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Old 02-19-2003, 08:47 AM   #1
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Aluminum wheels

Has anyone changed their steel wheels to Aluminum?

I am considering this but I need to know about the 2600 lb issue.

I have heard of people buying standard aluminum wheels from your average tire and wheel vendor.

Doe anyone have a resource and or contact for purchasing the aluminum wheels?

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Old 02-19-2003, 10:13 AM   #2
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I know Andy is gonna freak on this one but some of the better wheel manufacturers such as Weld and Centerline do have wheels that have weight ratings approaching the 3,000 lb mark. Just be sure your offsets are correct and in my opinion you shouldn't have any problems. Alcoa is a definite source but they can be a bit pricey.

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Old 02-19-2003, 10:20 AM   #3
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Yes Chas, I have always thought that the original Centrelines or knockoffs would look great on an A/S. A match made in heaven you might say. I wonder if anyone has tried it.
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Chas.
There are a number of aluminum wheel manufacturers that make excellent wheels for an Airstream trailer.

The two issues are as always, the weight rating and the offset.
I personaaly think they look great on any Airstream trailer.
The only seemingly unanswered question though, is why would someone spend $200.00 to $400.00, per wheel, and gripe about the cost of a gasket, which is $.70 per foot.

The wheels do nothing other that look good. The gasket prevents damage.

Go figure??????????????


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Old 02-19-2003, 10:40 AM   #5
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Ego destroyer

Parked next to my International at the storage yard is a rusty hulk of a Chevy panel truck that has to be 25 or 30 years old. The windows are gone and there is a ragged tarp tied over the body. I guess someone is plotting to restore it some day, but right now it looks like something that should be queued up for the crusher in a salvage yard. The only thing decent about it is a set of shiny aluminum wheels.

Yesterday, I suddenly noticed that they are the precisely the same aluminum wheels as are on my 2003 International. They would be totally identical except that mine are 14" and the Chevy has 15".

Makes me wonder why someone would put a nice set of wheels on an undriveable junker in a storage yard. If it is to be restored, the wheels would be totally out of place.
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Old 02-19-2003, 10:59 AM   #6
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Andy, da wheelz makes it look good,

I wish I could get a set of double dueces under my OV, then I sure to be stylin'!! ( double deuces are 22 inch wheels for you gated community forum members) I saw the same thing at a buddy of mine's high end car stereo shop. There was this 90's Lincoln Townecar, mismatched tires, broken windshield, missing the grille and the owner had just dropped five hundred bucks on new amp!! He says he sees it all the time.

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I know someone on this board who has American Racing Outlaw II's on his trailer (early 70's 30ish ft) 15x7, said they were a bit of a tight fit to get them on, but once on provided enough clearance.
These wheels are in the #2400-2450 range and can be had for around $80 including center hubs and lugs. these wheels look like the centerline's. I'm considering this as well to pair up with the new Marathons that are on the way.
What are the offsets supposed to be?
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I'm looking at doing this also on my 59. I had never seen this before but my A/S has 14.5 inch rims. They are replacements for the 2 peice that came on it.

I just want to make sure I get a rim with the right weight rating. couple of questions I have is what are the Good Year tires rated for air pressure? I know the rims on my chevy truck has the right lug pattern but the factory chevy rally rim used 69-91 is only rated 40PSI. So that is a second concern. The tires on my campers are rated 100psi.
I was looking at some ultra brand rims. About $80 each. They have a cover over the lugs and a nice smooth look to them. Thought those might look good and be a little retro looking with a hub cap. I need to check the weight ratings and pressure ratings.

Need to know back space that would be appropriate for a pre torsion axle camper (Mine has conventional leaf springs) and PSI of a current 15 inch trailer tire.
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Do you have a picture of the outlaw II's??
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Ah, good. The post worked.
I changed my wheels for several reasons. One of them being the looks, but that's not the only one. It does sorta feel nice to see the trailer with the cool wheels in the mirror when turning, corners, I have to admit.
The other reasons are that my old wheels were very rusty, and had pitted areas under the rim bead, allowing air to leak out. And they were ugly, even after spending 6 hours with a wirebrush and spray paint on them. The hub caps were also pittet, and they wanted BIG$$$ to rechrome them.
The aftermarket hub covers did not fit well, which I found out after buying 3 or 4 different sets and returned them all.
Next point is the weight of the original wheels. I understand that heavy duty wheels are going to be heavy - but the A/S originals weigh 27lbs, no tire, no hubcap, just the wheel alone. It seemed that the new tire/wheel assembly was a lot easier to handle, even though they drag slightly at the bodywork when getting them in and out of the wheelwells. Once installed, there is no clearance problems, not even with my tired axles.
The new wheels do hols air much better, I actually never did have to refill since I replaced them last fall.
I tried several different wheels and brands, but these ones looked best on the A/S, had the clostst to the ideal 2600lb rating, and seemed to fit very well.
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Bolt pattern?

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Is the bolt pattern a 5x5? or 5x5.5? Any what is the width wheel that you got? Thanks! (Good to see you on the board again )
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Do you know the back space? what the rim width is? What size tire are you running on them?

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I know on my trailer that it runs a 6 on 5.5 and I think they ran that size at least till 70 is my understanding.
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The Goodyear Marathons max air pressure ratings are #50 & #65 for the C & D weight ratings respectively.
I'd also like to note that the load ratings for both classes is below the #2600 for the steel wheel. I mean if you are running a tire rated for 2100lb, whats the benefit of having a wheel rated for #2600 as opposed to #2400?
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