Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Medford, County of Jackson, Oregon, USA
Model: None at present
I don't like Bearing Buddies on trailers other than boat trailers that go into salt water. They have a tendency to push the grease seals out of the hubs. You really don't need to grease trailer bearings very often. Cars with rear drive usually go 25,000 miles and several years between repacking of the front wheel bearings and they rarely fail. A bike trailer (though the wheels spin a bit faster) isn't carrying near the weight or side loads and doesn't usually go that many miles per year. Once every couple or three years should be more than sufficient.
With new bearings or bearings being reinstalled I always check the wheels after a 100 miles or so. They can loosen up on the inital run. Mainly just lift the wheel off the ground and see if there's any play. I also check the trailer hubs for heat after the first 100 miles and once a day after that. A wheel with a warmer hub than it's mate or a hub that's hot to the touch has a problem. One that's just a bit warm doesn't.
Be cautious if you use your hand to test the hub for heat as I do, if there's a bad bearing that hub can be very hot!
None at present
Past 'Wings: GL1100, GL1200, GL1500, GL1800
Current BMW C650GT