Drank lots of coffee and ate something at Perkins. The manager was very nice about us having a roadside workshop going on in their parking lot.
It was my nephews new (used) 18 foot Hobie Cat, pulling it with my Saturn Vue. Purchased in Connecticut, we made it to Springfield MA till the bearing on one side blew out, and was flopping on the axle (did not come off all the way).
Was able to find an Advance Auto store not far away that was just about to close. Nice lady found us a wheel bearing the right size, but the inner race of the old one had welded itself to the axle. I think the race partly melted as the wheel was spinning at 70mph, and when we stopped for a light it fused to the axle.
Lots of chisling and filing and hacksawing got most of the race off, and we were able to get the new bearing on just far enough for the cotter pin to catch the hole, by putting the castle nut on backwards.
we stopped at every rest area on the 256.4 mile ride the rest of the way home to check the wheel.
We did jack up the wheels before he bought the boat and trailer, the one wheel was making just a little bit of noise when we spun it.
And thats the thing: if the wheel is making any noise with just the 10 pound weight of the wheel on it, its going to be grinding with the full load of the trailer on it. Trailer bearings are just snug fit on the axle. If the bearing does not want to spin on its balls or rollers, the inner race will spin metal to metal on the axle.
Last edited by KCW; 04-26-2019 at 09:25 AM.