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Old 08-11-2016, 06:15 PM   #1
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Question other than looks - any advantage to Aluminum rims?

Hi all

Thanks to all the helpful people here, I have learned tons over the last 9 months.

about the only thing i don't know about all the build sheet options is....

other than looks - any advantage to Aluminum rims?

I keep the wheels covered when stored (keep the sun off the tires)

probably only camp at the ocean (salt water) beach occasionally...

I only ask as it isn't a cheap upgrade, for 5.....

thanks
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:20 PM   #2
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Oh boy, another one of those questions

I'm sure the result will be pretty evenly divided. Personally, I've always had steel wheels and stayed with them on the 19. I typically camp as close to salt water as possible and mine are still fine but I'm sure there'll be some that point out alloys don't rust.

Both do the job, there's no wrong answer but I'm sure you'll find out that there's lots of opinions on steel vrs. alloy.

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Old 08-11-2016, 06:58 PM   #3
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I considered the aluminum to replace my white steel wheels, until it was pointed out to me that aluminum also requires maintenance. If they stayed shiny and new without me doing anything, I would reconsider.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:04 PM   #4
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Maybe i'll paint the white wheels to match whatever trim color I choose, or get baby moon hubcaps.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:08 PM   #5
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Really? Are there baby moons that will fit the Escape steel wheels?
I kept to the steel wheels because I haven't met an aluminum wheel that didn't leak just a little bit.
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Why do people put aluminum wheels on other vehicles- like a car? Because of the appearance. Your choice. They're less susceptible to rust also.
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Other then looks, the reason I went with aluminum... I had white steel wheels on my last trailer, they started to rust in 2 years and looked like crap.

The steel wheels that Escape uses are better quality then what came on my Starcraft. I don't know if rusting is an issue for Escapes.
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Really? Are there baby moons that will fit the Escape steel wheels?
I kept to the steel wheels because I haven't met an aluminum wheel that didn't leak just a little bit.
Gary
this, for me, would be (is) reason enough to stick with the stock wheels.

oh and besides.... i'll spend the money on other options.

thanks Gary
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Really? Are there baby moons that will fit the Escape steel wheels?
I kept to the steel wheels because I haven't met an aluminum wheel that didn't leak just a little bit.
Gary
$11.99 each at etrailer.com. I am assuming that there is a snap ring on the steel wheel. (Most trailer wheels have one)
I am a year away from getting my 5.0 TA so it is on my "look into it when the time comes" list.
Back in my misspent youth I was stationed at Zweibrucken AB in Germany. My 3 person NDI (nondestructive inspection) shop got delivery of a brand new 275KV X-Ray machine which was mounted in a bright yellow trailer with baby moon hubcaps wrapped in brown paper for safe transport. Two weeks later, the Aerospace Ground Equipment people came and took our trailer to paint a flat olive drab color. They even took off the hubcaps, painted the wheel inside that area and then painted the baby moons. I'm still traumatized over that.
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Those baby moons would be a bad reflection on a military vehicle. :-)
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