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Old 08-25-2016, 12:55 PM   #31
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I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to "Alcoa Rims"

I took my RV to a local tire shop to change out the rubber valve stems to metal so I can support higher pressure and be a bit more safe traveling. (Thanks for all the comments about using better, metal high-pressure valve stems.) It really was not costly at all. $4.95 for a stem, and $8 to put them on each tire. The more I looked at the rims, the more ticked I got about how the blasted hubcaps scratch up the rims so badly that they have significant rust in many places, not to mention the inner dually rims are seriously rusted around the bolt pattern. I didn't even know what was lurking behind those hubcaps...

I decided to leave the hubcaps off, as it isn't all that bad looking, but I still have to address the rust issues. I debated having them power-coated, painting them myself, or do nothing.

Thinking about the fact this is a $69k RV (plus all my mods), I started searching for the best price on 4 Alcoa "Durabrite coated" rims, and found a vendor on Ebay that is an Alcoa dealer, and in my part of the USA. It ended up costing me $1649 for the complete package shipped to my door, and I hope to put them on this weekend. I also hope to save a bit in weight too, as the Alcoa rims are 17 lbs each. I LOVE the valve stems that come installed on the rims. ALL METAL BOLTED IN.

The hubcaps (like new) and rims will go up on Craigslist this weekend
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:03 PM   #32
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Oh great, thanks a lot ;)

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I took my RV to a local tire shop to change out the rubber valve stems to metal so I can support higher pressure and be a bit more safe traveling. (Thanks for all the comments about using better, metal high-pressure valve stems.) It really was not costly at all. $4.95 for a stem, and $8 to put them on each tire. The more I looked at the rims, the more ticked I got about how the blasted hubcaps scratch up the rims so badly that they have significant rust in many places, not to mention the inner dually rims are seriously rusted around the bolt pattern. I didn't even know what was lurking behind those hubcaps...

I decided to leave the hubcaps off, as it isn't all that bad looking, but I still have to address the rust issues. I debated having them power-coated, painting them myself, or do nothing.

Thinking about the fact this is a $69k RV (plus all my mods), I started searching for the best price on 4 Alcoa "Durabrite coated" rims, and found a vendor on Ebay that is an Alcoa dealer, and in my part of the USA. It ended up costing me $1649 for the complete package shipped to my door, and I hope to put them on this weekend. I also hope to save a bit in weight too, as the Alcoa rims are 17 lbs each. I LOVE the valve stems that come installed on the rims. ALL METAL BOLTED IN.

The hubcaps (like new) and rims will go up on Craigslist this weekend
You cost me money every time you post a new mod

If you can post pictures, I would really like to see how they look. I've contemplated waiting for the EVO version of the Durabrite wheels. I like the weight savings, the ease of checking tire pressure and the idea of getting rid of those lousy "hubcaps".

You need to be prepared to catch grief from some on here that think you just wasted your money. Personally, I think this is a worthwhile mod and wish FR had offered it from the factory (like LTV does).

Pictures please!
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:54 PM   #33
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The updates to my 2016 sunseeker.
1. Sumos front and rear
2. Shower head with hydrogenics.
3.replaced wimpy horn.
4 replaced water heater plastic drain nut with brass petcock.
5.replaced dinette with 68" flexsteel full size sofa sleeper. We now use adjustable TV trays for table it makes more room with slide out. And sofa is way more comfy than dinette cushions. Both people can watch tv.
6. Installed 5" pvc tube for slinky under rear bumper.
7. Installed. Bielstiens rear shocks.
That's all for now I'm going to have valve stems done soon also.






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Old 08-25-2016, 03:24 PM   #34
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What model # of Sumos did you go with? Can you post a pic of the new sofa bed? I agree that dinette isn't very comfy for lounging and watching TV. Trays would be just fine. My family and I are all tall and the current 5'-8" dinette is too short for anyone to sleep on. The longest bed is the overhead bunk and no one wants to climb a ladder.
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:24 PM   #35
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Pictures please!
My only thought is if FR offered the Alcoa's as an option they would be far more expensive than what I just paid. I heard that Winnebago offers them as an option on their View for $3.5k. That is more than double what I paid.

I think the rims are like adding granite counters to your kitchen. You will always get your money back out of them, and they attract buyers / help with negotiation when the time comes.

I'm still trying to even things up after that heatpump upgrade you did

I should have them mounted next week. I'll definitely post some pictures.
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I decided to leave the hubcaps off, as it isn't all that bad looking, but I still have to address the rust issues. I debated having them power-coated, painting them myself, or do nothing.
I'm with you nusslejj. I have to enlarge front hub cap hole so my flow through sensors from tire-safeguard would fit instead of that they are all off. They are only pressure lock and could fly off hurt someone.
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Old 08-26-2016, 06:37 AM   #37
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My only thought is if FR offered the Alcoa's as an option they would be far more expensive than what I just paid. I heard that Winnebago offers them as an option on their View for $3.5k. That is more than double what I paid.

I think the rims are like adding granite counters to your kitchen. You will always get your money back out of them, and they attract buyers / help with negotiation when the time comes.

I'm still trying to even things up after that heatpump upgrade you did

I should have them mounted next week. I'll definitely post some pictures.
Even my spouse has commented on what a great mod that was - and she thought it was several thousand dollars. Mentioned to her last night it was only around $700 since I did the work. So far, it's the best thing we have done to the MH - cools better (15K vs. 13.5K BTU), much quieter, has heat pump (vs. cool only) and starts/runs great on the QD3200 diesel generator. Should be standard equipment with the diesel generator upgrade! Dynamax installs this on the Isata 3, wonder why it's not done (at least as a low cost option) on the FR models.
The Alcoa's are next on the "big" mod list. Can't check tire pressure and the TPMS doesn't like the valve stem extensions on the steel wheels. Also, need to get some weight out of this thing before our big trip to AK in 2018.

And I understand about the big markup from the factory - shouldn't be that big since they could remove the steel wheels and sell them as new takeoffs. But everyone gets their cut.
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Even my spouse has commented on what a great mod that was - and she thought it was several thousand dollars. Mentioned to her last night it was only around $700 since I did the work. So far, it's the best thing we have done to the MH - cools better (15K vs. 13.5K BTU), much quieter, has heat pump (vs. cool only) and starts/runs great on the QD3200 diesel generator. Should be standard equipment with the diesel generator upgrade! Dynamax installs this on the Isata 3, wonder why it's not done (at least as a low cost option) on the FR models.
The Alcoa's are next on the "big" mod list. Can't check tire pressure and the TPMS doesn't like the valve stem extensions on the steel wheels. Also, need to get some weight out of this thing before our big trip to AK in 2018.

And I understand about the big markup from the factory - shouldn't be that big since they could remove the steel wheels and sell them as new takeoffs. But everyone gets their cut.
Looks like the Alcoa' 16" rim package for 3500 chassis in the dura bright is about $1850.00 and free shipping on buytruckwheels.com. Not a bad price for the wheels you are getting and you can more easily check tire pressures with these and don't have to worry about a $200 simulator falling off
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