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Old 01-08-2015, 04:44 AM   #1
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Some of you might remember about a year and half ago I had problems with the bearings in all the axles and Redwood replaced under warranty they replaced chinese bearings with chinese bearings. Well we are on our way to arizona for the next 3 months, we got just 60 miles south of Redding and I hear a big bang I look back and I see smoke coming from the the drivers side, I pull over the the fastest I can. The bearings on the aft axle let go which in turn let the tire turn a bit side ways which caused the tire to blow which caused the axle to drop and take out the rim which bent bent the disk brake caliper bracket which caused the brake pads to be torn apart. Managed to salvage the bracket and caliper, got in touch with Redwood about the rim they say they don't make that one anymore.
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A new axle, all new bearings and seals both axles, a temporary tire and rim as I don't want to travel without a spare and brake pads plus a $330 tow bill
One good thing nobody got hurt, will be glad to get to Arizona
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:44 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your issue Dan! I hope the rest of your journey is problem free
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:53 PM   #3
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So, were the bearings and seals replaced with the same Chinese bearings and seals as before? I know in previous discussions that someone mentioned replacing with Timken equivalent.
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Dan sorry to hear about this. I will be checking mine as soon as the temps get above 30
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:57 PM   #5
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Holy buckets - so sorry. Massive self destruction.
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Old 01-08-2015, 04:27 PM   #6
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Dan...glad to hear you folks are ok. There is another member of this forum who doesn't post but experienced even more destruction. His entire side let go, destroying everything and turning the hydraulic lines into spaghetti.
It really pays to perform at least annual inspections on the running gear.
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Just finished rebuilding my bearings and brake system on 7000 lb axles after 16000 miles.

4 Timken 14125A (made in USA) wheel bearings $51.60
4 Timken 25580 (made in USA)wheel bearings 50.76
4 Dexter 01003600 (made in USA) double lip seals 18.72
4 Dexter brake backing plate assemblies (made in USA) 331.80
Turn 4 drums (brake and magnet surfaces) 194.40
Labor 6 hrs

TOTAL $647.28

Cost of Peace of Mind PRICELESS!
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:54 PM   #8
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Hmmm...didn't realize anyone would turn the drums on these things anymore. That's nice.
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Just finished rebuilding my bearings and brake system on 7000 lb axles after 16000 miles.

4 Timken 14125A (made in USA) wheel bearings $51.60
4 Timken 25580 (made in USA)wheel bearings 50.76
4 Dexter 01003600 (made in USA) double lip seals 18.72
4 Dexter brake backing plate assemblies (made in USA) 331.80
Turn 4 drums (brake and magnet surfaces) 194.40
Labor 6 hrs

TOTAL $647.28

Cost of Peace of Mind PRICELESS!
Do you know whether these Timken and Dexter part numbers are good for a 2012 RW with 7K axles and disk brakes?
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I know the Timken numbers are good. Not sure on Dexter.
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