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Old 03-23-2015, 05:54 PM   #1
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Steel wheels vs. aluminum

There was a recent question about rust and steel wheels.
My steel wheels are almost seven years old and I'd done little more than hose them down when washing the trailer. I made no attempt to clean up this wheel for the picture. Wheel on other side has less rust.

I'm planning on replacing these wheels with aluminum since I need new tires, only because it would be easier to bolt on mounted tires.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:09 AM   #2
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There was a recent question about rust and steel wheels.
My steel wheels are almost seven years old and I'd done little more than hose them down when washing the trailer. I made no attempt to clean up this wheel for the picture. Wheel on other side has less rust.

I'm planning on replacing these wheels with aluminum since I need new tires, only because it would be easier to bolt on mounted tires.
I am thinking of doing the same thing when I get back home. I have a 2008 17' with 14" wheels, can I switch up to 15" alloys and tires or is will there be issues with that?
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:29 AM   #3
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I am thinking of doing the same thing when I get back home. I have a 2008 17' with 14" wheels, can I switch up to 15" alloys and tires or is will there be issues with that?
I don't know. I have high lift axle and 15" wheels from factory. Sure looks like there is enough room for 15" in the wheel wells.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:48 AM   #4
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Where do you place the jack to change a tire on the 17 with foam under coating? Is that a problem? Should I buy a jack for my trailer?
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:12 AM   #5
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Where do you place the jack to change a tire on the 17 with foam under coating? Is that a problem? Should I buy a jack for my trailer?
Can't give you a definitive answer regarding the foam undercoating but I can say that the jack which typically comes with a tow vehicle is generally marginal for any use. I carry a hydraulic bottle jack (@$25 at Wally World, including case) and blocks to provide adequate height for the jack. It as a whole lot easier to lift the tow vehicle or the trailer with the hydraulic jack rather than a crank jack.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:23 AM   #6
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Can't give you a definitive answer regarding the foam undercoating but I can say that the jack which typically comes with a tow vehicle is generally marginal for any use. I carry a hydraulic bottle jack (@$25 at Wally World, including case) and blocks to provide adequate height for the jack. It as a whole lot easier to lift the tow vehicle or the trailer with the hydraulic jack rather than a crank jack.
I agree, I carry one plus a trailer aid for tandem axles and have Good Sam as well as private road service. Hopefully having all of these items will prevent me from having to use any of them.....
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I carry the bottle jack too. While I have the foam, on my trailer the frame is not covered.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:04 PM   #8
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I am thinking of doing the same thing when I get back home. I have a 2008 17' with 14" wheels, can I switch up to 15" alloys and tires or is will there be issues with that?

I replaced our 14" steel rims with 15" alloys and D rated Carlisle tires on our 17b. I asked Reace first and he indicated that it should fit with no problems. I bought the wheel and tire package from Discount Tire Direct. They were very good to deal with.

We blew out a 14" and the jack for our Tacoma worked just fine. ( I had tested it out when we first got the trailer to make sure it would work). I also lowered our scissors jacks as backups once I had the wheel off the ground - we have the full scissor jack models.
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Nice looking wheels, Eric
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:38 PM   #10
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Nice looking wheels, Eric
They were actually cheaper mounted on those than most places were selling the premounted tires on the white steel wheels. There was a special on them and it was only supposed to apply to buying 4 of them, but the rep gave me the sale price for 2.
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