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Old 02-23-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Wheels for 1958 Traveler

I would like to replace the old split rims and tires. I may opt for an axle replacement, and will need to do research on the electric brakes parts being readily available in emergencies. My gut feeling is the brakes parts may be obsolete, or not common when on the road.

Does anyone know what the original tire and wheel sizes are? The current tires on this trailer is 7.00x15LT on a 6 lug wheel. Not sure if these sizes are original or not.

Any recommendations for new tires, wheels, and axle?
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Well you are in luck because less than 50 miles from you is the best source for parts for a vintage Airstream. Call Andy at Inland RV he can answer all your questions about axles,rims and tires. He has thousands of parts in stock for our old girls.

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Old 02-24-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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Old or New style wheels?

Thanks for the reply, and do plan to make a visit to Inland RV for various reasons. I was hoping other Traveler trailer owners would chime in.

I am at a cross road to selecting new wheels. Plans for the interior will be pretty much rebuild everything. May keep the same floor plan, but rebuild all cabinets to update the style. Trailer will eventually be polished.

I like the look of these wheels featured in Classic Car DIY Airstream restoration video. Anyone know the brand name of these wheels?



Should I stick to the vintage steel wheels with mooncaps, or select a nice forged aluminum style wheel?
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:01 AM   #4
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After much consideration, I am leaning towards the classic look now.

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:38 AM   #5
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Just a follow up finally to my post. This is what I ended up with... Old Chevy truck wheels, 6 lug, moon hub caps, and beauty ring from Hupcap Mikes.

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Wheel Sizes

Hi, Just got a '58 Traveler and was wondering about the origin of the wheels.
I would like to keep the original wheels. However my dilemma is I am in Australia and I have to bring the Traveler up to "Ozzy" registration specs which will mean a brake upgrade. A vintage tyre seller here suggested they may be 6 stud Chevy wheels - is that the case? Please pour out your knowledge about what sort of wheels Airstream used on the '58 Traveler.
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Airstream 6 lug wheels are

15" x 6" Rim - 6 on 5-1/2 -Trailer wheel

What will your brake upgrade consist of?
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The wheels for your trailer are what is called "ZERO OFFSET". Which means the center disk of the rim is not offset closer to one side or the other, it is centered in the rim. The wheels should also have the proper weight rating to carry the load.
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Braking Requirements Australia

Basically the braking requirements here.
Single Axle GTM not exceeding 750Kg (1650lbs) no brakes required
Not Exceeding 2000Kg(4400lbs) Must have brakes on at least one axle (ie dual axle) All trailers in excess of 1400Kg(3080lb) are dual axle.
In excess of 2000Kg Must have brakes operable from drivers seat(ie electric) Also in excess of 2000Kg must have a breakaway brake in the event of the trailer becoming detached from vehicle.

For my Traveler I will fit a hydraulic system that operates on a piston behind the tow ball. You are probably familiar with the system.

I own a Holden (General Motors)rear drive V6 Running on LPG- Equivelent of your Chev. Maximum tow capacity is 1400Kg so the Traveler is perfect weight wise.

I hope that explains some of our regulations.

The question about the wheels is important as I will have to find and fit some hydraulic brake hubs to suit the 6 stud AS wheels.
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