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Old 03-17-2004, 12:57 PM   #15
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I've got to say I don't think I'm going to go out of my way to switch to bias ply tires. In my case anyway, we're talking about a very small trailer, a very big tow vehicle, and friction sway control on the hitch. We had many situations last year where huge semis and motorhomes blew by us and we had not the slightest bit of sway from the trailer.

I am looking to get a new set of tires for our big trip in two months, but I think I'll stick with just replacing with what it's got on it now. Also, last year I bought a new spare, and it's a radial Marathon. I wouldn't want to be forced to mix and match if I got a flat.
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Old 03-17-2004, 08:27 PM   #16
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Wheel center hub?

Sure haven't standardize wheels have they. I'm looking at wheels and measuring mine and we have 5 on 4.5 15 inch 5 inch wheels. Thats the easy part. The center hub is slightly less than 2.5 which would seem to be the 2.30 size wheel. Anyone have any prior knowledge about this part.
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Old 10-22-2004, 05:38 PM   #17
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Just purchased a "68" 17' Caravel. Must completly restore/redo the inside. Would enjoy hearing about your unit (even some pictures) or, I travel to Kelso on occasions and could stop by for a peek. Have very little experience in RV's and fixin them. Your knowledge would be appriciated.

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Old 10-22-2004, 08:37 PM   #18
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I haven't read up on weight ratings, I assume that means each tire is rated to carry 1820 lbs? Because that would still exceed the capacity of even the 3500 lb axel if I understand it right. Of course, if you're buying an axel from Andy, just ask him what to do for tires. I'm sure he knows better than anyone - well better than me anyway
The weight rating is per tire, for single-wheel applications. If you have some kind of macho, he-man Airstream with dual wheels per axle, the weight rating per tire is about 10% less, or 90% of 1820, x2, or 3276 pounds per pair, or 6552 pounds per axle . I don't think any of us will have that problem .
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Old 10-23-2004, 07:02 AM   #19
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First off at 80 the semi isn't going to be passing me very often.
They will if you ever tow on I-75 in Florida.
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Old 10-24-2004, 07:22 PM   #20
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They will if you ever tow on I-75 in Florida.
When do they go that slow???
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A tire related question...

I want to replace my hub caps on the 1967 Caravel. I have the originals but they were so damaged my Dad thought it would be too expensive to re-chrome them so he just painted them black. It looks weird.

I notice Vintage Airstream has two types and from reading the thread I can only assume mine is the same size 15.

Has anyone replaced their hubcaps and what did you get and where?

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Old 01-24-2011, 10:26 AM   #22
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A tire related question...

I want to replace my hub caps on the 1967 Caravel. I have the originals but they were so damaged my Dad thought it would be too expensive to re-chrome them so he just painted them black. It looks weird.

I notice Vintage Airstream has two types and from reading the thread I can only assume mine is the same size 15”.

Has anyone replaced their hubcaps and what did you get and where?

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We replaced both the wheels and chrome hub caps on our 67 Caravel with ones purchased from Vintage Trailer Supply in Vermont. They are 15" and look great! The price was very reasonable and arrived very quickly.

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