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.
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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.
|Milenco Caravan Wheel Torque Wrench Safety Set + 20 Wheel Nut Indicators*||3 Reviews||£48.95||Buy on Amazon|
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.
|Silverline 633567 Torque Wrench 1/2 inch Drive 28-210 Nm*||1,004 Reviews||£20.80||Buy on Amazon|
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…..
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 2019-04-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API