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    We are considering the purchase of a 2020 Reflection TT 287RLTS. From what I can find is that GD uses Dexter axles, but interested in if they are EZ lube type axles. Forgot to check while looking at the unit today. Will ask the salesman, but thought I would ask here.

    Also any other comments on the purchase of a GD TT.

    Thanks

  • #2
    krsmitty yes they are EZLube axles. I don't use the feature. I manually repack every year. Don't want the famous greased brakes from blowing out the grease seal that can happen plus want to clean and inspect the bearings to make sure all is good and can't do that with the EZLube feature.

    Rob
    Rob & Barb
    2019 RAM 3500 Big Horn, 6.7 Cummins HO/Aisin
    2022 Solitude 378MBS (coming soon)
    2018 Reflection 297RSTS

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Calbar View Post
      krsmitty yes they are EZLube axles. I don't use the feature. I manually repack every year. Don't want the famous greased brakes from blowing out the grease seal that can happen plus want to clean and inspect the bearings to make sure all is good and can't do that with the EZLube feature.

      Rob
      Thanks...

      Used the feature for 6 years on my Jayco with no issues. I did do a manual inspect/repack after about 3-4 years.

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      • #4
        Most reputable RV technicians will tell you to avoid the EZ-Lube feature like the plague. There's no substitute for manually cleaning and visually inspecting the bearings periodically. Pumping grease in blindly (besides the risk of over-filling the hub) does not tell you whether or not a bearing is discolored from overheating or pitted from the introduction of moisture.

        Rob
        Rob & Laura
        U.S. Army Retired (Rob)
        2012 F350 DRW CC Lariat PS 6.7, PullRite OE 18K
        2020 Solitude 310GK-R, MORryde IS and disc brakes, solar, BB LiFePO4, DP windows
        (Previously in a 2016 Reflection 337RLS)
        Full time since 08/2015

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        • #5
          If you read the Dexter axle manual, the E-Z Lube® feature is designed for immersion in water. These axles are sometimes used on boat trailers, so the feature is primarily designed for that. In the Dexter axle manual maintenance recommendations (Attached), they state to clean, inspect and repack the bearings every 12 months or 12,000 miles, which ever comes first. This is also the same schedule for inspecting the brakes, so you can take care of the bearings and brakes at the same time.

          https://www.dexteraxle.com/docs/defa...rsn=30dee048_0


          The moderators for this site are not GDRV employees, but we do own GDRV products.

          Jim and Ginnie
          2017 Reflection 297RSTS

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TucsonJim View Post
            If you read the Dexter axle manual, the E-Z Lube® feature is designed for immersion in water. These axles are sometimes used on boat trailers, so the feature is primarily designed for that. In the Dexter axle manual maintenance recommendations (Attached), they state to clean, inspect and repack the bearings every 12 months or 12,000 miles, which ever comes first. This is also the same schedule for inspecting the brakes, so you can take care of the bearings and brakes at the same time.

            https://www.dexteraxle.com/docs/defa...rsn=30dee048_0

            ... and, the EZ-Lube still doesn't do as good a job in water as Bearing Buddies. Bearing Buddies have a spring loaded disc (piston, if you will) that maintains positive pressure inside the hub when you pump in grease. The EZ-Lube hubs don't do that.

            Rob
            Rob & Laura
            U.S. Army Retired (Rob)
            2012 F350 DRW CC Lariat PS 6.7, PullRite OE 18K
            2020 Solitude 310GK-R, MORryde IS and disc brakes, solar, BB LiFePO4, DP windows
            (Previously in a 2016 Reflection 337RLS)
            Full time since 08/2015

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            • #7
              Bearing grease does not wear out or go away unless there is a bearing problem. Consider your truck wheel bearings that run in the same grease for hundreds of thousands of miles. If the trailer bearing grease needs replacing, it is because there is a bearing in trouble. The only way that you can see and solve this coming problem is by disassembly, cleaning, inspection and hand packing the new grease. Just pumping in new grease is a false security.

              Rob
              Cate & Rob
              (with Border Collies Molly & Angel)
              2015 Reflection 303RLS
              2022 F350 Diesel CC SB SRW Lariat
              Bayham, Ontario, Canada

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              • #8
                I love this forum!!! Learn something every day!!!
                Scott M. Barlag, RV Product Specialist, NW Indiana

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                • #9
                  Thanks for all the replies...

                  We did purchase the unit and will be picking it up Friday.

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