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Old 10-23-2013, 05:44 PM   #29
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Do lug nuts come lose because there aluminum wheels? You can drive a truck for ever and they won't come loose.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:59 PM   #30
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I do a walk-around the trailer after hooking up but I never torque the wheel nuts during a trip mainly because I have never had a nut or lug come loose on any vehicle I have ever owned in the last 30 years. We have dragged our trailer into some remote areas on logging roads that were less than ideal and without the trailer have used 4wd to access some very remote areas in southern Utah/Arizona. Because of the high miles we put on our vehicles I do rotate tires often and inspect/adjust brakes and bearings as needed. Liberal use of anti-seize compound makes this job much easier and may contribute to never having an issue. I'm not saying it can't happen but it seems unlikely, at least in my experience.

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Old 10-23-2013, 10:04 PM   #31
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I would have never thought to check lug nuts. I don't do that on my car so why on the camper? Makes no sense to me that car would be ok and not the camper.
Another thing to add to the list once I get another camper
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:45 PM   #32
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Do lug nuts come lose because there aluminum wheels? You can drive a truck for ever and they won't come loose.
Happens on steel wheels too. Years ago I was driving my Dodge pu when I felt a weird shimmy coming from the rear. I stopped to check for a flat and noticed the right rear wheel canted at an odd angle to the axle. I jacked it up and found that the wheel had almost completely severed the lugs on the axle and the wheel would have fallen off within a few miles for sure! The nuts had worked loose and the wheel chewed through the lugs, I too had never checked the nuts before on any vehicle. Now, at least yearly on the cars and on my trailer every other trip they are checked with a torque wrench.

When I picked up my trailer at the factory, they told me to check the nuts at 150 miles and again at 1,000 miles.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:02 PM   #33
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I would have never thought to check lug nuts. I don't do that on my car so why on the camper? Makes no sense to me that car would be ok and not the camper.
Well, you should do it on your car.
Especially if it has aluminum wheels.
Any time you've had a wheel off and back on, you need to check the lug nuts after about 100 miles/kilometers.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:16 PM   #34
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Sorry to hear about your misfortune with the new Trilly. Having just redone the hubs on our '76 Trilly 1300, I can tell you the steel rims on our Trilly are not going to come off anytime soon. I had purchased a torque wrench and used it to make sure the lug nuts were in torque, after first tightening them manually.

This may sound very negative, but in my short 5 yr experience with rving, I have learned to research and double check EVERYTHING ! Doing this for sure takes a lot of extra work, but is pays off bigtime, and you are reminded of this when you look at your wallet and safety record. There is no one person who can reliably answer all your questions accurately.

Examples on used class B rv:
(1) gas heater does not work, $200 to pull it Fix: set the thermostat correctly
(2) your rv passed safety inspection Fix: smoke, co, propane det not work
(3) you are ready for your long trip Fix: tires all D rated, needed to be E
(4) you need to replace gen fuel pump Fix: carb cleaner and new bowl O ring

1976 Trillium 1300
(1) Tires hardly used, 5.5 yrs old Fix: balance 2 tires, retire one worn
(2) Frame in good shape Fix: weld plates on front & frame jts
(3) Everything works Fix: add ext. tail and brake lights
(4) Shell is very sturdy Fix: light pressure put a crack in top

Good luck! You can do it and have fun like the rest of us!
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #35
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I'm sorry you had so much trouble with your lil' camper. Is very depressing and nerve wracking but don't give in or up.
As for the wheels, I've had vandals actually loosen the lug nuts on my camper while we were out of the campsite. When I left I got 5 miles down the road & the tire almost came off. I was alone with two young children. So I recommend everyone check those lug nuts before getting in and driving to your next stop. It's well worth the time. We always check things whenever we stop or take off from camping.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:47 PM   #36
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Wheel lug nuts getting loosened

  • Thank you for this warning about wheel lug nuts getting loosened .
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:08 AM   #37
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WOW: I hadn't heard of that problem before, more often it's just an issue with them working loose. I wonder what the objective was?

BUT: What I have seen reported is juveniles pulling receiver pins and/or clips from hitched trailers in mall parking lots. For this reason I always check the hitch area after leaving the combo unattended and out of my site for more than a few minutes.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:48 AM   #38
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I'm pretty sure it was some juveniles running around the camping area. don't even know if they were camping there. Get a bunch together and they can think up all sorts of "unusual" activities. I think they figured the tire would come off as soon as we pulled out. I doubt their thoughts were to hurt anyone - they don't analyze their actions.
I had not heard of the hitch situation before. That's really scary.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:14 AM   #39
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Just curious. Where did they get the wrench to undo the lug nuts?
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:45 AM   #40
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That's a damn good question. But we know it was done while we were there. If it was a group of kids camping then they probably had one. We carry all sorts of tools when we head out too. Even if just in a car for tire changing.
This was an older camper at the time. We camped in it for years without incident until that time and another when a group decided to steal beer from the cooler while we were inside eating dinner. A side line to that last one - we actually met one of the kids later when he was grown up and we were talking about camping. He admitted it was him and his friends. Small world. He turned out well too in spite of his beer theft.
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That's a damn good question. But we know it was done while we were there. If it was a group of kids camping then they probably had one. We carry all sorts of tools when we head out too. Even if just in a car for tire changing.
This was an older camper at the time. We camped in it for years without incident until that time and another when a group decided to steal beer from the cooler while we were inside eating dinner. A side line to that last one - we actually met one of the kids later when he was grown up and we were talking about camping. He admitted it was him and his friends. Small world. He turned out well too in spite of his beer theft.
This is the biggest reason I won't camp in some locations except in off season. Here in Oregon I avoid the coast in the summer, because of misbehaving people. I understand the part of the Columbia River gorge is almost as bad. Oregon State Parks are very popular in the summer. I stay away from them. Summer week-ends are the worst. Out of the way places don't seem to have these kinds of problems.
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I would have never thought to check lug nuts.
My Fiber Stream came with a sticker on each side just above the wheel wells to remind me to tighten the lug nuts.
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