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Old 02-06-2016, 09:15 PM   #1
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Aluminum Wheel Spider Veins

I have a 2015 Rockwood Roo19 Hybrid withe the Sapphire Package aluminum wheels. After 4 months and over 1000 miles on the trailer, all four of my aluminum wheels started to develop what I will call spider veins. I keep the trailer wheels covered when not in use and I only wash the the wheels with mild soap as directed in the owner's manual. Has anyone else seen this before? I bought the aluminum wheels because they looked awesome, but they are starting to look like crap with all the cracks developing and they are getting worse. Is this normal? Is this merely cosmetic? Will the manufacturer's warranty cover replacing all four rims? Thanks in advance for the advice. Fly Navy!!!Click image for larger version

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Old 02-06-2016, 09:25 PM   #2
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Looks like something scratched or removed the clear coat. Maybe a stiff brush or using the wrong cleaner. Are you using automotive soaps and not household soaps? Household soaps can remove the clear coat. A automotive detailer might be able to repair it.
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:32 PM   #3
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That is degradation of the clear coat they put on them to keep them looking good. Unfortunately,when moisture and road cemicals get to the wheels ,this is the result. I would never have aluminum wheels on a trailer because this same corrosion is crawling in under the tire beads andin a couple years you will be chaseing rim leaks forever. I changed out my wheels to a set of DexWheel modular steel wheels that I personally sandblasted and refinished with epoxy prime and catalyzed enemel top coat.Slam a set of stainless trim rings and goodyear E range Marathons,and you are good to go w/o corosion and rim leaks. These are the ones on our Aluminum Merhow LQ horse trailer,but the ones on the toy hauler are the same.
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:37 PM   #4
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Aluminum Wheel Spider Veins

@DRC343. I only wash the rig and wheels with a non abrasive sponge and mild soap and water per the manufacturer's directions. I never wash the wheels with harsh wheel cleaner.
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@trboomax. Thanks. If what you say is true about corrosion penetrating the beads, it's very frustrating since I spent the extra $$$ for the good looking aluminum wheels on my sled.
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:46 PM   #6
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That is degradation of the clear coat they put on them to keep them looking good. Unfortunately,when moisture and road cemicals get to the wheels ,this is the result. I would never have aluminum wheels on a trailer because this same corrosion is crawling in under the tire beads andin a couple years you will be chaseing rim leaks forever. I changed out my wheels to a set of DexWheel modular steel wheels that I personally sandblasted and refinished with epoxy prime and catalyzed enemel top coat.Slam a set of stainless trim rings and goodyear E range Marathons,and you are good to go w/o corosion and rim leaks. These are the ones on our Aluminum Merhow LQ horse trailer,but the ones on the toy hauler are the same.
IF your hypothesis about aluminum wheels leaking in a couple years is correct, there will be a bunch of Brrkshire owners with flat tires.
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:50 PM   #7
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IF your hypothesis about aluminum wheels leaking in a couple years is correct, there will be a bunch of Brrkshire owners with flat tires.
Aint a hypothesis,its my experience in 51 yrs of doing this.The Alcoas will take a while longer,maybe 4-5 yrs and if you keep them out of the salt and dont acid wash them,maybe longer. I thought we were talking about the cheapy trailer wheels in the OP,not high$ Alcoa's found on Berks.
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@trbomax. My wheels are only 7 months old. Seems like a lot of premature wear for my rims that have been taken care of per the manufacturing directions, in a non salt water environment and never acid washed.
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You could take it back to a/the dealer,but they will just tell that the vendor (manufacturer) warranties the wheels and its a maintanence issue anyways.Bet your life on it!
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@trbomax. My wheels are only 7 months old. Seems like a lot of premature wear for my rims that have been taken care of per the manufacturing directions, in a non salt water environment and never acid washed.

Don't worry, that is only surface cracks in the clear coat, they won't be leaking air for many years, if ever. Because you do maintain them, it is annoying to see the result. I also agree that it would be a claim to the wheel manufacture, and whats to say it just doesn't happen again. Tough spot to be in too.
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