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Old 02-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Talking Help! Need new wheels for 1968 airstream

Hi there,
I need to buy two new wheels for my 1968 Safari International 22'. Can anyone send me a link to where to buy them? I would like reproductions or original new but I have NO IDEA where to find them! It is a super tight fit in the wheel well, so they have to be perfect. Size recommendations?

I don't want to risk eBay or used. Originals had the moon hubs (long discarded in the 80's by my dad), I need a place that can provide the original wheel rims and the hubs.

Thanks so much!! Had our first trip of 2012 to Big Basin CA and it was awesome!

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Old 02-28-2012, 04:09 AM   #2
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You might try calling Airstream. They had 5 original steel wheels listed on Ebay about a week ago - they didn't sell so they should still have them.

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Old 02-28-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:55 AM   #5
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I finally chickened out and got a spare tire for our 67. (It helped when a forum member gave me a brand new tire for it ) For the wheel, I simply took one of my originals to our local mechanic, and he ordered me a new wheel.

And now we have a spare tire. Don't know a good place to keep it other than in the bed of the truck, but that's a different matter, huh?

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Old 02-28-2012, 07:49 AM   #6
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There is no magic in the wheels. Get the size you want and just go to a local trailer dealer will get them the next day, or certainly within a week, and the wheels come painted (if you like factory paint in black or silver.) To many mods over the years may make your Airstream "different" so check on the 5 lug vs. the 6 lug.

Or get them yourself...
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then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production."
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:59 PM   #7
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Hi there,
We just replaced ours on our 68 22' Safari, call Inland or VTS and they will get you the right size. Originals on ours were black with not baby moons, but more conical hubs. My dad replaced the wheels in the 80's with a different wheel and MAN DID IT SUCK CHANGING A TIRE!! We had two flats and could barely get the wheel out. The vintage ones were not super expensive and fit perfectly. Good luck!
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:47 PM   #8
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You'll need a Dextar (Dexter) WH156-655. That'll get you a 15 x 6 wheel with a 6 lug pattern on a 5 1/2" diameter bolt circle and a 0" offset and a 2600# rating, should be less than $50 ea.

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:11 AM   #9
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Towmaster trailer tires from Costco. Heavy duty vintage Chevy truck wheels, six lugs. Beauty rings and moon caps from Hubcap Mike's.

Used wheels sandblasted, primered, painted, and baked in my barbecue.

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