Have a 2018 MBS Sunseeker 2400W with about 13K miles and we love it so far! However, had to ditch the pretty chrome OEM wheel simulators (i.e., hubcaps) early on due to incessant (and embarrassing!) rattling and clanking noises. As many already know, our stock wheel sims use a number of little claw-type grippers around the edge that grab onto the wheel rim, but they quickly become loose and noisy, then often fail altogether causing outright loss of the wheel sim somewhere along the side of the road. Of course, I took the advice of others and used the stainless steel tie wraps to prevent loss, but those did nothing to lessen the annoying rattling noises of the loose clips. So, I'm currently running with naked steel wheels. Not the most elegant solution, but completely FREE of noise! So, I've recently come across two possible solutions...
First, the often recommended switch to aluminum wheels - specifically Alcoas, which are attractive but PRICEY (at least $2K per set)! Strangely, it seems Alcoa has had a monopoly on the Sprinter 3500 dually chassis for quite some time. However, I recently ran across a new alloy wheel offering from TheSprinterStore called the Ultra Hunter 003 (avail in chrome finish or gloss black). Wondering if anyone has had any experience with them? Apparently, the wheels are a bit wider (16x6.0 vs the Alcoa 16x5.5), but have an impressive look to them and are cheaper than the Alcoas at about $1499 for a set of four plus the special lug nuts they require (stock steel inners are still run on the back). Here's the link for reference:
Sure seems like an attractive, less expensive, option to the Alcoas - plus does away with the annoying wheel sims altogether!
Option 2, while less expensive that an alloy upgrade, still keeps me tied to the uncertainty of chrome wheel sims - albeit with a supposedly improved retention system. I've heard there may be a wheel sim option that actually "bolts on," but I have yet to find a vendor that offers a set for the wheels on our later model 3500s with duallies. That said, the set I'm considering from Eagle Industries uses a complete 360-degree claw-type grip system that they say is vastly superior to the OEM wheels sims. In fact, they say they've never heard of a reported loss or noise problem attributed to their wheel sims. Best of all, the price for a set of four is less than $200 (see the link below)!
So, what say the older, wiser heads around the table? Anybody got firsthand experience or supportable opinions about either of these options (or possible alternatives)? Fire when ready, Gridley! THANKS!