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Old 03-10-2015, 10:06 AM   #11
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I put "mag" wheels on a 67 mustang way back in ...... 68 or 69.
A few miles later I developed a "noise" in one wheel.
Thankfully I did stop and check and all 5 were loose and the wheel
was wobbling.

Never found a loose lug on a trailer but they were all steel wheels
until now. I will be checking mine before the next trip- if the @#$%$&*
rain will just stop....
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:47 PM   #12
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Wow! I just had a frightening experience. I put new tires on my fiver last summer, and have probably driven 3-4,000 miles since then. We just returned from a trip last week, about 200 miles of highway driving. Came home and unloaded, then I headed over to the storage lot. When I pulled away from our house, I noticed an odd vibration from the trailer. Looked in the mirror and saw one wheel on the driver side wobbling badly. When I pulled over I found two studs broken, one nut missing and the other four all finger loose. I checked the other wheels and found most of the nuts loose. Not finger loose, but definitely loose. It's in the shop now for repairs. You know that from now on I will be checking them regularly. BTW, it has aluminum wheels.

My wife says we must have an angel looking our for us. I think she is right. It could have been very bad if the wheel decided to say goodbye on the highway.

An ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:00 AM   #13
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I've never found one loose even on aluminum rims, but I still re-torque because ya' know the one time that I don't....
Same here....
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:37 PM   #14
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After ~46 years of sleeping on tent floors we finally got up off the ground & have been "wheel camping" for about 10 years
Three upgrades later, (first steel rims and now aluminum) I still like to put a lug wrench on each nut before I head out on the road with our rig.

Several thousands of miles later, only rarely do I get the wrench to move on one or two nuts-and then only by the tiniest of turns. It just takes me a quick moment while we do our "walk-around, everything buttoned down" circle of the fifth.
So far this routine (and a good set of TSTs) has left us happy in the cab and not sitting along side a road
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:24 PM   #15
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I agree, need to check your nuts!

I just yanked my wheels off and took them to the local tire place for a spin and my nuts were tight. (Aluminum rims.)
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I agree, need to check your nuts!

I just yanked my wheels off and took them to the local tire place for a spin and my nuts were tight. (Aluminum rims.)
I've found that after re-torqueing them at least 3 times at 50-75 mile intervals after they've been off, they have never been loose.
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:50 PM   #17
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My wife says we must have an angel looking out for us..
After a final inspection (which includes tightening lug nuts), we always say a prayer before heading out... In my mind it's to protect us from others on the road vs. my own stupidity - but now I realize just how easy it is to forget an important safety step...

After replacing China Bombs with Maxxis I forgot to stop within 10 miles to re-tighten... An hour later I made the turn into our campground & noticed a rear TT tire wobbling badly. Two lug bolts were sheered & the remaining three were very loose. I creeped into our campsite & setup camp. An hour later, Good Sam's sent a mechanic to pull the axle, replace the lug bolts/nuts & swap-in the spare. The holes in the original alum. rim were badly damaged but there was no other damage & all of the other rims were very tight.

My dealer wanted $180 per rim, but I found them online for $65 so bought a spare. The mechanic provided by Good Sam's picked-up an extra set of lug bolts & nuts (all at cost) so I'm all set if this ever happens again.

I now have enough tools along to swap-out lug bolts - same procedure I used for FWD cars with rear drum brakes. I also keep sayin' that prayer (with more humility now) as we roll off our driveway and onto our next 'venture.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:16 AM   #18
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In my limited experience in towing vehicles in the last 40 years it seems to me that lug nuts will loosen more on un-balanced rims and tires then balanced rims and tires. I always had to retighten the un-balanced rims and tires at least every season and sometimes during the camping season.


When I replaced my tires on my 2010 318SAB Cougar with LT245/75R/17E Michelin XPS-Ribs in Apr 12 and had them balanced they have never come loose. I do check them and the lug nuts have never been loose after they were installed. Another thing I have found out also is the tires seem to hold the air pressure all year within +/- 5 psi of the 80 psi that I have inflated them to.


Sorry to see them go but they will not fit the new CC34RL that we bought.
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