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Old 09-13-2017, 05:02 AM   #15
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Make four lists:
1. What you want to do.
2. What YOU can do.
3. What needs to be done.
4. List the things you have completed.

You will be amazed at how much you actually do and how long the completion list becomes.
Great way to plan your renovation steps and also to document your "journey" thru your now all-consuming hobby.
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Old (like me)saying: If you don't have time to do it right then how come you have time to do it over?
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:39 AM   #17
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Here's a more comprehensive wheel polishing procedure from FIRE UP.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/poli...-352309-2.html See post# 23

I also highly recommend you start keeping maintenance records. Log date, description and mileage of each thing you do, along with part#'s your bought, where you bought them, website addresses, phone numbers, who you spoke to, email addresses etc for future reference in the event you have to tackle these areas again in the future. Designate a folder and keep all receipts. This will be good for when you sell it down the road too.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:14 AM   #18
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A Torque Wrench was a good suggestion. Even with road service insurance, there may be a time that it is quicker to remove a tire and toss it in to the toad to take it somewhere for repair. With a little search you can find prices $45 to $65 with the right sockets included.


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Old 09-13-2017, 07:49 AM   #19
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Torque Multipliers are $40 on Ebay. I almost always find Ebay cheaper for identical items than Amazon.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:59 AM   #20
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Be sure and check the roof seams, vents and any place with sealer on top, it likely hasn't leaked and you want to keep it that way. RV Owners Manuals ‚Äď Holiday Rambler RVs ‚Äď Holiday Rambler Motorhomes
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:49 PM   #21
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Polishing wheels, depending on what kind of condition they were in when the project is started, can be daunting. I've done it a few zillion times on every motorcycle, RV, boat etc. that had aluminum wheels. And yes, by far, the easier way is to remove the wheels and do the job, lug-nut free. But, not many can and do have the ability to remove, alloy wheels on a diesel rig. You spoke of "torque multipliers". Well, I have one of the neatest ones available.

https://www.amazon.com/Torque-Multip...ltiplier&psc=1

The one above is almost identical to mine. With that torque multiplier, I can sit on my butt, and with one arm, loosen all 10, 450 ft.lb. torqued lug nuts! That is an amazing little (well, it's not really that little) gizmo. Now, I will say that, handling one of those 147 lb. 255 80R 22.5" wheels and tires in and of itself, is not all that easy. For that, I have a tire/wheel dolly. Thanks to that piece of cra... Photobucket, I (and everyone else) cannot post photos of things of importance, without going to another host site. Eventually I'll get all the important photos onto a site that will allow me to link photos here. I'm at present, trying to load photos into IRV2s photo storage.

Anyway, yes, removing the tire and wheel is the best way but, not all can do it. So, you have to work within your means. Good luck.
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On these torque multipliers, if Iím doing the math correctly, 1lb of input equals in the case of the one in your link, 65lbs out. I donít know yet but Iím guessing the lug nuts on my coach should be torqued to 450-500lbs. That means that Iím looking at about 7lbs of input to re-torque the nuts. Iíd like to maintain some semblance accuracy so I need to make sure that I have the appropriate sized torque wrench to use on the multiplier or straight on the lug nuts. I have a narrow pallet jack and even a fork lift that I can use to move the tires around with so as soon as time allows Iíll be popping the tires off for a touchup on the polish and to do an inspection.
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On these torque multipliers, if Iím doing the math correctly, 1lb of input equals in the case of the one in your link, 65lbs out. I donít know yet but Iím guessing the lug nuts on my coach should be torqued to 450-500lbs. That means that Iím looking at about 7lbs of input to re-torque the nuts. Iíd like to maintain some semblance accuracy so I need to make sure that I have the appropriate sized torque wrench to use on the multiplier or straight on the lug nuts. I have a narrow pallet jack and even a fork lift that I can use to move the tires around with so as soon as time allows Iíll be popping the tires off for a touchup on the polish and to do an inspection.
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I have never done any math on the input vs output of these multipliers. The one I purchased is a 1:75 ratio. As stated, it is EXTREMELY easy to remove our lug nuts which, are the same as yours, torqued on to, 450 ft. lbs. Now, the issue here is, you cannot use the torque multiplier to re-torque the lug nuts. There is no real way of accuracy. So, for that little endeavor, I looked around on Ebay and found a perfectly good, just calibrated, 100-600 lb, 3/4" drive, clicker type torque wrench, made by K D tools. That is one fine torque wrench for a mere $60.
But, that's how I retorque the lug nuts. As for the tire and wheel dolly, this is almost exactly the one I have. It makes maneuvering those 147 lb. assemblies a piece of cake.
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Truer words were never spoken in this area of life... Rv's are the "beasts were never... are never really complete or finished, just passed on to the next owner.

We are gluttons for punishment ... first by DW then by the rig.... we love groveling in the mud ...
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Currently the coach pulls to the right. I have an appointment to get it looked at and possibly aligned but Iíd like of to swap the front tires side to side to see if this changes anything. Iíve got a torque multiplier ordered which Iím hoping will be here in time for me to try swapping tires before the service appointment. Iím going to the shop based on a referral but the source is a little weak so Iím not quite ready to blindly trust them.

While I have the tires off, I will at a minimum polish the areas around the wheel studs.
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Just a heads up . You might have a semi rusted up brake callipar.
It can be other things but just a guess .

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Just a heads up . You might have a semi rusted up brake callipar.
It can be other things but just a guess .

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come on in the water's great. The nice thing about it, is they allow you to restart the OCD 12step program many times and you get a discount.. ok.. at least in your head..

But its nice there..
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