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Old 03-18-2016, 12:17 PM   #15
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I'm looking at Progressive Dynamics http://progressivedyn.com/mobi/index.html

Or maybe just a smart multi-stage charger from Xantrex
http://www.xantrex.com/power-product.../overview.aspx

Me, too, but...
I gotta know what I have to know what to get.


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Old 03-18-2016, 12:21 PM   #16
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1. tires replaced
2. lug nuts replaced
3. need new converter for AGM batteries- Which converter?
I chose the 55 amp converter replacement kit, $213 at

http://www.bestconverter.com/55-Amp-...l#.VuwyW-IrJhE

(Recommended by Randy, the main man at Best Converter.)

The installation is supposed to take 30 minutes, but I took significantly longer (even tho I have decades of electronics experience). For the installation process, see:

http://www.bestconverter.com/Magnete...II_ep_8-1.html

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An 8 point socket helps a lot, but I agree the lug nuts are cheesy. The other four things you listed however were things you upgraded by choice and weren't necessary to use the trailer.
While I acknowledge that I chose to upgrade & that the trailer worked without any of the upgrades, I respectfully suggest that the inherent quality of the items that I chose to upgrade etc. were, in my opinion, below the quality of usual AS components & should not have been included in a 28 ft trailer with a MSRP of approximately $90,000. Furthermore, there is overwhelming evidence presented in posts in this Forum that both the Marathon tires and flooded batteries are problematic & less than ideal, and that if AGM batteries are installed, a three-stage charger is needed. For $90,000, I would have expected the manufacturer to have ironed out & omitted components known to be problems. My false assumption!

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Try reinstalling the cap, maybe put it in the socket first. then try again to remove. Solid lug nuts exist. Sorry don't have my part number right now but they exist.
The cap itself is split entirely down its side, so in my hands, at least, none of my sockets work with it.

Several of you suggest one-piece, triple-chromed, solid lug nuts, for example, by McGard. Thank you for your suggestions. I agree. So far, I've found AccuWheel LNA-12000C6 Chrome Bulge Acorn Wheel Lug Nuts (1/2"-20 Thread Size) 1.4" Tall - Pack of 24 Lugnuts for $20 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A295M0YSJKHL0M

They've gotten five stars, & I'm inclined to give them a try.

Gentlemen & ladies, thank you for your generous & helpful comments & suggestions. This Forum has been a Godsend for me; thank you all.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:39 PM   #17
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Not to down play the problems, but our Newmar Luxury 38' Coach came with two piece lug nuts as well and lets just day it cost considerably more than any AS.

Our 2015 FC with factory installed Sendel Wheels and Michelin LT tires has one piece chrome lug nuts on the wheels?
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:14 PM   #18
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The Gorrila nuts use a special spline socket. That is either a terrific idea or a terrible one depending on your perspective. I kind of like it. You may not. Can't go wrong on the McGards. We are happy with the Gorrilas and they were in stock and not so expensive.

A fibreglass hole in the water requires you add a long line and a hunk of metal for brakes, a horn and signal flares to warn others you are around, a long stick to push away or grab a parking spot, rubber balloons to defend from parking dings, a radio, a GPS, and a whole slew of other gear so you can use it with any enjoyment .... including better batteries, a multistage charger, and solar panels. Lots of hobbies cost money and the price is the same. All you can afford. Think of the money you are saving with AS.....no anchor required. Pat
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:16 PM   #19
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Not to down play the problems, but our Newmar Luxury 38' Coach came with two piece lug nuts as well and lets just day it cost considerably more than any AS.

Our 2015 FC with factory installed Sendel Wheels and Michelin LT tires has one piece chrome lug nuts on the wheels?

Your trailer had the upgrade from the factory.
Many of us did the upgrade later.


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Old 03-18-2016, 01:29 PM   #20
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Moosetags, thanks for the information on the lug nuts. I found the best online price for the McGard 64010 lug nuts at Summit Racing who sells them for $8.97 for a package of 4 lug nuts. I ordered 6 packages (24 lug nuts) and the shipping to NJ was $9.95.
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Old 03-18-2016, 01:59 PM   #21
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I went the $19.95 route for 24 lug nuts from Amazon-
No rust so far-


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While I acknowledge that I chose to upgrade & that the trailer worked without any of the upgrades, I respectfully suggest that the inherent quality of the items that I chose to upgrade etc. were, in my opinion, below the quality of usual AS components & should not have been included in a 28 ft trailer with a MSRP of approximately $90,000. Furthermore, there is overwhelming evidence presented in posts in this Forum that both the Marathon tires and flooded batteries are problematic & less than ideal, and that if AGM batteries are installed, a three-stage charger is needed. For $90,000, I would have expected the manufacturer to have ironed out & omitted components known to be problems. My false assumption!
We just have different perspectives. I've made upgrades to my AS too, but I'd bet the overwhelming majority of AS owners are happy with the way the are equipped from the factory and never see the need to change a thing. Airforums is a microcosm of the AS world, where you're more likely to encounter folks who tweak and upgrade. But even out of these, most probably don't.
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I went the $19.95 route for 24 lug nuts from Amazon-
No rust so far-


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I feel the op's pain.
This just happened to me today!!
I got Centramatics last fall and went to put them on. Note that my trailer is 2004 and I bought it used and I had a tire shop change the tires to LT tires last fall.
So I got out my trusty tool box and started to loosen the nuts. They felt strange in the socket. The "corners" are slightly rounded. I too discovered this is due to the chrome cover over the actual nut. A 3/4 socket was a little tight so I ended up using a 19 millimeter. It worked ok, until I got to one lug at 13/16. Then another lug a little smaller that I totally mangled. After much struggling, I finally got them all off and ruined 2 of them. I had to hammer a 12 point socket onto the nut to get it to grab.
I am taking a 2500 mile trip and leaving on Sunday. Luckily a tire store had 24 new ones in stock that actually have sharp edges and fit the socket. I'm 80 dollars poorer, but know that I can get them off much easier if the need arises.
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:17 PM   #25
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I partially stripped the outside of one of my AS lug nuts using a 12 point socket. I now use a 6 point socket for a really secure fit. I dont know if a 6 point socket (vs 12) would reduce the likelihood of the stock AS lug nuts from breaking, but thought I would toss the idea out there.
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The original lug nuts' chrome covers distort and crack even with the correct size 6 point socket.


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I am sure that I got hosed spending almost $80.00, but the luxury of shipping time was not an option for me at this time.
Ps. Amazon Prime is great for those of us who live in the boonies.
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