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Old 06-23-2016, 06:20 AM   #51
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:42 AM   #52
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Originally Posted by JD and Beastlet View Post
Torque wrench with extension and socket.
No way to tell if your lugs are tightened correctly WITHOUT a torque wrench. This is your answer!!

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Old 06-23-2016, 07:15 AM   #53
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Agreed. I never have checked a wheel on any car or truck in owned.

I don't have TMPS

I do check tires and hubs for heat at every stop
Do you check the tires and hubs of your TV also? Oh, wait a minute, at every fill up you just replace the Fords.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:22 AM   #54
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Tow Behinds are different than the TV/Daily Driver/Wife's Car - these vehicles have sophisticated shocks and dampening systems that minimize wheel vibration (which is the cause of lug nuts loosening). Case in point: Class A motorhomes do not need to have their torque checked (except after tire change) because of the shock absorbers on the axels. (Interesting things you learn at Camp Freightliner )

That said, I am no expert on this but these guys are:


As for a TPMS - it's a peace of mind thing for me and they will alert you to issues before the tire fails. If you have seen what a blow-out can do to a trailer, you too will find the $200 or so investment worth it.

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Old 06-23-2016, 07:48 AM   #55
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3/4" six point deep socket, 3" extension and torque wrench set to 100 #'. Checked before each trip.
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I think this checking lug nut torque subject is one of those topics which will never be solved. I do believe we can all agree using a torque wrench to check lugs is the preferred method. With that said, do what you feel is best for your rig and except that others will do whats best for theirs.
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
Do you check the tires and hubs of your TV also? Oh, wait a minute, at every fill up you just replace the Fords.
As a matter of fact I do check the tires and the only time things have gotten the least bit hot is on the US Interstate road systems. A Ifrared temp gun is handy. The constant rumble strip bouncing and chucking on MI roads did cause things to heat up. In Ontario most travel we do is limited to 2 lane back roads below 60 mph.

I never have torqued a wheel on any car or truck I have ever owned. Either used electric wrench that could only achieve 110 ft lbs torque or a standard X wrench and rubber mallet.

I agree when new and seating a wheel after change the torque should be checked but every trip seems excessive. My wheels were checked after I put new tires on 2 years ago.

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