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Old 05-27-2017, 03:50 AM   #1
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Check those lug nuts!

Getting ready to hit the road tomorrow for our annual 2 month excursion (and escape the Arizona heat).
One of the things I had done in preparation was take our trailer to the local RV shop to have the wheel bearings re-packed and the brakes adjusted. Yesterday I checked the lug nuts for proper torque like I usually do before departing and was shocked at what I found. Each and every nut was not at the proper torque specs. Some of them required quite a few ratchet clicks before reaching the proper torque setting.
Now I'm wondering how good a job they did on my brakes.
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Old 05-27-2017, 01:50 PM   #2
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How hard is it to torque a lug nut? People mostly stink, and 80% of those people work in RV shops.
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Old 05-27-2017, 02:57 PM   #3
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I don't think they have torque tools, or should I say Air Tools work faster...LOL
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I don't think they have torque tools, or should I say Air Tools work faster...LOL
They make torque limiting extensions for air tools, that's the minimum they should use.
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dawniewest, just joking...
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dawniewest, just joking...
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This post is an interesting post as much as what is the torque for our wheel nuts??
I have 17.5-inch wheels on my Voltage.. I don't remember what they are supposed to torque at. Is there somewhere we all can go to see the recommended torque??
Or does anyone know the torque of 17.5-inch rims??
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This post is an interesting post as much as what is the torque for our wheel nuts??
I have 17.5-inch wheels on my Voltage.. I don't remember what they are supposed to torque at. Is there somewhere we all can go to see the recommended torque??
Or does anyone know the torque of 17.5-inch rims??


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Thanks Don......That sure helps...
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You guys are very quick to bash the repair facility. My manual says to check lug torque after 25 miles of tightening. I checked mine after bringing it home 300 or so miles and they were ALL loose. I tightened them up and after my first local camping trip which was about 50 miles. We came back from an 1800 mile trip and they stayed tight. I believe the manual states multiple re-torqueing is necessary and they want like 3 or 4 re-torques.
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You guys are very quick to bash the repair facility. My manual says to check lug torque after 25 miles of tightening. I checked mine after bringing it home 300 or so miles and they were ALL loose. I tightened them up and after my first local camping trip which was about 50 miles. We came back from an 1800 mile trip and they stayed tight. I believe the manual states multiple re-torqueing is necessary and they want like 3 or 4 re-torques.
I just replaced my tires, I took them off and installed and torqued them myself. None of them has backed off even a pound. Do you know for a fact all you lugs were at the proper torque when you left the dealer? If you had to re-torque a tire 3-4 times to keep it tight, there would be thousands of car crashes a day.
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... If you had to re-torque a tire 3-4 times to keep it tight, there would be thousands of car crashes a day.
I have no idea about the veracity of this... but I was told that the reason you constantly recheck the lug torque on trailers is because the wheels are laterally stressed much more on a trailer than a car or truck in tight turns... especially if you back your trailer into sites on a regular basis.
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I have no idea about the veracity of this... but I was told that the reason you constantly recheck the lug torque on trailers is because the wheels are laterally stressed much more on a trailer than a car or truck in tight turns... especially if you back your trailer into sites on a regular basis.
That seems somewhat reasonable, i've just never had any come loose. If the lateral stress was great enough to loosen lugnuts, wouldn't also damage the tires and rims?
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It may have to do with the type of lug nut also. Ball is different than cone. I'm no engineer but my lippert manual says to check the torque often and mine were loose.
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