Torque Wrench – Checking Caravan Wheel Nuts

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The caravanning world is full of innuendo. I really don’t have to think to hard about coming up with some examples. They are simply everywhere..If you’re a male and I didn’t know you and I asked you this.

“How often do you check your nuts?” You might give me a strange look, you might even try to physically harm me.

Now, let’s move onto the awning, we all over use the word erection when putting up an awning don’t we? Words like droopy and hard also apply here.

Wheel Nuts

I’ve never, ever checked if my wheel nuts were tight. I’ve never lost a wheel or even been aware that wheel nuts come loose. Even if they did you’ve got, what, 5 of them on each wheel. However, they do come loose, I know they do I’ve seen them on news feeds, be it twitter or facebook. I’ve recently noticed Police forces posting on twitter about caravan wheel working loose. I mean, there haven’t been loads, it’s not as if there’s some kind of epidemic, but enough to make me notice.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as I’m made aware of something like this, it starts to play on my mind. So, you start asking questions, you start reading more about it. You turn to twitter. Surely, I can’t be the only one who doesn’t regularly check wheel nuts.

Then in dawns on you, you’re in the minority. Most DO check their wheel nuts. I then go into denial, I start telling myself I’ve never had to do this, I’m an experienced caravanner, it’s NEVER happened EVER.

The Right Tools

Don’t get me wrong, I have thought about this before, just a few months ago I was in the DIY store Homebase…I mean Bunnings, no it’s Homebase. Our local Homebase went through about 6 months being a Bunnings, it’s now a Homebase again. Whatever it’s called I did happen upon a torque wrench. Hmmm, I know this is the tool to tighten your wheel nuts. It differs from a normal wrench or wheel brace, in that you can set it to a certain tightness (these things are measured in Newton Meters, with the primary purpose of putting me off) When tightening your caravan wheel nut, once the desired tightness is met it will “click”.

The one I saw in Homebase was over £50. For the life of me I could not justify spending £50 one something I didn’t need. I could just make sure the wheel nuts are as tight as I can get them. Then I thought no more of it..

I’ve been looking at torque wrenches on Amazon. One I like the look of is the Milenco Caravan Wheel Torque Wrench Safety. It seems expensive but it has some nut indicators to let you know if the wheels nuts has loosened. Now I’m one for a gadget if it saves me time, so I think if I get this one I won’t need to check it every time? I could be wrong. 

It’s cheaper than the one I saw in Homebase, but as I have no experience of torque wrenches so wouldn’t know a good one if it bit my on the bottom. Not that you really need experience of a torque wrench before buying one as they’ll all work. It gets good reviews on Amazon, so it’s certainly one I will consider. I need to check the wheel nuts before I go on our next trip.

There are, as always, cheaper alternatives and it doesn’t always mean the most expensive ones are necessarily the best, or cheapest is the worst. In the section on Amazon that tells you what most customers bought after viewing the Milenco one, the following one was listed.

Sale
Silverline 633567 Torque Wrench 1/2 inch Drive 28-210 Nm*
  • Chrome vanadium steel torque wrench with torque range of 28-210 Nm
  • Includes storage case
  • Includes 125 mm extension bar and 1/2" to 3/8" converter

As you can see, it’s quite a bit cheaper, less than half price in fact.

Which Torque Wrench Should I Buy?

Looking at the last one you’d need to buy a socket to fit your wheel, if you didn’t already have one. So at the moment I can’t decide which one although I’m leaning towards the Milenco one, purely because it has the indicator caps. Once I have decided I’ll do a review and pop it in the Product Reviews section.

Here’s a selection of torque wrenches from Amazon. Amazon’s best selling torque wrenches are…..

SaleBestseller No. 1
Silverline 633567 Torque Wrench 1/2 inch Drive 28-210 Nm*
  • Chrome vanadium steel torque wrench with torque range of 28-210 Nm
  • Includes storage case
  • Includes 125 mm extension bar and 1/2" to 3/8" converter
Bestseller No. 2
MotoDia (4 pc Torque Wrench Set, 5 Piece*
  • Tool for professional maintenance and repair work on the car, for tightening wheel nuts, cylinder Head bolts, etc.
  • Adjustment range 28 - 210 Nm
  • Drive: 1/2 "(12.7 mm) square
  • Includes 17mm, 19mm, 21mm sockets and 125 mm extension bar
SaleBestseller No. 3
Draper 30357 1/2" Square Drive 30 - 210Nm or 22.1-154.9lb-ft Ratchet Torque Wrench*
  • Ratchet head is engraved with Nm and lb-in scales on the barrel of the wrench
  • The micrometer type sleeve allows accurate preset torque values to be set
  • When torque is reached the wrench produces an audible click and a release of tension
  • Marked range: 30-210Nm/22.1-154.9lb-ft
  • Overall length 475mm
SaleBestseller No. 4
Pro Bike Tool 1/4 Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench Set – 2 to 20 Nm – Bicycle Maintenance Kit for Road & Mountain Bikes - Includes Allen & Torx Sockets, Extension Bar & Storage Box (Black)*
  • PRECISION TORQUE MEASUREMENT - Install components with calibrated precision - 2.0 to 20.0 Newton Meter torque range with micro adjustment to 0.1. Helps ensure that the fittings on your bike are tightened to the correct torque, and that clamping forces are distributed evenly across clamping surfaces. This helps prolong the life of high-performance components and prevents damage from over tightening. Ideal for use on stems, seat clamps, lever clamps, chain sets, rotors and headsets.
  • PEACE OF MIND PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT – Over-tightening bolts can cause expensive damage to your bike. Applying too little torque can lead to bolts working loose or not doing their job. Our 1/4-inch drive dual-direction torque wrench driver removes the guesswork, making it easy to follow the manufacturer’s recommended settings. Each hand tool is shipped pre-calibration tested for accuracy, +/- 4% (clockwise) and +/- 6% (counter clockwise).
  • SAFE & EASY TO USE & READ – Smooth and precise operation. Spring loaded adjustment collar automatically ‘locks’ in place at the desired torque setting, ensuring it will not accidentally slip when being used. High-contrast Nm scale is easy to read. Wrench emits a ‘click’ that can be ‘heard and felt’ when the pre-set torque value is reached, alerting you to ‘stop’ applying force. IMPORTANT: At low Nm settings under 5 Nm the click can be ‘subtle’. Between 5 & 20 Nm the click will be stronger.
  • RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB – Includes Hex: H2, H2.5, H3, H4, H5, H6, H8, H10. Torx: T10, T25, T30 socket set and 100mm extension bar for reaching concealed bolts. Bespoke protective molded case to keep the torque wrench and tool bits stored safely, also includes ‘storage’ section inside case to store bolts when using the wrench. Reversible 72-tooth ratchet head measures torque in clockwise and counter clockwise directions. Engage and release bit instalment button.
  • PROFESSIONAL QUALITY – Each hand tool is fully calibration tested for accuracy to ISO 6789-2:2017 and DIN EN ISO 6789-1:2017-07 requirements and test methods for design conformance testing, quality conformance testing and recalibration procedure. Includes individual certificate of calibration with each set. We are so confident about our high-quality wrenches that if you have any product issues, we’re very happy to either provide a Refund or a Replacement on your purchase!
SaleBestseller No. 5
Teng 1292AGEP 40-210nm 1/2-inch Torque Wrench Drive*
  • Can be used for tightening and final checking of torque
  • Equipped with an angular gauge
  • Graduated in Nm and ft.lb
  • Rubber handle for grip
  • Manufactured to DIN3122 standards
Bestseller No. 6
Teng 3892ag-E1 Torque Wrench Angular Gauge 5-25nm 3/8in Square Drive*
  • Flip reverse ratchet action. Manufactured to conform to BS 6703/88
  • Unique angular gauge, for use after tightening stretch bolts
  • Both the torque and angular gauge can be set with the one tool
  • Also suitable for 1/4 in square drive sockets if used in conjunction with 3/8 female/ 1/4 male adaptor (380035). It features a lockable setting and has an accuracy of +/- 4%. The torque wrench is reversible with a lever but only for right hand action for torque checking
Bestseller No. 7
Sealey AK624B 1/2"Sq Drive Calibrated Micrometer Torque Wrench Black Series*
  • Heat treated steel ratchet head
  • Range: 27-204Nm(20-150lbft)
  • Every wrench is tested and supplied with an individually numbered test certificate
  • Micrometer type torque range adjustment with scale graduated in both lbft and Nm
SaleBestseller No. 8
Mighty Torque Wrench - Black*
  • High quality, exact scale from 2-24 Nm
  • Reversible ratchet (1/4 inch) with changeable direction
  • Hex bits 3/4/5/6/8/10 mm allen key and T 25 torx
Bestseller No. 9
MOHOO Bicycle Socket Set 2~14NM 1/4'' Window Type Small Torque Wrench Set Ratchet Bicycle Torque Sleeve (Bicycle Socket Set)*
  • ❉ KINDLY NOTE ❉: The MOHOO brand products only sold in "Gravonoh" and "Muangee" stores! NOTE: MOHOO brand products sold by other stores are fake and inferior, such as "Mask fashion" , "sun of spirit" stores.
  • ❉ Torque wrench specifications ❉: 2-14 cattle (N.M) square head specifications: 1/4 inch (6.35mm) Supporting the first batch of specifications: Hexagon screw with 2.5mm 3mm 4mm 5mm 6mm 8mm 10mm Star T25 T30.
  • ❉ Usage note ❉: When using the torque wrench to maintain the level between the screw, when the torque wrench to the default value,Will be issued click sound, the greater the torque, the greater the sound, the reaction, the smaller,At the same time the wrench head slip once, that the screw has been tightened, please stop selecting the torque wrench.
  • ❉ Two-way use & High precision ❉: Ratchet head with positive and negative two-way design, easy operation, the import of special steel production,Wear-resistant, long-term use does not affect the accuracy. Clear torque scale, laser laser scale easy to adjust, high precision, meet the standard.Adjust the torque, you can lock the torque value, to prevent loosening, to ensure accuracy.
  • ❉ Artificial body ❉: Wench handle with plastic design, to prevent hand slip, to ensure that the operation will be artificial error to a minimum.If you have any questions, please contact us immediately, we are always at your service!
SaleBestseller No. 10
Teng 1492AGE 5-25nm 1/4-inch Torque Wrench Drive*
  • Can be used for tightening and final checking of torque
  • Equipped with an agular gauge
  • Graduated in Nm and ft.lb
  • Rubber handle for grip. Lockable setting
  • Manufactured to DIN3122 standards

CaravanVlogger Uses….

So, after making your way through the rest of the article, which one did we buy after our research? Well, we did go for the Milenco in the end. Check out our unsponsored review of the Milenco Torque Wrench. Did we consider it a good buy, or an expensive mistake? 

*Last update on 2020-06-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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