Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-08-2017, 08:28 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Textronics's Avatar
 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 282
Disaster averted

We bought a used tow dolly and this was our first time out with it. Not sure what went wrong, but the bolts sheared on the passenger side hub sending the wheel down the embankment into a fence and delivering a huge spray of sparks before I could get her shut down and off the road. Luckily, there was no fire, no damage to the rig, and us, 3 cats and a dog are all fine. Slept last night on the side of the road. Surprisingly, this morning, DH found the wheel and tire (tires were brand new) so that saves a few bucks. What I hate is sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow. We'll lose one day at the balloon fiesta, but it could have been so much worse.
__________________
Melody & Mike, Jake the hearing dog
Cats: Cleo, Lily, Almond
Penelope; 2003 Georgie Boy Cruisemaster
Textronics is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-08-2017, 08:46 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
plasma800's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 4,580
Blog Entries: 2
Likely the lug nuts were either not tight enough, or had been over tightened.
__________________
RVM#78 - -USAF- F-15 Eagle Radar Vet
'5 Fleetwood Revolution- '15 Airstream Intl Sig. 27FB
Jay, Andrea, Stella '14 Ram 3500 Aisin '18 ORV F30RLS
plasma800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2017, 08:55 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
nosticks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Citrus Springs, Fl.
Posts: 798
Any trailer, be it boat, lawn, travel trailer, tow dolly, needs to have you check torque on each lug prior to embarking on a trip. Plus, new tire mounts need torqued after the first 25 miles of towing.
__________________
2017 Thor Freedom Elite 29fe
2015 Jeep Wrangler Toad
Making a smooth transition to senility for over 70 years
nosticks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2017, 10:42 AM   #4
Senior Member/RVM #90
 
MSHappyCampers's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 46,789
Bummer! But as you say, it could have been a lot worse!

Glad you guys are OK!
__________________
Joe & Annette
Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits.....
2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2017, 10:55 AM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 6,749
....tough start.. agree--sounds like lugs were not torqued.....think I would have temporarily abandoned the dolly and drove the rig and toad to a comfortable location pending resolution of the dolly and tire.....pretty hard to steal with tire missing???
Old Scout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2017, 11:18 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lowell, Arkansas
Posts: 6,729
The torquing of lugs was something that was stressed while teaching. If wheels were removed no vehicle left the shop without proper torquing.

The tire shops these days use torque sticks on their impacts. From what I've learned they will torque as correct as needed. I'm still one that likes to see a torque wrench used. They tighten them at a tire shop then I check it when I get home.

You did find the tire so if you look at the tire rim holes and if the lugs were loose the holes will be wallowed out. That's a sure sign of loose lugs. It would have taken a few miles but the holes as they wallow around will act like a saw and chew the lug nuts heads off.

If you see the remains of a lug still in the wheel hole with no head and no wallowing of the rim hole then they were over torqued and the lug heads came off. Those lugs are pretty tuff so my guess is they were not torqued correctly.

In my 35 years teaching HS teen boys I seldom saw a lug overtorqued and broken.
__________________
TeJay Auto Instructor/4-yrs USAF/ Liz: RN/ WBGO 2014 Vista 30T/ F-53/CHF/5-Star/Koni * Bella & Izzy * Golden /Cocker mix/ Louie The Cat* All Retired
TeJay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2017, 09:17 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Textronics's Avatar
 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 282
3 of the rim holes were oval. DH put the lugs on by hand, no torque wrench used. I'll tell him what ya'll said.
__________________
Melody & Mike, Jake the hearing dog
Cats: Cleo, Lily, Almond
Penelope; 2003 Georgie Boy Cruisemaster
Textronics is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2017, 09:19 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Textronics's Avatar
 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 282
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old Scout View Post
....tough start.. agree--sounds like lugs were not torqued.....think I would have temporarily abandoned the dolly and drove the rig and toad to a comfortable location pending resolution of the dolly and tire.....pretty hard to steal with tire missing???


We were going to be gone for over a week. We parked the dolly & the toad & finished our journey. We are safely at ABQ BALLOON!
__________________
Melody & Mike, Jake the hearing dog
Cats: Cleo, Lily, Almond
Penelope; 2003 Georgie Boy Cruisemaster
Textronics is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2017, 05:57 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Fiesta48's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,389
I pulled a new utility trailer 1100 miles. Looked at lug nuts at destination. 4 out of 5 lug nuts were very loose on both tires. New does not mean things were done right.
__________________
Full Timers.
2015 Fleetwood Discovery 40E on a Freightliner XCS chassis with a Cummins ISL9 pulling 1 and/or 2 motorcycles, '07 Honda Accord OR a 17' Runabout Boat.
Fiesta48 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Near disaster averted seeg Entegra Owner's Forum 35 07-30-2017 08:21 PM
Panic averted, problem solved georgelesley iRV2.com General Discussion 21 10-23-2016 07:29 PM
Disaster Averted!!! RusLwt001 iRV2.com General Discussion 28 06-21-2012 06:31 AM
Averted a HOT time powerboatr Cummins Engines 5 10-29-2009 11:14 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.