Originally Posted by GinaNBob
In preparation for an upcoming trip, I checked my lug nut torque today. I found that some of the lug nuts, which are a two-piece construction, had the outer jacket spin on the interior nut, making the nut too large for the socket. This made it damn near impossible to remove or tighten. I had to drive a 12 point socket onto the nut in order to remove the offending nuts. Fortunately I was able to find one-piece lug nuts at the local Napa store. They only had 20 on hand, but will have the other 4 in in the morning. Just wanted to see if this is a common problem or another one of those "No, Bob, just you" moments. Seems a shame AS would not opt for a quality part in such a critical location.
So sorry for your experience. We had the exact same experience with the poorly designed OEM lugs. I stripped 3 and just couldn't get them off! Finally took the coach to our local Discount Tire and they helped no charge. I did an autopsy on one of the stripped lugs and couldn't believe the shoddy two-part construction.
Replaced them all with Gorilla Automotive 41187HTB Heat Treated Acorn Bulge Lug Nuts (1/2" Thread Size). Torqued each down to specifications. Also added a lock lug to each tire.
Hang in there, it gets better as you make your new Pendleton home.