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Old 03-19-2016, 08:36 AM   #29
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As far as he OPs early purchases go it is their new trailer to spend money on as they please. Spend it now or spend it later, what does it matter. I upgraded the converter, batteries and lug nuts on mine and have no regrets. Of course my trailer was 8 years old when I got it and normal W/T was starting to show up.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:10 AM   #30
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The forum reading before I took delivery of the first Airstream gave me a shopping list of parts and things I needed to do as soon as I got it home.

Fortunately, the first flat in my Airstream towing experience was not an Airstream tire but the right rear tire on the Mercedes 40 miles into the return trip which became a six hour fire drill. The donut spare had to go on the right front so the right front could go on the right rear to carry the load. Trying to get disconnected the first time with a flat, the AAA road service guy and i managed to bend the jack stand so it would not fully retract. After getting the spare on and reattached to the trailer with five inches clearance under the jack stand, the trailer was towed to a more secure area in front of that guy's home. An 80 mile round trip back into Los Angles to the nearest CostCo got the tire fixed and a rewind of the musical tire game.

I then drove back and re-hitched in the dark by myself for my third time working with the Hensley. I pulled into Apache Junction,AZ as the sun was about to come up.

I replaced the "el cheapo" factory lug nuts on all three of our Airstream trailers when I was switching to Michelin tires:

McGard 24138 Chrome Cone Seat Wheel Locks and McGard 64010 Chrome Bulge Cone Seat Style Lug Nuts from Amazon. Got spare "keys" directly from McGard.
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:16 AM   #31
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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.
It does reduce the chances of damaging the covers. You still need to carefully put on the socket and make sure it's properly seated before applying torque.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:21 PM   #32
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Chrome covered nuts are on many expensive trucks also....I've replaced them on trailer and truck.....such is life in the competitive world of today's manufacturing. I use a spinner wrench that has the available sizes to match both capped and bare lugs, so it isn't like there is no possible solution to a bare nut. When you replace them get a quality replacement. A set of six should run 12 -15 dollars. Everything else you note is a choice or result of aging. I have run Marathons for well over six years and had to replace because the side walls were cracking. I replaced with Marathons and never regretted the decision. My current unit has Chinese knock offs. I watch them closely but I have no worries about their utility. Life Happens!
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:58 AM   #33
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Hi, and my much less expensive trailer still works great with eleven years of use and a minimum of 50,000 miles. I still use group 24 flooded cell batteries, the original converter, ST tires, and the original lug nuts.


As Bob Cross says: If it isn't broken, fix it until it is.
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:51 AM   #34
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My original tires were broken...


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Old 03-20-2016, 07:22 AM   #35
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Your trailer had the upgrade from the factory.
Many of us did the upgrade later.


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I realize that, we upgraded both a 25' as well as a 30', bought the wheels and lugs from a place in Chicago and the tires purchased and mounted locally. My point was the factory uses one piece lug nuts on factory installed 16" wheels and tires.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:34 AM   #36
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Yes, Sir.
If the factory does the upgrade on some, why not on all?
Why not multi-stage converter/charger and AGM- or lithium- batteries?
What not at least a small solar array to keep house batteries charged while parked?
I guess it's like Harley's.
The bike is just the beginning of chrome, bling, and upgrades which might eventually equal the same or more than you paid for the bike in the first place...


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Yes we are having fun with all these new experience in AS life.
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:27 AM   #38
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Reminds me of CrackerJacks, a surprise in every box or a surprise an what needs to be replaced today?
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:08 PM   #39
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Hi, this reminds me of a recent article about Starbucks shorting customers by up to 25% of their drink because the price of milk went up. This made Starbucks millions of free money.
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Used to think folks hooked on Starbucks were crazy. Then ..... well we make it at home and only buy the makins on sale. And it is only black coffee, mostly. Pat
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After a lot of experimentation, I've found that the inner, steel lug nut is easily removed with a 18 mm, 6-point socket. (The two-piece, capped nut is removed with a 3/4 inch socket.)
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I had the same problem on my 2014 FC25. The mechanics in Jackson Center advised using a 3/4' six-point socket on the bare nut. It worked well enough. I replaced all the nuts with McGard 64010 nuts. Try Amazon.

I certainly agree with you about the poor quality of some of the stuff Airstream supplies.
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