Aluminum rims vs. steel

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by slow.rider, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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  3. JonJon78

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    I can see maybe the trucks being leased but trailers also?
     
  4. Long FLD

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    I have no idea. I don’t run them either but being that I haul bulk I’m around a lot of guys that do and the majority are happy with them. The guy where I park runs them on all of his trailers because they’re a little lighter and he gets better wear out of them than duals on his triples. I think they have their place and can benefit some, but I can’t stand the way they look and I can already load nearly 30 ton legal so I’m not looking to cut weight.
     
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  5. SmallPackage

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    I’ve seen them on a couple of there trailers that have picked up from us a few times over the years. Not many. But that may change because BFS has now turned there company fleet over to JB Hunt to run the logistics. Just like Michelin did with M.S. Carriers 25 years or so ago.
     
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  6. AModelCat

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    1 flat that wrecks the rim and you can kiss the savings goodbye.
     
  7. skallagrime

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    Dont mistake my response as being anything more than the information asked for, ie fmpg savings and generally how they did, enough people have warned about the drawbacks, no one gave the real world information op actually asked for
     
  8. larry2903

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    You folks must blow a lot of tires. I’ve been running wide base tires since 2013 and haven’t blown one yet, could happen but when or if it does it’ll be because of a road hazard. I keep a close eye on my tires, just as I did with duals, check pressures regularly and I’ve never ran any tire all the way down to minimum legal depths.
    The reasons I run them,
    750 lbs. weight savings between truck and trailer
    Easier maintenance, only one valve stem per position
    Cost savings when comparing a premium wide base to a premium dual,
    Good mileage and wear over the 8 years that I’ve ran them.

    The last time I blew a tire was almost 20 years ago when I was a company driver for a fleet that ran caps on the trailer, threw a cap. Not saying it won’t happen to me, if or when it does I’ll deal with it.
     
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  9. slow.rider

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    Yeah I lost a super single in my first year on a company reefer which needed a road call, and have had a couple flats on duals since then where I was able to limp to service. None of the tires exploded and I never lost a rim. In fact like I said somewhere, to replace the super single the guy didn't even have to take the rim off the truck. I know blowouts can happen but I also know they're rare.

    It looks like it'd take a couple/few years for the fuel savings to pay the $1500 upcharge, and theres a few other pros and cons either way, so I guess the question boils down to whether or not it's worth it to him to spend that 1500 in order to shed 350lbs of weight. And that's a question only he can answer. But if his entire income depends on one truck, that's another factor to consider too. Even if insurance pays to fix the damage from a catastrophic blowout, that's still a big chunk of zero revenue downtime.
     
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  10. larry2903

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    I never saw one tenth of an increase in fuel economy when I first put them on my trailer in 13, but all the reasons I listed are the reasons I started using them and continue to do so. I run them on truck and trailer now, beginning in 15.
     
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  11. Long FLD

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    Does he haul bulk products where the weight savings means extra paying freight every load? Or is he trying to get light enough to get an extra pallet on? If he will see revenue from extra payload every single load and can also combine that with rising fuel costs then his ROI will be shorter. And without knowing the rolling resistance of his current tires and what wide singles he would by its hard to guess what his fuel savings would be.
     
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