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IH_Fan

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Posted: 10/19/21 08:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi folks,

We have a 40 foot 5th wheel we've owned from new and is stored in a large machine shed when not is use. The shed is not heated, but has a concrete floor and insulated. Nice to have especially in Canada as it has never been stored in snow/ice or any inclement weather when not in use.

We bought this to travel south in spring and fall. The last time we used it was 2019 to Myrtle Beach. It's been parked thanks to the pandemic as the border closed. We have not moved or touched it and I've kept the air in the tires inflated to max. The tires are new Michelins installed in 2019 and the bearings were greased the same spring.

The question is: as it will have been parked for 2 years in 2022 and with one trip on it since it was last greased (went about 2,000 miles), should the bearings be regreased before we head south in the spring 2022. Not sure if the grease would age/dry after sitting that long. With the border just recently opened we are looking at traveling south again.

I know this is a lengthy backstory for a basic question, but it's best to have all the facts to help get the best advice/recommendation.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted: 10/19/21 10:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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* This post was edited 10/20/21 06:47am by SAR Tracker *


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Posted: 10/19/21 10:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO The brakes should be visually verified and since that involves pulling the drums...I used to use an inductive ammeter to ensure all drums were activated equally.

Another quirk I insisted on was to make sure lug nuts could be spun with the fingers and use of a torque wrench, and three cross lug verifications for each wheel.Bend and check valve stems for base cracking and examine every tire inch-by-inch. I detest road shoulder breakdowns.

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Posted: 10/20/21 05:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you also thinking about re-greasing the hubs of your truck?

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Posted: 10/20/21 05:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It doesn't seem like it is needed to regrease the hubs with so few miles and it was just done, but it is fine if you want to do it just to be sure.


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Posted: 10/20/21 06:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't.


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Posted: 10/20/21 06:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would just go, don't worry about it... ALL too many folks are overkill with RV bearings....


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I haven't done anything to mine in 8 years and they're fine. I do keep watch on the temperature.

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Posted: 10/20/21 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are not certain, I'd do the job inspect the breaks, clean the bearings, and repack the bearings.. then you'll know for sure.


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me, I would not do it. Way too much hype and legend in this arena.

If it is worth the effort and money to make you feel more at ease then you gotta do it.

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