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Old 02-03-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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Lost wheel and rim - may need new axle. Help sourcing Please.

On I-10, trailer swerved. Stopped and found our brand new SenDel wheel gone. New lug nuts appear to be sheared off. Luckily were able to limp half mile to Flying J in El Paso on 3 wheels. They are being helpful and think we may need a new axle. If so, any chance we will find a suitable one locally? There is a Camping World here. For our 2004 Classic, how do we find out what axle we need. Check the book? Call Airstream? I will search the forum too but thought someone out there might have advice. When our adventure is over, I will get my husband to post about the necessity of checking lug nuts frequently.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:02 AM   #2
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Oops..should have posted this in the axle section...feel free to move it.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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Lug nuts attach to posts on the drum which can be replaced separately of the axle.

I believe the axles are made by Dexter and may take 6 to 8 weeks to get one shipped to the location. The last person I know who needed a new axle got one built by a local axle shop.
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I'm so sorry that happened to you! We got our new axles from Colin Hyde and had a great experience.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:11 AM   #5
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Get an expert opinion. Camping World or Flying J is not a place I would look. Call Airstream, Inland RV,(Andy) etc. Once you get their input you can probably get one on that area. An axel can also be ordered and installed by good trailer shops...ie., horse trailer dealers in that part of Texas. Much cheaper than RV dealership, for the most part, and usually a full service. Th
ey deal in 75,000$ trailers everyday. Don't discount suitable replacement axles. They come with complete assemblies...axle, brakes and hubs. Southwest Axle and Redneck RV Supply. Overnight from Dallas.

Then....you can travel some distance on three tire/wheels/. Just monitor your conditions.
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You should be able to remove the drum. Drive out the broken studs, drive in new studs, install new wheel and new lug nuts and be on your way. If the stud holes are damaged, you may have to replace the drum, which will come with new studs.
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Too much torque?
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Too much? Or too little? Had them installed at local tire shop in Austin. Told them to use 125 torque. But never checked it and didn't check it after a day on the road. Lets just say there was operator error in failing to check.
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The suggestion is after every lug nut removal is to check torque at 10, 20 and 50 miles and then daily.
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From our 2004 classic manual:

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WARNING: It is also important to periodically check on the tightness of lug nuts. On
aluminum wheels they should he tightened to a torque of 85 ft. pounds. Steel wheels should be torque
to 95 Ft. Lbs. Care should he taken at all times when handling the wheel because of possible damage
to its appearance.
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125# of torque sounds like too much.
80-90# sounds more in the ball park for torque.
Are the holes in the rim best up? Are the rims steel?
If aluminum. Are you using the correct lug nuts?
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125# of torque sounds like too much.
80-90# sounds more in the ball park for torque.
Are the holes in the rim best up? Are the rims steel?
If aluminum. Are you using the correct lug nuts?
I pull campers out of Elkhart IN. When we pick up a new camper we have to torque lug nut and they use sendel wheels which we are required to torque to 120#. We have to torque when we pick up, 25 miles and at 50 miles and their are usually a few of the lug nut that have loosened up. If we don't torque and something happens we are liable for damages. 125# is right on the money
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Check torque values
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The thread is in the correct forum as the issue pertains to the lug studs and nuts which are part of the hubs.

What is the torque on the lug nuts for the other wheels? This may answer the question as to what the torque was on the lug nuts for the broken lug studs.

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