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Old 03-19-2019, 02:32 PM   #1
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Coachmen Aluminum Rims-Follow up

Just a follow up to my aluminum rim situation on our 2016 321 Freedom Express Liberty. I emailed and sent photos to the warranty person from Lionshead Rim and Tire who supplied FR with the rims on our unit. Basically I was told that the deteriorating rims are out of the 1 year warranty. Furthermore she advised that when I noticed that the clear coat was failing, I should not have used wax on them and used water and soap only.
I知 not very happy that I had to replace the Chinese bomb tires when I first bought the trailer and now it looks like I値l be replacing these defective rims after only a handful of trips.
We downsized from a Newmar Coach now I知 wondering if I知 expecting too much out of a 2016 unit. 🤬
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Old 03-19-2019, 03:18 PM   #2
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Yep, same problem most have with them, lions head will do nothing, I refused to buy new rims, nothing wrong with them but ugly. I sold them still on my trailer after 7 years. Cheap Garbage.
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The clear coat didn't fail from waxing. It's due to UV exposure and cheap clear powder coating. I place covers on mine in storage.

1) Take 'em off the trailer and place the trailer on blocks or jack stands.
2) Take the wheels and tires to a tire shop and have the tires removed.
3) Take the bare wheels to a wheel polishing shop. They'll strip them and polish them better than new. Either a full polish or just the exposed aluminum and repaint the black.
4) Take the wheels back to the tire shop for mount and balance. Might as well install a TPMS system at the same time.

Many of the wheel polishing/repair shops will do the mount and balance in house.

If you're real ambitious you can buy the polishing materials at Harbor Freight and do it yourself.
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