Wheel bearings are an extremely important part of your travel trailer and without them, you’re not going to get far. Despite their importance, wheel bearings are often overlooked during regular maintenance. They don’t require much care, and this can lead you to forget about them. Forgetting about them, however, is as big a mistake as not paying attention to the condition of your tires.
Remembering to service your wheel bearings regularly will help you be able to take your travel trailer anywhere this camping season. Here’s what you need to know.
Why You Need to Grease Your Wheel Bearings
Your wheel bearings help the wheels spin freely and this makes the travel trailer move down the road easily. I’m not going to get into all of the components of the wheels on your travel trailer, but I will say it’s one of the most vital and seemingly inconsequential parts of the unit.
In order to be able to do their job correctly, the bearings require a lubricant of some kind. In most cases, this is a type of grease designed specifically for wheel bearings (never used grease that isn’t designed for trailer wheel bearings). As good as this grease is at its job, it doesn’t last forever. As time goes on and the number of miles traveled increases, you’ll need to have your wheel bearings repacked with grease.
When to Grease Your Bearings
We often hear having your wheel bearings greased every season, but that really depends on how often you use your travel trailer. If you only go on a few short trips every year, then you probably don’t need to have those wheel bearings greased every season.
On the other hand, if you travel frequently in your RV and rack up a lot of miles while doing so, then you may need to have it done more than once a season. It really depends on how you use your travel trailer. A better rule is to go by the number of miles you put on your RV.
Where do you turn to figure out the number of miles between wheel bearing maintenance? Your owners manual. If you don’t have an owners manual for some reason or can’t find the information you need in it, you can ask the service department at any Camping World location about your specific unit.
If you don’t want to ask the service department, I suggest having the wheel bearings checked every 10,000 to 12,000 miles or so by a service professional.
If you can’t keep up with the miles, then I’d refer you back to the once-a-season or once-a-year-advice I’ve heard before. It’s not a perfect answer, but it’s better than not doing it at all or doing only when you remember. Set a day on your calendar and stick to it. Your wheel bearings do an important job, and it’s your job to make sure they’re in proper condition.
How often do you grease your travel trailer’s wheel bearings? Leave a comment below.