Could it be that trailer wheel bearings endure greater strain from fishtailing action? Or, the more immediate question: are these underspecified for the job?
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We have a 2015 Jurgens Classique which we bought toward the end of that year. All services were done on schedule. Our first long trip took us up the Garden Route, after which we headed through the Free State and Gauteng to Limpopo.
A service was due when we approached the town of Brits, and we took it to a local agent who kindly fitted us in at short notice. A wheelbearing service was included in this service.
Then we visited the Kruger National Park, and made our way back towards home in Cape Town.
While we were driving through Oudtshoorn, a wheel came off. Fortunately, we were travelling slowly, but the caravan had to be taken in by flatbed trailer for repairs in Mossel Bay.
The wheel bearing had collapsed and showed signs of severe overheating.
The question now arises as to how frequently caravan wheel bearings need to be repacked. Our tow vehicle, a Ford Ranger, has almost 250 000km on the clock and has never had wheel bearings replaced or serviced.
Many thanks for your much-appreciated Caravan Clinic.