FYI - Oil Bath Axle

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FYI - Oil Bath Axle

Post by gdcarpenter » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:03 am

For any thinking of a new trailer or refurbishing an old one - you may not be aware of newer oil bath axles available now. They are completely waterproof (NO more wheel bearing greasing!). I bought mine for the '60/'61 "Champ" trailer I refurbished for my ZIP for $225.00 a couple of years ago. Mine has a 1,680 lb. rating. Ran 1,600 miles up and back to Canada and 1,000 miles return to G7 just fine.

I did get a small leak on one hub and found the clear cap was separating between the threads and cover. The great folks at Raleigh Tire and Hitch, where I bought the axle, had salvaged the hubs from a similar axle that was bent beyond repair. Unfortunately one of the donor clear hub caps was also cracked.

They ordered me 2 new caps, that, with the manufacturer neither denying nor admitting guilt, are now aluminum housings with a sight glass, much better. I did keep one of the salvaged hubs and mounted it to my trailer as a spare. The spare has studs and lug nuts vs, mine with lug bolts. They used to spec 50W oil but now call for 80/90W oil.

I drilled and tapped the end of the axle stub and used leftover threaded rod from my bow eye to mount the spare to my trailer cradle.
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Re: FYI - Oil Bath Axle

Post by Roberta » Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:31 pm

I was thinking about getting new hubs for my trailer and now I will look into these. Thanks GD. BTW Nice meeting you at G7.

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Re: FYI - Oil Bath Axle

Post by Lowka53 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:09 pm

8) we have used that type of hubs in semi trucks for year they are a good product.
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Re: FYI - Oil Bath Axle

Post by jenko » Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:17 pm

some more info ... &typeID=91 ... brakes.htm
in the end it is a matter of preference,and all types need regular maintenance.

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