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Posted: 07/30/13 03:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 07/30/13 04:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I do have to change one I use a std. 1/2 breaker bar and a 2 1/2 foot piece of pipe that slips over the handle on the bar. Not a lot of work that way.


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I don't even have a motorhome; just a small 5th wheel and there is no way I will be changing a tire on the road. I'll just have to call for road service or wait for cops. I tried to take a wheel off recently and couldn't budge even 1 of the lug nuts.


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Jayco-noslide wrote:

no way I will be changing a tire on the road..
Unless you can get off the highway it's pretty dangerous.

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Posted: 07/30/13 07:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The lug nuts on my motor home are torqued to 435 ft lbs. I could hop up and down on a breaker bar all day long and would not have much success, not to mention, what kind of jack would I use to raise the rear on a 54,000lb motor home. I call road service.


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Posted: 07/30/13 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I hope we never need to change a tire.
If we do, I hope somebody will come to help.
If they do, I hope they have a tire and all needed tools.
If they don't, I hope I do.


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Beverley&Ken wrote:

Good Sam ERS or Coachnet, their service providers will have all the necessary tools.
But to answer your question, go to Harbor Freight or other and buy the biggest 'breaker bar' 1/2" drive and get a 7/8" socket....Beverley & Ken
Or while at Harbor Freight, buy an electric impact wrench Click Here and a socket to fit your lug nuts. Works great if you have a generator. Many Class C motorhomes should be torqued at around 140 ft lbs. This electric does 230 ft lbs so do not twist off the studs after putting on the spare.


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I would have some one change it but being in the west and we love to travel the back country we often have no phone service can not raise any one on the CB. Nearest house or town may be 30-50 miles. And another car going by may not happen for a day or two. So I do carry the needed tools and have changed tires on my truck, TT's and cars over the years but only when it was the only way to move on. So I do carry the tools needed in my MH but really hope I never need them..

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Gene, I have an HF electric impact too. Only used it a few times, and never on RV wheels, but it's been OK. I'm also sure the much more expensive deWalt is much better. It'll spin a CV axle nut right off.

But I carry a NAPA Four-Way meant for trucks and verified I can work all our lug nuts with it.

Several TRAILER owners have weighed in here (and Welcome!) so I want to add that Trailers, ESPECIALLY TANDEMS, now have Right-Hand-Threaded lug nuts on both sides. Normal operation tends to Tighten the Right and LOOSEN THE LEFT.

The warnings to Check Lug Nut Torque periodically are valid. Be sure to pay special attention to the LEFT.

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I carry a 1/2 inch drive breaker bar that is 36 inches long in my Class A gasser. I have removed and replaced tires in the driveway with no issues. I also carry a spare rim with tire (19.5 size) and a 20 ton bottle jack.

If I can find a safe place I can do it. If not would use my insurance ERS.


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