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Old 09-29-2004, 07:42 PM   #1
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Lug wrench incl. with AS is useless

I made a trip form Oregon to Alaska this summer. It was our first long trip, and turned out to be a great experience.

However, I had a slow leak in on of my AS tires (22' CCD). So, while it was parked, I planned to pull it and take it to a service station. That was when I discovered the lug wrench included with my Airstream was useless. I could not budge the lugs. The tire repair guy laughed when I showed it to him. My normal lug wrench supplied with my truck was the wrong size.

I carry a large torque wrench for adjusting my Equalizer, and I just added a socket to the toolbox for changing tires. So, the problem is solved, but I wondered if all models have the same wrench?

Has anyone else had this issue?

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Old 09-29-2004, 07:55 PM   #2
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My trailer came with NO wrench whatsoever. The dealer "gave" me a rim so I could get a spare tire.
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Old 09-29-2004, 09:30 PM   #3
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You got a lug wrench?

Mine didn't come with one either.

I'm pretty sure I asked about it and was told that the factory didn't supply one.

I got one at Wal-mart when supplying the trailer.

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Old 09-30-2004, 11:10 AM   #4
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Mine didn't come with one either.

I'm pretty sure I asked about it and was told that the factory didn't supply one.

I got one at Wal-mart when supplying the trailer.

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Mine has a factory crank that is made for putting the jacks up and down but it hasn't enough leverage for a lug wrench
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Old 09-30-2004, 12:46 PM   #5
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Lug wrench

Since blowing a tire on my boat trailer in rural Colorado years ago and finding that my Blazer wrench didn't fit, I bought a 4-way lug wrench that has fit every trailerI have owned since.

The 4-way wrench is great for applying enough torque to loosen the Airstream lug nuts torqued to 90 foot pounds. It is much harder to get them free with the common L-shaped wrenches since those wrenches tend to just twist off of the nut under heavy torque. I can put a jack stand under the free end of the 4-way wrench, pull up on one side and shove down on the other and get plenty of leverage.
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Old 09-30-2004, 01:55 PM   #6
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... but I wondered if all models have the same wrench?...
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...I bought a 4-way lug wrench that has fit every trailer I have owned since.
I followed John's lead with the 4-way lug wrench. The only thing to be careful of is that 4-way lug wrenches are now being made in Metric as well as English. Make sure you buy the one that fits your lug nuts.

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Old 09-30-2004, 03:39 PM   #7
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As far as a '03 Bambi and a '04 Safari, it does come with a crank that is for lowering the stabilizer jacks. It also by a coincidence, also fits the lugs on the coach, however, since the lugs are torqued fairly high, it would make sense that you would not be able to budge the very easily and rightly so.

Although I don't always have the right tool for the job, I bring my 1/2 drive torque wrench with my standard on the road tools (sockets, hammer, wrenches, etc). Not only can I get the lugs off, but also I can re-tourqe them to the proper torque setting as well.
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Old 09-30-2004, 03:48 PM   #8
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I also bought the WalMart four-way lug wrench and got a torque wrench on-line AND a long socket that fits the lug nuts when I use the torque wrench BUT the long socket is not exactly long enough to miss the hup cap I have to be veeery careful.

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Old 09-30-2004, 03:54 PM   #9
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Same here, Have 2 trailers plus AS and 4-way fits all.

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Old 09-30-2004, 03:54 PM   #10
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Craftsman sells great tools. They have socket driver extenders, etc that I use and there are no clearance issues.
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:07 PM   #11
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I purchase a 1/2" drive sears click type torque wrench for the trailer. It's in the trailer all the time. That way if I have to change a tire or remove a wheel, I can re torque the lugs after 50 to 100 miles.
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:19 PM   #12
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...That way if I have to change a tire or remove a wheel, I can re torque the lugs after 50 to 100 miles.
Out of curiosity, have you ever had to actually retorque any lugnuts at that time? I understand verifying the torque, but did any nuts actually loosen up?

I personally have never had any trouble with lugnuts loosening up on anything I have owned whether it be a car, truck, or trailer. But in my early days on this forum, I seemed to read many posts reiterating the importance of checking lugnut torque. BTW, I do use a torque wrench.

Ultimately, I am trying to determine if a travel trailer, for some reason, is more prone to have the lugnuts loosen up. Since my tandem axle boat trailer has never had any problems, I am inclined to rule out tandem axles being more prone to loose lugnuts.

Am I overlooking something?

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Out of curiosity, have you ever had to actually retorque any lugnuts at that time? I understand verifying the torque, but did any nuts actually loosen up?
yes, my trailer usually loosens by 10 to 15 foot pounds after a couple of miles.

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My son's small car (steel wheels) had the tires rotated. One week later, after a self-described "shaky" weekend delivering pizzas, one nut was fused to a bent bolt. The work-hardened bolt broke without any effort. They can both share the blame.

The biggest mentioned culprit is supposed to be aluminum wheels. After some tire service a good family friend had an aluminum wheel wobbling before they retightened the nuts. Then they began asking questions. That's almost too late!
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