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Old 04-19-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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1964 Tradewind tire rim update

HI, im new to the forum just found a 64 tradewind 24 ft and would like to update the original split rim 7.00-15 tires currently on it

ive read in the forum st225/75/15 will work or the 235/75/15xl tire
does anyone know the cross reference fore the steel rim used ive see
6-5-1/2 bolt pattern is that correct and isnt that similiar to the chevy 6 lug truck rims

thank you in advance
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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Go to www.vintagetrailersupply.com . They have the correct rim, powder coated black along with hub caps to suit. They also have great customer service & realistic shipping fees
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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Recstuff.com has aluminum wheels 15x6- 5-1/2 bolt pattern load rating 2830 lbs steel inserts in lug holes cost $78.40 ea. $25 ship for 4 caps lugs extra I. pur. these. very nice & they will work 225/75/15 or 235/75/15
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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Greetings puckrum!

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

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HI, im new to the forum just found a 64 tradewind 24 ft and would like to update the original split rim 7.00-15 tires currently on it

ive read in the forum st225/75/15 will work or the 235/75/15xl tire
does anyone know the cross reference fore the steel rim used ive see
6-5-1/2 bolt pattern is that correct and isnt that similiar to the chevy 6 lug truck rims

thank you in advance
The specifications for Airstream wheels was fairly consistent from the 1960s through at least the 1990s. The standard wheel rim was typically:
  • 15"x6"
  • zero offset
  • 6 lug pattern
  • 5.5" spacing
  • center bore measuring 4.245 inches
  • rated at 2,600 pounds
The wheel is a comparatively common trailer applications. My local Good Year tire dealer stocked new rims having the correct specifications as did a horse trailer dealer and an agricultural trailer dealer. New rims from either of the three sources that I tried were less than $15.00 per wheel more for a brand new known quality wheel compared to a salvage yard wheels that could be in less than optimum condition. The center bore diameter can also pose problems as many otherwise compatible salvage yard wheels will have center bores that are too small and prove problematic when trying to mount the wheels/tires. The usual tire size recommended today is an ST or LT 225 75 R 15 in at least load range C or no more than load range D on a Vintage coach.

Something else that you might want to consider as you acquire the tools and supplies for your retrieval trip would be an air compresser. With Vintage Airstreams, it is not uncommon to find problems mounting a new wheel/tire combination with the tire inflated. When the Henschen axles fail or take a set, the arm will often not permit the hub/drum to swing low enough for the wheel/tire to clear the side of the coach for removal/reinstallation. This is something that varies from one trailer to the next, but it is a comparatively common issue with coaches that have original axles that are in need of replacement.

These are the specifications that I utilized when I purchased new steel wheels for my '64 Overlander in 1995 and again when I ordered new alloy wheels for it in 2009.

Good luck with your coach!

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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thanks to everyone for helping i have three st225/75/15 tire/ wheel assemblies ordered so i can make sure i have a good spare on board.

ill post pictures of the 64 trade wind double so everyone can enjoy it
last time it was registered was 1985 the interior is totally stock untouched
flooring has 2 soft areas im going to repair
the outer shell has a few bumps and bruises but generally in good shape for its age.


thank you again
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1964 trade wind tire rim update

Greetings puckrum!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of 1964 Airstream ownership!

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thanks to everyone for helping i have three st225/75/15 tire/ wheel assemblies ordered so i can make sure i have a good spare on board.

ill post pictures of the 64 trade wind double so everyone can enjoy it
last time it was registered was 1985 the interior is totally stock untouched
flooring has 2 soft areas im going to repair
the outer shell has a few bumps and bruises but generally in good shape for its age.


thank you again
Congratulations on your find. I am sure that you will enjoy your coach. It seems that 1964 must have been some kind of banner year for Airstream as there are apparently so many 1964 models surviving. Should you have questions about peculiarities of the 1964 models I am sure that you will find an answer among the numerous 1964 Airstream owners here on the Forums.

Enjoy your coach!

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