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Old 03-22-2009, 02:54 PM   #1
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Aluminum Wheel Source

I am trying to locate some either 15" or 16" aluminum wheels with a center bore of 3 1/2 inches. Most trailer wheels on EBay seem to have a bore diameter of 4.25 inches. Currently, my Airstream rides high in the nose due to a fixed load equalizing hitch, thus my interest in 16" wheels.

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Old 03-22-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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Why not check out installing a 'taller' (larger outer diameter) tire for your existing'll have to check to see how much clearance you need in the fender wells...check with a local tire dealer/specialist.

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Old 03-22-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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Why not drop the ball heigth to allow the front of the trailer to ride level.
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Old 03-22-2009, 04:53 PM   #4
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You will find the wheels you are looking for here.

However you go you want to get that trailer level. Running an Airstream tongue high puts additional load on the TV and will eventually do damage to the rear axle because of overloading it.

Airstreams do not have any compensation system between the axles and if not level overloads one or the other axle depending on tongue high or tongue low.
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How big a tire do you need? There is not a lot of space between the wheels on a typical 70's Airstream to begin with. If you get a new truck next year and the reciever is lower, would you then look for smaller tires?

The problem is the hitch is too high, I would replace the drop down bar for the hitch with an adjustable one.


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