From the editors of RVtravel.com, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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“The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.” —Aesop
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Tip of the day
Always check your lug nut torque after wheels are worked on
With electricity expert and veteran RVer Mike Sokol
Every picture tells a story … Cue Rod Stewart. All I can say is “disaster averted.” This morning one of my grown sons came to the house to change the brake pads on my truck (what a great birthday present!). But when he tried to loosen the locking lug nut on the first wheel he found the special locking key was sheared off internally.
I remembered having my truck in the local shop where they had the front wheels off of the truck, so we took a peek inside of the appropriate lug nut and found the rest of the squiggly lock still inside of the special lug nut, which was holding the wheel on. So first things first, I looked up the special locking key and found that there are dozens of variations and I was supposed to have registered the key-code with the manufacturer. Yikes! I never did that.
So after sending pictures to customer service and proving to them I owned my vehicle, they identified the proper code and could send me a matching key for $14.95 with free 10-day shipping. But hey, that’s not going to work since I will be driving to Goshen, IN, for the FROG Rally next week, and if I have a flat tire on the 500-mile trip I won’t be able to change the tire. More Yikes. So I upgraded it to a 3-day delivery for another $7.95, since I wasn’t going to pay $29.95 extra for next-day shipping.
Here’s my quick tip: Check your lug nut torque every time anyone touches it with a wrench, and be sure to carefully inspect any locking lug nuts and the socket key for damage. Any kid in a tire shop with an impact wrench can easily shear off your key internally and never notice or tell you if he does. If you don’t check and you’re on the side of the road with a stripped-out socket for your locking lug nuts, you’ll need to get a wheels-up tow to the shop and maybe sit for a day until you can get a replacement key. So it pays to confirm your lug nut torque after anyone touches it. And make sure to register any special lug nut key codes for your vehicle. I’ll know better next time.
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The RV industry supports nearly 600,000 jobs at 30,363 RV businesses with total wages of $32.2 billion a year. Ninety-eight percent of the RVs sold in the USA are made here. So says the RV Industry Association.
Website of the day
Federal Recreation Passes: Learn which passes you might qualify for that would provide your discounted ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
And the survey says. . .
We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:
• To 83%, having an electric hookup is important all or most of the time. Three percent never care.
• In a typical month of RVing, 61 percent never spend a night in a Walmart parking lot.
• Sixty-one percent do not believe buying an extended warranty is important.
Leave here with a laugh
What did the green grape say to the purple grape? “Breathe, man! Breathe!”
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