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Old 01-05-2024, 11:06 AM   #1
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I have a 2016 25FB. While having my breaks checked I found the treads for the wheel lug nut were stripped to the point that the wheel was set for come off. How did this happen?
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Old 01-05-2024, 12:54 PM   #2
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The lug nuts probably weren't torqued tight enough and allowed the wheel to move
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Old 01-05-2024, 03:21 PM   #3
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"Having" not you?

"Nut" as in singular?...an over-enthused application of an 'impact' wench, that was noted and corrected for the remaining nuts.
Regardless... whoever last touched them would be the most likely reason they/it stripped

FWIW... one stripped lug would not likely cause separation, now spindle-nut is another story.

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Old 01-06-2024, 07:56 AM   #4
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I have a 2016 25FB. While having my breaks checked I found the treads for the wheel lug nut were stripped to the point that the wheel was set for come off. How did this happen?
Thank you for your responses. The issue was not with the lug nuts holding the wheel, it was with the single nut holding the wheel on the axil. The axil threads are stripped.
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Old 01-06-2024, 11:02 AM   #5
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I have a 2016 25FB. While having my breaks checked I found the treads for the wheel lug nut were stripped to the point that the wheel was set for come off. How did this happen?
Someone did not torque the nuts
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Old 01-06-2024, 11:30 AM   #6
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Thank you for your responses. The issue was not with the lug nuts holding the wheel, it was with the single nut holding the wheel on the axil. The axil threads are stripped.
The large nut that holds the bearing/brake drum or rotor to the spindle? The castellated nut that has slots for a cotter pin? Wow! That's a big fine threaded nut that is easily put on by hand, and tightened with a wrench (depending on who you talk to where it is snug, backed off a bit and a cotter pin inserted to hold it in place, or some specified torque and then the cotter pin inserted). (I've always done the former and never had an issue).

How did it happen? My guess it was the previous owner, a shop, or perhaps Dexter. Someone put a pneumatic impact wrench to it and cross threaded it. No telling at this point. I wouldn't know how to fix that one. A call to Dexter might tell you if the spindle can be replaced. I've found Dexter to be very helpful. They'll want your Airstream serial number to look up the axle build sheet.
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Old 01-07-2024, 05:50 AM   #7
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Post an up close picture of the threads on the spindle.

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It is the spindle thread. Don't know how to post a photo.
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Old 01-10-2024, 08:28 AM   #9
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Unfortunately, there is no way to know what actually caused the issue.

I'd contact Dexter and see if the current axle is able to be fixed. My guess is that between parts and labor, it would be cheaper/easier to replace the whole axle, including new brakes.

Another option would be to seek out a local trailer maintenance/repair facility that deals with Dexter axles. There is nothing special about the axles that require any specific AS knowledge.
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Old 01-10-2024, 04:47 PM   #10
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Are you sure about stripped threads?
Please clean and send us a picture!
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I think that spindle nut is specified for 150 lbs. Anybody know for sure?
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The spindle nut on tapered roller bearings (non-drive axle) final torque would be inch pounds not foot pounds. A foot pound torque may be used for initial tightening to seat the bearings. Then back off a set amount. !/4 to 1/2 turn with a final torque in the 15 to 30 inch pound range. Consult manual for exact sequence.

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That lubrication system has to be removed to expose the spindle nut.

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That lubrication system has to be removed to expose the spindle nut.

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That is not a lubrication system. If you read it it says "Nev-R-Lube", translation: sealed bearings only lubed during manufacturing process, never lubed by a shop or customer.
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That is the lubrication system.
Lubed for as long as it is sealed.

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What we got on our trailer.
The picture shows the spindle nut for Nev-r-lube bearings
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That is the lubrication system.
Lubed for as long as it is sealed.

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Maybe, if you really want to put it that way. Still it is the bearing being held on by the visible spindle nut that has the writing on it.
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I repacked my wheels bearings on my Sport and they weren't the "never lube" style. They have a dust cap that covers the greasy bearing and have a retainer that holds the nut from backing off. You certainly don't tighten these down to ~150 ft-lbs like what is noted on the 'Never lube" style. I snugged up the nut after repacking it with grease and then backed it off about 1/8 of a turn. If I were to guess, the torque on the nut would be about 10 ft-lbs.
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