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Old 05-12-2014, 01:08 PM   #1
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Inside of tires rubbing fender wells.

I used my camper for the first time last weekend and am getting ready to leave on another trip this weekend (about 2500 miles). I just discovered the tires on the back axle are rubbing my fender wells. I am thinking a quick fix will be some Dorman 5/16" wheel spacers. What say everybody?
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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What kind of RV do you have? Are these new tires of a different size than OEM?
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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I'm not a fan of spacers, they effectively shorten the wheel studs hampering the thread engagement. Now, if you have sufficient stud length to have proper engagement when torqued (Rule of thumb is the diameter of the bolt, so a 1/2" bolt needs at least 1/2" thread engagement.) then you'll be OK.

But I'd try to figure out why it's rubbing. Has a panel come loose or moved? Could the panels be held down by a new screw?
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Sounds to me like a problem from the manufacturer unless as stated above the tires have been changed from OEM.
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My TT came that way..didn't notice till I needed new tires..one more trip and we'd have gone thru a sidewall. Thankfully we don't travel far to camp or we'd have found this issue 'the hard way'.

The camper floor/body isn't centered on the frame. Not off by much, but there's not a lot of clearance to start with.
I opted to fix it myself - remove the sheet metal inner fender and cut back (chisel mostly) the floor / baseplate back for clearance and reinstall the best I could the sheetmetal inner fender.

I then sprayed it with white paint and took a ride making sure I articulated the suspension as much as possible and once I didin't rub off any paint I was good to go.
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I used my camper for the first time last weekend and am getting ready to leave on another trip this weekend (about 2500 miles). I just discovered the tires on the back axle are rubbing my fender wells. I am thinking a quick fix will be some Dorman 5/16" wheel spacers. What say everybody?
Is the rubbing the same pattern on both sides or just one? If the same on both sides then you might have a frame alignment problem. If on just one side,then I would be checking for something loose/broken on that side.

Why would you want to install spacers to cure a wheel rubbing the fender well?
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The rv is a 2014 grey wolf 27rr. The wheels that came on it were steel. There was an optional aluminum wheel available that I wanted so the dealer ordered them from the manufacturer and installed them. Both sides of back axle appear to rub about the same amount. The front axle is only clearing by a frogs hair. I figure the spacers are not that much money and will allow me to use the camper until November or December when I will take it back to the dealer for any warranty issues that arise. I'm wondering if I should get spacers for front axle as well even though it is not rubbing yet?
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Is the rubbing the same pattern on both sides or just one? If the same on both sides then you might have a frame alignment problem. If on just one side,then I would be checking for something loose/broken on that side.

Why would you want to install spacers to cure a wheel rubbing the fender well?
Spacers will move the wheels out 5/16" on each side giving me clearance between the tire and wheel well. The rubbing is on the inside. Hope I am making this clear.
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Yes I understand the problem, I would make sure your dealer is aware of the problem. So it is in his books when you bring it back for warranty issues. In the meantime, I think spacers are your best bet against a blow out. I would do both axles if you have enough space from the tire to the outer fender.

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Plenty of room on the outside.
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