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Old 10-31-2007, 11:54 AM   #1
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wheel bearing question..

We are preparing for our trip South for the winter..our '98 2653 is "new" to us so we are not sure of the bearing conditions..and I can't remember how to get the cap off for inspection--does the wheel have to be removed to remove the black plastic end cover?
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Jan,

Yes, the wheel has to be removed to get the black cap off. Once the cap is off, you'll find a raw aluminum grease cap on the end. Pull that off to get to the nut, which you'll have to take off in order to check out the bearings.

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Yes, the wheel has to be removed to get the black cap off. Once the cap is off, you'll find a raw aluminum grease cap on the end. Pull that off to get to the nut, which you'll have to take off in order to check out the bearings.
FWIW, I took the 4 plastic caps that cover the hubs and the 20 plastic lug nut covers and tossed them in a bag that has hung in the garage since 1999. I have never put them back on the trailer.

Why? This way, I can get at the lug nuts for torquing at any time, and I can pull the grease cap whenever I need to do so.

Next time I pack the bearings, I am going to check to see if "Bearing Buddies" will work on my hubs. There has to be a path from the outer bearing to the inner for them to be of any use. If the grease only reaches the outer bearing, it won't help.
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See if this helps any.

If you have Dexter Axles, and the hubs look like this from the outside:


Then when you pull the wheels off you can see this grease cap. Mine was soft steel and a small screw driver behind the lip and hammer pop them off.


Once the cap is off, the bearing nut keeper comes off and then the nut.


For a full picture based tour see this link. One of these days I will get this doctored up with some more dealing with the equalizer links when jacking up the TT and post here on Sunline Club. Now that I have Kober axles too, this spring a new brake inspection, grease job and picture show will come for it.

Annual Brake Inspection and Axle Re - Lube (Pic's)

Hope this helps.

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Hey Jan, I know this is off topic, but does your radio backlight work? In other words, can you see the numbers easily on the radio? Mine is dark and I can't see anything unless I shine a flashlight right into it. Taking the radio apart accomplished nothing as the readout screen is a sealed unit.

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Hey Jan, I know this is off topic, but does your radio backlight work? In other words, can you see the numbers easily on the radio? Mine is dark and I can't see anything unless I shine a flashlight right into it. Taking the radio apart accomplished nothing as the readout screen is a sealed unit.

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The radio in our '99 is doing exactly the same thing. I posted a while ago asking if anyone knew how to fix that, and no one did. Several folks pointed me at some surplus dealers who carry replacement units. And there's always a bunch on eBay.

Interestingly enough, the Sony AM/FM/CD in my truck is doing the same thing.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:03 AM   #7
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radio and bearings

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No our radio is fine although we pitched the non working remote...my friend's radio in their "98 is dark too though. Jan
John B...thanks for the pictures..will have to take it in though for the work--hubby had openheart surgery eight weeks ago and I don't think I want him jacking it up! However, the pics did refresh my memory on what a job it is!
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Jan,

You mean there was a remote that came with the radio? I remember seeing a remote come with it, but I figured it was to an old TV. I guess I'll have to go find it. I do remember I found it in the cabinet above the TV stand/radio cabinet.

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Is this the remote you're talking about. I don't have a battery conneted at the moment and there were no batteries in the remote either, so I had no way to test it.



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Is this the remote you're talking about. I don't have a battery conneted at the moment and there were no batteries in the remote either, so I had no way to test it.
Jon,

That is the exact model of stereo and remote that is in our '99.
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I had my T-2553 inspected this morning. The mechanic told me that he's replaced a lot of brakes that were ruined by owners who pumped too much grease into the fitting. His recommendation was to have your bearings cleaned and greased every other year and save the grease gun for your boat trailer.
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Old 11-12-2007, 05:30 PM   #12
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Need some sound advice...

Okay...first of all...got the bearings cleaned and repacked, so we are ready to roll...thanks all for the tips..
Now I have a bigger problem..On our way south we are stopping to look at a 2753 for sale at a dealer...since DH's surgery, we took out the sofa and replaced it with a mattress making a daybed..now what happens if we decide to trade while on our trip? Just can't carry along all that weight of the sofa for a just in case scenario...do you think it will go against a trade without the sofa? You can see my pics in modification subject line...Please tell me what you think? I haven't told the dealer about it over the phone as yet......
Also, Jon, yes that is the remote..Ours didnt work so I pitched it but my cousin's does...however,his display is 'dark' and ours is fine...Jan
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