Jump to content

Nev-R-Lube vs Lubed


Armyret

Recommended Posts

Headed out to Mor Ryde in AUG for the suspension install on the 5th wheel. Still have not decided on getting the Nev-R-Lube or lubed wheel bearings. I am going with the Disc Brakes also.

 

ANy thoughts form those with No Lube bearings?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had the original Nev R Lube bearings replaced by MOR/ryde last year after 60K miles and 7+ years as a preventative measure. We had no problems. My recommendation is to BE SURE you do not get Made in China Nev R Lube bearings as I have a few friends have them fail. The ones installed last year had Made in France stamped on them and I specified no Chinese bearings. Greg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think the general consensus is that Nev-R-lube means 10 years of never lubing, then swap them out.

That is coming from someone who has had them for 8 years, and has talked to many folks who have serviced theirs after some time.

Most were told, or saw 1st hand, their 10 year or old Nev-R-lube bearings were near failure at the time they serviced them.

 

Rick

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Carl, can you pass along the test procedure please. I have a 2009 and jack up each wheel annually spin it and try and feel any side to side play in the bearings. Don't know if that's right or wrong

Rick,

 

That is basically it. Take the dust covers off and see if any "oil" in caps. Tiny streak is okay but more than that is a problem. Grab the tire and try to wobble, any significant play is a problem. Spin the tire and listen for any grinding or catching not thought to be related to brakes. You are doing it right.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nev-R-Lube are also known as sealed bearings. My OEM sealed bearings were Lippert. One seized after maybe 2,000 miles and took the wheel and spindle with it. Replaced with Dexter EZ lube axles. Dexter sealed bearings are said to be better but after my experience I want no part of them. BTW - the sealed bearings on my car are considerably larger than the trailer - and the car is only a fraction of the trailer weight. I do not mind annual inspection/greasing of bearings as it gives me piece of mind.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

At one point in time there were some issues with NeverLube bearings. But that is in the past. There have been no issues that I know of in the past 5 years or more. There may be specific failures of one bearing set, but there does not seem to be a trend. I use the NeverLube. As Mark said, I'd rather not have to find a place every year to have the bearings packed. As a fulltimer that is not an easy thing to do.

 

I've had all types of bearing sets. The oil bath were by far the most problematic and trouble. The NL are by far the easiest to deal with. It is wise to check them every so often as noted above.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks Carl, last year when I replaced disc pads I left off the chrome covers off the wheels so I could get a better temp. reading directly on the hubs. I check temps about every 3 hours or so of driving. I'll pull the actual grease caps thus year, hopefully I can see some bearing numbers, I may start carrying a set just in case. I should be able to find someone to press them in but probably not have the bearing and seal if in a jam.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks Carl, last year when I replaced disc pads I left off the chrome covers off the wheels so I could get a better temp. reading directly on the hubs. I check temps about every 3 hours or so of driving. I'll pull the actual grease caps thus year, hopefully I can see some bearing numbers, I may start carrying a set just in case. I should be able to find someone to press them in but probably not have the bearing and seal if in a jam.

Rick,

 

They are pricey $158 per cartridge from Dexter. ETrailer carries "Redline" brand for $138 but don't know where they are made. Would just avoid any from China. Also best way to press them in is to cool the cartridge overnight in freezer and then heat the hub immediately prior to pressing. That way the cartridge metal will expand as it warms and seat better. Also important to know that machine shop doing the pressing needs to have an arbor that will fit the outer casing or they will ruin the bearing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I knew this topic would create considerable opinions and conjecture. I am going to get two sets of hubs with bearings installed as spares. I do not want to get caught in the Yukon without having what I need. I had lubed bearings on our triple axel and it was my yearly duty to pull, clean and re-install. I never had any problems after about 10K I did tighten two axel nuts about a 1/8 or turn, after using the above method to check for run out or any odd noises. I am hoping the disc brakes and no lube bearings do make the service interval longer. I check tires and wheels at each stop, with a back of the hand on wheel or with an infrared temp gauge.

With some of you citing up to 10 years with no problem I believe I will chose the no lube bearings and ask Gary at Mor-Ryde if they are using Chinese bearings.

 

Thanks All.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

At one point in time there were some issues with NeverLube bearings. But that is in the past. There have been no issues that I know of in the past 5 years or more. There may be specific failures of one bearing set, but there does not seem to be a trend. I use the NeverLube. As Mark said, I'd rather not have to find a place every year to have the bearings packed. As a fulltimer that is not an easy thing to do.

 

I've had all types of bearing sets. The oil bath were by far the most problematic and trouble. The NL are by far the easiest to deal with. It is wise to check them every so often as noted above.

Jack,

 

I assume your were installed with your Mor-Ryde suspension?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would only install Greaseable bearing. We had a NL failure at 22,000 mile at 38 months. It ruined the tire, rim, all the brake parts and the spindle. I have pulled horses, snowmobiles, go carts and equipment trailers all over the US, on Greaseable bearings with no problems, we have greaseable bearing now on our RV.

Like Carl said you need to inspect the bearing and all the axle parts.

Call Bob Strofer and get his input because he has service many RV's and other types of trailer. 812-655-2583

http://www.robertsqualityrv.com/home.html

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Armyret, you may want to check with Bontragers in White Pigeon,MI. A couple of weeks ago they had Dexter 8k axles with neverlubes and springs for $550.00 per axle. I believe they had the 9/16 studs. The last time I checked on complete hubs, they were $370.00 each. I thought about buying one axle for the spares but I didn't do it......probably should have, though. Charlie

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×
×
  • Create New...