View Poll Results: Which wheel is your favorite?
Wheel 1 New style 7 14.58%
Wheel 2 Classic 8 hole 27 56.25%
Factory steel wheels 14 29.17%
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:42 PM   #1
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Wheel Choice for my Airstream

Which do you like best for my 24' motorhome?
I always wanted the 8 hole classic
But wonder what the new style would look like.


Vote for best one you like and tell me why.

wheel 1 is New style
wheel 2 is Classic 8 hole



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Old 02-02-2005, 08:52 PM   #2
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The new style is not something that I think would look good on a classic.

Just my opinion. If I was doing it, I would go with number 2
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:29 PM   #3
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I was told today that Airstream had decided to change wheel design recently, the wheel manufacturer (can't remember the name) offered all the excess inventory for sale through their distributors, then Airstream changed its mind.

Is that what this topic is all about - a legitimate change in wheel design?

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Old 02-02-2005, 10:39 PM   #4
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Is that what this topic is all about - a legitimate change in wheel design?

Curious.
Nope Just gettin opinions for me to consider.

PS I never saw the wheels side by side untill I put up this post, and while I like the new style, I am leaning back towards the wheels i have always wanted The Classics.
I am gonna decide soon and get new wheels (7)
New tires (7)
and Balance Masters front and rear.
And I hate spending money!

But all this for something I havent even really used yet! (No time yet, but soon.)
I love it.
Ain't obsession grand!
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:13 PM   #5
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I agree the Classic 8 Hole looks best
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Old 02-03-2005, 06:41 AM   #6
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Richardt,
The classic is diffinitely the one.
The wheel is manufactured by Alcoa Aluminum Co, and Southwest Wheel is a source. When I went to get new wheels for my trailer, Airstream wanted 300.62 each for them, plus lugs and centers. Southwest sells the same for $137. I have no idea what your wheels might be.They have a website. Normal disclaimers- I'm retired and have nothing to do with them other than pleased with their products.
Also, normally, the inside wheel of the duals will be steel- are you planning on using aluminum inner wheels also?
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Old 02-03-2005, 06:55 AM   #7
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Also, normally, the inside wheel of the duals will be steel- are you planning on using aluminum inner wheels also?
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Since I have to by all new wheels as my originals are 16.5" I am considering buying all Aluminum wheels. I will be attemping to get 2 Blems for inners, it depends on cost, and have not decided on the spare yet. It is that or pay for 2 new steel wheels for inners.
Is there a reason other than $ not to go all aluminum?
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Old 02-03-2005, 07:12 AM   #8
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Definitely the Classic 8 hole.The new style are missing the spinners.
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The only issue you my have to worry about if you go with aluminum on the inside duals is the length of the mounting studs. From the factory the insides normally are steel. I would also go with a steel spare. Save the bucks for the rubber.
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:25 AM   #10
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We have the 8 holes on our 345 - love the look - it "fits" the coach. Steel inners on the duals.
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Old 02-03-2005, 07:50 PM   #11
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I ordered Balance Masters front, rear, and two for the driveshafts today!
Tommorrow I am going to order the wheels and tires.
I have liked the Alcoas forever in the traditional 8 hole classic style, and while I briefly toyed with the idea of going with something a little more radical, the classics win hands down (as the pole shows).
The closest tire size to the original is 225/75/16 and I will go with E rated tires all around and a new spare, I will be getting 3 steel wheels for the spare and inner duals.
If anyone is interested I will have 7 factory wheels with 2 very new tires, 5 older tires, and 4 stainless steel hupcaps, If no one asks to buy I will put in storage for now.
Here is an icy side shot of my motorhome, and a closeup of the roof antenna cover with this afternoons ice!


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Sure is a good looking unit.
Remember what Bret said about the length of the studs. The aluminum wheels are pretty thick, so if you use Aluminum inners on the rear they probably will have to be changed. They may have to be anyway, no matter which you choose.
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My MH came with 4 eight hole look hub caps, which CW sells. They look good and I heard that the steel ones won't "flatten" as easy as the aluminums if sitting too long. I kind of wish that the rears had the rims already, as I like the deep look for the back "offset"?
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as for Southwest selling aluminum wheels at 130+ that sure sounds cheap. The wheel simulators ar 89 a piece or higher. Makes me want to do the real thing next time I replace a sim. Need to find that website.
By the way my wheel sims are chrome version of the classic wheel above, and they do look good. Of course ours are 19.5 and I think yours are 16.5...right?
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