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Old 09-16-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Lug Nut covers/Caulking Question

Where is best cheapest place to buy the lug covers for my wheels.
The second question is what type clear silicone does Newmar us?
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Nothing is cheap with these units give this link a try for wheel covers.
Most sealants Newmar uses are not clear silicone because they are hard to manage because of its stickiness.
Heres some tips on resealing your RV.
Here are sealants use for different purposes.
More info on roofs and wheel hub caps.
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I buy spare nut covers from Spartan. They are something like $2.50 each or so. They are plastic and can develope cracks.

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Don't know about cheap, but you can order online from this outfit.
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I see that NAPA has some big truck parts. I was in one of their's yesterday and saw a bin full of lug nut covers. I did not see the price.

Our local Kenworth dealer has bins of nut covers, clearance lights, and other misc truck hardware, but again, i dont know the price.
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Thanks All...I found the Lug covers at local Flying-J's $1.19 ea
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Where is best cheapest place to buy the lug covers for my wheels.
This is one item that is CHEAP, if you go to the right places.

Head to the chrome shop at most large truck stops with your hubcaps in hand. Your hubcaps, front and rear are likely standard sized hubcaps. You won't get the Spartan/Freightliner logo, but who needs that at 5 times the cost? Perhaps not standard are the newer Spartan "locking" ones.

I buy 5-tab chrome baby moons (front) in chromed stainless steel (yes in stainless steel) for about $8 each (cheap instant rusting) regular chrome steel for about $2ea. Gently pry the tabs outward very slightly only as needed so they make a solid seating into the wheel.

The high hats on the rear, both tag and drive run about $25/ea, typically happen to have a very small lip on the edge allowing the lug nut covers to help pinch the high hat down. Here, also gently pry the hub mounted "friction tabs" so you actually make scratches in the inside of the high hat. Note, the "short" high hat on some tags is not a standard cap and but the regular high hats fit and look perfect.

I would not silicon either the front or rears in any way. Frankly, no need.

BTW, the lug nut covers are a whopping 80cents or so each as well. Take them in and compare, or go wild with an all new design lug cover. There are some pretty freaky lug nut covers out there.

BTW - Have never lost one of these replacement caps since doing the "tightening the mounting tabs" when I installed them over 70,000 miles ago (and as needed if removed for wheel service).
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