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When I purchased my used Oliver a few weeks ago, the previous owner mentioned during his new Oliver orientation they had stated that 8 grease zirks (on each side of the trailer) on the  Easy Flex system needed to be greased every 3000 miles (or every 3 months) and my Oliver Easy Flex system was now due to be greased.

The trailer is now in storage outside for the winter with a foot of snow around it so I have been researching where these 8 grease zirks are located in and planning to grease them in the spring. Looking at Dexter and you-tube videos, I can only find 7 locations to grease as follows - 2 on each side of the Easy Flex where it connects to the springs, 1 at the top of the Easy Flex where it connects to the frame plate and 1 at the other end of each spring. That totals 7 grease zerks.

Can anyone tell me where the 8th grease zerk is located?

Has everyone found it necessary to grease these zerks every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, which ever happens first? ie. does the zerks stake the grease at those intervals?

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2018 Oliver Elite II, Hull #354

2018 RAM 1500 Rebel 4 x 4

 

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Grease “as needed”, use your judgement. Keep in mind that the typical travel trailer may never go over a few hundred miles each year. Annual service would be prudent, base the interval on miles driven (keep a travel log) and most importantly, the weather conditions. If you tow in heavy rain or on soaked highways, or on wet forest roads, the water blast will literally wash the grease away. I grease in the late fall, or “about” every 6000 miles. I would push it to 10,000 on a long trip. I never (intentionally) tow in the rain.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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I understand that the EZ Flex Dexter suspension is an updated suspension and appears to be a nice addition!

I am looking at a 2016 Elite 2. Does anyone know when Oliver started using the EZ Flex suspension. It is not a Deal-Breaker because it can be retrofitted to a non EZ Flex axle reasonably.

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Pat - 

I don't know the exact date answer to your question but mine is a 2016 and Oliver started installing them as standard sometime in 2017 (as I remember).

Bill

p.s.  a fair number of owners have converted to the EZ Flex to include me.  The older axle assembly had plastic bushings that would need major help of some sort by between 10,000 and 15,000 miles.

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Installed our EZ Flex system either 2016 or 2017 on our 2015 Ollie. Not a difficult installation, but have to admit I damaged at least one of the bronze bushings during installation 😬.    Grease every 6000 miles, and keep Ollie mostly on paved highways. Greased EZ flex system while camping on long trips, too.

Bill

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Hi Guys, I have what I hope is a simple question to answer. Last March I serviced the wheel bearings (cleaned, re-packed, new seals) on our 2017 Oliver Elite ll.  Due to Covid restrictions we only used the trailer for one short (200 miles on dry pavement) camping trip. Should I service the wheel bearings again this year or assume they will be fine for another 5,000 miles or so?  Thanks for the help.

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MandD - 

See John Davies post (5 posts above yours).

As with so many things the real answer to your question is - it depends.  Where and how was your Oliver stored, where and how was that 200 miles put on it - at the beach, in a dirty place, during a very hot or cold period, at high speed for the 200 miles or just poking along, what's your risk tolerance, quality of grease used, etc.. 

If it were me and basically the answers to the previous questions were not "bad" then I'd at least take a look by popping off the bearing grease caps to observe the condition of the grease.  If it appears to be separating then I'd change it.  If I was planning that 5,000 miles you talk about to be mainly interstate driving, I'd strongly consider at least replacing the major part of the grease.  Of course I'd also check the bearing "play" by giving the wheels the old "shake" test and "spin" test. 

To be on the very safe and anal side - redo the job completely.

Good luck.

Bill

2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"

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MandD, I would not worry a second about the wheel bearing grease, just take care of it next Fall. Even when grease separates (the oil seeps out of the wax-like carrier) it does not simply vanish, it pools at the low spots and will get mixed up again as the wheel rotates and the bearings warm up. No big deal. If it actually leaks out past a bad seal, contaminating your brakes, that becomes a very big deal.

I do strongly suggest that you use a premium synthetic grease that hardly separates, like Redline CV2 Grease. The cost differential is minimal and it really is a much better product. Use it in the suspension too, it doesn’t make such a visual oily mess there.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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Me - what would I do in that situation -200 dry miles - Maybe take a look - probably not - . I have found the Oliver community to be very proactive on the maintenance front. A good thing - anal - perhaps. Per Dexter:

light-duty-maintenance-schedulee47a839d2ba463c18d7aff64007a4014.pdf (dexteraxle.com)

medium-duty-oil-specification-and-bearing-adjustment.pdf (dexteraxle.com)

600-8K Complete Service Manual.pdf (dexterpartsonline.com)

Everything one needs - adjust accordingly - 

RB

 

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