In this video lesson on trailer bearings, RV repair expert Dave Solberg teaches you how to inspect, lubricate and maintain the bearings on your RV. Bearings ought to be inspected every 12 months or 20,000 miles, and lubricated when necessary. Dave teaches you about the various types of trailer bearings you might find, explains what they do, and introduces a few different methods for lubrication.
With the standard method of lubricating, your bearings can get a little messy. That’s why companies such as Lippert and Dexter have created innovative products to simplify the job. Take, for instance, the E-Z Lube spindle, Dexter’s solution to complicated lubricating. With this spindle, your trailer bearings will auto-fill with fresh grease and push out the old, dirty grease.
Even if you opt for one of these tools that make the job easier, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still conduct an annual inspection and cleaning. Should you find it helpful, you can also utilize an infrared thermometer to get a gauge for the temperature of your wheel hub, bearings, tires, etc. If you notice that your temperature consistently spikes when the outside weather isn’t all that hot, it might be time to get your bearings checked. Bearings running hot results in dangerous driving conditions. Don’t take the risk, keep your bearings well lubed and in good shape, and you’re guaranteed a smooth driving experience!