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Old 01 November 2006, 08:35   #31
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I inspect my bearings once or twice a year & so far no problem!
I do NOT submerge them though, when launching!
One thing I do, is once a year disconnect the brake cable & pore 3 in 1 oil down them! Nearly 4 years old now & the bearing are older
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Old 01 November 2006, 10:16   #32
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Try this stuff on your bearings-expensive but it seems to work well. I use it in a grease gun on my outboard and all the underwater fittings look like new.

Corrosion Block Grease


I haven't tried it on bearings yet btw but judging by the other results it should help.
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Old 01 November 2006, 14:33   #33
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Jyasaki has provided a very helpful link to Champion Trailers. Whilst I have no wish to embark on a forum disagreement I would like to draw the attention of fellow Ribnetters interested in this topic to the final paragraph of the bearings section of the link as follows......

If you are installing brakes on a "plain" spindle axle, we recommend that you use plain dust caps and not "bearing protectors" (Bearing protector refers to the spring loaded dust cap device with a grease zerk fitting in the piston.) Bearing protectors add two to four PSI of pressure inside the hub cavity and in many cases, they cause grease to leak past the seal. If sufficient grease leaks past the seal on a brake hub drum, it will centrifuge out with some grease getting on the brake shoes. Grease on your brake shoes will drastically decrease your braking capacity.
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Old 01 November 2006, 14:58   #34
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Trailer bearings

I have black dust cap type covers on the center hubs of my wheels which when taken off allows access to a grease nipple which I have always kept well greased ,what are they for ! ! I,m assuming they feed the bearing ,how effective are they.
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Yeah Ok i should have read the previous reply, sorry all .
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Old 01 November 2006, 17:06   #36
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never had a problem with grease getting in the brakes from bearing savers despite loadsa trailering.
So it might (But i've never had the problem from bearing savers) ooze thru back grease seal, but I have had that years ago with no bearing savers probably from over enthusiastic grease gun application. When its back there it just sprays onto the inside of the wheel and stops it rusting!
The problems I have had from brakes sticking on etc a bit of grease in there might well have helped things . Drum brakes on a boat trailer are a nightmare. Esp when the shoe rusts, as it will, and the rust under the lining prises the bonded lining off the shoe and drops it into the drum!
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Hi All,
Sorry I havent responded earlier but I have been away , I fully agree with Dave M that well serviced bearing savers are one of the best solutions. However!!! I now have a Elxis Trailer (Manufactured in Greece) which guarantees bearings for three years AND comes with hydraulically operated disc brakes. We have them for our club RIBs which are being launched and recovered almost on a daily basis. Not only have we not had any problems but this is especially notable as the increased salinity in the eastern Med usually causes increased problems when compared to UK. Maybe one of you would consider a UK Dealership, by the way I have nothing to do with Elxis, only like their product.
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Old 05 November 2006, 18:25   #38
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Hi All,
Sorry I havent responded earlier but I have been away , I fully agree with Dave M that well serviced bearing savers are one of the best solutions. However!!! I now have a Elxis Trailer (Manufactured in Greece) which guarantees bearings for three years AND comes with hydraulically operated disc brakes. We have them for our club RIBs which are being launched and recovered almost on a daily basis. Not only have we not had any problems but this is especially notable as the increased salinity in the eastern Med usually causes increased problems when compared to UK. Maybe one of you would consider a UK Dealership, by the way I have nothing to do with Elxis, only like their product.
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They do look pretty good - small though.

http://www.elxiscenter.com/html/eng/techn.htm#
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Wheel Bearing total failure after 3 months from new!

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.

So..................not happy.

Have just contacted Ribcraft who will contact Rapide / Dixon Bate and see what happens.
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I bet they are the "sealed for life" bearings. They shouldn't be allowed to use them - nipples are the only answer.......

That is a disgrace on a trailer as new as that!!!
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