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Location: La Conner, Washington
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Sounds like you got it. I cool hub is an excellent indicator. The warm hub on the other side isn't a bad side and can be associated with other things like a dragging brake or even low tire pressure.
We kept bearing buddies on our trailers. Bearing damage occurs after driving somewhere, warming up the hubs and then dipping them in the water when launching your boat. The cooling hubs will suck in the water. Bearing buddies keep a little spring pressure on the packed grease and you can give it a shot of grease now and then that can help force the water back out.
After your test drive, take a load off each wheel by jacking it up then check to see if the bearings are still tight (no play when you try and shake the wheel)
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.