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Old 09-26-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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I have 14.5" wheels on my 1961 International Overlander. I need new tires. Replacing 14.5" Bias Ply with new 14.5" Bias Ply seems archaic. I ordered 4 new 15" wheels from eTrailer:

Dexstar Steel Mini Mod Trailer Wheel - 15" x 6" Rim - 6 on 5-1/2 - Silver Powder Coat Dexstar Tires and Wheels AM20539

Took them to my tire guy and he says none of the 4 are straight. I ask him what to do, and he shrugs. He doesn't deal in wheels. (At least not trailer wheels.) He refers me to a local trailer place who is of no help, but refers me to the tire guy right next door to them. This guy looks at my four wheels, says he's seen better but he's seen worse, wants to know if I want to mount them up. He indicates 2 of mine are rougher than the other 2, so I call eTrailer and swap out 2 for new ones and keep the straighter two. A week elapses and I go back to my original tire guy (my long-term tire guy), I now have 6 trailer wheels - he declares all of them not straight enough to mount.

At this point I need a second opinion, so I find a well rated tire place nearby, he looks at my wheels, agrees that they're not straight enough to use. He tells me what basically everyone else has said, trailer wheels are shoddily made and all kinda bendy. They're made for landscaping trailers that you can rattle to ****, not Airstreams. I ask him if I should use truck wheels, and he says they don't have the weight rating. I ask him what I should do, and I get the universal shrug.

eTrailer has some wheels that are twice the price of these steel wheels... will they be any better? I feel eTrailer will get tired of paying shipping both ways once I order enough wheels from them. I don't know what else to do.

Suggestions?
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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Check with your rim guy and see if he is testing the rims 'hub' or 'lug' centric. Our trailers use the lug nuts to keep things centered where many others use the center of the hub holding the center of the rim to keep things centered.

If the center hole in the rim is out of whack it really doesn't matter too much. Mount a bare rim on one of your hubs and then check the run-out.
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Didn't check the hub. Spun the wheel on a balancer, you could watch the rims waver in and out as the wheel went round and round.
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Didn't check the hub. Spun the wheel on a balancer, you could watch the rims waver in and out as the wheel went round and round.
Every balancer that I have seen is 'hub centric', it uses the center hole in the rim to hold it. I'm speculating but it is possible that the rim manufacturer knows these will be used on a trailer and didn't bother with tight tolerances when they made the rims' center hole.

Long shot...
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Check with your rim guy and see if he is testing the rims 'hub' or 'lug' centric. Our trailers use the lug nuts to keep things centered where many others use the center of the hub holding the center of the rim to keep things centered.

If the center hole in the rim is out of whack it really doesn't matter too much. Mount a bare rim on one of your hubs and then check the run-out.

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So the unilateral advice from you guys is ignore the advice of my tire guy, mount the tires anyway, and assume that even though the hub is way out of round, by the lugs it's actually round?
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So the unilateral advice from you guys is ignore the advice of my tire guy, mount the tires anyway, and assume that even though the hub is way out of round, by the lugs it's actually round?
Nope, not at all.

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...Mount a bare rim on one of your hubs and then check the run-out.
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Call vintage trailer supply and get some good rims.
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You could call Andy at Inland RV in California. He is in California and knows your trailer inside out. Those rims you got are scrap!! Send them back for a full refund.
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I looked at their web site, and did not find an answer.

Those new wheels, MUST have a rating of at least 2600 pounds each.

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I looked at their web site, and did not find an answer.

Those new wheels, MUST have a rating of at least 2600 pounds each.

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First off, taking wheels from a mail order source to your tire dealer is like taking a steak to a restaurant and asking them to cook it medium rare and then bitching when it's not correctly cooked.

That said, I would return all of the etrailer wheels and then order wheels from the tire dealer so that he (the dealer) is your advocate for getting the correct wheels. I can appreciate the ability of getting stuff on line that may be difficult to get locally, but wheels can be ordered through any independent or chain tire store.
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Geez, those thing are JUNK! That run-out is so bad that they would only be usable on a trailer... ;0)
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