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Old 06-09-2016, 01:57 PM   #81
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Funny you ask , Jay actually called me as he heard my wife is a Disney specialist travel agent as side work..

We reached out to Disney to try and arrange a Crossroads/Redwood rally this October at the Fort... Disney would not play nice , and long story short they would not give us what we needed for a rally.. all they would give us was sites somewhere in the campground not promising that they would all be in the same loop....

BUT - - there is a rumor that there are a few folks meeting there later this year from the forums....??

We have to go during the summer months as my wife works for the school district and her job is from September to June , with little time off in between.. Not to mention I still have a daughter in school.
I also have a daughter in school. My last one. I tried to get her to go with me during her spring break. She said no, so I called up some friends and went any way. Great experience, going to Disney with just adults. That is, if it is actually possible to be an adult at Disney no matter what your age.

If some time in the future I would be game to have an impromptu rally. Even if we were scattered, I think some magical moments could be had.

What excites me is that with the Redwood, the cost is so much easier to allow for longer stays.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:10 PM   #82
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Scott ,

Perhaps that can work at some point... That is our favorite GO-TO campground... I was just at the contemporary for 5 days in May for a business trip... while there , I walked through the Fort... really miss that place
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:42 AM   #83
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From what I can find it looks like Timken bearings are made in China??? Here is the info from Amazon on the 25580 bearing. Am I wrong???


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Old 06-10-2016, 02:51 AM   #84
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Old 06-10-2016, 03:10 AM   #85
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After reading this thread i decided that I would change my bearings today. The RW has almost 25k mile on it. So I go to a reputable trailer place in this area. They pull out Made in China bearings. I asked them if they had Timken bearings. No, but an auto supply store can get them for you. I go there and they say no bearings are made in USA anymore. Don't know if they are correct but as I need my RW next week I went back and purchased the China bearings. Installed them and now hope they last another 25k miles.

Got to researching Timken bearings and as i stated earlier looks like China bearings it is!!!

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When I ordered my new bearings and races at Napa they told me some may say made in USA and some may say made in China and they had no control over it.

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Scott ,

Perhaps that can work at some point... That is our favorite GO-TO campground... I was just at the contemporary for 5 days in May for a business trip... while there , I walked through the Fort... really miss that place
Guess we are off topic on this thread but have to agree. In all our ventures the Fort is the best camp ground we have stayed at. Only down side is some of the sites are tough to back in. Some day they will think of adding the pull through.
Our first trip with the RV there was in 2006 and we keep going back. So relaxing and so much to explore. Endless bike riding!! Have you explored the old water park that closed years ago? Always anxious to see the entrance and here the music playing after about 1400 miles.
Reservations made and we will be there again this year.

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Guess we are off topic on this thread but have to agree. In all our ventures the Fort is the best camp ground we have stayed at. Only down side is some of the sites are tough to back in. Some day they will think of adding the pull through.
Our first trip with the RV there was in 2006 and we keep going back. So relaxing and so much to explore. Endless bike riding!! Have you explored the old water park that closed years ago? Always anxious to see the entrance and here the music playing after about 1400 miles.
Reservations made and we will be there again this year.

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You mean, this topic lost it's bearing.
I remember swimming at River Country. You can still see the remnants of it on the boat ride to the MK. I did not know you could still get back there. I personally would like to sneak onto treasure island.
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:56 AM   #89
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Last time at Fort Wilderness was 1990. Took the family there from SoCal in our then TT. My kids are all grown up now, but they still remember and talk about that trip even though it was in late July! We stayed there almost 2 weeks and had a ball. Best campground I have stayed in by far. What amazed me was no mosquitoes, even in mid/muggy summer!
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Did you all know that when they rebuilt the main pool at the fort that the big water tower is the actual tower from the original railroad that ran through Disney
They said River Country closed due to bacteria in the water..... The real reason was because the other 2 water parks were our performing it , and it was in need of a make over.. It was a financial decision..( arn't they all)
I miss the rope ladders across the water..
I still have picture on discovery island holding exotic birds on my arm...


**** BACK TO TOPIC ****

My Timkens that I am putting in next ALL are stamped MADE IN USA . .
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You mean, this topic lost it's bearing.
I see what you did there.
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Like Bruce, I also carry an IR Temp Gun and check every wheel and hub when we stop (every 2 hours or so). Looking for variations in temp.
When you stop and check the temps. , what is the ideal temp . you are looking for?
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Bearing and Axle Damage

Here is a photo of our hub, brake, bearings and axle after failure.
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When you stop and check the temps. , what is the ideal temp . you are looking for?
Not looking for any specific temperature. Looking to see if one is considerably hotter than the others.
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Here is a photo of our hub, brake, bearings and axle after failure.
Yeah, that would ruin my day.
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Like Bruce said, temp variations. Yesterday for instance was a three hour tow in 93 degree plu heat. On my RL the left side tires are always about 10 degree warmer because of more weight on that sided.
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I also use a IR gun.. there are a lot of variables in getting a temp , I just look for variation from one to another...
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It is very difficult to remove the seals and not damage them. The seals are not very expensive and it is just easier to pop them out with a pry bar and put in new seals.
Saw a good procedure on YouTube for removing the grease seals:

After you remove the castle nut, the washer and the outside bearing, put the castle nut back on. Now pull the hub until the castle nut connects with the inner bearing. By pulling from side to side, the grease seal and inner bearing will pop off.

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To remove the seal, just take the wood handle of a hammer. Place the end of the wood handle against the rear bearing and gently tap with another hammer. The bearing will push the seal out. I've never damaged a seal or bearing by doing this.
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