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Old 11-16-2016, 08:06 PM   #11
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I recently bought an 06 2500 140in WB . My spare is definitely steel... I'm not sure what wheels i have, a magnet does stick to them (no super strongly), they are silver in color. Wondering if these are "alloy" wheels? i don't have any separate bolts with my jack. Just found out i gotta take a 1000 mile round trip ride to go to funeral and i came across this thread, wondering if I can use my spare if need be!!
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A picture would be helpful.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:49 PM   #13
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I recently bought an 06 2500 140in WB . ... a magnet does stick to them (no super strongly), .. wondering if I can use my spare if need be!
If a magnet sticks; then they have iron in them. They are a iron alloy = Steel wheel.
The stock spare is also Steel.
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Old 12-19-2016, 03:43 PM   #14
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Here is a pic of my wheels, with the info posted above they are steel correct ? so no issues using my steel spare?
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Old 12-20-2016, 02:04 AM   #15
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Here is a pic of my wheels, with the info posted above they are steel correct ? so no issues using my steel spare?
Yes that is a steel wheel - same as your spare.
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My 2016 came with factory alloys and a matching alloy spare, and I thought this was standard practice for Mercedes. Is this warning primarily folks with aftermarket wheels or upfitted RVs where they cut corners with a steel spare, or did some older sprinters not come with all the same wheels from the factory?
My 2002 313CDI had factory alloys and steel spare. The extra bolts were in the passenger side compartment with jack.
I had to use that spare once and luckily had those spare bolts.

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Anyone know where I can order a set of lugs that will work with the steel wheels? I only need 6 of them for my spare as I installed new aftermarket wheels and kept the steel spare and sold off the stock wheels with the lugs included. I now need to get 6 lugs that work with the steel wheel to keep in the van.
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Any auto parts store
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Doubt that any auto part stores will have lug bolts for Sprinters - but I could be wrong.

Lots of sources on-line. Here is just one.
https://www.eeuroparts.com/Parts/652...ug-Bolt-18913/

Also a dealer would be a good source.
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Michelin Truck Tire Manual

Not really related to lug bolt length. TooMuchHair referenced a very nice tire manual by Michelin.

There is a section specific to RV's.

An example of included info.

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I copied this paragraph about mismatched dual tires from the Michelin truck tire handbook, page 142.

5. Dual Mismatch Height
Dual mismatch tread depths (tire height differences)
will cause irregular wear. Additionally, the larger tire
(the one with the greatest tread depth) will become
over-fatigued due to bearing more weight, this
accelerates premature casing failure.
Goal: Match tires in dual assembly with equal tread
depths. Well maintained fleets use +/- 4/32" of tread
depth as maximum allowable difference in overall height
between the duals.
Effect: Dual mismatch tread depths can cause a
permanent irregular wear pattern in a few weeks
resulting in early removal or a lost casing.

They also make a similar point about the importance of matching air pressure in dual wheel pairs because of the difference in diameter causes the tires to travel different distances causing scrubbing of the tread surface, sometimes severe.

Lots of good information in this manual. Including selecting correct air pressure based on weight, which is the correct method if you can. Truckers that run lots of empty miles soon realize that the pressures necessary to carry there loaded weights can cause extreme wear at times when running empty. It is a dilemma because its just impractical to let air out of 18 tires (or?#) everytime you deliver a tanker load of fuel for example. That's one of the reason you see more trucks with lift axles, It not only gets 4 tires off the road completely, but increases the weight on the axle carrying the empty truck back to a distant load point. Win/win.

As a side note, there is some good info on page 77 about using blocking under tires properly. I cringe when I have seen people (mostly mechanics, i've never been in a campground but I have seen a few pictures of bad leveling block placement too)) make the mistakes shown in the diagrams.

Here is the link to the entire manual:

https://www.michelintruck.com/assets...anual_2011.pdf
In case the link changes:
Truck_Tire_Service_Manual_2011.pdf

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More RV specific

https://www.michelinb2b.com/wps/b2bc...s_Brochure.pdf

RV_Tires_Brochure.pdf
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