Archived Trailer Guys Questions
Boat Trailering Guys:,
I WAS BRING MY BOAT HOME FOR MAINTENANCE, A TRIP OF 30 MILES. AFTER LOADING THE BOAT AND TRAVELING ABOUT 20 MILES I CAME TO A STOP SIGN AND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING A RIGHT TURN. AS I STARTED MAKING THE TURN I HARD A SCRAPPING NOISE AND THE TRAILER'S LEFT TIRE WENT STRAIGHT AHEAD AS I TURNED. I HAD NO WARNING THAT ANYTHING WAS WRONG. ALL FIVE LUG BOLTS HAD COME OUT AND AS THE WHEEL CAME OFF IT TOOK THE BEARING BUDDY WITH IT. THE WHEEL AND TIRE WERE RECOVERED ACROSS THE HIGHWAY I WAS TURNING ONTO. I DID NOT FIND ANY OF THE LUG BOLTS OR THE BEARING BUDDY. I HAVE LOST LUG NUTS ON TRAILERS IN THE PAST. UP TO FOUR OF FIVE AND HAD TIRE WOBBLE, BUT NOT LOST THE WHEEL. THIS IS THE FIRST TRAILER I HAVE HAD THAT USED LUG BOLTS. DO YOU THINK THAT IF I HAD STUDS AND NUT I WOULD HAVE HAD SOME WARNING BEFORE THE WHEEL CAME OFF? GEORGE, DO YOU USE LUG BOLTS OR NUTS AND STUDS OR A MIX AT AMERICAN? JERRY GRANT, ARLINGTON, TEXAS
Answered on: 8/2006
Regardless of which type you use, bolts or studs, if they are loose they will brake. Other than a wobbling wheel and the trailer not tracking properly I don't think that you would have had any warning in either case. It is a good habit to check the tightness of the bolts/nuts prior to any trip. With lug bolts it is not uncommon to see them get stripped out easily from over torquing.
Boat Trailering Guys: Mike