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Old 09-08-2011, 10:25 AM   #1
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Should I replace the wheels?

Hi everyone, I've got a 1971 Overlander, and while my wheels look a lot better than Tabasco's, I was wondering, How do you know if you need new wheels? We've only made a few 100 mile round trip outings, close to home. I don't want a major issue if we decide to make a 1000 mile round trip outing. Thanks.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:28 AM   #2
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Hi everyone, I've got a 1971 Overlander, and while my wheels look a lot better than Tabasco's, I was wondering, How do you know if you need new wheels? We've only made a few 100 mile round trip outings, close to home. I don't want a major issue if we decide to make a 1000 mile round trip outing. Thanks.
Visual inspection, usually tells the story.

But, the inside of the wheel, is typically rusted, which depending on how much, dictates the replacement.

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Old 12-02-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Had my first flat on my 1976 Ambassador 29'. Discovered the tire was fine, but the steel wheel had produced a pencil lead sized hole in the rim. Upon inspection, I found no rust and it seemed to be a perfect wheel. Now, after 35 years of service, I learned from some local trailer people, that tandem axle trailers, when turning, exert many times more lateral tension on the wheels than do say...an automobile. I figure that the factory wheels finally suffered from enough fatigue to produce a small rupture. Chatted with Andy and decided to purchase new wheels before taking off on another trip. The peace of mind is worth it!! Mike
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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Steel wheels sometimes develop fatigue cracks at the bottom of the curve where the tire is seated. I had two of them fail on my Lincoln Town Car. Under inflation can be a factor as well as alignment, design, load rating, miles of use, and conditions of use. Your trailer is 40 years old with an unknown history, so I would not be surprised by rim failing from fatigue. Like you say, if one fails can the others be far behind, so buy a new set.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:41 PM   #5
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About $50 each for steel about twice that for Aluminum.

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Always keep in mind that replacement wheels must have a rating of at least 2600 pounds, each.

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Wheel replacement

Thanks Andy, I ordered those 2600 lb. wheels from you and they arrived yesterday..;-)
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If they are steel wheels they can always be magnaflux tested as well as visually inspected. I'd rather have old US steel than new China steel.
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