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Old 10-07-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Tighten lugnuts before each trip

Just saw this on the local news. Be sure & check lugnuts before each trip.
Windshield smashed when wheel came loose, 5 injured | ksl.com
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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Bought a new torque wrench just for the trailer, got it set to 105 foot pounds.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:39 AM   #3
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Thank you for this.....I will have to show the DW. She is always giving be a bad time about my check list and double checking everything......
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:07 AM   #4
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Word to the wise... Do not leave a "click type" torque wrench set at a high setting. It will mess up the calibration. Always back off the tension when finished. 25 years selling tools.
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Word to the wise... Do not leave a "click type" torque wrench set at a high setting. It will mess up the calibration. Always back off the tension when finished. 25 years selling tools.
Ditto, but without the gobs of experience. The instruction booklet that came with mine said to set it at it's lowest setting when you store it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:10 PM   #6
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You guys beat me to it, about backing off the torque wrench (if it's that type).
PS - That state trooper doens't know what he's talking about. That couple was right to be devestated, because it was their fault. They had new tires, which points to the need to get back onto a strict torque-check schedule, at least daily (I forget the recommendation). What was the basis for the trooper saying "it wasn't their fault"? Who's fault was it? Likely all the other nuts were loose, too. Hopefully someone checked the rest, and told them to continue checking at least daily for the next 1000 miles or so.
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Old 10-08-2013, 12:27 AM   #7
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Here is a follow up story about this with pics of the van.

http:// http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=27160660&nid=148&title=family-tells-of-minivan-being-crushed-by-loose-tire&fm=home_page&s_cid=queue-1
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Man that's crazy,
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Once I caught a car tire in the exact same place. In my case the car was traveling in the same direction as I was. It came off the car and I started braking as it rolled into my lane. Then it started tumbling and I locked my brakes. The tire hit my car on the up portion of a bounce, so the impact was not very hard and left only a skid mark. After hitting me the tire flew over the barrier into oncoming traffic and I don't know what happened after that.
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What was the basis for the trooper saying "it wasn't their fault"? Who's fault was it.
He was likely speaking of criminal liability. Making a case for criminal negligence is probably out of his purview. The civil liability is squarely on the RV owner with potential fallback on the last tire service provider or even back to the axle manufacturer. I hope they have plenty of coverage, the family driving the van will need the money.
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