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Old 04-15-2019, 03:44 PM   #1
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15x6 vintage steel airstream wheels...

Hey guys, I have either a late Curtis Wright Clipper or a very early Silver Streak Clipper. 22', single axle, etc... You know, the alien eye camper.

Anyway, I need new wheels (15x6, 6-lug) for the thing. The easiest thing to do would be to just buy these:

However, these common replacements have the hubcap nubs on the outside and require you to run a hubcap that isn't super appropriate for a trailer like mine. I'd much rather find wheels with either clips or nubs on the inside so that I can run a smaller baby moon cap.

I've searched and saw this question has been asked in the distance past and no one really got anywhere with it. Has anything changed? Is anyone making a more appropriate wheel for 1950's era airstreams? What are folks using in their restorations?

Thanks a ton!


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Old 05-06-2019, 02:04 PM   #2
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I just switched out my old steel wheels and tires on my '76 Sovereign. I still have all four of the originals, if you think they are what you're looking for. They're 15" 6 lug wheels.

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Old 09-16-2019, 06:56 PM   #3
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I would be interested in 2 if Ryan doesn't need all 4
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Old 09-16-2019, 08:27 PM   #4
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Standard 6-lug clip wheel was used for many-a-year and is what many folks have replaced the old "split-rims" with over the years allowing them to continue to use the smaller baby moon hubcap. They look like the 15x6 Chevy rims of that era, though designed to carry more weight (from what they say). Should be the thing both of you need. 2+2=4.
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:42 PM   #5
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Same here, I was wondering if old truck wheels would fit the bill as the pre 1954 or so Chevy wheels had clips.

Call Coker Tire in Chattanooga and ask. Ar one time I had such information in my head, but it has leaked out somewhere else...

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Trailer wheels are subject to greater forces than a passenger car or most light truck wheels. No steering axle. In addition the trailer weights can be far greater all of the time versus a passenger car that might never see max loading. And if it does it is not loaded that way continously. The trailer wheels had a rating of 2600 pounds.

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