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Old 03-02-2012, 09:11 AM   #15
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I believe this will work on the VTS steel wheels. Note that there are special instructions for measuring with 3 nubs vs 4. They look very original to me!. And trim rings are available.

Baby Moons - Baby Moon Hub Caps Solid Chrome Hubcaps
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #16
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Uh yeahhhh...our '56 Flying Cloud has split rims and those bad boys, along with every creepy crawly bug living in there...gotta go!!
@Mona 56' Flying Cloud? I missed the news on the new addition. So you are busy expanding the herd after all. haha.

@Shelly Thanks for the Hubcap Mike reference, and lucky for me it is local to me. If VTS, and Inland RV can't source baby moons for the specific wheel size, worries me. I don't think it would be an issue with the 5 lug wheel though.

Ok, as for the wheels... There are various options, but not one solution to my wish for baby moons + beauty ring. According to Inland RV the 15", 6 lug wheels can only be fitted with the conical shaped hub caps. To fit the baby moons, I would have to go to a 5 lug wheel. I also called Vintage Trailer Supply, and the same answer occurs for their 15", 6 lug wheel, only cone shaped hub caps fit, and they have tried sourcing baby moon, to no avail.

There are various other decisions riding on these choices, ie. axle (torsion/spring, dropped/straight, 6 lug/5 lug). As much as I like to stay with a vintage look exterior, an alternative is to go with a modern forged aluminum wheel. I am concerned with all these variable changes that it all fits in the wheel well as measured.
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:04 PM   #17
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Darn, I think you are right! I just went down in the basement and measured my 6 lug tires from VTS and although the rounded surfaces make measuring difficult I'm getting a needed diameter of close to 10.5. The cone ones at VTS have an inner flange of 10.2 so theroretically I don't know how they would fit either. They must have some give to snap over the nubs? I know the cone hubcaps do fit on the VTS 6 bolt because my sister has them.

I agree with you I hate the cone ones - they remind me of Madonnas bra. Shudder. Which dates me I know!

If you find a solution I'd really like to know.

Anyone else know a baby moon that fits the 6 lug VTS wheels?
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Update:

After some research I found 6 lug, old Chevy truck wheels fit. Sourced from a hole in the wall place that sells used wheels. Old Chevy truck wheels have a higher load rating. I paid $45 each, and had to clean it up myself (sandblast), but I got what I wanted.

You can correct me if wrong, but called VTS and there are no baby moons, other than the conical hub caps they sell for 15" wheels. You can fit baby moons for the 14" wheels, but if you want 15" wheels, you may be out of luck. The same goes for the wheels on InlandRV.com. Both of these outlets will not have a baby moon for the 15" that fits.

Lucky me Hubcap Mike is local to me, so I brought my wheels to make sure everything fit.



P.S. Bought the trailer tires from Costco! ST 225 75R 15 Load range D
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Bolt circles

The easy way to measure bolt patterns and diameters is to get a big piece of cardboard and cut out the center so that it will fit over the hub (if required), then take a small hammer and tap on the end of each stud to mark the cardboard. Then measure the cardboard.
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After some research I found 6 lug, old Chevy truck wheels fit. Sourced from a hole in the wall place that sells used wheels. Old Chevy truck wheels have a higher load rating. I paid $45 each, and had to clean it up myself (sandblast), but I got what I wanted.

You can correct me if wrong, but called VTS and there are no baby moons, other than the conical hub caps they sell for 15" wheels. You can fit baby moons for the 14" wheels, but if you want 15" wheels, you may be out of luck. The same goes for the wheels on InlandRV.com. Both of these outlets will not have a baby moon for the 15" that fits.

Lucky me Hubcap Mike is local to me, so I brought my wheels to make sure everything fit.



P.S. Bought the trailer tires from Costco! ST 225 75R 15 Load range D
Typically, truck wheels are under rated for an Airstream.

Your wheels "MUST" have a minimum rating of 2600 pounds per wheel.

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Not disputing what Andy is saying... found this...

From VintageAirstream.com:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHAT SIZE WHEELS DO I USE TO REPLACE THE SPLIT-RIMS?
A: The standard for all single axle Airstreams, except the Bambi, is a 15"x6", zero offset with a 6 lug pattern on 5.5" spacing, rated at 2600#. A properly rated Chevy truck wheel will meet this sizing, too. Don't use underrated car wheels. The desired color for originality is a black wheel.
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The brochure for the 18' Traveler says 2100 lbs. overall weight.
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