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Old 05-13-2006, 11:19 AM   #15
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Hi, I'm brand new to forum. Were your old tires 7.00 X 15? I like the wheels that you indicate.
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Will,
Originally, the tires on both of my coaches were 7.00x15 bias ply tires. I changed wheels on both trailers, and went to 225/75R15 Marathon tires. The wheels I linked to are a standard trailer wheel, with zero offset. It should fit all 12in brake drums perfectly fine. You will loose some ride height when changing to radials.

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Old 05-13-2006, 12:33 PM   #16
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Uwe, thanks for your great reponse to my questions directed to you .Sounds like your rig works fine without them ,I see that the torsion axles have sort of a built in cushion that makes them smooth ,maybe not as easily bounced around .I refer to shocks soley as a device that controls the bounce from the tire/wheel assembly as it rebounds from an obstruction in the road of whatever type ,controlling the tire keeping it in contact with the road at all times .I can,t say that the torsion can controll this alone.Anyway Ill stick with the shocks . your correct that the solid axle cannot be compared directly with the torsion in how the ride will be ,however,the shock provides the same dampening effect it needs .Other torsions dont come with shock brackets because they dont know where to mount them ,It appears that everyone is welding them on from the axle threads I have seen.
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Old 05-13-2006, 08:52 PM   #17
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Btw., Airstream does not put shocks on the 22ft trailers, for some reason. The 22ft trailers have Dexter axles.
The 19ft trailers have shocks. The 25ft and bigger units have shocks...the new 23 that I saw did not have shocks, unless I overlooked them.
I could not identify if the 06 trailers had Dexter or Henschen axles, but the bigger ones all had Dexter drums and did have shocks on them. BTW, I am reasonable sure that the new Airstream wheels are identical to the ones sold here: www.trailertiresandwheels.com. The factory installation and care stickers are the same as the ones found on the wheels that I bought for my 63 Overlander. ( Since this is actually a wheel thread....)
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:18 PM   #18
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Split rims?

I am getting ready to replace my tires, but how do I know if I have the split rims? My trailer is a 71 ambassador. Anyone know?
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:28 PM   #19
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I am getting ready to replace my tires, but how do I know if I have the split rims? My trailer is a 71 ambassador. Anyone know?
My 1971 TradeWind did not have split rims, but rather conventional steel wheels with baby moon hub caps.
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:54 PM   #20
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I am getting ready to replace my tires, but how do I know if I have the split rims? My trailer is a 71 ambassador. Anyone know?
You can tell if they're split rims by just looking at them..
I have the original wheels on my 64GT and, will post pictures for you later..
IT'S RAINING WAY TOO HARD OUT NOW TO DO IT..lol
BTW, the splits rim are very dangerous..
Please don't attempt to deflate the tires as the split rims are known to fly off and cause severe bodily harm~!
If you must, always deal with them behind a safety cage to contain the rims ~!!
But as I said, I seriously doubt that you have split rims on your 71..
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I do not believe split rims were used on any 70's built Airstreams. I thought split rim usage was discontinued in the 60's. Mid 60's if I am not mistaken.

And most if not all tire stores will not reuse them. They will remove from the vehicle and dispose of them or ask you to do the same.


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I will check

Thank you for the info. I will check it out, but I really don't remember seeing anything unusual, so they probably have regular rims. It would be interesting to know just exactly when the split rims were discontinued.
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For what it is worth -

I worked in the trailer axle industry for a number of years and can say that Airstream is the only company to put shocks on a torsion axle. I too feel it is un-needed.

On a spring axle I have seen shocks used by high-end RV manufacturers.

We had over 500 customers that ordered torsion axles from ground support equiptment to portable light towers - NONE used a shock. Several of these customers had more folks in the Engineering Department than Airstream has in manufacturing. Just two cents from a retired axle dude!

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Old 05-16-2006, 05:06 PM   #24
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Hi, I'm brand new to forum. Were your old tires 7.00 X 15? I like the wheels that you indicate.
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Hey Will,
To answer your question. Yes, the tires are 700 X15. Do you have any pictures of your airstream? we don't yet have a digital camera so we can't post any pix yet.
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Hello everyone,

I've been watching this thread and wanted to get your input on what rims to put on our Airstream. I believe a previous owner switch out the rims with steel ones since they've been painted over and look pretty rough.

We'd like to replace them with aluminum rims and the plate on the side of the trailer states that the wheels are 15 X 6. I guess this means they're 15" with 6 lug nuts, since I counted 6 lugs. By the way, our 34' has three axles.

When researching rims I've seen all kinds of 'bore' sizes so can anyone help me with what type to put on? Many thanks.

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Hello everyone,

I've been watching this thread and wanted to get your input on what rims to put on our Airstream. I believe a previous owner switch out the rims with steel ones since they've been painted over and look pretty rough.

We'd like to replace them with aluminum rims and the plate on the side of the trailer states that the wheels are 15 X 6. I guess this means they're 15" with 6 lug nuts, since I counted 6 lugs. By the way, our 34' has three axles.

When researching rims I've seen all kinds of 'bore' sizes so can anyone help me with what type to put on? Many thanks.

Mitch
Mitch, 15x6 is the height and width of your wheel. It is a 15" diameter wheel, 6" wide. Bolt pattern should be 6-5 1/2", or six bolt, 5 1/2" pattern, and yours should have a zero offset, and 2500 pound capacity.
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Do these rims appear to have what you are suggesting?

http://www.trailertiresandwheels.net...product/AW1511

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Old 05-23-2006, 12:37 AM   #28
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I would say then concerning the shock discussion that airstream felt the need to put shocks on their coaches for all the years they have .Probably to give it the smooth ride they have .I cant imagine that they wasted thousands of dollars year after year for no good reason .Airstream is in fact the best trailer made ,we all agree on that I think .I wouldn't bother putting shocks on a utility unit trailers either ,they aren't going to waste any money doing that ,in addition to the fact that those 500 customers are not ordering an airstream trailer .I believe airstream has it covered in the manafacturing department and know what they are doing.

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