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Old 10-14-2017, 09:41 AM   #1
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Aluminum Rims .. build option... pros and cons?

Why would one get or not get the build option....Aluminum Rims?

What say you forum members........
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:46 AM   #2
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Why would one get or not get the build option....Aluminum Rims?
Only reason I can think of is, if you like the way they look. I'm not all that fond of the ones ETI uses, so I didn't get them.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:48 AM   #3
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Only reason I can think of is, if you like the way they look. I'm not all that fond of the ones ETI uses, so I didn't get them.
Do they change the weight of the trailer?
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:49 AM   #4
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My wife insisted on the aluminum wheels and I really like them. You don't need to have them, but it is nice having them. I have not had any issues with them and the spare tire also has an aluminum rim. The option provides 5 rims.

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If you tow has fancy wheels then they will match, but if not, then I'd stay with the stock. Personal preference, that is all.
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Do they change the weight of the trailer?
I would expect that the aluminum rims would be slightly lighter than the steel ones, but probably not enough to be significant enough to justify the cost just for that difference.
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I would expect that the aluminum rims would be slightly lighter than the steel ones, but probably not enough to be significant enough to justify the cost just for that difference.
Yes.....seemingly correct...... anyone have the data to help confirm?
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:44 AM   #8
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Just a thought, the aluminum ones will never rust and look cool but keep in mind you can always change the steel rims later to change the look of your Escape! I would guess the weights are similar and have minimal weight advantage either way. Bill
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Options? The hardest part of the build sheet. What to do, what to do... When I was working on the build sheet for Ten Forward, and budget WAS a concern, I decided there were two things to consider: 1) What I wanted/ETI to do during the build, 2) What I could do for myself at a later date. I know zip about running propane lines and wiring. I did know I didn't want to be fishing wire under the headliner. So... I spent my money on those things (among others) and decided I could get fancy wheels sometime in the future. Like, maybe when it's time to buy tires. My plain Jane white wheels get Ten Forward down the road just fine and I can plug in electric appliances where I want. Win-Win.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:00 AM   #10
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We often camp along the Gulf Coast. Salty sea mist will rust ferrous materials, like steel rims, quickly. The aluminum rim set fit within our budge, so we got them. On an aside to that, it seemed like the white painted steel rims contrasted a bit with the white shade of the fiberglass shell. Aluminum goes with anything!
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