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Old 02-09-2020, 06:55 PM   #1
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"Hot" wheels

We have a 2018 3811 that we bought used last year--after taking a short trip I was washing mud off the tires when I noticed steam coming off one wheel. I had all the bearing changed from a mobil rv company because he said if you are going to change one you should really do all four so they wear evenly. We found metal shaving in the one that was hot. Today after going to a camp ground just 30 miles away I was washing mud off again and---the wheels are throwing off steam again?? I wonder if this is a normal thing??? Thanks Dick and Deb Gutierrez
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:13 PM   #2
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Not normal, on mine a trip of about a hundred miles the hubs are warm bur I can hold my hand on them after stopping.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:26 PM   #3
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I've never heard of needing to change all bearings if you are changing one unless you are doing a bearing upgrade such as Timken's. If you have 6pt leveling then I would jack the rv up and see just how freely the wheels turn. It could be bearings are to tight or the brake's are sticking. Some Tech's think you need to snug the bearings down which you do to seat the bearing but then don't slightly back off the bearing so you have a slight drag. I would pull all 4 wheels and check the brakes and bearings. Nothing like having to go behind someone you paid good money to.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:35 PM   #4
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What Texan said ^^^^
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:30 AM   #5
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I'll go with Texan too. One thing for sure I wouldn't go back to that mobile tech, sounds like he was seeing $, instead of respectful , capable service.
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Old 02-10-2020, 02:16 PM   #6
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If its all four wheels, I would check the bearings. If its just one wheel, its probably a dragging brake.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:17 PM   #7
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I would think if 30 miles was cooking a bearing like that there would be a lot more damage than just steam. I definitely would be looking at the brakes. Good Luck!
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:07 AM   #8
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What was the temp outside when you were washing it off? If really cold that might be the answer.
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Old 02-16-2020, 01:40 PM   #9
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Problem could be a dragging brake shoe/pad. I've seen reports of brand new units burn to the ground due to hot brakes.
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I’m surprised that a 2018 unit would need new bearings. However, if the tech overtightened one bearing, I’m betting he overtightened them all. If a brake was dragging he should have seen that when he pulled or tried to pull the hub, unless he just changed the outside bearings without changing the races. Big no no. Regardless, I’d make sure he doesn’t touch your RV again.
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Old 02-16-2020, 02:45 PM   #11
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What everyone else said, and get and use a temp gun to check your tires, brakes and bearings at every stop.
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:25 AM   #12
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Check the brakes. I had a smoking wheel on my 2019 3120 last July caused by a failed brake. Thankfully I was flagged over by a passing motorist. It was very hot. The brake parts fell to the ground when I pull the wheel off!
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