Doing some bearing/brake work recently and noticed I stripped a lug nut.
Go to my local trailer parts/shop looking for a replacement. Guy I have been using for guidance/advice for several years tells me--"...This is from an RV. It is a stainless steel capped lug nut..." He proceeds to tell me that the caps will eventually either strip around the steel nut or separate from the nut. You will be stuck on the side of the road with no way to remove the wheel...it will have to be drilled out.
He recommends moving to chrome plated steel lugnuts ($4ea x 32 needed=$139 w/tax). He notes two things-- the chrome plated version has a tendency to seize so use anti-seize when installing them. The chrome plated version tends to rust in a year or two.
My question to you guys--Is this cap stripping/separation from the inner steel lug nut a thing? Again, just to clarify this is not referring to the threads that contact the wheel stud, just the stainless steel cap over the lug nut.
First pic: Left: Chrome plated lug, Right: OEM stainless steel capped lug
Second Pic: Notice the gap on the top where the stainless cap is starting to separate from the underlying nut. I can tap it with my fingernail and it sounds hollow.