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Old 06-24-2016, 02:20 PM   #1
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Bent my rim and need some advice

While driving around a tight curve, my right rear wheel snagged the edge of a rock wall and bent the rim. It is about 1.5 inches of the rim that was affected. There is a slow air leak. I was able to make it to my destination about 5 miles up the road and set up camp for the weekend. I have the ability to add air as needed to get it to a repair shop to replace the wheel. Would it be a bad idea to drive it to a shop as long as I checked the air frequently and added as needed? I am a currently camped in a pretty remote location and would prefer to get it somewhere more accessible if possible, but I don't want to do anything to make matters worse.

It's a Class A diesel with a tag. The rim affected is the right rear dually. Any ideas to stop the slow leak between the tire and the rim on the way to the shop? There was no damage to the tire or the coach, amazingly enough. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:26 PM   #2
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Beat the rim with a big hammer.


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Old 06-24-2016, 02:30 PM   #3
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Anyway you can snap a pic of the wheel? Is it steel or aluminum?
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:39 PM   #4
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I bent an aluminum rim on my TT 2 years ago and found an exact replacement (same design) for $65.00. I actually bought an extra for the spare tire.

I can't find the link or email showing the exact place I bought it from but I think it was this one:
Custom Trailer Wheels | Aluminum Trailer Rims | Boat Trailer Wheels
or this one:
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:21 PM   #5
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Anyway you can snap a pic of the wheel? Is it steel or aluminum?
It's aluminum. Still figuring out how to add a photo correctly.
Try this:
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It's aluminun. Here's a link to a pic. Hoe I did it right.


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I fixed your image link above.

You definitely don't want to hit an aluminum wheel with a hammer. It can crack as well as explode in your face.

I would call ahead to some tire shops that work on 18 wheelers/commercial vehicles since you have a commercial size tire (22.5).

They actually make a wheel straightener that basically is a hydraulic porta power with proper size wheel dies..that can press the wheel back. You have to do this slow and add heat to the wheel at the same time so the aluminum can bend back. Problem is, it may leave heat marks and/or take a clear coat off the wheel if applicable.

There may be other ways, but I got away from the commercial tire side years ago, and haven't kept up with it.
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Try to find wheel repair center. The ones we use most are mobile. They can work miracles on a lot of different type wheels.
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Bent my rim and need some advice

I'd get a rubber sledge hammer and pound it back. 50/50 it will fix it We've done it many times in our trucking company.

To beat it back would be a short term fix if it were mine. I would replace the wheel at your earliest convenience

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I fixed your image link above.

You definitely don't want to hit an aluminum wheel with a hammer. It can crack as well as explode in your face.

I would call ahead to some tire shops that work on 18 wheelers/commercial vehicles since you have a commercial size tire (22.5).

They actually make a wheel straightener that basically is a hydraulic porta power with proper size wheel dies..that can press the wheel back. You have to do this slow and add heat to the wheel at the same time so the aluminum can bend back. Problem is, it may leave heat marks and/or take a clear coat off the wheel if applicable.

There may be other ways, but I got away from the commercial tire side years ago, and haven't kept up with it.
Thanks for fixing the image.

I have been advised to replace rather than repair in this situation. I don't want to take a chance on being wrong here. Too much at stake. As advised, I am replacing the tire as well just in case. It appears fine, but that doesn't mean that it is.
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