I heard it squeaking


as I pulled into the city office to pay my camping fee.

Funny thing is: I pulled the trailer by hand about 100 feet to hook it behind the pickup,and it never made a peep, once I got the Wing on and went around the block,it started to really squeak and grumble.

I put a jack under it at the city office, and the rh wheel bearing was out.

So off ot Walmart in Lemars, picked up a boat trailer bearing set some grease, rags and a 3 piece set of chisels, since I already knew the inner race was going to be stubborn coming off.

After 2 hurs of pounding I finally was able to crack the inner race, and get it off. The chisels of course China's finest, well say no more.

Turns out the axle was not the standard 1 inch shaft, it was 1 1/16th, back to Lemars, O'Reilly's this time, got a couple of bearings, and a seal. Cleaned up the shaft as best I could, but the bearing new would not slide over the rough stuff, Put a Presidential fix on it,castle nut backwards, insert key, copious amounts of grease,no dust cover.

Left Merrill at 3 pm, stopped for eats, and got home at 8 ish.

Funny thing is, the bearing made it fine, but we used 1/2 the gas on the way home, compared to the way there,and we had a strong NW tailwind on the way there.

I will redo both sides now, and add a greasable cap, the factory was very skimpy on grease I see

Ah yes , but it was all worth it, great weekend, good to finally get our first camper trip in, the Loess hills make some fine riding!

Pics tomorrow!


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