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RV noises: Stop immediately if you ever hear this sound in your RV

By Cheri Sicard
There are all kinds of RV noises. Some are common and nothing to be concerned about.  Others can signal problems or potential problems. But in the video below, Sean from Long Long Honeymoon shares an experience that recently happened to them, in the hopes that it will never happen to you.

In the video, along with info about this dangerous noise, they intersperse the practical advice with some interesting Grand Tetons travel tips. But back to the topic of RV noises…

If you ever hear this particular noise, and you will have to watch the video to hear it, you should immediately stop and tow no further. This noise is a VERY bad sign indeed, and you should NEVER ignore it.

In the video, the couple had just returned from an around-the-world trip and were taking their first RV journey since that event.

They first noticed a slight issue with their Airstream when they stopped for fuel and they thought they heard an odd sound coming from the trailer axles. This seemed strange as they had replaced the axles with new ones the previous year and they should have been good to go for about 10,000 miles before needing any service.

They continued on to their destination and camped there. Upon leaving the campground dump station is when they heard that terrifying, scraping, rattling metal-on-metal sound.  They gingerly returned the trailer to its campsite and resolved to get to the bottom of the issue.

Once the offending noisy wheel was off the ground it was apparent there was a severe problem. Even without removing any lug nuts the wheel was shaking and rattling and clearly loose. In other words, a disaster waiting to happen.

Upon closer examination, they found that the nut that holds the wheel on had nearly come off.

The axle was missing a critical component, the keeper piece that holds the nut in place. While they traveled, the wheel was slowly but surely working its way loose and was on the verge of falling off!

The couple was extremely lucky. Had they towed a few more miles the wheel would have flown off, undoubtedly causing substantial damage and potentially causing a serious accident for themselves and others on the highway.

A mobile mechanic nearby was able to repair the problem and they were soon back on the road! Their experience shows that you need to be careful and inspect even brand-new RV parts and components.

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Mark Heifner
1 month ago

I purchased a new travel trailer June, 2021. I had bearings repacked last month after 11,000 miles. Was waaaay over greased, seals blown, old grease all over the place. Must have come from supplier that way. $300 extra to clean up.
Also a Dexter. Since more than a year (17 months) even though within 12,000 miles, Dexter only offered new brake linings and magnets, not covering labor.

Snoopy
1 month ago

I found the article to be a bit long, but for sure gave information that was needed, plus it was also interesting! My concern is the other THREE axles, I would have for sure had them checked for that nut locking tab that was omitted on the one axle! Also would have sent pictures & video to the axle manufacturer & give them the repair bill. One more thing is to inform the shop that did the install that you had a problem just to give them a heads up!
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rltwellman@gmail.com
1 month ago

Didn’t watch the video (too long), but from the text it seems the problem was that the hub retainer nut was missing its cotter key rather than a lug nut problem. Probably originated when the axles were assembled or installed.

volnavy007
1 month ago

Too many extraneous things; felt like a travel log. Get to the point. 20 minute video to show what should have been 1 minute long.

Drew
1 month ago
Reply to  volnavy007

I agree, and these two are as bad or worse as any other influencers in that respect. I just read Cheri’s narrative about it.

Wayne Caldwell
1 month ago

We.experienced a similar situation the summer of 2020 upon our return trip from Moab. Our ’01 CrossRoads has aluminum rims and I diligently check the tire air pressure before every trip. However, one thing I Hadn’t been checking was the lug nut torque. During the last left turn onto our street, the left front trailer tire unknowingly came off. As we live at the end of a cul-de-sac, I made my u-turn and started backing into the trailer’s parking space and saw in the mirror we were missing a wheel. We were extremely fortunate that it came off during a slow turn a block from home rather than at high speed (65mph) on the highway. Since then, I keep a torque wrench in the trailer and check each lug nut before any trip.

Tom E
1 month ago

I would like to know that Dexter paid for the repair.

G13
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom E

Agree.

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