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Old 06-17-2013, 09:22 AM   #11
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I'm sure it's in some of the manuals somewhere, but to what torque should they be tightened? I can recall seeing stickers on some new units that state lugs nuts should be re-torqued after 300 miles or so - no sticker on my MH. I do have a torque wrench and a piece of pipe for leverage. Also, have not looked, but is there room to get to the inside tires to tighten them or must I do half the wheel, and then inch the MH forward to get to the rest of them?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:34 AM   #12
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"Good and tight" works for you - but for folks like me (computer guy, never turned a wrench before), a cheap torque wrench is what I need.

If left to my own devices, I'd imagine 100 pounds of pressure to be gorilla tight, yet 40 pounds of pressure - I'd likely torque either to 20 or 100. I just don't know which is which nor how much force to apply. The torque wrench gives me a unit of measure.
Seems like you were posting while I was writing! We have the same question. I used to torque the old DP, but can't remember to what spec - but they were 22.5" wheels. The Solera has 16" wheels and I've got a feeling the torque spec is less. And I did use the piece of pipe on the wrench to increase leverage.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:32 AM   #14
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I check my TT lug nuts with a torque wrench on occasion as well. With that being said, I'm not fully convinced it is critical to get them exactly to spec. Pretty sure there is a torque requirement that manufacturers specify for passenger vehicles, but when's the last time you saw a tire shop bust out a torque wrench when installing a wheel? I personally never have- they always hit it with an impact till its "tight enough" and then they move on.
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I check my TT lug nuts with a torque wrench on occasion as well. With that being said, I'm not fully convinced it is critical to get them exactly to spec. Pretty sure there is a torque requirement that manufacturers specify for passenger vehicles, but when's the last time you saw a tire shop bust out a torque wrench when installing a wheel? I personally never have- they always hit it with an impact till its "tight enough" and then they move on.
BJ's Tire shop has color coded torque wrenches and they checked mine as they mounted my new Michelin truck tires. I watched as STS Discount Tires mounted my wife's tires (with an impact gun) and then the guy went around and un-cracked and torqued every lug nut.

I would avoid any shop that just hammers them on. There are Mechanics and then there are ... Well, them that think they are...
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:45 AM   #16
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:52 AM   #17
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All my tires are put back on and torqued to the right torque or I don't do business with them again period. I guess you never had a warped rotor or drum either it does happen.
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I check my TT lug nuts with a torque wrench on occasion as well. With that being said, I'm not fully convinced it is critical to get them exactly to spec. Pretty sure there is a torque requirement that manufacturers specify for passenger vehicles, but when's the last time you saw a tire shop bust out a torque wrench when installing a wheel? I personally never have- they always hit it with an impact till its "tight enough" and then they move on.
For the last umpteen years, all reputable tire shops have used torque bars on impacts and then use a torque wrench to double check. At least all the shops I've visited and used do. Wouldn't use the tire shop or garage if they didn't. On the trailer, if the wheels have be loosened or removed they get checked and re-torqued until they don't move. Usually takes 3-5 times at 50-75 mile intervals.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:52 AM   #19
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I would have to agree, maintaining torque on wheels is crucial. You certainly don't want to over tighten the lug nuts, and the last thing you want is your trailer tire passing you going down the interstate. A torque wrench is cheap insurance, and if your enroute to a site, what's a few minutes of your time. Better to arrive a few minutes late than to not arrive.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:29 PM   #20
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Wow. Guess we're just backwoods here because I've never seen any of the multiple tire shops in my area torque them.
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