailer. No need for any drilling if you have the AlKo sealed bearing hubs. A doddle to fit, but I've not tried it in anger yet.
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Just fitted this to my trailer. No need for any drilling if you have the AlKo sealed bearing hubs. A doddle to fit, but I've not tried it in anger yet.
Straight fit to the newer avonride axles with Knott sealed bearings too. Tapped hole in backplate. Added to my recent new axle. Not sure if it's quite as good as the old retrofit I had which had a spray nozzle but definitely easier to install ,,, time will tell
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