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Originally Posted by tthall426
What auto manufacturers 15" 6 lug rims fit my argosy 26? I just purchased mine Friday.thanks,Tommy
It is risky to utilize salvaged wheels on an Airstream product as many automotive and light truck wheels do not have the needed weight capacity and may not be designed to withstand the rigors of towing. You can find new plain steel wheels with the appropriate size and rating through most tire dealers for less than $70 each . . . or you can find styled steel as well as various alloy wheels with the appropriate ratings as well. Basically, you will be looking for a wheel meeting the following specifications:
- 2,600 pound weight capacity in trailer service
- 15" x 6" with six lugs on 5.5" centers
- Zero Offset
- 4.25" center bore
Some might find it good to upgrade to 16" wheels to open up the selection of tires to a wider variety of LT tires. Careful measurement is necessary with a Vintage coach to verify that you have both height and width clearance available for such an upgrade. A Forums search on tires will highlight a number of threads about tire size and types . . . particularly the choice between ST (Special Trailer) or LT (Light Truck) tires.
Regardless of the wheel selected, my suggestion would be to insist upon steel valve stems. The only trailer tire problem that I have had since 1995 was one that resulted from recurrent leakage from the typical rubber stems that are supplied unless you insist upon steel stems.
Good luck with your investigation and research! Enjoy your Argosy!
P.S.: If you haven't considered this, your Argosy has unique front Panoramic windows that while are still in use on certain new Airstreams - - they are no longer available as replacements in clear as was used on our Argosy coaches. A three-piece front rock guard (if one isn't currently installed on your coach) is worth considering as just one of the wrap window replacements can cost in excess of $700.