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Old 02-01-2007, 02:42 AM   #1
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We received the new parts for the Glide Ride pin box yesterday. Looks like an easy install, however you will need a torque wrench. If you don't have one, you should consider biting the bullet because you should be using one to torque check your Lug nuts periodically anyway.
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We received the new parts for the Glide Ride pin box yesterday. Looks like an easy install, however you will need a torque wrench. If you don't have one, you should consider biting the bullet because you should be using one to torque check your Lug nuts periodically anyway.
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speaking of lug nuts...what size are they..need to make sure I own a socket that fits!Thanks
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Jay,

I can't remember, but I will check it tonight and let you know tomorrow. If anybody else knows they may beat me to it.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:00 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by litespeed:
speaking of lug nuts...what size are they..need to make sure I own a socket that fits!Thanks </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The socket for the lugnuts is a 7/8 (same as your truck lugs). I use a six point deep socket for mine.

I know this is common sense...but remember to install the new pin assys. in the Glide Ride, ONE SIDE AT A TIME! Much easier that way. Torque on the pins is 85 lbs.

Torque on the trailer (aluminum wheels) is 90 lbs. I checked the torque every run when the unit was new and found some lugs loosening a little bit. Seemed like it settled down after about 1000 miles. I check them just every so often now.
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How tough a job is it to adjust the pin box as needed to get the proper towing height with a hitch ? Mine is in the lowest set of holes with two more sets above it but the whole unit looks very heavy to try and change out. Is it something that two people can handle ? Any special equipment needed ?
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Two can easily lift it, in fact, one can manage it. You will need to find out from PI or Demco what the torque value is of the attaching bolts. I would also recommend you periodically torque check those bolts. I have checked mine and never found them loose, but others on other brands have reported finding them lose. I'll try to find out what the torque value is and I'll let you know. On the other hand, somebody at PI will probably read this and tell us.
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:52 AM   #8
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If the attachment bolts are .500" grade 8 as I think they are, then the torque value should be 115 foot pounds.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lindaxtwo:
How tough a job is it to adjust the pin box as needed to get the proper towing height with a hitch ? Mine is in the lowest set of holes with two more sets above it but the whole unit looks very heavy to try and change out. Is it something that two people can handle ? Any special equipment needed ? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually one person can do it. I installed my Demco by myself at a RV Park. I backed the pickup with the tailgate down just over the pinbox. I lowered the trailer to have the pinbox pin rest on the tailgate. Took out bolts and nuts. Lifted the trailer up a little at a time while shaking and working the old pinbox out. Install the new pinbox in reverse order. Easy. The same can be done when changing height on the pinbox. Sure beats trying to manhandle the pinbox with your back! Tom
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Highgturn:
If the attachment bolts are .500" grade 8 as I think they are, then the torque value should be 115 foot pounds. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


As it turns out, they are actually grade 5 .500" which should be 80'lbs, but depending on which chart you use this will vary a little bit. There is also a variance depending on how many threads there are per inch, i.e. 13 or 18. 13 should be 75'lbs, 18 should be 85'lbs.
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Y'all might be interested in this Demco recall:

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<LI>Demco Bulletin - Page 1

<LI>Demco Bulletin - Page 2

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Richard,

It was the receipt of the parts to accomplish this recall that started this thread, but thanks for the links, others might find it useful.
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The Glide Ride was an outstanding pin box. I switched to the TrailAir to provide additional shock absorbing due to my heavy TV suspension.
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Ordered a Excel with the Demco hitch. Do most of you that have one like it? What kind of a different ride or feel can I expect. Have not personally talked to anyone that has one.
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