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Old 07-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #15
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So what is the proper torque, or does it differ by model?
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #16
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80# is sufficient. Don't use the torque wrench. Get a cross wrench or long breaker bar to remove the lug nuts.
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I was at our SoCal AS dealer and asked their service manager what the correct torque for our 2009 27FB should be and was told to set it at 110ft lb. Comments welcome, always want to know and understand more....
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:43 PM   #18
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I was at our SoCal AS dealer and asked their service manager what the correct torque for our 2009 27FB should be and was told to set it at 110ft lb. Comments welcome, always want to know and understand more....
Hi, my trailer's lug nuts are supposed to be torqued at 110 to 120 lbs. and I torque mine at 120 lbs. Note: my steel spare wheel is only supposed to be torqued at 90 lbs. I'm sure mine and Scott J-24's specs are the same, but many Airstreams are different, year to year, and wheel to wheel.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:29 PM   #19
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I do not have a torque wrench however I always check the lug nuts just as I do tire pressure before and doing a trip
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:26 PM   #20
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For everyone. In a discussion with Kip, our resident Airplane/Airstream metal magician, at the Resto Rally in Albuquerque, overtightened tight lug nuts came up in discussion.
We were amazed at the way our favorite tire shops....and some of us doing our own maintenance....install tires.
Watch 'em. Tire off. Tire installed and placed on Airstream. Air wrench used to tighten all lug nuts. Then (if your lucky) a quick run around with the torque wrench.
WAIT A MINUTE!!!
How are they going to check the torque reliably AFTER putting the nuts on with a powerful air wrench...? If they over tightened the nut you will never know with that torquing....and you may be so overtightened that you will not be able to take the tire off without a breaker bar. The torquing has to begin below the lbs set on the wrench. Make 'em do it right.
Most forward-thinking tire shops perform initial tightening with a "torque stick" to around 75% of final torque. The "torque stick" is a specialized socket with a torsion element that limits the effective torque that can be developed when the stick is used with an impact wrench. This method allows tires to be installed quickly while still allowing more accurate final hand torquing.
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80# is sufficient. Don't use the torque wrench. Get a cross wrench or long breaker bar to remove the lug nuts.
In general a tire cross will not work on late model Airstreams because the lug nuts are in small recesses that will not admit the bulky socket used on tire crosses. I carry a breaker bar, short extension, and deep well socket.
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I saw the Discount tire shop use a Torque stick type socket. My local shop did not.....now I watch them .
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I used mine on our 2012 Fying Cloud and it worked fine
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:35 PM   #24
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So it turns out there is a hole from a nail in my tire which caused the flat. It looks like a simple plug will take care of it but I'm wondering now if there are any issues using plugs on high(er) pressure tires? The tire is a Goodyear with a 65 psi rating and the hole is not on or near the sidewall. I'll check with the manufacturer but thought you all have probably already been down this road a few times and will have a good answer.

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Steel belted radials will shear off plugs. To properly repair a puncture, the tire should be patched from the inside. If you have a Discount Tire store nearby, they repair flats for FREE.
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I would have the tire broken down, patched and balanced.
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Hi, depending on the size of the hole, there are a few sizes of "patch-plugs" that will do the job. Regular plugs should not be used anymore.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:52 PM   #28
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Although the manual says 80 ft.lbs, AS service (Jackson Center) told me use 100 ft.lbs.

Having previously almost lost a wheel on my motorhome due to improper torquing, I make sure that lug nuts on my truck & AS trailer.

I use a split beam torque wrench which does not have to be set to its lowest point for storage.

Amazon.com: Precision Instruments (PREC3FR250F) 1/2" Dr. "Split Beam" Torque Wrench w/Flex head (40-250 Ft./Lbs): Home Improvement

I had the 3/4" version one for the motorhome, and now have the 1/2" version for the truck & trailer.
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