Warning to all trailer owners
Right on, Ray!
On a trip to Alaska this summer I had a bearing failure that caused a fire in the right rear hub of my small 5th wheel travel trailer. The hub broke and everything inside was burned to a crisp. I managed to find parts in Achorage and did the repair on the side of the road along Turnagain Arm. This happened even though about 8,000 miles before I had had all new backing plates, drums, bearings, etc, replaced at an RV service shop! Needless to say I was very surprised when this happened. So I've added another routine maintenance check to my list. I now jack up each wheel and check the bearings for looseness every 1000 miles, usually at a nice paved rest area. I also carry 4 sets of replacement bearings, seals, races, and grease on-board. And once a year I check the torque on the trailer spring shackles and u-bolts and the 5th wheel hitch mounting bolts. I was lucky that the hub didn't come completely off the axle, and that the axle was still usable. I'm now having two new axles installed on the trailer. I have already replaced the springs, and also the spring shackles and bolts with Mor-Ryde heavy-duty greasable versions. Hopefully this will be the last "adventure" of this kind!