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Old 11-24-2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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O4 Classic Alcoa wheels

Maybe Andy at Inland RV can answer this.
My 04 31 foot Classic has Alcoa wheels -P/N 157111 is no longer available.
I wanted to replace a damaged rim.
The specs stamped on the back side of this wheel are:
15x7J, ???offset , 5.5, rated at 2200 lbs.
Weight rating seems low - what are your thoughts?
I don't want to seem paranoid, but if the recommendations are 2600 lb minimum, then I feel these current wheels are diminishing the safety margin.
I have heard that AS stopped using this wheel when they began employing disc brakes because there was a conflict with this wheel fitting.
I'm considering upgrading my brakes to disk. Will I have a problem with the wheels?
In any event, I'm not comfortable with the spec'd weight rating.
Besides that the wheels are uncoated and require regular polishing.
I have been looking at "Trailer Tires and Wheels" on line as well as some other sources and most of the 15" wheels are rated at more than 2600 lbs.
Any help or suggestions are appreciated.
rick
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:45 PM   #2
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hi rick

if you want different wheels get 'em!

kodiak disc brakes fit fine behind these rims...

that is the brake brand used most frequently for upgrades.

the factory line is currently using dexter disc brakes which do have fitting issues with these alcoas.

but the a/s factory service center uses the kodiak kit. i have them along with centramatics, and NO fit issues.

also alcoa stopped making these rims, which made it problematic for a/s 2 continue using them.

i agree the wt rating is marginal but keep in mind the rims do NOT carry tongue mass...

so 4x2200=8800lbs carry capacity, while on a 34 it is 6x2200lbs=13200 lbs.

i have this gut feeling the alcoas are better quality and stronger than the current replacements a/s is using...

but it's only a gut feeling.

yes they are uncoated, which means NO clearcoat to fail! and they can be polished quickly.

i'm sure you can sell the alcoas IF you go to different rims....

i've got 9 of them already, but i'm sure someone here would want yours.

they are light, reliable and the 5 spoke design is an appealing look.

cheers
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Old 11-24-2007, 01:02 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by RickBooth
Maybe Andy at Inland RV can answer this.
My 04 31 foot Classic has Alcoa wheels -P/N 157111 is no longer available.
I wanted to replace a damaged rim.
The specs stamped on the back side of this wheel are:
15x7J, ???offset , 5.5, rated at 2200 lbs.
Weight rating seems low - what are your thoughts?
I don't want to seem paranoid, but if the recommendations are 2600 lb minimum, then I feel these current wheels are diminishing the safety margin.
I have heard that AS stopped using this wheel when they began employing disc brakes because there was a conflict with this wheel fitting.
I'm considering upgrading my brakes to disk. Will I have a problem with the wheels?
In any event, I'm not comfortable with the spec'd weight rating.
Besides that the wheels are uncoated and require regular polishing.
I have been looking at "Trailer Tires and Wheels" on line as well as some other sources and most of the 15" wheels are rated at more than 2600 lbs.
Any help or suggestions are appreciated.
rick
Rick.

Perhaps you can find a wheel from a salvaged unit. I would be careful to make
sure that the wheels did not come off of a roll over.

There is a conflict as 2airs explained.

If your going to add disc brakes, then you must use Actibrake and Kodiak. The Dexters will hit the wheels.

2200 pound rated aluminum wheels for your trailer are OK, since they don't flex like the steel wheels.

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Old 11-24-2007, 01:16 PM   #4
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thank you 2air' and Andy for the input.
I would rather keep these wheels and find a matching wheel if possible, so I continue to look. Haven't checked the salvage sources yet, but I will.
The wheels do polish up well with the Alcoa 3 step process.
If there is a better method or product for polishing out the remnant road wear and oxidation marks I would appreciate knowing.
Again, thanks
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