Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-23-2019, 01:09 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 30
Tightening frame and axle nuts

Any recommended maintence intervals for tightening frame, stairs and axle nuts? Ive not seen anything on this and maybe I'm missing it. Theres definitely no torque specs out there, maybe from Lippert for the axles?
__________________

Krabage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2019, 01:16 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Oaklevel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 5,105
I have never tightened ours on any trailer so I'm interested in seeing what is said.


__________________

__________________

2005 Dodge 3500 Cummins
2017 Wildwood Lodge 4092 BFL
1966 Mustang GT
1986 Mustang SVO
Lillie Spoiled Rotten Boxer Mix
Oaklevel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2019, 01:58 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
A32Deuce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Posts: 7,899
All you need is the size and grade of the fastener and look up the torque chart and tighten to that torque. Axle should be grade 8.
__________________
2012 SunSeeker 3100SS Toad-1962 Futura Average 100 + days camping
A32Deuce is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2019, 01:58 PM   #4
Pickin', Campin', Mason
 
5picker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Western PA
Posts: 10,111
I suppose if you feel they may have been improperly tightened or you traverse rough roads regularly, then I suppose checking them might be a good idea.

Honestly, in over 40+ years I've not had frame or axle nuts come loose where general maintenance/checking would have been required.

With today's R/Vs and the seemingly endless shoddy workmanship from the factory, I suppose anything is possible though.
__________________
_________________________________________
2016 Flagstaff 8529IKBS Diamond Package 5th Wheel-Goodyear Endurance Tires
2017 Ford F-Series SCREW 4x4 - Factory Puck
TST Tire Monitor w/Repeater - Sinemate 3500w Gen.

Days Camped: '16=46 '17=30 '18=51 '19=42
5picker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2019, 03:57 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by 5picker View Post
I suppose if you feel they may have been improperly tightened or you traverse rough roads regularly, then I suppose checking them might be a good idea.

Honestly, in over 40+ years I've not had frame or axle nuts come loose where general maintenance/checking would have been required.

With today's R/Vs and the seemingly endless shoddy workmanship from the factory, I suppose anything is possible though.
Yes thats my concern, more so with the subpar workmanship and honestly who hasn't gone down a roigh road at some point. Everything gets loose at some point right.
Krabage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2019, 02:05 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
rlh1957's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Southeast
Posts: 1,047
Once a year I am underneath checking anything and everything for corrosion, rust, missing or hanging things. I have some Screwdrivers, pliers and adjustable wrench just to check on tightness of bolts or screws. Haven't found any, but have heard of others having factory delivered rigs with things that got loose. At the very least as part of your tire upkeep and maintenance the other side of tire under the rig is as important to check as looking at the out face of the tire you see when checking pressure. Also checking the torque on the lug nuts.
__________________
2018 Forest River Rockwood Roo
24WS

2019 Ford SD F-350 SRW Lariat
Tow & Gooseneck Prep
FX4 Off Road (4X4)
rlh1957 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2019, 04:33 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 369
I just replaced one of the axles on my 4 year old trailer. The nuts / bolts that hold the axle to the frame were quite tight. They were also lock nuts so not likely to loosen.
__________________
2015 Solaire 201SS
2015 GMC 2500HD Duramax
PSU Turf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2019, 06:29 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 153
Check wheel fender skirt stabilizer bars too

Quote:
Originally Posted by Krabage View Post
Any recommended maintence intervals for tightening frame, stairs and axle nuts? Ive not seen anything on this and maybe I'm missing it. Theres definitely no torque specs out there, maybe from Lippert for the axles?
Every trailer owner should check the nuts on the bolts attaching the walls to the chassis, and the sheet metal screws attaching the wheel fender skirt stabilizer bars.

When I got my new trailer home, I found over half the nuts attaching the walls to the chassis were not tightened. I tightened them, and I recheck them every 6 months.

Just 2 weeks ago, I noticed in the mirror while driving that one of my wheel fender skirts was fluttering. The screw attaching the stabilizer bar to the wheel well had come out, leaving the bar hanging from the skirt, only inches from one of the tires. If it had caught on the tire, it would probably have shredded the skirt.
__________________

2018 Coachmen Viking 21RD
2012 Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi 4x4
Full-timing since October 2017
johntaylor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2019, 08:31 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by johntaylor View Post
Every trailer owner should check the nuts on the bolts attaching the walls to the chassis, and the sheet metal screws attaching the wheel fender skirt stabilizer bars.

When I got my new trailer home, I found over half the nuts attaching the walls to the chassis were not tightened. I tightened them, and I recheck them every 6 months.

Just 2 weeks ago, I noticed in the mirror while driving that one of my wheel fender skirts was fluttering. The screw attaching the stabilizer bar to the wheel well had come out, leaving the bar hanging from the skirt, only inches from one of the tires. If it had caught on the tire, it would probably have shredded the skirt.
Hard to leave anything to chance anymore. Its good to hear feedback on what should be be done even though the mfg doesn't call it out. Theres plenty to keep track of and to me this is high on the priority list exactly for the reason you mention. Besides ive already adjusted both my entry doors, the 1st year shakedown right....
__________________

Krabage is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
axle, frame

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:01 AM.