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Old 05-09-2018, 07:16 PM   #1
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Wheel removal?

Hey everybody, we just bought a Class A, 2016 Vista LX, 27N. Being a DIY guy, I am putting together tools, and since ours came with a spare, I figured I would get a big cheater bar and a deep socket to fit the lug nuts.

So, I pulled out the little tool to remove the lug nut covers and as I got down to apply said tool, thought that the covers are part of a trim ring.

Am I right in assuming this? If so, does it just pop off like the old trim rings they used to put cars?

This is our first motorhome, so I am sure a ton of questions will follow. Thanks.
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There are many styles of wheel covers. Mine are held on by 2 half lugnuts that tighten over the wheel cover. Then two lugnut covers snap over the half nuts. The other 8 lugnuts are hidden inside lugnut covers that are part of the wheel cover. Other styles have different types of attachment strategies.

You might check with the RV manufacturer to find out the brand of wheel covers you have. You could take a clear photo of the wheel and do a Google Image search to see if you can figure it out that way.

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My coach came with a tool to remove the covers. Looks like a socket with a small breaker bar attached. Three of the lugs on the cover are removable with the wrench. These lugs look like the others but have detents on the lugs to let you know which are removable. If you try to remove the wrong ones they will just spin.
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My Vista came with the tool also. Two of the lug nuts covers unscrew so you can remove the cap. Look closely at the base of the lug covers and you'll see two that look different. They will be opposite each other. I have 22.5 inch wheels so mine might be different.
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Another thing I purchased ( instead of the cheater bar) was a Torque Converter to remove the lug nuts. Makes removing the lug nuts a piece of cake. Bought it off Amazon
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I carry a four foot piece of pipe that fits over the tool that came with the coach.

Oddly, the coach came with the tool but no spare, I purchased one from craigslist.
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Thanks for the help folks, got the wheel trim off and figured out what size the lugnuts are. 21mm if anyone is curious.

Previous owner put a spare in the rear storage, just need a jack, large breaker bar and extension. If I have everything, I wont need it. Seems that how it works.
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I carry a four foot piece of pipe that fits over the tool that came with the coach.

Oddly, the coach came with the tool but no spare, I purchased one from craigslist.
Nothing odd about no spare, most Type A's don't come with one.
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To remove the lug nut cover I purchased a socket to fit the two dimpled nuts. The wrench that Winnebago provides looked flimsy.

When I took my rig in for new tires they used my hydraulic Jack's to lift the rig.

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You can also find the real nuts by tapping on them. The real ones sound solid. The fake ones sound empty. As stated, the two real ones also have a dimple on them.
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When I took my rig in for new tires they used my hydraulic Jack's to lift the rig.

Safe travels.

Be careful about doing that. Yeah, you're saving time, but you can hyper-extend your air bags and that could potentially shorten their life time. Any good tire shop will have the appropriate jack to lift your rig.
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Be careful about doing that. Yeah, you're saving time, but you can hyper-extend your air bags and that could potentially shorten their life time. Any good tire shop will have the appropriate jack to lift your rig.
For me, gas rig that doesn't have air bags.
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For me, gas rig that doesn't have air bags.

Yeah, that could make a difference. The other thing I neglected to mention is that with or without airbags, you can still put landing pads under the jacks to get the wheels off the ground without straining anything. Have done that myself numerous times...successfully.


The big issue is that no more than one rear wheel off the ground at a time and never the fronts at the same time as a rear, and finally, always chock the wheels.


Sorry if any lurkers were mislead.
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Another thing I purchased ( instead of the cheater bar) was a Torque Converter to remove the lug nuts. Makes removing the lug nuts a piece of cake. Bought it off Amazon
Could you provide a link? The only Torque Converters I know of are part of the transmission and that is all a Google search returned.
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