Y'all be careful out there! {wrecked my old RV!}

I wrecked my RV on the 16th, and it is on its way to becoming beer cans now! One less 1963 Grumman Kurbmaster on the road.

For the second time, I had wheel studs snap and lost one side of the dually rear end. After the first, which I got away with by the grace of God, I replace all the rear wheel components. New drums, new studs pressed in, new brake pads and cylinders while I was in there.

Never knew what broke them the first time, and I dont know what broke them this time. 1st time, all studs were sheared off. This time, 3 studs were sheared off and the other 5 appeared to have had the lug nuts ripped off, leaving distorted threads.

The machine dropped and hooked a hard left, then rolled over onto the right side. No seat belts in 1963...I was launched into the passenger side violently, where I got to watch the pavement slide by in the passenger window. It slid into the median, where it stopped just as violently, and I was tossed out the passenger windshield!

Amazingly, I was unhurt other than a scrape on my ankle, a sore foot that smacked something hard, and an overall butt-whipping I got riding in the blender. I'll be looking for another motorhome or small travel trailer.

Y'all be careful out there!

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Comment by Richard W. Cobbs on February 7, 2014 at 9:23pm

Hi,

Just reread my earlier post and didn't mean to imply that you missed the alignment pins.  I looked on the net and found a lot of conflicting info.  A supposed "expert" said that lube should not be used and that all specs. were "dry" torque!  My opinion, for what it is worth, is lube so you can get them off when you need to.  I have never seen anyone use a torque wrench on lugs!  I try to seat the wheel, snug the first lugs, go opposite and crisscross snugging them all.  Start again, and tighten them all, start again and reef them in!  I then check them periodicly for a month and then maybe six months.  As I said "for what it's worth"  it's free!

RWC

Comment by Ken Nolte on February 3, 2014 at 1:03pm

Sorry to see that happened to you...

Obviously wasn't your day to go on that trip. I would hate to see an old classic of any type in those straits. Good luck on your search for a replacement.
Safe travels there man.

Comment by Robert W on February 2, 2014 at 9:14pm

Thanks y'all for the kind wishes! I am quite thankful for how it all turned out. I could have been in a hospital or casket, but ended up in my recliner. It was an expensive day, but also a cheap day. I will stick with the cheap day. I was blessed/lucky/made a karma withdrawal!

I dont know what caused the studs to shear, didnt really have the time to look much. No alignment pins on the rims or drums, that is for sure! The wheels were centered by the hubs. I did all the work myself, and I'm rather meticulous, and had a  proper '63 Chevy truck manual to reference.

Just be careful. If what happened the 2nd time happened the first, my wife and daughter almost certainly would have been injured.

Comment by Richard W. Cobbs on February 2, 2014 at 9:01pm

I had some shear off of my 1971 Winnie.  The guy that I bought it from had not realized that there was an alignment pin between the two wheels.  They only go on one way!  If the pin is not in the hole, outside wheel isn't tight!

Comment by Lakota Wolf on February 2, 2014 at 7:24pm

Ouch Robert,, You definitly had an RV Angel watching over you.. Glad you came out in pretty good shape.

If you by chance figure out why the dully studs snapped/sheared, please let us know. (I myself run duals).

I wish you luck on another Rv/trailer.

Comment by Pat Daly on February 2, 2014 at 6:15pm

Jeea, Robert we're glad all you got was a butt whipping.  we've wrecked a few times but never gone through a windshield... yet.  What do you think caused the studs to snap?  Anyway, we're sorry for the Grumman but glad you made it.    

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