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Old 05-08-2019, 04:46 PM
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Hi everyone. I have a question. I have a 17 foot Carolina Skiff DLV sitting on a 2017 custom built trailer. The trailer doesnít move much. The boat is stored on it about 50 feet from the launch. I am trailering the boat from Tampa to Hilton Head in about 3 weeks and someone told me I should pull the the wheels off and grease the inside once a year. Unless this is really necessary I really donít have time to do it before we leave. Should I worry about this on a newer trailer? Like I said I donít trailer the boat much and donít want any problems. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:51 PM
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If you have bearing buddies you should be able to put grease thru the nipple. I would at least take a 5 mile drive and see if the hubs heat up at all.
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:57 PM
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You're leaving in about 3 weeks and you don't have time to check and grease your trailers hubs. I'm assuming it's a 2 wheel trailer based on your boat size and if you do 15 minutes a night, it would probably take all of 2-3 nights per hub to complete the job. If I was you, I would just go about your trip. I believe that changing hubs on the side of the interstate is more rewarding to some. Not me but I've seen others doing it from time to time.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:25 PM
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You'll be fine.. Pull it like you stole it. Just make sure your tires are aired up
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Leave wheel on. On these ez lubes just squeeze in new grease til old grease comes out. I do it with my toddler and it takes maybe 30 minutes. Maybe you can take a pic to see what kind of setup you have and how involved it may be to put fresh grease in?
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Thank you for the helpful reply jeheiii. I will go down to the boat this weekend and see what I can do. Obviously if it should be done I will find a way to do it or have it done. I may send a PM with a pic this weekend if it isn’t obvious. I appreciate your help.
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Originally Posted by Bsully24 View Post
You're leaving in about 3 weeks and you don't have time to check and grease your trailers hubs. I'm assuming it's a 2 wheel trailer based on your boat size and if you do 15 minutes a night, it would probably take all of 2-3 nights per hub to complete the job. If I was you, I would just go about your trip. I believe that changing hubs on the side of the interstate is more rewarding to some. Not me but I've seen others doing it from time to time.
If you actually read my question youíll see that the main point of it is if it is really needed. I never said it couldnít be done. You may have missed that part or most likely, chose to ignore it in your rush to be the first to respond with a smart-ass remark. Congratulations. You win.
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Originally Posted by muskrattown View Post
If you have bearing buddies you should be able to put grease thru the nipple. I would at least take a 5 mile drive and see if the hubs heat up at all.

Thanks Muskrattown. I will probably just get it done to be safe. I appreciate it.
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Old 05-09-2019, 02:41 PM
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Bearing buddies are far different from an easy lube axle . Which do you have ? The easy lube will be a zerk fitting on the end of the axle under a rubber cap.
This forces grease thru the bearings from the back.

Jack up the wheel , pull off the rubber cap and pump grease in while turning the wheel to force old grease out til it looks nice and clean.
You should be ok if this is what you have.

A bearing buddy is just an add on that just pushes new grease on the outer bearing with minimal protection.
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If you actually read my question youíll see that the main point of it is if it is really needed. I never said it couldnít be done. You may have missed that part or most likely, chose to ignore it in your rush to be the first to respond with a smart-ass remark. Congratulations. You win.
Coming from a guy that hasn't maintained his trailer in 2 years and then expects it to work for a long tow. Clearly you're ignorant and should listen to the person who gave you the original advice and not question people and start calling them people.

Hell, you know what, start your tow and post on here when you break down because your bearing over heated and the seals are shot because you "really don't have the time" to service your trailer. Actually congratulation, you win!
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Y’all stop bashing. Not everyone gets up in the middle of the night and repacks their wheel bearings for fun.
Yetiman, make sure you have a spare wheel and the means to change it if necessary,
I go no where without at least one spare, I have two.

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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
Bearing buddies are far different from an easy lube axle . Which do you have ? The easy lube will be a zerk fitting on the end of the axle under a rubber cap.
This forces grease thru the bearings from the back.

Jack up the wheel , pull off the rubber cap and pump grease in while turning the wheel to force old grease out til it looks nice and clean.
You should be ok if this is what you have.

A bearing buddy is just an add on that just pushes new grease on the outer bearing with minimal protection.
Alright great point. I suspect it is the zerk fitting but I donít store the boat at home so I am going to go check it tomorrow night. Now that I know what Iím looking for it sounds like it will be relatively easy. Thanks again
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
Yíall stop bashing. Not everyone gets up in the middle of the night and repacks their wheel bearings for fun.
Yetiman, make sure you have a spare wheel and the means to change it if necessary,
I go no where without at least one spare, I have two.

Picking up a spare tomorrow actually but planning on going ahead with the new grease. Havenít owned it for long so I thought this would be a good spot to come for advice. I wish everyone was so helpful
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Coming from a guy that hasn't maintained his trailer in 2 years and then expects it to work for a long tow. Clearly you're ignorant and should listen to the person who gave you the original advice and not question people and start calling them people.

Hell, you know what, start your tow and post on here when you break down because your bearing over heated and the seals are shot because you "really don't have the time" to service your trailer. Actually congratulation, you win!

O.K. I really tried to ignore this but your post is too rich to pass up. I shouldnít question people and start calling them people? Not sure what that means but the guy was a passive-aggressive asshole who wasnít exactly trying to be helpful. And you said Iím clearly ignorant because I came to the trailer thread of this page asking advice about a trailer? If this sight isnít for sharing information then what is it for? Try reading the post again and ask someone to explain it to you. Like I said to the dullard before you, I donít know much about trailers (again, that why I posted here) so I wasnít sure if I needed to do it. Until your post I thought maybe his would be the dumbest comment I would get but here you are. Relax man. Life is short and your anger issues arenít going to help.
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if you have sure lube \super lube system just pump the grease until it comes out clean if you have bearing buddies just add enough to make the piston to move on the cap or you can blow out the rear seal it wont take that much to move it I would guess its a 3500lb axle it would be worth having a spare hub all set up ready to go and dont forget a spare cotter pin and tools to change it if need be .Its an easy job and there are a bunch of you tube videos .I would give it a once over checking to make sure everything is tight trailers like to shake them selves loose .Check air pressure and jack up each wheel and give it a spin make sure there are no noises give the wheel a shake from the top and bottom and the sides to make sure there is not excessive play .During the trip check the hubs for temp and checking the lug nuts isn't a bad idea either after the first 50 miles .I also like taking 2 spare tires on long trips which will guarantee you will not have a flat and appease the road gods .
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if you have sure lube \super lube system just pump the grease until it comes out clean if you have bearing buddies just add enough to make the piston to move on the cap or you can blow out the rear seal it wont take that much to move it I would guess its a 3500lb axle it would be worth having a spare hub all set up ready to go and dont forget a spare cotter pin and tools to change it if need be .Its an easy job and there are a bunch of you tube videos .I would give it a once over checking to make sure everything is tight trailers like to shake them selves loose .Check air pressure and jack up each wheel and give it a spin make sure there are no noises give the wheel a shake from the top and bottom and the sides to make sure there is not excessive play .During the trip check the hubs for temp and checking the lug nuts isn't a bad idea either after the first 50 miles .I also like taking 2 spare tires on long trips which will guarantee you will not have a flat and appease the road gods .
Thats great advice. The boat has always been stored next to where I put it in the water and I have never given the trailer much thought. Thatís on me and now I know better. Iím going to go over it this weekend and make sure itís ready to go. Thank you.
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I use this grease on mine .
You gotta have thick skin here and not worry about certain posts. If you meantion a wife or girlfriend , youíre gonna be asked for pictures of them .
Itís a free forum with lots of opinions. You know they are like , right ?


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I use this grease on mine .
You gotta have thick skin here and not worry about certain posts. If you meantion a wife or girlfriend , youíre gonna be asked for pictures of them .
Itís a free forum with lots of opinions. You know they are like , right ?


Hey Dacman. Thank you. I went to the boat tonight and I have the easy lube with the Zerk fitting. Iím considering just changing out the bearings for good measure but Iíll decide tomorrow. I really appreciate the helpful posts from people.
Believe me my skin is pretty thick. These idiots donít bother me. I actually find some humor in the exchange. Even if they think the post is simplistic they still feel the need to reply with angry posts because their lives didnít turn out like they hoped. Pretty sad but thatís the world we live in and when you can be anonymous everyone is Mike Tyson.
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Generally 3 categories of replies to this sort of stuff.
1. The pedant - you should rotate the tyres every 3 day, grease monthly on the full moon, carry 3 spares and a compressor yada yada yada.
2. The ar$@hat - if you have to ask your too dumb to know blah (particularly cute on a forum intended to provide advice). These clowns are pretty toxic to the forum as a whole, don't feed the trolls.
3. The average Joe's with some good ideas, often a few different ones and a few reasonable queries to home in on the problem. These are the pearls among the swine and can be hard to spot.

Pump fresh high temp waterproof bearing grease in your zerks, spin the wheel then pump again till a bit of clean comes out, check wheel nuts, hitch and any other fasteners, check lights and spare and get rolling. After 30 mins or so at speed stop and check hubs look ok and don't feel hot. Enjoy trip and catch some fish!
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Generally 3 categories of replies to this sort of stuff.
1. The pedant - you should rotate the tyres every 3 day, grease monthly on the full moon, carry 3 spares and a compressor yada yada yada.
2. The ar$@hat - if you have to ask your too dumb to know blah (particularly cute on a forum intended to provide advice). These clowns are pretty toxic to the forum as a whole, don't feed the trolls.
3. The average Joe's with some good ideas, often a few different ones and a few reasonable queries to home in on the problem. These are the pearls among the swine and can be hard to spot.

Pump fresh high temp waterproof bearing grease in your zerks, spin the wheel then pump again till a bit of clean comes out, check wheel nuts, hitch and any other fasteners, check lights and spare and get rolling. After 30 mins or so at speed stop and check hubs look ok and don't feel hot. Enjoy trip and catch some fish!
Thank you. Good analogy. I had a couple of #2’s for sure. I know I shouldn’t encourage them by responding but it does bother me that people like that really do discourage others from posting a question like mine that really is very basic. I need to be better about resisting the temptation to engage. I appreciate your help.
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