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Old 06-16-2013, 11:05 AM   #1
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Forest River makes a big deal about checking and maintaining the correct torque on our trailer lug nuts. How necessary is a torque wrench for this check? Am I the only one with reservations about shelling out the dollars for a torque wrench? If you have a torque wrench did you find one at a reasonable price? How often to you check your lugs?
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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Forest River makes a big deal about checking and maintaining the correct torque on our trailer lug nuts. How necessary is a torque wrench for this check? Am I the only one with reservations about shelling out the dollars for a torque wrench? If you have a torque wrench did you find one at a reasonable price? How often to you check your lugs?
I bought a torque wrench for $20 at an auto parts store and check lug nuts before every trip. Every once in a while one will be loose.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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I bought a torque wrench for $20 at an auto parts store and check lug nuts before every trip. Every once in a while one will be loose.
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If I have the wheels off, I check them every 50 -75 miles until they no longer turn and then once a year. I just had new GY Marathons put on our trailer and will be checking them at least 2 or 3 times the first day on the trip to Goshen. Will remove the hub caps before we leave so it's not a hassle on the road.
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I bought a cheap one - I didn't have any loose lug nuts with the wheels any time I checked (before most trips).

Once I changed all 4 tires- I did find that they periodically needed tightening 3 or 4 times before they stopped loosening (which is to be expected with this type of wheel).
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Steel wheels will usually seat within 1 or 2 re-torqueing's and alum between 3-5 re-torqueing's.
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Harbor Freight has a 1/2 inch drive, click-type torque wrench on sale for $21.99


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I just tighten mine until there tite. Been doing that for 50 years no problem yet.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:42 PM   #8
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Harbor Freight has a 1/2 inch drive, click-type torque wrench on sale for $21.99


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I wouldn't put much faith in a HF torque wrench for anything but lug nuts. I've got a calibrated 0#-250# 1/2" drive William's I carry similar to this.
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I just tighten mine until there tite. Been doing that for 50 years no problem yet.
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Use a torque wrench. There is such a thing as "too tight."

When the hub heats up, the stress on the lug nuts goes through the roof and the studs can break off. Lug nuts too loose can also come undone and be found in the hub cap (if you are lucky).
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I just tighten mine until there tite. Been doing that for 50 years no problem yet.
"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.
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