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Old 10-25-2005, 01:57 PM   #1
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hey everybody,please check you lugnuts...i lost my rear wheel on us 101 last night, and am camped out in the ford dealership in newport or. i was very lucky that i managed to not hit anything....ill probabaly get hit with a $1000 repair job, but im camping for free in the carlot....
PLEASE EVERYBODY...CHECK YOUR LUGNUTS!!!!!!
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:16 PM   #2
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Ouch...sorry...thanks for the reminder...

Sorry to hear that happened. Glad nobody was hurt.
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Old 10-25-2005, 02:30 PM   #3
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I torque mine before every trip! Make it a habit.
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Old 10-25-2005, 03:37 PM   #4
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Glad you're OK - extra rations for you tonight!

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Old 10-25-2005, 03:39 PM   #5
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Steve... sorry to hear about your misfortune. Hope it turns out ok!

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Old 10-25-2005, 03:49 PM   #6
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There has been a lot of discussion regarding torqueing lug nuts but no one has suggested how much torque. Anyone know how many foot pounds one should torque on lug nuts? I have a torque wrench and dying to use it if I knew how much.
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:00 PM   #7
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I use to think I was just being excessive compulsive by bringing my torque wrench with me and torquing the lugs on the tow vehicle and Airstream after reaching the destination......now I'm not so sure I was being excessive compulsive.

Glad yer OK Steve. Did you have any tires put on the van or did anyone take off the tires while doing service on your van? Did you have the tires rotated recently? They should have warned you to check the lug torque if they did.
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:25 PM   #8
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As a new owner of a virgin Safari 25 with an “Owners Manual,” I read that aluminum wheels should be torqued to 110-120 ft.lbs. The steel wheels should be torqued to 95 ft. lbs., and my tires filled to 65 psi. I should stick a label with those details above each wheelwell. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:12 PM   #9
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JStanlely,

Congratulations on your new Safari. I guess since I have a 2005 I'll be hanging around with the vintage guys now.

I took a permanent marker and wrote tire pressures and torque, plus tank capacities, on the inside of the door to the curside storage.
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Old 10-26-2005, 02:32 PM   #10
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I use to think I was just being excessive compulsive by bringing my torque wrench with me and torquing the lugs on the tow vehicle and Airstream after reaching the destination......now I'm not so sure I was being excessive compulsive.

Glad yer OK Steve. Did you have any tires put on the van or did anyone take off the tires while doing service on your van? Did you have the tires rotated recently? They should have warned you to check the lug torque if they did.
i changed a flat over a week ago...and i have a big honkin lug wrench from fleet farm...I-5 out of seattle is total SH*t....i am trying to look on the bright side of things, but am afraid ill be mr. mope and not very good company at the rally this weekend...
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Old 10-26-2005, 06:53 PM   #11
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Hmmm....

I'm glad to hear you are all okay, and the runaway tire didn't attack anyone while it was on it's own little trip.
Just a reminder, if you remove and replace a tire and wheel from your coach, after you torque your lug nuts and drive away, make sure you stop after about 10 miles, and re-check the lugs. You will almost always find at least one or two that are not tight enough, sometimes, like Norby, all of them will be loose. Umm, the lug nuts will be loose like Norby's lug nuts, I am not trying to imply that Steve is loose in any way...
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:01 PM   #12
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norby,

did you lose the tire off the trailer or off the van?

sucks either way.

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As a new owner of a virgin Safari 25 with an “Owners Manual,” I read that aluminum wheels should be torqued to 110-120 ft.lbs. The steel wheels should be torqued to 95 ft. lbs., and my tires filled to 65 psi. I should stick a label with those details above each wheelwell. Hope this helps.
I'd have to check on that, but 110 to 120 seems a bit high, but then again you have a 2006, my manual is a 2004. I seem to recall around the 60ft/lb range, but cannot confim as my manual is in the Safari in storage across town.

And HD, my take is that it was on the van, not the Excella.
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Norby...

We're leaving Seattle tomorrow for the rally... need anything we can bring? I do have two 245/75/16's mounted on steelies - would that help? They're brand new (never used) Goodyear workhorse Radials - cheap!

I can also offer a ride with the family to the rally - I can drop off the trailer and get you and your trailer to Beverly Beach if needed too (I have a 1 ton Dodge Van B350) Really - no problem! I'll PM my phone numbers...
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