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Old 04-07-2015, 07:33 PM   #61
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Page 60 in the Escape Trailer Owner's Manual? What the what?!?

Our vintage 2013 owner's manual -- weighing in at a whopping 22 pages -- states that torque should be "90-120 foot pounds". That's quite a spread. Sounds like ETI's advice has gotten a bit more specific.
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:14 PM   #62
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Don't see the 2014 owners manual in the files directory above, if you want it pm me your email address and I can beam it to you.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:32 PM   #63
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Thanks for the offer. It's on the ETI website.
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Old 03-05-2016, 04:21 PM   #64
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While checking around the forum for some clarification on torque for aluminum wheels (it seems to vary from trailer sticker to manual to verbal orientation instruction) I came across this opinion on loosening your nuts before you re-torque them. A few people objected that this did not make sense, but not really strongly enough. Time for a disclaimer: I'm not a mechanic so my advice is my experienced opinion only. A real licensed mechanic or engineer should weigh in on this. Never loosen your lug nuts before you re-tighten them unless you plan on checking your lug nuts every 60 miles (like every hour during the trip). The only times you should loosen your lug nuts is when you suspect they have been over-torqued or when you are removing the wheel.
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Old 03-05-2016, 04:55 PM   #65
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My experience with 2 trailers, both with aluminum wheels were that the factory wheels could not be made any tighter than what they were from the factory, after 500 to10,000 miles. That said, recent new tire/bearing local service, after 100 miles needed further tightening.
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Most of the torque for tightening a bolt is to overcome the friction between the nut face and the wheel, somewhat less to overcome the friction between the nut and bolt threads, and the smallest amount to stretch the bolt - the total is called the preload on the fastener. Ideally it should stay within the elastic range of the bolt material so the bolt does not permanently stretch, which would eventually lead to bolt failure. I don't see any advantage to loosening the nut prior to re-tightening as it's just relaxing the bolt material and then stretching the same bolt again.

Here's a good chart with how the torque is distributed when tightening:

Methods of Tightening Threaded Fasteners

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My confusion is that if I am to loosen the bolt before torquing, and I am to check it after a 100 miles, do I loosen the bolts and torque, and if I do that every 100 miles, when do I get home?
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My confusion is that if I am to loosen the bolt before torquing, and I am to check it after a 100 miles, do I loosen the bolts and torque, and if I do that every 100 miles, when do I get home?
Can't fault that logic!
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re-torque of trailer wheels/what's the ft.lbs.

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My confusion is that if I am to loosen the bolt before torquing, and I am to check it after a 100 miles, do I loosen the bolts and torque, and if I do that every 100 miles, when do I get home?

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I think this is the point where Alf comes on and says "that now he's really torqued."
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Old 03-05-2016, 08:02 PM   #71
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Per the sticker permanently attached to our 17: 90-95 ft-lbs.

We retorqued at the 1st campsite (<100 miles from ETI).

Retorqued at 2nd campsite (100 more miles of curvy roads).

And then a 3rd time after about 250 miles. Third time was it;
after that: no movement.

Checked recently (2800 miles), no movement.
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:43 AM   #73
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My confusion is that if I am to loosen the bolt before torquing, and I am to check it after a 100 miles, do I loosen the bolts and torque, and if I do that every 100 miles, when do I get home?
Cars don't need this re-torquing, despite the fact that almost all now have alloy wheels, because they are hub-centric. The re-torquing of trailer wheels makes up for the wheels not being properly centred - and thus the nuts not being properly seated - on original installation due to the lack of precision centering by the hub. If you only loosen one nut at a time, the wheel is not going to move, so you're not restarting this ongoing attempt to get the wheel properly centered - I don't see a reason to go through the whole sequence again.
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I've never torqued a lug in my life. After reading this tread, and after a recent trip I'm now all ready to go out and buy a wrench. But, you can smack me with a bag of hammers if I spend the big bucks for something so rarely used.

When contemplating the toilet valve I was going to buy a PEX cutter because I thought that was the way to get the unit out but then I saw it cost $16 for the cutter. *(Read sentence 3 above.) My neighbor had a cutter. Turned out didn't even need it. Just 2 days ago in a Salvation Army store, there was a PEX cutter, $4bucks. Grabbed it because you never know.

Waiting a call back from my neighbor on the torque wrench.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:07 PM   #75
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I've never torqued a lug in my life. After reading this tread, and after a recent trip I'm now all ready to go out and buy a wrench. But, you can smack me with a bag of hammers if I spend the big bucks for something so rarely used.
They're about $21 at Harbor Freight, Myron. I keep ours in the storage box, and check the lugs occasionally.
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They're about $21 at Harbor Freight, Myron. I keep ours in the storage box, and check the lugs occasionally.
Even cheaper on sale or with their always available 20% off coupons
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:44 PM   #77
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They're about $21 at Harbor Freight, Myron. I keep ours in the storage box, and check the lugs occasionally.
Just be careful if you order from Harbor Freight online. I did that to find I inadvertently ordered the 1/4 inch drive one, which is useless
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I got new tires a couple of weeks ago, rather than pull the trailer out to the tire dealer, I took the old tires and rims out there in the Highlander. I brought all 8 back, the old ones will fit my utility trailer too, and put the new ones on the trailer, using just a standard length 1/2 inch drive ratchet, I snugged them down and checked them : 35 ft lbs. Then I got on them pretty good, probably as tight as some people could or physically would before they called it good. 65 ft lbs. Finally, I got serious with the torque wrench and set them to 95 ft lbs. I was a little surprised I did not have them tighter with the ratchet. The longer handle on the torque wrench made achieving the 95 pretty easy. Top rating on this wrench is 150. Than would take a significant pull. Moral of story, you can't be sure or accurate unless you are truly special without a torque wrench. I can see a closest to the number contest with cold drinks as a prize. Probably just a nutty idea.
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