Originally Posted by andrewsilver
I am interested to learn how I can upgrade the 225/70R19.5 wheels on my 2012 Fleetwood on a 2011 Ford F53 chassis to 22.5. There was an older thread on someone who had done this but I can no longer reply there. I realize the speedometer will be off.
The question is: Can I just purchase Ford 22.5" steel wheels - the ones that come from the factory on 22.5" equipped F53 chassis models? Or do I need to go with American Force aluminum wheels and have the bolt pattern custom cut?
Here's a link to the previous posts on the subject. The OP's site name is LVRVLUVR
One thing the OP didn't address is the fact that the torque value on the 19.5" steel wheels is 150 ft. lbs. while the torque value for the 22.5" wheels is 450 ft. lbs. Also the lugs on the 19.5" hubs are smaller and would twist off at the higher torque. Another thing to consider is that the 19.5" wheels have a 10 lug design while the 22,5" wheels have an 8 lug design. Here's a link to the F53 brochure for 2014.
Note the differences between the lighter and heavier chassis. The 22,000 lb. chassis comes standard with 8 hole 22.5" aluminum wheels, but can be ordered with 10 hole 19.5" steel wheels as an option
Keep in mind the OP seems to have an endless stream of money and claims to have owned over 60 motorhomes in the past few years. He is constantly "making improvements" on the Ford and other chassis. If you read through his 250 or so posts you'll see many of the "improvements" including the wheels had to be removed or redesigned several times. In his case the wheels were custom made.