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Old 07-11-2014, 10:54 PM   #81
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Right now HF has a usuable torque wrench on sale... with a coupon for less than $10 bucks... typically close to $50. Cheap insurance. Make certain you have the correct size socket! I love Harbor Freight for cheap CRAP. Not anything you'd want to use for quality work, but that occassional use... WORKS.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:03 PM   #82
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What size of torque wrench? 1/2 or 3/8?
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:13 PM   #83
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I purchased a 1/2 inch, but it's still about the socket. I'm cheap, it's something I will use "occasionally," not something that I need to torque the nuts because I'm running down the drag strip. YMMV
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:13 PM   #84
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I can't recall my source for the info, but I bought the 1/2 inch torque wrench as advised.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:15 PM   #85
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:41 PM   #86
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This might help when torqueing lug nuts...
Good, but I just follow the formula of starting anywhere, then going to the opposite side (either of the two that are equally opposite in the case of an odd number of nuts), and just not going back to the same one again until they're all done.

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The above is for informational use only every Tug is different and every trailer is a little different based on axels used at the time and wheels etc.
True, but fortunately I believe that Escapes have all had 3500 pound capacity Dexter axles with the most common hub choice, so they all have the same number, type, and size of studs. The models with lower suspension capacity still have 3500 pound hubs.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:50 PM   #87
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What size of torque wrench? 1/2 or 3/8?
1/2"... a typical 3/8" torque wrench is too short, and the 1/2" drive size is better suited to finding 13/16" sockets, but most importantly the maximum torque of a 3/8" drive torque wrench is likely far too low for wheel nuts (typically only 20 lb-ft).
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:19 AM   #88
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Good, but I just follow the formula of starting anywhere, then going to the opposite side (either of the two that are equally opposite in the case of an odd number of nuts), and just not going back to the same one again until they're all done.

True, but fortunately I believe that Escapes have all had 3500 pound capacity Dexter axles with the most common hub choice, so they all have the same number, type, and size of studs. The models with lower suspension capacity still have 3500 pound hubs.
For those of us use to doing it yes no need of a chart for those not use to it visual aides are best. I have taught many young Airman and it always worked better showing and with pictures :}

I have no way of knowing and assuming leads to bad things as we all know:} I am new to RVs but have worked on many mechanical, electronic things that even a few months difference in date of manufacture of the same model hanged the way they were repaired. Suppliers change, manufacturers change materials etc. Hence my statement of do your homework as it applies to the TUG and TRAILER owned.

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Old 07-12-2014, 12:26 PM   #89
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I am new to RVs but have worked on many mechanical, electronic things that even a few months difference in date of manufacture of the same model hanged the way they were repaired. Suppliers change, manufacturers change materials etc.
Absolutely valid!
Fortunately - for this purpose - trailer hardware changes very slowly; there's little if anything in a typical trailer chassis (including an Escape) which wasn't well established in production fifty years ago. That doesn't stop some manufacturers from keeping their customers chasing specs by changing suppliers, but Reace has stayed consistently with Dexter axles... even of the same capacity and so the same model, as far as I know.

It's always good to check.
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Kris, I can't wait to hear how your trip to NY went!
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