Just had a total wheel bearing failure after 3 months - from new
I set off this morning on my way to Harwich for a weekend away. Stopped after about 20 mins for the usual check that things are as they should be to see smoke coming out of the right hand wheel
, significant smoke and ultra hot (maybe even close to catching fire having seen hot wheels before on aircraft). I then notice the wheel was not straight - it looked buggered. Luckily there is a large trailer centre near my house, therefore nearby who came out to inspect.
Took the wheel off to find the wheel bearing ground to almost nothing, the brake unit buggered etc. Luckily he had all the spares and put a new bearing on, I towed it back to the trailer centre where it is currently being fully checked and the brake replaced; I should get away in the next couple of hrs only slightly behind schedule - I hope.
Now, I hear you ask, what have I been doing with my trailer - nothing unusual is the answer:
Purchased from Ribcraft with a Rapide 55H 3 months ago. After 1 months use I took the trailer it to a Rapide trailer centre to get an inital service just to make sure things were ok. I have travelled a fair bit around the country, but always below 50/60mph on motorways and really slow on country roads. I always wait at least 40 mins to allow cool down after arrival and ALWAYS wash through with fresh water immediately after use in salt water.
Have just contacted Ribcraft who will contact Rapide / Dixon Bate and see what happens.