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05 May 2018 @ 07:44:09 am
Camel Man
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Just wondering how often wheel bearings on a caravan need to be adjusted and how often they need to be repacked with new grease.
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05 May 2018 @ 09:15:37 am
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I do mine only when i am going to do long trips,

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05 May 2018 @ 09:30:00 am
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How often do you repack your car's wheel bearings?  Probably just about never.  I am not even sure it is prescribed during services.  Therefore I don't think it is something you should worry too much about with your caravan.  And if you do not really know how to do the job yourself, if you intend doing it yourself, you might just botch the job. If you for instance overfill with grease or tighten the nut too much, you might loose the bearings in a few thousand kilos. I would say if you do a check after a few thousand kilos after taking posession of your caravan, it should be OK for at least a 100.000 kilos. I would suggest just test for play on the  bearings before you go on a trip by wiggling each wheel by hand, preferrably while the wheel is suspended, accept that all is well.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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05 May 2018 @ 19:41:24 pm
Andal
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Fred, ek stem 100%

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05 May 2018 @ 20:03:02 pm
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My feelings are same as Fred.Dont scratch if it is not itching.
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05 May 2018 @ 20:08:53 pm
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How often do you repack your car's wheel bearings?  Probably just about never.  I am not even sure it is prescribed during services.  Therefore I don't think it is something you should worry too much about with your caravan.  And if you do not really know how to do the job yourself, if you intend doing it yourself, you might just botch the job. If you for instance overfill with grease or tighten the nut too much, you might loose the bearings in a few thousand kilos. I would say if you do a check after a few thousand kilos after taking posession of your caravan, it should be OK for at least a 100.000 kilos. I would suggest just test for play on the  bearings before you go on a trip by wiggling each wheel by hand, preferrably while the wheel is suspended, accept that all is well.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Fred, ek stem ook saam.
Moet nie klap waar die vlieg nie pla nie.
Na elke kamp, sit ek my wiele van die grond af met "Siccor Jacks", voel die speling en los as alles as dit reg voel.
Draai gereeld my wiele na werk by tuiskoms om die smering te versprei.
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05 May 2018 @ 20:41:21 pm
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Ek is jammer, maar ek stem nie saam nie.. Daar is karavane waar die wiellaers langer hou as ander.. Het al baie ondervinding hiermee gehad.. Ek wil nie name noem nie, maar daar is karavane wat soms binne 8000km nuwe wiellaers moet kry... Jy sal dit sien by van jou swaarder off-road karavane kan dit voorkom.. 

Ek sou sê as jou karavaan ook baie lang tye staan en die wiele nie draai nie, kan dit dalk ook nodig wees om maar na te gaan voor jy lang pad vat...

Daar is karavane wat nog nooit in 10 - 15 jaar wiellaers vervanging gehad het nie, en als is nog 100% en na 50,000km nie issue nie, maar dan kry jy defnitief die wat elke 8000km moet gecheck en waarskynlik vervang moet word......


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06 May 2018 @ 11:10:09 am
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My feelings are same as Fred.Dont scratch if it is not itching.


Ditto
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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06 May 2018 @ 20:35:17 pm
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Also think you only need to worry about the bearings if you have a reason to worry. So check for play, and spin the wheels to listen for signs of wear before you go on a yrip. If you don't know what a worn bearing sounds like just look for a video on YouTube.
If you do this often you are doing condition monitoring, and will pick an issue up when it emerges because you will notice the CHANGE in condition.
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07 May 2018 @ 08:00:47 am
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Iets interresant wat ek raak gelees het op 'n oorsese website:

"Once that was assembled the hub and drum were slipped on to the stub axle, the castellated nut and split pin fitted and the brakes adjusted.
Brake adjustment.
All was fine in the brake shoe department, a little light rust was sanded off the drums and a bit of copper grease applied to the moving parts was all that was required.
The brakes are easy enough to adjust, you just tighten them up with a screwdriver then back them off till they stop binding.
Now the slightly tricky bit :-/you will more than likely find that with the wheel bearing play gone that the split pin hole does not line up. To remedy this DO NOT TIGHTEN the nut any more, remove it and do one of two things. Carefully file or grind the base of the nut until it does line up or just add thin washers or a combination of both.
Castellated nut, you may need to add a washer or two to line it up with the split pin."

Hier is die link. Dit is ongelukkig meer van toepassing op die ouer karavane.

http://www.thomson-caravans.co.uk/advice/maintenance.htm


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07 May 2018 @ 10:32:16 am
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I do mine only when i am going to do long trips,

Ditto.  The sensation now has sealed bearings thus no need for it. But all my caravans before I did the same. Packed and checked them before every long trip or once every two years.

 

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07 May 2018 @ 12:01:59 pm
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Dis seker 'n goeie aanduiding...................

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07 May 2018 @ 13:12:18 pm
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Thanks to all for the feedback and advice.
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07 May 2018 @ 20:43:44 pm
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ski boat trailer and caravan wheel bearings checked and inspected before every long trip, i carry a spare hub fitted with bearings for each when travelling. have seen to many [ especialy boat trailers ] stranded on the side of the road with wheel bearing issures.
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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08 May 2018 @ 07:57:19 am
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If there is a thing that will leave you stranded on the side of the road, it will be a failure on a wheel.  With the rest of the things that can fail on a trailer there is alway a way to still move on till the next town.

So I take extra care of the tyres and wheels on everything I tow.  And as long as I can still do it, the maintenance will be done by myself, there after I will sit on a chair and some one will do it for me like I want it to be done.

Dis seker 'n goeie aanduiding...................

The statistic yes/no show that it is very close. Every man for him self. I just see it that "murphy" jumps on the wagon when ever he wants. Normally way out of town and if possible during the dead of night.

Dan wil ek nie sukkel nie.

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08 May 2018 @ 07:58:47 am
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If you are on the road you must drive or tow............. not do maintenance there.

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08 May 2018 @ 10:21:48 am
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Leon die probleem kom in as jy krap waar dit nie jeuk nie en jy word geforseer om "maintenance" langs die pad te doen.

Ons sien heelwat mense kry probleme binne die 1e 1000 kilos nadat daar aan laers gewerk is.

Jy is gelukkig want jy hoef nou niks te doen met jou geseelde laers so jy kan nie krap nie - hehehe.

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08 May 2018 @ 10:35:58 am
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If I can assist here with those of you who DIY your wheel bearings.

Get the wheel off the ground so that it can turn freely and then spin the wheel in forward direction (and hand brake off!). Listen and feel for the slightest roughness. When you have felt and heard it the first time you will never forget it. It is a slight sort of grinding vibration that you are feeling / looking / listening for. You can do the same with your vehicles. Once spinning hold you hand on the spring or shock and feel for vibrations. A good wheel bearing must spin quietly and smoothly.

I bought a caravan recently that has "just had a service." Got it home from Durban and checked wheel bearings - one side perfect the other side terrible. Stripped the bearings out and the outer bearing is on its way out. The inner was perfect - will keep that as a spare.  

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08 May 2018 @ 16:07:51 pm
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As ek 'n boot sleepwa gehad het, sou ek die laers gereeld nagegaan het- elke keer as die sleepwa in die water was, veral as dit seewater was. Al is die naaf veronderstel om dig te wees, kan water in kom wat vinnig roes sal veroorsaak.

Wat Pietpotjie hierbo sê, is kommerwekkend.  Hoe weet jy dat as jy die karavaan vir 'n diens neem sal die persoon wat die wiellaers diens, werklik weet wat hy doen?  Hy is waarskynlik net 'n arbeider en nie 'n motorwerktigkundige- of tegnikus soos ek hoor hulle word nou genoem nie. Van sulke opgeleide mense kan 'n mens professionele diens verwag maar ek is nie so seker van die werkers by karavaandiensstasies nie.  Word van hulle verwag om enige tegniese opleiding te hê?

 

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09 May 2018 @ 07:00:41 am
Leon
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As ek 'n boot sleepwa gehad het, sou ek die laers gereeld nagegaan het- elke keer as die sleepwa in die water was, veral as dit seewater was. Al is die naaf veronderstel om dig te wees, kan water in kom wat vinnig roes sal veroorsaak.

Wat Pietpotjie hierbo sê, is kommerwekkend.  Hoe weet jy dat as jy die karavaan vir 'n diens neem sal die persoon wat die wiellaers diens, werklik weet wat hy doen?  Hy is waarskynlik net 'n arbeider en nie 'n motorwerktigkundige- of tegnikus soos ek hoor hulle word nou genoem nie. Van sulke opgeleide mense kan 'n mens professionele diens verwag maar ek is nie so seker van die werkers by karavaandiensstasies nie.  Word van hulle verwag om enige tegniese opleiding te hê?

 

Jou op merking oor wie die laer gediens het is my grootste bekommernis. 'n Ou deeglik gekwalifiseerde motorwerktuigkundige weet hoe belangrik dit is om "skoon" te werk met wiellaers.  Die werker weet hoe om die werk te doen die verskil tussen 'n faaling langs die pad of nie lê in die DEEGLIKHEID van die joppie nie net of dit gedoen is of nie.

Dan is die blote spin van 'n wiel nie vir my genoeg nie.  Ek het uit eie ondervinding wiel laers vervang wat aanvanklik geen tekens van probleme getoon het nie, maar toe ek dit oopmaak gesien dat die oppervlak op die laers effens verkleur het. Dit vind plaas agv hitte en die metaal op die glade gedeeltes raak effe grof of kry 'n blouerige kleur.

Dit kan jy nie waarneem met die draai van die wiel nie. Nou hoe lank sal so laer hou as hy reeds tekens van hitte en verweer toon. 

Ek wil nie uitvind nie so ek vervang hom voor die tyd.

 

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09 May 2018 @ 07:05:09 am
Leon
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Dis soos ek reeds genoem het. Elke ou vir homself en hoe hy goed dink.  Ek WEET dat die kanse baie skraal is ek met so probleem langs die pad sal sit.

Vir 'n ou wat nie die laers diens nie ..................dit kan julle self antwoord. Dalk ook nooit nie wie weet?

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09 May 2018 @ 08:37:26 am
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Leon soos jy noem is die kleur baie belangrik. Wat mens wel weet is vir die rollers om 'n blou kleur te kry moes die temperatuur op 'n stadium wel tot oor die 200 grade gestyg het. Sou mens dus op 'n 2 uurlikse basis voel aan die drom sou mens kon agterkom daar was fout en wel iets daaraan doen voor daar groot skade is. Na 'n 200 grade temp behoort die ghries ook "beskadig" te wees en is nuwe ghries die antwoord.

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09 May 2018 @ 10:25:51 am
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"Tegnikiste" deesdae het ongelukkig net nie daardie trots nie en die "gevoel" van meganiese goed nie. Deesdae is dit maar 'n werk geleentheid vir die minder "geleerd". Hulle het maar sertifikaarte maar dit beteken nie veel nie. Kan nie 'n vernier lees nie. Kan nie geroeste boute los draai sonder om te breek nie. Kan nie na enjin geluid luister en diagniseer nie. 

Ek glo enige tegnikis wat sy sout werd is en 'n bietjie trots het sal nie saam / tussen die ander tegnikiste wil staan nie. Meeste het maar in 'n ander meganiese rigting maar beweeg as gevolg daarvan. 'n Jammerte.  

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09 May 2018 @ 11:19:02 am
Leon
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Leon soos jy noem is die kleur baie belangrik. Wat mens wel weet is vir die rollers om 'n blou kleur te kry moes die temperatuur op 'n stadium wel tot oor die 200 grade gestyg het. Sou mens dus op 'n 2 uurlikse basis voel aan die drom sou mens kon agterkom daar was fout en wel iets daaraan doen voor daar groot skade is. Na 'n 200 grade temp behoort die ghries ook "beskadig" te wees en is nuwe ghries die antwoord.

Ek weet nou nie van die 200 grade ding nie, Feit is toe ek die laer ingesit het was daar geen merk op die diensvlak waar die rollertjies op loop nie.

Enige verandering daarin maak dat ek dit vervang.  Die koste en moeite is regtig nie so hoog gemeet teenoor die beslommernis wat jy mee sit as jy langs die pad staan nie.

Dis eintlik maar die gemoedsrus waarde wat dit gee wat my die laers gereeld laat diens.

 

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