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Trailer Wheel Bearings and Spin Speed

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I bought a 2nd hand camper trailer recently (simply box-trailer style). Been painting and fixing a couple of things and decided to replace the bearings (trailer is 16 years old and suspect they are original bearings). Replaced races and bearings with Timken bearings on both sides. One wheel spins for longer than the other when jacked up. Probably about 45 seconds longer. Haven't taken for a test tow yet but everything else seems ok. Nuts not tight, no noises, virtually no play in wheels. Should i be worried? Or is this something that will even out with a bit of a run?

Thanks for your help

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If you wheels are spinning that long they certainly aren't tight enough to generate any heat. Try switching the bearing around and see if the symptom moves with it. I would think it's a matter of breaking in more than anything else. After you do the temperature test see if the nuts need adjustment. I'll bet they will.
But put a few miles on the trailer first. Everything needs a bit of break-in.
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