Post by safetybruce on Jul 16, 2012 9:40:22 GMT -5
Actually, I do not remember reading any Member's post about a bearing seizing on a tow home, after the bearings that were already on their camper were personally or professionally repacked, before the tow home. If you have the skill to replace a seized bearing on the trip home, I would suggest that you must have the skills to do a repack, and that should suffice unless you are hauling cross country. Better to be safe than sorry, but maybe taking a bearing kit is being just a bit over-safe, I'm not even sure I have read a post where a member has actually stated/answered with authority what the hub spindle size is on a '63 Astrodome. I suggest, repack, stop and recheck often at the start of the journey and you will probably be OK...very few of these 50-60 year old campers got pulled more than a few thousand miles...and I would say most 50 year old campers have basically sat for at least 40 years of those 50, and I have repacked or had repacked the bearings on 5 campers dating from 1938 to 1961, and not one bearing has looked even questionable when inspected for the repacks. Just my input. Maybe some Members will correct my assumption by relaying their aactual horror stories on a tow home related to a seized bearing, but I can't.
vikx, what is your take on this question/subject? Is it simple to source replacement bearing kits for a '63 Astrodome?
Thanks Guys! But its much easier to bring bearings with you than look for them later.I realize that the Shasta is not nearly as heavy as my other trailers however any pitting or rust situation particularly on the race will spell trouble: guaranteed ! Very easy to change with the right tools .I've been told that the shaft mounts are 1and 1/16 and 1and 3/8 . Does this sound right to you Shasta guys.Traveling 700+ miles !