Originally Posted by ticki2
Action , I believe a '75 Tradewind has 4 wheels also , it seems the same reasoning would apply.
Correct. 6000 divided by 4 = 1500
. No one builds them to handle the limit. They are built to handle the limit plus a safety margin. And some abuse. Trailer wheels are subjected to different load patterns than a vehicle. A vehicle has the wheels and axles spread far apart. The travel trailer has the axles very close together.
I do know vehicle wheels are not rated for 2600 pounds, untill you get specialty wheels or the vehicle is like a 3/4 ton truck or larger. The 2600 pound rating I get from Indland RV. My understanding of it is all wheels for all Airstreams require the 2600 pound rating. If that is true, I would be extremely hesitant of using a car or light truck wheel unless I knew it met that #.
On the used versus new ..... call me reckless, I would have no issues of using a used wheel from a wrecking yard off an RV. In fact I have one. If anyone has an issue with that I will give you my trailer plate # and if you see it you can steer clear should you wish. Sure I don't know the history. And I didn't know the history of the other 4 wheels on the trailer when I picked it up in Indiana and pulled it to Arizona. It might have been risky and I am willing to take the risk. I take risk every day when I get in a car and drive to work.