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Old 08-06-2015, 07:23 PM   #29
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Thanks, guys.

I can't think about this right now. I'll think about it in the morning.


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Old 08-07-2015, 06:14 AM   #30
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Call your tire place to let them know. See what their reaction is. They will probably handle it for you since you are a long standing customer. Act concerned but don't be accusative. If they were the last ones working on the van, they most likely will step up and do what's right for you. Your nephews couldn't have hurt anything, especially since the the damage was already done due to the fact you could hear the noise. Sounds like a professional place, give them a chance. This will be solved and be okay shortly. One more bump in the road of life. Good luck.jim and Linda.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:20 AM   #31
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Thank you.

I had it towed to the tire place yesterday, after calling them, telling them what had happened, and having them tell me they should be able to handle it.

They are a large, longstanding dealer, not a garage that just changes tires. I have no reason not to trust them, so will see what they tell me.

I feel foolish that this happened, feeling I should have recognized the noise from the rear tire before it got to the point that it fell off.

On a rural road.....hard for my untuned ear to distinguish road noise and vehicle noise, although the thumping under the hood on Monday got my attention.

One of those gentle lessons learned.....it could have been much worse.


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Don't blame yourself. If we could solve these problems ourselves we wouldn't need tire shops. Be patient, it appears you are in good hands.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:30 AM   #33
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.....but, I do.

I've learned something, and think I need to buy a wrench and figure out how to use it, if I'm going to own the Interstate and continue to travel.

I'm going to have these guys recommend a specific tool, and show me how to use it.

There was an older man making fun of this with the tow guy yesterday....he didn't speak to me, of course. I despise people like that.

This will resolve, and I will go on to figure out yet something else.


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Old 08-07-2015, 06:34 AM   #34
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Our first camper was a VW pop-top in Alaska. After buying a new set of tires we had one pass us on a gravel road, didn't realize it was ours until the drum settled on the road. Since then, I always check lug nut torque!
This is rather comforting to read.

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Yeah, Miss Maggie, "lose the lumps, not the lesson"
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:01 AM   #37
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Just spoke with the tire guys, their first order of business is finding a new wheel, getting that mounted, then driving it to get a sense of what if anything else may be going on.

He said it may be the middle of next week before that part is done.

Did relay to him the suggestion to check the brake drum and axle, which he already knew....but thanks for the suggestion.

He also said he would be happy to show me what to do to check and tighten the lug nuts myself.


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Apparently you got the first option - over tightened. I'm sorry.
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Yeah, Miss Maggie, "lose the lumps, not the lesson"
For some unknown reason, that reminds me of something I once heard, maybe from my dadů "The difference between school and real life is, in school you get the lesson, then you take the test. In real life first you take the test, then you get the lesson!"
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Thanks, guys.

It will be okay, and I have learned something.

And.....it could have been much worse.


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Maggie,
When the tire guy shows you how to tighten the lug nuts, ask him to let you try one but with a manual torque wrench, not the air drive units tire shops typically use. You may or may not have the strength to get to the proper torque. I think Protag said it was 177 lb. ft. If you can do it and want to have the tools on hand, get one of these or something similar from another place like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowes, or Home Depot, and a socket the right size for your lug nuts. You may also need a short extension depending on how deep the dish of the wheel is.

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In my opinion the HF tools are imminently suitable for occasional use like they see on our trailers and vans.


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I think Protag said it was 177 lb. ft.
133 lb-ft for lug nuts.
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