Noisy Wheel Covers (Hubcaps) on 2013 24S
We've had a lot of trouble with noisy wheel covers (hubcaps) on our 2013 Solera 24S. When we remove then re-attach a wheel cover (e.g. for tire rotation or to put on new tires) this usually triggers a loud squeaking/creaking sound with each wheel rotation. We've had this with all 4 wheel covers at various times. Not every time we remove and re-attach a wheel cover, but more often than not. The noise is loud enough to be heard inside the cab, and is really annoying, especially at slow speeds when it's not drowned out by road noise.
The various tire shops where we've had the work done can't give us a definitive cause or resolution. Usually the solution is to re-position the wheel cover, hoping it solves the problem. Spraying the rim with brake cleaner or WD40 seems to reduce or eliminate the noise temporarily. In some cases, the squeaking just goes away over time. It's been a constant guessing game, causing us to try and avoid removing the wheel covers unless absolutely necessary.
Our wheel covers are the standard ones provided by Forest River (pressure fit with sharp steel clips that grab the rim), along with yellow Air-Flexx valve extensions (also from Forest River).
Have you had this problem? Any suggestions on the cause on how to resolve it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.