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Old 05 February 2013, 14:32   #11
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I've been thinking about this and I'm a bit uneasy. If I can't easily grease the bearings then even if I repack them now, then the first thing I'm going to know about them being being poorly lubed is when they start grinding. If that happens halfway to Scotland then I'm really in the shit cos i can't strip and repack them on the hard shoulder.

Given that I don't have a garage and the boat is stored in a friends garden the stripping and repacking process is going to be 'challenging' as it is.

As far as I can see:

it's a pretty standard rollercoaster (you can see the remains of the blue decals on the front of the trailer). Can the hubs be modified or am I going to need to replace them?
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Old 05 February 2013, 14:55   #12
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Looks like it's braked / used to be braked?... would that be right? If so, it looks like it may be a Roller Coaster 1.3.

Doing bearings outside will be fine, honest; all of my servicing is done on a mobile basis, with 99.9% of it being in the great outdoors!

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Old 05 February 2013, 15:10   #13
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Hi TG,

Thanks again. Yes it is braked, though the cable is pretty loose so I'm not sure how much braking is actually going on. The previous owner said he didn't want the brakes to drag. An RC 1.3 was my guess too. So if this is the case do you reckon it's taper roller bearings? Is it normal for there to be no way to grease them in between strippings? Is there any way to get them modified or replaced with ones that have a grease nipple? If not how often should one strip and re-grease them to be safe?

I really don't want to have to strip the buggers before every long journey just to be safe. I'd be tempted to buy brand new units off indespension just for the peace of mind!
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Lordy me, you must be loaded! A new axle is lots of pennies, especially from Indy.

Looking at the age of it I would suspect that you have taper roller bearings. Also, I'd suggest that it would be worth checking the brakes. Nope, there's no way to sort the bearings, without stripping it down - so strip the hub off, do the bearings and check the brakes at the same time.

You can fit bearing savers, in the place of the (not OE...) dust cap. They are WELL worth the investment and are one of the few trailer running gear modifications that genuinely work. They're about 25 from memory. Get the OE ones, that are sprung, as they keep a continual pressure on the grease, pushing it in to the bearings.
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Old 05 February 2013, 15:23   #15
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I would have a go your self it's easy to do I have done mine recently I put my trailer on stands and took the drums home and you can take a drum to indespension leeds to get the correct bearing about 9 a side easy to adjust the brakes as well
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9 a side Mick?! Blimey, I'm giving them a shout for some stock

I think they'll likely be ISHU003 bearings: ISHU003 | Bearings | Suspension | Suspension, Hubs & Brakes | Trailer Parts | Indespension


but as Mick says, you can take a drum / the bearings in to make sure you get the right thing.
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Might av been 12 can't remember wasn't mega bucks
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The thing i keep coming back to though chaps, is how often does it need doing? And how do you tell if it needs doing?
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The thing i keep coming back to though chaps, is how often does it need doing? And how do you tell if it needs doing?
Suppose it depends how often you launch and if its fresh or salt water
Will be doing mine twice a year just to keep up to it at least
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only playing with you Mick!

Clamchowder, Mick's right; it's all about frequency of use and submersion. Easiest thing to do is check every time you tow:

grab the wheel at 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock (remember your driving lessons?..) and give the wheel a good twist/shake back and forth. If there's play, then the bearings will need adjusting up. I service most customers' once a season.
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