I am wondering what type of grease I should chose when it is time to grease my Lance 1685 wheel bearings using the zerks found behind the rubber caps on each wheel?
Use wheel bearing grease. Not regular grease or lubriplate.
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I just finished greasing the bearings on my TT and used Mobil 1 syn grease. It's a pretty easy job having the zerk fittings.
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Since it's such an easy job, I plan on greasing the bearings yearly.
I have a camper not a trailer, so I don't know for sure but am assuming your trailers have a "buddy bearing" set up? It's a spring loaded device that has a zirt on it instead of a grease hub cab, correct?
If so, those will only put more grease into the hollow hub area, and not really "pack the bearings" with grease, as you would when you remove the hub and bearings during a repack of the bearings.
Buddy bearings were originally designed for trailers that are to be put in the water, ie boat trailers. When you arrive at the lake, you give each hub a couple squirts of grease to put pressure on the inner seal so water does not get in while you're launching your boat.
So if it were me, I would squirt some in the hubs every once in a while, but still do a real bearing repack when the manual tells you to.
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Correct. Every other year I will pull the wheels and drums for a full inspection of the bearings and seals and repack the bearings the proper way.
Rondog, Bearing Buddies are an entirely different setup and for an entirely different use. You are correct the Buddies are to help keep water out of submersed bearings.
EZ Lubes are designed to force new grease all the way through the outer and inner bearings and force out the old - in essence, repacking the whole unit. You can inspect the old grease as it is forced out the front for metal bits or other contamination and dig deeper if you see some.
In theory I like the concept, especially because it encourages SOME service of the bearings, and I have relied on them. However, from time to time I will probably pull everything, inspect the bearings, repack and install new seals. Or maybe not.
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A word of caution. If you pump in too much grease, the bearings can overheat and you might blow out the seal. Wheel bearings are best packed by hand.
The Dexter manual mentions three kinds of bearing arrangements: (1) standard, (2) E-Z Lube, with grease fittings; and (3) Nev-R-Lube, that are factory sealed and are not supposed to need lubrication. Did Lance use Nev-R-Lube bearings in any of its trailers?
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Did Lance use Nev-R-Lube bearings in any of its trailers?
Don't think so. Nev-R-Lube bearings are available only on #11 and above Dexter axles. Lance uses a #10 Dexter axle to the best of my knowledge.
The zerk setup of which they speak is passive. No moving parts. My last two boat trailers came from the factory with these types of fillers. And, if they are maintained regularly, they keep water as well as Bearing Buddies.
While the grease cap they use looks very similar to a Bearing Buddy (not buddy bearing), it is nothing more than a hollow cap with a rubber grommet in the end. The entire filling process is done after merely removing the rubber grommet, which exposes the zerk on the tip of the shaft, just inside the cap .
How it's made: The manufacturer drills a hole (approximate 1/8") into the end of the spindle. It's dead-center for approximately 4-5 inches and terminates (still centered in the spindle) just before reaching the rear real. It's like a rifle-bore in a sense but not drilled all the way through the spindle.
A small hole is drilled into the side of the spindle to merge with the long center hole. A grease zerk is permanently threaded into spindle. There is now a path for grease to travel from the tip to the back of the spindle, and exit at the grease seal.
When it is time to add grease, the grommet is removed, and grease is forced through the zerk. Since the area around the zerk is temporarily open to the atmosphere the grease just oozes outward, filling the voids around the bearings and the space in the hub bore. This displaces all air and leaves 100% grease filling the hub.
The beauty of this system is that if you wish, one can replace 100% of the grease in your hubs without taking them apart.
If for instance you buy 'blue' grease, and start pumping, the blue will start its filling from the back, and ooze the old grease out through the hole in the cap. More and more grease will be pushed outward (which you wipe up as it does) and when the blue grease appears, you've completely purged the hub from the back to the front.
It's really easy to do. In my case, which is marine, after every few trips I put the grease gun on the spindles until I see grease moving forward. Replace the grommet, and you've greased your bearings, back to front.
Thanks for the schooling, guys. I guess I'm out of the loop about new trailer bearing technology. I like the sound of this quick way to change the grease.
Thanks. That's what I was expecting to hear.
Actually you can't pump too much grease into the EZ lube and blow the seal. It is designed so that you pump enough new grease in the bearings so that the old grease is purged. See the Dexter Video
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Dan, thanks for posting that video. I had reservations about pumping grease into the axle due to experiences I had decades ago where the excess grease worked it's way out of the inner seal and messed up the brakes which had to be replaced. Looks like this Dexter system has the excess grease coming out through the outer hub area completely avoiding the brakes.
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Good video Dan, thanks... it's just like Mr. T said,..... except they used red grease instead of blue.
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Thank you, Dan, for posting the video. I am getting ready to add grease to the EZ-Lube hubs for the first time, and somehow was under the impression that the wheels needed to be removed. You just saved me a lot of work!
Another thank you Dan! Video bookmarked.
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I saw that video. Very cool. Too bad there is no cheap and easy retro fit kit for older trailers other than and axle swap. I would like that system on my enclosed dirt bike hauler.
Make sure you have plenty of rags or newspaper available, there is a pretty big glob of grease to dispose of when you purge the old grease out. Its not quite as neat as they show in the video.
thanks for the video dan. i bookmarked it too. nothing like a video to visualize how to do something the right way!
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Well, I watched the video and am concerned about the excessive amount of grease packed into the bearings and housing. This might be fine for a light boat trailer, but from my point of view from many years of experince, wheel bearings are not supposed to be suffocated in grease. They should be removed, cleaned, and repacked by hand. Excessive amounts of grease left by this lazy mans method could result in premature bearing failure due to overheating. I towed an Aristream trailer for over 20 years and once a year I would remove the wheels, clean and repack the bearings and replaced the axle seal. To each his own.
Rather than call it a "lazy mans method" I would prefer to call it adapting to new and innovative technology that will save time and effort.. After all it is innovation that drove most of us to buying a Lance.
I have been repacking wheel bearings for 40 years and it is not a much fun as it used to be. I have had Bearing Buddies (similar to EZ Lube) on my last two travel trailers and a heavy boat trailer for the past 13 years and have had great success. Of course you need to pull the hubs every so often to check the brake lining and that is a good time to make sure grease is not leaking into the brake drum.
I love being able to do in 15 minutes what used to take me a couple of hours. And I would bet that there will be less axle failures with EZ lube that the conventional method, just because it is easy to accomplish and it "Gets Done"