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Old 11-26-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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What auto manufacturers 15" 6 lug rims fit my argosy 26? I just purchased mine Friday.thanks,Tommy
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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Greetings Tommy!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Argosy ownership!

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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!

Kevin

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.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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would those work for ours too?

Overlander, would those specs also work with a 1979 Argosy Minuet? We are also looking to replace some ugly rims.
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Welcomd TexInNC!

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Overlander, would those specs also work with a 1979 Argosy Minuet? We are also looking to replace some ugly rims.
Before discarding your original rims, you might want to consider having them media blasted and powder coated. The one reason that I mention this is that the Minuets were often equipped with a somewhat unusual factory spoked steel rim that is actually quite attractive when refinished . . . and center caps from mid-1970s Chevrolet K5 Blazer are said to fit in place of the Argosy center caps if yours have met their demise due to old age and brittleness.

The wheels on your Minuet share the specifications of the standard Airstream wheels identified above.

Good luck with your Minuet! I am sure that you will get years of enjoyment out of your coach!

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