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Old 08-08-2018, 07:16 PM   #1
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"Simulator" nuts on the hubcaps.

I have been driving my first motorhome, a 35' Bounder Classic, for a little over 2 years now (over 17k miles driven). Before we left on our first trip of the year in May, I had a local tire place rotate the tires. Well, about halfway through the trip, someone at an RV park pointed out that my rear axle, on the driver's side, was making a rattling noise.


Upon checking, I realized that a couple of the nuts on the hubcap were loose and the hubcap was rattling as a result. Unfortunately, I didn't have any wrench big enough to tighten them. I used some vise grips to tighten them past finger tightening. I checked them frequently, and had to keep tightening them. Finally, on the last day of the trip, I lost one of the nuts.


I ordered a couple of new ones from Fleetwood parts ($25 each). When they came, I had a heck of a time finding a socket big enough to fit them (it turned out to be a little over 1 and a half inches - I had to buy a new socket wrench to fit the new socket, plus an extension). So I tightened a new nut and the old one using my new tools. I then figured I'd tighten the rest of them. Bad move.


I finally realized that the two loose nuts were the only real operative nuts, and the rest are simply decoration. Indeed, the local service guy told me those decorative nuts are called "simulators".


I now have to order new simulators since it looks like some kind of retaining mechanism in the old ones got lost when they were removed. Is there anyone on here who was dumb like me and took a few off (four) before he/she finally realized they had nothing to do with holding the hubcap on? Perhaps more importantly, are replacement 'simulators" easy to put on? Assuming so, how do you do it?


Thanks for any help you can give me.
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This link may help you. Dicor makes most of the "simulators".You should have a couple of tools in your coach. One looks like a big old stamped plug wrench the outher is a odd looking stamped metal pliers (they have a plastic protective coating to protect the nut covers) these are to remove the covers (the removable ones have a dimple on 2 sides) the socket is to remove the flat nut that actually holds the simulators on under the covers.
https://dicorproducts.com/
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Thanks for that link Bill. I have needed some simulator parts for a while but couldn't find the info I needed. After trying regular truck nut covers and finding they don't fit...this link was helpful.
I was not, however, pleased to find that the nut covers I need are $10ea! Wow.
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This link may help you. Dicor makes most of the "simulators".You should have a couple of tools in your coach. One looks like a big old stamped plug wrench the outher is a odd looking stamped metal pliers (they have a plastic protective coating to protect the nut covers) these are to remove the covers (the removable ones have a dimple on 2 sides) the socket is to remove the flat nut that actually holds the simulators on under the covers.
https://dicorproducts.com/
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Do you by chance have a link? I followed your link and searched their website but couldn't find anything
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Do you by chance have a link? I followed your link and searched their website but couldn't find anything
Go to the website and follow the Wheel Parts Finder. You can call them and ask.
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