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Old 08-31-2016, 01:06 PM   #21
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So maybe this is a newbie reply but earlier this month I got a screw in my sidewall as well as in my tread pulling into the campground. Fortunately we were already in the campground so a friendly phone call to AAA happened.

I got out to put my X chocks between the tires and heard the hissing... I thought it was a propane leak until I noticed this.



I grabbed it and twisted a hair and it stopped the leak so we were good till we called AAA a few days later (no rush, we were there for 5 days).

AAA came out, I grabbed the tools and low and behold what I thought was the tire iron as not. Both AAA and I looked at it and it was too small for the lug nuts. Fortunately one of the couples that were camping next to us (family trip) had one to fit.

So I emailed my salesman from when we bought it 2 years ago because I figured Coachmen was going to give us a hard time about it. I took pics to prove it didn't fit and even noticed that on my king pin it had a picture of a 6 lug tire (I have 8 lugs) and the pattern on how to tighten. I figured that they gave me a 6 lug tire iron.

Low and behold Coachmen came back and said they don't provide a tire iron. The 2 tools that are in the storage area are to manually slide the slides in (tire iron look alike) and the other was to manually raise/lower the rear stabilizers (you can see the nut above the tire for what I thought was the tire iron).

So this leads me to say... I can't believe Coachmen doesn't provide a tire iron. I'm glad we were at the campground because if we were on the side of the road, we would have been there for god knows how long.

So to those who are not in the know like me, check your tools to make sure you have what you need in the event of a flat tire.

One thing that I loved was being able to lift the tires off the ground with the powered jacks lol. Made changing it much easier.

PS - AAA said "oh you can patch that tire and use it as a spare".. I held in the laughter thinking to myself.. with the whole china bombs already.. do you really think I'm going to patch a tire so close to the sidewall and expect it to hold up.
You will need a slim 7/8" deep 1/2" drive socket along with a 4 to 6" extension to remove the tire from the wheel hub. I ran into this last year with the same rims on my Coachman Freedom Express 298REDS and thank God I was only a quarter mile from a tire company.

Good luck.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:43 PM   #22
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I have always carried a 4-way lug wrench for my truck. Truck pulls the Trailer........
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:18 PM   #23
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How do people check the lug nut torque without tools. I don't even put these tools away, they just sit on the rear truck floor.
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:45 PM   #24
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How do people check the lug nut torque without tools. I don't even put these tools away, they just sit on the rear truck floor.
Bad to say some of us that have been driving for over 40 years and pulling trailers for the same amount of time have never checked wheel torque. Checked tightness yes, but torque no......and have never had an issue. I have six vehicles and five trailers on the road. ...... not saying it is right but..........and drive up and down the East Coast 60,000 plus miles per year.

But I do recommend torquing but I have never had a torque wrench on a wheel lug nut.
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:50 PM   #25
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I must admit I have never used a torque wrench on mine either. Just tightened them down.
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Old 08-31-2016, 06:55 PM   #26
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Torquing lug nuts,...... starting at the tire companies only started about 10-15 years ago. Never saw it prior to that anywhere.

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Old 08-31-2016, 07:19 PM   #27
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Lug wrenches normally wont fit.Get a good quality deep impact socket to fit.I have a battery powered impact wrench that I use. I've only had to use it twice,but this old guy wants to do it quick and get off the side of the road.I don't torque either,but I do check tightness before every trip before we leave.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:50 PM   #28
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You must use a six point socket on lug nuts or you will round off the nut.
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:11 AM   #29
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A Forest River Factory rep actually stated the second sentence in the quoted post above?


On a factory tour it was talked about brand name appliances like TVs and counter tops, etc. that catch the eye to the newbies. But at their meetings, he said, there were fights over nickel & dime items because adds to the cost over all to the RV. To sell a unit at a affordable price some things are trimmed out. We asked about surge protectors to save the electronics and it sounded like it wasn't price effective for the add on. I'm sure things like higher quality plumbing fixtures instead of the plastic ones do add up also. I think it comes down to you can't get a Cadillac at a Chevy price. So the things like lug wrenches and jacks don't get included.
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By the way I don't think anybody mentioned this, the "tool" you thought was your lug wrench or attempted to use as one was probably your emergency slide out wrench for when you have to manually operate your slide


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Low and behold Coachmen came back and said they don't provide a tire iron. The 2 tools that are in the storage area are to manually slide the slides in (tire iron look alike) and the other was to manually raise/lower the rear stabilizers (you can see the nut above the tire for what I thought was the tire iron).
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