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Old 08-07-2016, 02:55 PM   #1
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2 wheels came off my new Puma Toy Hauler while I was towing it

I bought a new 2016 Forest River Palomino Puma 21-TUC toy hauler in March. It had to go back to the factory for many problems and I picked it up on April 20 at my local RV dealer. This past Wednesday two wheels on the passenger side came off and I was able to steer it to the side of the road. The trailer has a lot of damage. It was towed using the Coach-Net service to the nearest RV dealer. That dealer is located 135 miles from my home. Good thing nobody was hurt. You can see the damage to my trailer here:

August 3, 2016 Forest River PUMA Palomino Toy Hauler Accident Photos



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Old 08-07-2016, 03:05 PM   #2
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2 wheels came off my new Puma Toy Hauler while I was towing it

When was the last time you checked the lug nut torque? I do it before every trip. It looks like the nuts were loose for some time, the hole in the rim is oval.
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:10 PM   #3
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What kind of weight was on the trailer (load) Were the lug nuts not torqued? You are correct it is lucky there was not more damage or someone hurt by the loose tires.
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:55 PM   #4
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Hi Vibe and Seadog,

I did not check the tourque of the lug nuts, because it was a new trailer. I'll be sure to check the lug nuts in the future on every trip. I only haul telescope gear in my toy hauler and it is a few hundred pounds at most.

The oval hole in the rim is most likely caused by the stud as the wheel was coming off the trailer.

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Old 08-07-2016, 08:02 PM   #5
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I'm surprised you haven't been blamed for all the damage yet. I'm sure it's coming.


Sorry to hear about that. You would expect a new product to at least get you down the road for a while.


My wife had some work done on her 67 Mustang. Suspension stuff. A short time after, she was driving to work and said it sounded strange. She got to work and her and the guys started looking around and took the hubcaps off. Every tire had loose lug nuts. The idiot who did the work apparently didn't quite finish. Luckily they caught it and no damage was done.


It's just sad that you can't trust anyone to do their job anymore.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:17 PM   #6
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what would the torque spec be on those wheels?
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:23 PM   #7
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what would the torque spec be on those wheels?
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https://www.etrailer.com/question-75604.html
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:28 PM   #8
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2 wheels came off my new Puma Toy Hauler while I was towing it

Someone may have intently loosened and or removed the lug nuts. I make this statement because l see no lugs sheered off. Usually a loose lug will cause the lugs to sheer or the wheel holes to Waller way out which you didn't comment.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:48 PM   #9
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Someone may have intently loosened and or removed the lug nuts. I make this statement because l see no lugs sheered off. Usually a loose lug will cause the lugs to sheer or the wheel holes to Waller way out which you didn't comment.
Retired JSO is correct, I had a Dakota pickup years ago and almost lost a rear wheel. A couple of studs were sheered off and the lug holes were wallowed almost oval.
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There probably is a sticker somewhere telling to check torque after so many miles. Our Puma has one but this is odd to me I have five trailers and have never had a wheel lug nut loose enough that would work its way off........ Also I too am very surprised that no studs were sheared off.

I am leaning also to the intentional theory............ hope that is not the case. That would be a bad trick to play on someone.

Regardless of how it happened glad no one was hurt........
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