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Old 04-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Question Torque Lug Nuts on pick up trip?

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I will be picking up my new 2012 Rockwood 2109S this Sat (4/7) and am wondering if I should take a torque wrench and at about 50 miles check the torque on the lug nuts. Am I being too anal as my DW would say?

I did ask the dealer to send all the manuals and they arrived last week. I have read the FR manual (pretty generic) and am currently reading the axle manual, so I may find my answer there but thought I would toss this out to the collective wisdom of this forum?

Thoughts?
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:54 PM   #2
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Most definitely take a torque wrench and socket that fits the lugnuts, especially if it has aluminum wheels. It normally takes about two stops, 50 miles apart to really seat the nuts on steel wheels and 3 and sometimes 4 on the aluminum ones. Then, I check them at the start of a long trip.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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When I picked mine up the dealer told me the lugs needed checked/tightened one more time by me for a total of 3. He said the maufacturer torques them on install, the dealer torques on arrival, and the owner should do it one last time during the first trip.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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I got to torque mine a week after pick up 30 miles of driving because I had no brakes on according to my prodigy 02. This is why.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #5
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I got to torque mine a week after pick up 30 miles of driving because I had no brakes on according to my prodigy 02. This is why.
Correction prodigy P2 not 02
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I just retorqued mine last week. We have only had out TT out once since we bought it, and that was about 25 miles away from home. I am trying to set up a maint. schedule on it....things to check before a trip or things I need to check after a trip. I am trying to apply the aircraft maint. technology on it....all the lug nuts checked okay.
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I just retorqued mine last week. We have only had out TT out once since we bought it, and that was about 25 miles away from home. I am trying to set up a maint. schedule on it....things to check before a trip or things I need to check after a trip. I am trying to apply the aircraft maint. technology on it....all the lug nuts checked okay.
I check nut torque before every trip outbound and when we leave Florida coming home. Most times they are "good" but after the annual trailer inspection (where they use an impact gun) I always find one or two bad.
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Yikes!!!!!!!! I've been on several trips including one to Fl. all told maybe close to 3000 miles now!! Guess I better check mine!
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I have never had a lug not on an aluminum wheel come loose after one retorque, even though I do check often. If the nuts are torqued properly, they seldom give trouble.
Steel wheels really don't need to be checked, but again, what does it hurt?
And don't rely on those cheapo torque wrenches, the cost of a good one is well worth the peace of mind.
Last word, do not trust the mechanic when he say its 'good to go', unless you saw him do it right with your own eyes!
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My Flagstaff 831 took more than 2 re-torques before they were seated and I use a calibrated torque wrench.
I agree, a good torque wrench is expensive but well worth the extra bucks. I gave $150 for my Williams in 1972 and had it re-calibrated by Lockheed just last fall.
I don't even trust the the "torque bars" or whatever they are called, mechanics use on impact wrenches.
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