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Old 04-02-2011, 09:25 PM   #1
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Aftermarket aluminum rims for '70s models?

Has anyone purchased a set of aftermarket aluminum rims for a 1970's Airstream (6 bolt, 15" rims)? If so, what make and model did you purchase and where did you find them?

I'm also wondering the specs on these 1970's rims (eg.offset). Anyone have the specs?

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Old 04-02-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Kevin these will fit. The site lists all the psecs you need for your trailer rim size. If you don't like that style or supplier just use the specs and look for different wheels. They have rim & tire packages which come mounted and balanced.
Aluminum Trailer Wheel Style: SERIES #03 Size: 15 x 6 Bolt Pattern: 6 x 5.5 Bore Size: 4.25 Load Rating: 2830 lbs @ 80 PSI Offset: 0mm Hispec
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:32 PM   #3
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Here are a few. My favorite is this one. But that is a move to 16" rims.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:07 AM   #4
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Kevin,

you can also find them at www.tredit.com. I am told theses are the suppliers for Airstream
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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I have purchased two sets of wheels from the company listed I. The second post. They were very helpful and knowledgable, the also seem to understand Airstreams. The wheels I purchased we're HSW (High Spec Wheels). FWIW they are, from what I understand, one of the larger suppliers of OEM Alum. Wheels to the RV industry. I have been very happy with the wheels on both my AS and my previous SOB.
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Just to clarify, I had a bit of a typo in my first sentence in my post from last night (late night postings are bad sometimes!). I purchased my wheels from Trailer Tires and Wheels as linked in the post by Wasagachris (the second in this tread). The other places may be fine too. You will find that a number of places sell HWT wheels (I posted them as HSW in my post above). You can, if you are careful about the weight ratings, run "truck" aftermarket alum wheels on your trailer. The choices are a bit limited however when trying to stay in they proper weight range/wheel bolt pattern/offset. Again I found Trailer Tires and Wheels to be very helpful in making sure I got the correct fit. Of course I don't know about shipping to the OP's home in Canada, but I am sure you can ask if they will do it.

BTW here is a link to HWT wheels main website if you are interested.

When ordering wheels don't forget the center caps, get stainless steel rather than chrome if you can. The cheaper chrome ones will start to rust right away. Also get stainless lug nuts rather than steel with chrome caps as the chrome ones will also start to rust quickly.

I do have a photo of my trailer on a recent trip to Assateague in my gallery that, if you supersize it, will give you an idea of what "mod"/ modular style wheels look like. I think they look great, but that of course is subjective (vintage folks tend to hate alum wheels in my experience :-) ). You also want to make sure you put in high pressure tire valves too.

BTW, I put new sets of Maxxis tires on both of the sets I have purchased over the past couple of years. I purchased the tires from Discount Tire Direct.
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Howdy!

I would aslo recommend Trailer Tire and Wheel Suppermarket, have used them twice and have been a great company to deal with. I just order four (4) new tires for our AS and they beat the price of anyone local even with their shipping cost.

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Thanks for the info everyone!
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I bought a set of 4 aluminum wheels from trailerandtruckparts.com. No shipping on orders over $99.

15 inch Trailer Rims, Aluminum, Chrome, Steel and Galvanized Trailer Wheels

I bought the 15 inch T04 Black Machined Aluminum Trailer Wheel 6 on 5 1/2
Item Id: ST-T04-56655BM. $89.99 each

They have a load capacity of 2,830 lbs.

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15 inch 5 Lug Black Machined T04 Aluminum Trailer Wheel
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