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Old 03-03-2019, 04:54 PM   #1
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Bent rim. Dang dang dang. Advice?

2017 fuse 23a heading to SoCal. I 40 W Just east of Gallup nm I could not avoid a massive pothole..there are many but this one was huge. I took the next exit to see if anything had come loose and I have a ruined wheel cover and a bent rim on front passenger tire. Sunday and no tire shop or truck stop has the 16" rim. I'm at an rv park until the Ford dealer opens in the am. Have called a couple of other places with no luck. Tire is not flat or deflating...yet anyway and thus happened about 4 hours ago. Two tire guys said I sh I uld not try to push on to the next larger town, winslow az. See picture. Should I wait or should I go?
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Old 03-04-2019, 01:19 AM   #2
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I'd wait. As it is now, its a blowout waiting to happen,
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:25 AM   #3
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Do you have a spare? Put it on now just to be save. Doing it now means you control the location to do the fix. In a snow storm or on a city street is not much fun. It is possible to fix that wheel but it may be cheaper to find a good used one.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:29 PM   #4
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Don't travel with it like that. The next bump could brake the bead from the rim and now you have to control a front tire flat safely to the side of the road.
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What was the outcome? New, used, flat?
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Old 03-10-2019, 04:16 PM   #6
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bent rim

If you are desperate swap out a dually wheel and proceed with caution.
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:07 PM   #7
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From a tire guy. Get a big hammer and give it a few good wachs. Get it close and then drive to the nearest tire shop. Does not look that bad
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Exactly why I carry a 4 lb hammer. But after beating it back into shape, I'd find Wifi and look for junk yards near where I was or where I was going. And then come Monday I'd limp to near one and visit trying to find a used 16". I've seen lots of 16", not quite as many as 19", and a few 22.5" at junk yards.

But, OP likely has his issue all straightened out by now. Wonder if he'll come back and let us know how it went?
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Thanks for all the advice and I did NOT drive further; found a great clean RV Park USA RV and spent an afternoon researching my options. The lady at USA RV gave me 4 places to call. Could not get anything productive done in Gallup, NM on a Sunday but I got lots of ideas...junk yard, bang on it with a hammer, which tire shop might have a 16", etc. I decided against the junk yard unless I was desperate and parked in front of the local Ford dealer at 7:15. Was hoping they would have a 16" but they didn't and would have taken 2 days to get one so with a little pleading they decided they could bang on it with a hammer which I was glad to let them do! It looks great and they even smoothed out the wheel cover too. $87. I drove on to SoCal and am now back a total of about 1300 miles on the reformatted rim and absolutely no problem.
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No spare is provided with this Class C...I asked when I bought it new. Winnebago doesn't want me changing tires is what I was told. Don't know where I would mount it either!
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Thanks for all the advice and I did NOT drive further; found a great clean RV Park USA RV and spent an afternoon researching my options. The lady at USA RV gave me 4 places to call. Could not get anything productive done in Gallup, NM on a Sunday but I got lots of ideas...junk yard, bang on it with a hammer, which tire shop might have a 16", etc. I decided against the junk yard unless I was desperate and parked in front of the local Ford dealer at 7:15. Was hoping they would have a 16" but they didn't and would have taken 2 days to get one so with a little pleading they decided they could bang on it with a hammer which I was glad to let them do! It looks great and they even smoothed out the wheel cover too. $87. I drove on to SoCal and am now back a total of about 1300 miles on the reformatted rim and absolutely no problem.
Well done! I guess I'll have to re-evaluate my attitude that a bent wheel is only fit for the junk pile.
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:27 AM   #12
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I would have never thought it could be repaired but after talking to several people and seeing posts on this thread I became a believer (especially when a new one meant a two day layover!). Thanks again everyone for the input!
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Wow! I'm shocked. I thought the rim would be toast. Good to know.
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I would take it to an alignment shop and get the wheel alignment ( front suspension) checked. The pothole could have knocked it out and if so it could rapidly wear the front tires out.
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