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Old 02-13-2014, 01:25 AM   #1
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Nuts on lug nuts Steel rim spare tire!y

After removing my alloy wheel with a blown tire and starting to install the steel rim spare tire on with the same lug nuts? WelllluuuhhhhhhBb gb ?l it won't work. The steel wheels are thinner than the alloy wheels and the lugs end up bottoming out and can't be tightened to hold the wheel in place.

Some one at Airstream really had there head up there, how can I say this, ah anus. The only way you can install the steel wheel is get 6, 1/2"X20 open ended lug nuts. I mean GET THEM NOW!! Don't have the same adventure I had walking 12 miles in the snow well you get the picture.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:04 AM   #2
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It would be helpful if you posted the model and year of Airstream you have, along with details on the alloy and steel wheels in question.

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Old 02-13-2014, 09:07 AM   #3
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I have not had this problem on my 81. I put the spare tire on to make sure it would fit.

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Old 02-13-2014, 09:19 AM   #4
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After removing your alloy wheel with a blown tire and starting to install the steel rim spare tire on with the same lug nuts? WelllluuuhhhhhhBb gb ?l it won't work. The steel wheels are thinner than the alloy wheels and the lugs end up bottoming out and can't be tightened to hold the wheel in place.

Some one at Airstream really had there head up there, how can I say this, ah anis. The only way you can install the steel wheel is get 6, 1/2"X20 open ended lug nuts. I mean GET THEM NOW!! Don't have the same adventure I had walking 12 miles in the snow well you get the picture.
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Keep in mind that if your trailer is a tandem axle model, it can be towed with 3 wheels safely.
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After removing your alloy wheel with a blown tire and starting to install the steel rim spare tire on with the same lug nuts? WelllluuuhhhhhhBb gb ?l it won't work. The steel wheels are thinner than the alloy wheels and the lugs end up bottoming out and can't be tightened to hold the wheel in place.

Some one at Airstream really had there head up there, how can I say this, ah anis. The only way you can install the steel wheel is get 6, 1/2"X20 open ended lug nuts. I mean GET THEM NOW!! Don't have the same adventure I had walking 12 miles in the snow well you get the picture.
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I've had my steel rimed spare on and the lug nuts supplied with the original aluminum wheel can be tightened just fine. Your issue may be specific to your model trailer or your style, source, and type of spare wheel.

I've converted to 16" Sendel wheels and am using the nuts supplied by Sendel. I also purchased a new 16" spare steel wheel from Sendel that is a duplicate of the 15" wheel that Airstream supplied with the trailer.

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