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Old 06-22-2021, 07:58 AM   #1
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I just purchases a 2018 Tiffin Allegro Red motorhome. In with the instruction manuals was a Freightliner plastic 2-7/8" hex wrench about 10" long. On the wrench it had "to remove driver side" with a arrow pointing to the left and "passenger side" with a arrow pointing to the right. Does anyone know what this would be used for?
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To remove the rear wheel hub covers.
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If you have a flat, or have your tires replaced, be sure to loan that wrench to the person doing the job. Otherwise they may use a big pair of channel locks and scratch up your hub cover. The hub wrench was designed to prevent that from happening. I've actually been to the factory where they are made, and it was pretty cool to see! (USA made in Greer, SC)
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I managed to break mine recently and have had a terrible time finding a replacement. Luckily I have a good friend with a machine shop and a water jet, he's making me one (or a few) out of stainless to replace the cheap plastic one from Freightliner.
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I cut one out of a sheet of 1/16" aluminum. Been working great for over 5 years. Metal cutting fine blade on a coping saw and a bit of file work. Didn't take an hour.
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I managed to break mine recently and have had a terrible time finding a replacement. Luckily I have a good friend with a machine shop and a water jet, he's making me one (or a few) out of stainless to replace the cheap plastic one from Freightliner.
You'd think they would be easier to find. I wound up making one on my mill out of (IIRX) 3/16" aluminum. It'll outlast the coach...
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Could someone post a picture of the hub cover and wrench, maybe with a ruler next to show size?

I may be way off base since I am only guessing what these look like, but would a strap wrench like this work in a pinch?

https://www.harborfreight.com/rubber...QaAtWfEALw_wcB

I picked up a couple of these - believe mine are actually Craftsmen. Have only used them a couple of times, but it is a case of nice to have the tool when you need it.
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Looks like this.
Thanks - I think that strap wrench would work.
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You can get them at the Freightliner service center in Gaffney, SC. I don't know about other Freightliner service places, though. I think most new coaches on Freightliner chassis come with them now. They aren't very expensive.
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I have a good friend with a massive machine shop that digitized the original plastic wrench and reproduced them in 5052 aluminum on one of his water jet machines. If I manage to bend or break one of these, there's something terribly wrong.
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They are made out of that material so it dose not scratch the cover.
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Thanks - I think that strap wrench would work.
I'm not sure a strap wrench will work, unless it's very, very thin, The strap will be off center and the tension won't hold it on. You might want to try it before you need it.
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I bought one from Freightliner Gaffney for around $10. NorthTrail RV in Ft. Myers wanted $60!!!!
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