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Old 04-16-2011, 08:34 AM   #15
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The orange ones (lynx) are available here:
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:31 PM   #16
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I picked up an 18v Pep Boys impact gun, extra battery and I can change a flat just like a Nascar pit man. I double check with a torque wrench when I tighten the nuts on the lugs. The impact gun was on sale for 79.00

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Old 04-16-2011, 06:54 PM   #17
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Ah, I checked our truck's jack and lug wrench. The wrench fits the Airstream as well, and the jack will lift it easily. The jack is a bit short, but we carry the orange things anyway to level the rig, so no need to add anything to what we're already carrying.

More recent Airstreams are a lot heavier than vintage, so it might be important to check the jack in the tow vehicle to make sure it can lift that much weight.


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Old 07-22-2011, 04:20 PM   #18
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Lug nut question?

Does anyone know what type of socket is required to remove this lug nut?
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:31 PM   #19
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A chrome 4 way lug wrench would be a good addition for changing tire.
I use a 4-way lug wrench and I put the pipe that is used to flip up the chains on my hitch on the leg with the chisel end for extra leverage. That makes it easy to break the lug nuts loose initially. A socket on my drill makes short work of removing and reinstalling the lug nuts from there.

You should never use a torque wrench as a wrench to initially loosen the lug nuts. That is abuse of a tool. A breaker bar doesn't cost much if you don't want to carry a 4-way lug wrench.
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I have sometimes found (with various different vehicles) that lug nuts can at times be quite tough to remove with as standard cross type lug nut wrench, so I carry a 3/4" x 36 "breaker bar" to be sure I will be able to get the things off! Once loose, I use the same 18v drill that I use for my stabilizers and Hensley Jack screws to spin them off/on quickly.

I use the Lynx leveller blocks as others have mentioned - much easier than messing around with bottle jacks IMHO.

I also carry a torque wrench to re-install the nuts and I re-check them again after 50 miles or so of travel.


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Old 07-22-2011, 05:39 PM   #21
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Does anyone know what type of socket is required to remove this lug nut?
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I'm guessing that may be one of those fancy anti-theft lug nuts that is used with a special wrench to stop people from stealing expensive alloy rims.

Not sure where you would get something to fit unless the previous owner may still have the special socket. Might it be stored in your trailer somewhere?

Maybe you might have to improvise to get it off then replace with a standard lug nut?


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As it turns out, the lug wrench in our Ford is the same size as the lugs on the Airstream. And the Ford jack will lift the Airstream. Problem solved for us.

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Old 07-22-2011, 06:04 PM   #23
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Does anyone know what type of socket is required to remove this lug nut?
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Looks like anti-theft one I would take a photo to some place like Discount Tire or where they sell wheels.
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I would not use the marked "label" jack point, If I had not been careful I would have jacked right thru into the bedroom. Use the axle mounting plates or the Lego blocks.
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I give all of my AS lug nuts a shot of WD40 each Spring........just in case.
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I give all of my AS lug nuts a shot of WD40 each Spring........just in case.
Any time I remove lug nuts - say to repack the wheel bearings - I put a smear of anti seize compound on the threads of the lug nut studs.

Only thing is I'm not sure if the added lubrication that creates might screw up the torque readings and might cause me to over torque the lug nuts, so I generally stop a little shy of the spec. torque reading.

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What size torque wrench?

I went shopping the other day looking for a torque wrench for the AS. Got confused by the different sizes available. What size should I be looking for and is there a particular brand? I am expecting to spend some buck since I think cheep tools are NOT a good choice.
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I went shopping the other day looking for a torque wrench for the AS. Got confused by the different sizes available. What size should I be looking for and is there a particular brand? I am expecting to spend some buck since I think cheep tools are NOT a good choice.
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Chraftsman good unit, would work fine for the AS, easily available also lifetime guarantee.

Get 1/2" drive at least 150 ft/lbs.

I do not lube the threads, just keep clean, don't over tighten and always start by hand. Others may differ.
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