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Moving cross country right now

Postby dsotto » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:50 am

Hi there! It's been awhile.
We are moving from Texas to Idaho right now and haven't used our trailer in a year and a half. We have the 'high speed' wheels and have locked in at 60 mph.

We tried to regrease the bearing but the northern tool 4x8 trailer didn't look like any of the videos so we pried the cap off and tried to push as much of the grease in there and it basically just got everywhere.

We went 10 miles and stopped and checked with a temp gun and the left was 75F and the right was 85F
Is that too much of a difference?
We are a bit on the heavy side since we had to pack more stuff on the TD than we would have liked and are sitting around 900lbs out of our 1000lb towing capacity on our jeep.

Should we go a bit slower or does 5 mph not make much of a difference? We have 1500 miles to go and plan on stopping every 3 hours for 15 minutes to give it a break.

Any advice is welcome. We don't want to die, haha!

Thanks!
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Re: Moving cross country right now

Postby swoody126 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:30 am

pictures would help

here are 2 pics of the parts in a trailer hub

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yours should look like one of them

if you don't have the tools to remove and pack the bearings take the trailer to a reputable mechanic to have it done

if you don't you will worry yourself silly on the entire trip

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Re: Moving cross country right now

Postby rjgimp » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:18 am

Honestly I wouldn't worry too much about 5 degrees temperature difference. That can easily be explained by the sun shining on one side. I drove semis for 25 years. If a hub is cool enough to keep your hand on it for ten seconds or so after driving for an hour there is really nothing to worry about. Stopping regularly is a good plan. Check the temperature at every stop. If something gets "too hot to handle" use those images swoody provided and do a roadside rebuild. Better yet, stop at a hardware store and get a set of Bearing Buddies. They are a replacement dust cap with a zerk fitting so you can add grease to your bearings using a grease gun and not make a huge mess.

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Re: Moving cross country right now

Postby Socal Tom » Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:43 pm

dsotto wrote:Hi there! It's been awhile.
We are moving from Texas to Idaho right now and haven't used our trailer in a year and a half. We have the 'high speed' wheels and have locked in at 60 mph.

We tried to regrease the bearing but the northern tool 4x8 trailer didn't look like any of the videos so we pried the cap off and tried to push as much of the grease in there and it basically just got everywhere.

We went 10 miles and stopped and checked with a temp gun and the left was 75F and the right was 85F
Is that too much of a difference?
We are a bit on the heavy side since we had to pack more stuff on the TD than we would have liked and are sitting around 900lbs out of our 1000lb towing capacity on our jeep.

Should we go a bit slower or does 5 mph not make much of a difference? We have 1500 miles to go and plan on stopping every 3 hours for 15 minutes to give it a break.

Any advice is welcome. We don't want to die, haha!

Thanks!
Feel the fender or another metal surface and then feel the bearings. If they feel about the same then you are fine. If the fender is cool, but the bearing is hot, then worry.


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