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Old 11-01-2016, 06:39 AM   #41
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The steel wheels ETI uses are a better grade then what I've had before. My old steel rims looked worse then Glenn's after just 2 years. If his are the norm, then rust isn't something I'd worry about.
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Old 11-01-2016, 07:19 AM   #42
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Aluminum alloys look nice, but they're not maintenance free. They'll pit from the chemicals in road rash... keep them waxed. And, the lead weights from balancing the tires/wheel can leave a permanent stain on the wheel.

When I was going through my build sheet, the fancy wheels were something I left off. I can buy different brands/styles locally and thought when it's time to buy new tires, I'll get the wheels then.

So, I keep an eye on the maintenance of the white wheels and figure paint is cheap!
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Old 11-01-2016, 08:36 AM   #43
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I have had the aluminum wheel for 3 years on our Escape and almost the same wheel for 7 years on our Casita without any problems, rust or pitting. I wash our trailer when we return from a trip before putting it away and wash and clean the wheels at the same time just like I do on our cars that all have aluminum wheels. I wax them when I wax the trailer. I still have lots of bling bling left.

If you have aluminum wheels on the TV they look great on the trailer.
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