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Old 05-01-2014, 12:54 AM   #1
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Discovered all for brakes had grease in them...

Quick background. Bought the Redwood in August of last year, probably have towed about 2,000 miles thus far, mostly flat. Took her in to Camping World to have a couple of items fixed and thought I'd have them "inspect" the bearings and brakes. Of course they don't inspect anything so we decided to go ahead and have them repacked and the brakes adjusted. I did this to ensure my brakes are working properly as we'll be heading through Colorado on I-70 later this summer. Having lived in Denver for 10 years I'm well aware of how steep Vail Pass & Eisenhower Tunnel really are!

So Camping World called this afternoon to ask for an additional 1.2 hours to finish up as all four brake drums had grease in them from the wheel bearings! They are documenting everything and submitting to Redwood for warranty coverage but I'll likely have to pay for it initially unless I want Camping World to hang onto the trailer until it gets approved.

I recall someone else had this issue recently so I thought I'd post up. This might be much more common than we anticipated on these units...
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:07 AM   #2
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This problem is not unique to RW. Read just about any of the RV forums and lots of folks having the same problem right from the Dealer. Our 1st state inspection on our Montana failed as we have one brake totally covered in grease. You can clean up the Brake Drum, but generally new shoes are in order.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:22 AM   #3
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I had the same problem, but unlike you lwg, I had used the EZ lube feature and blame that for my grease on the brakes problem.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:29 AM   #4
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I think Andy had that issue as well, and I think Redwood covered it.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:53 AM   #5
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Fingers crossed that they cover it! Otherwise it'll cost me $560!!! I had to pay that a amount to take the trailer tonight as we Fulltime. I think I'll call Redwood tomorrow and try to explain further in hopes of getting reimbursed for it.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:00 AM   #6
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Found all 4 of mine contaminated while a fellow RW owner & I did an inspection of bearings (Chinese crap), replaced myself & got reimbursed by Crossroads. It's the crappy seals they use is what we found as new ones were noticeably thicker.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:46 PM   #7
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Ours were all covered in grease also. In all my years as a mechanic I have never found so much grease in the hubs. Redwood sent me all new brake assemblies and one drum. I sleep better knowing I have brakes again and my bearings are properly packed. Disc brakes coming soon!
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Is this a problem only with 7K axles, 8K axles or both...anyone know?
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I checked mine and they are good (8K). I have the disk so they are easy to see. I don't know if that means anything.
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I've only heard of 7K axles with drum brakes.
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