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Old 09-15-2014, 02:20 PM   #1771
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I ordered mine directly from Home - Discount Tire Direct. Shipped free to my door. I then took 2 tires at a time to a local tire shop to have them mounted and balanced before reinstalling them on the camper.

Just remember to check torque every 25-50 miles or so the first trip out until they stop loosening up.
How is the tire torque going to loosen up after the rims have been set already? Are you saying that if you have a flat after I torque it to mine at 110 lbs the lugs nut will loosen again? That is just crazy. When you change a tire on a car do you stop every 25 miles to check the lugs? I don't they are set by now. Even better do you think that the person who transported the trailer ever checked the torque, when they where brand new, I don't think so...... Is it wise to check once before a trip Yes, that's it.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:44 PM   #1772
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I'm envious of you guys who can wash your trailers. With the drought here in Texas, we can only wash our vehicles at a car wash...and no one has a car wash big enough for my 5th wheel!
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:49 PM   #1773
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:02 PM   #1774
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How is the tire torque going to loosen up after the rims have been set already? Are you saying that if you have a flat after I torque it to mine at 110 lbs the lugs nut will loosen again? That is just crazy. When you change a tire on a car do you stop every 25 miles to check the lugs? I don't they are set by now. Even better do you think that the person who transported the trailer ever checked the torque, when they where brand new, I don't think so...... Is it wise to check once before a trip Yes, that's it.
Not checking tire torque, checking the torque on the lug nuts and they do not seat completely on the initial tightening. What the transporters do is of no concern once the trailer is mine. Steel wheels on your car/truck are a completely different animal. They are not aluminum. But, you do what you want. Me, I'll check mine after they've been off as will others that are concerned and have checked them as I have and found them in need of tweaking.
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:16 PM   #1775
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How is the tire torque going to loosen up after the rims have been set already? Are you saying that if you have a flat after I torque it to mine at 110 lbs the lugs nut will loosen again? That is just crazy. When you change a tire on a car do you stop every 25 miles to check the lugs? I don't they are set by now. Even better do you think that the person who transported the trailer ever checked the torque, when they where brand new, I don't think so...... Is it wise to check once before a trip Yes, that's it.
Then lord help all of us ignorant industry pros that don't know anything.

It's a precaution, yes they can and have loosened up, you're probably ready to get out and stretch after a couple of hours driving. Take the minute it takes to put the wrench on the lugs.

The airline industry torques every bolt/nut in pattern, then loosens one bolt/nut at a time and torques it back down to spec. The wrench will turn further than before, that's because the part settles in.

The same thing happens while towing. Everything gets to a settled point and will then take another 1/8-1/4 turn to reach torque.

Even your buddy OC says it takes a few whacks with the torque wrench to reach final torque.

Were they checked during delivery? We don't know. Doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:18 PM   #1776
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With our V-Lite, we took OC's advice and checked torque about every 200 miles on our way to Pigeon Forge last year. Yep, found them in need of a tweak a couple of times.

Doing the same with our 5er. Sneak checks them before we leave, and if it's a long trip he re-checks, especially with the new tires, occasionally during the run.

I repeat: being OCD is a *good thing* when you're an RVer.

Sneak keeps his torque wrench in the truck door pocket. It only takes a few minutes to be "better safe than sorry".
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Old 09-15-2014, 04:57 PM   #1779
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Then lord help all of us ignorant industry pros that don't know anything.

It's a precaution, yes they can and have loosened up, you're probably ready to get out and stretch after a couple of hours driving. Take the minute it takes to put the wrench on the lugs.

The airline industry torques every bolt/nut in pattern, then loosens one bolt/nut at a time and torques it back down to spec. The wrench will turn further than before, that's because the part settles in.

The same thing happens while towing. Everything gets to a settled point and will then take another 1/8-1/4 turn to reach torque.

Even your buddy OC says it takes a few whacks with the torque wrench to reach final torque.

Were they checked during delivery? We don't know. Doesn't mean it shouldn't be done.
Well said SKnight, but for a few folks, it is all for naught! They don't do it, so why would anyone else do it regardless of the logic?
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:03 PM   #1780
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There is a sticker on every camper I have owned about checking lug nuts in 50 miles after having the tire off. I lost one on a pop up in side the 50 miles.
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