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Old 03-02-2016, 02:38 PM   #1
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1965 ambassador-split rims

We are getting our 1965 28ft ambassador ready for what could end up being a 5,000 plus mile trip. Looking at the rims today, I noticed what seems to be a split in the out side of the rim on three out of the four rims. It's a small zigzag split. I figure it's to uniformed to be a crack.... I had never seen this before and after some surfing I found out about split rims. I've mostly read about how dangerous they can be. Are these split rims? Should I put changing them to solid rims on the top part of my to do list? Thanks for any info. This is my first post to airforums, happy to be a part of the group! Thanks.

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Old 03-05-2016, 10:52 PM   #2
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Split rims are OK if installed or assembled correctly. Assuming this is done because they are on the trailer and being used. The next tire change you will want to buy new rims and new tires.

Or buy rims in anticipation of the new tires.

Driving your trailer you would want to have a spare that is NOT a split rim. Such that if a tire on a split rim fails you have a non-split rim to be placed in that locate. This would be a strategy if you want to own the trailer on a budget now and spend the cash in other areas. If you take this strategy the goal is to have at least one non-split rim and tire available to be used in the event that a tire fails that is mounted on a split rim.

If you have the cash now, get 5 new rims and tires.

Which ever strategy you take, you will eventually be replacing the split rims. The timing of that will depend on how you have cash allocated.

Assuming this is a new to you trailer, do inspect the age of the tires. Most of us are trained in replacing tires that have worn out tread. (Especially on daily driver vehicles) However tires have a shelf life based on age. That age limit has differing opinions. And if you have a trailer that has tires that are perhaps decades old, replacement is needed even if the tread looks good. In my opinion the tire age limit is reached at 7 or 8 years. This is just my non-professional opinion. Other will disagree with me.


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There are good reasons these days not to run split rims. You'll feel way better on a 5000 mi trip without the splits, and with a new matched set of wheels and tires. You can buy the wheels and hubcaps from VTS. Tires? Michelin ltx ms2 is the benchmark these days.
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