The last two times an RV dealer has removed our T@da’s wheels, the tech has broken one of the lug nuts. Broken? How do you break a lug nut? Turns out the lug nuts are two-piece — a steel nut surrounded by a softer chrome-plated shell. Apparently the air wrench batters the shell until it breaks. $5 to replace.
Worse, the battered lug nuts are hard to remove since you can’t easily slide a socket wrench over them. Not what I need when changing a flat at the side of the road. Solution: replace the two-piece nuts with chromed one-piece lug nuts. I got mine at a custom wheel shop for 60 cents each.
Above I’m showing two of the battered lug nuts and two of the new ones. Below is the T@da wheel with the new lug nuts installed.