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Old 10-14-2019, 06:37 PM   #1
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Need advice on missing lug nut covers & hub cover

I just discovered I have lost all polished lug nut covers and the hub cover on my rear driver side wheels and need advice figuring out what happened and what to do about it.

I was getting a dump + water at Las Vegas Bay Campground when a guy driving though the campground came up to me with a lug nut he had just found that, upon checking, turned out to belong to a rear wheel on my coach.

Upon checking further, I discovered that all the lug nut covers and the hub cover on the rear driver's side were gone but, while the hub cover on the passenger side was loose, only the recovered lug nut was missing.

I screwed the lug nut back on but, as I tightened it with a lug wrench the metal lug nut cover popped off.

I don't know if this was a theft or the result of ineptness in replacing exterior rear tires this summer and need your thoughts.

Earlier this year I had two rear tires on my Class A coach replaced at a reputable Las Cruces Michelin dealer and large truck service center. The only irritation was the later appearance of grease around the hubs slung by centrifugal force but I figured he was just overzealous with lubricant.

Again, this is a reputable truck center. The lug nut on the passenger side being loose enough to fall off suggest maybe someone might have been interrupted in a theft. The fact that tightening the newly found lug nut caused the lug nut cover to pop off suggests either the lug nut covers, which held the hub cover on might either have all been faulty or the service guy might have over tightened the lug nuts with an impact wrench.

The lug wrench provided with my Bounder was sized to fit over the lug nut covers and too large to fit the lug nuts without covers. What does it mean that, in tightening the lug nut with cover the cover popped off?

Would it be fair to the dealer to suggest his service guy was at fault?
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Most of those stainless steel or chrome covers just push on over the real lug beneath it or at least that's the way it's been on my three DP's.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:49 PM   #3
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The chrome lug nut covers need to be removed whenever installing or removing lug nuts. Attempting to install the lug nut with the cover on will loosen the cover and they WILL fall off. Get a new lug wrench.
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I have a 2014 Bounder 33c on the F53 chassis. I have 22.5" wheels. On the wheels are wheel covers held on by two nuts that are under two of the lug nut covers. Those two nuts and their covers are removed by the special lug nut wrench that comes with the coach. Those nuts that hold the covers on should only be tightened with the special wrench, not an impact wrench. So far as the real lug nuts that hold your wheels on and are under the pretty shiny covers, on my coach with the 22.5" wheels torque at 450 lbs. That takes an impact wrench or compounding torque wrench. Units with the 19" wheels torque at a much lower amount.

All that said and done, after replacing tires, you should drive 50 - 100 miles and then have your lug nuts retorqued. That is a safety thing.
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