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Old 03-18-2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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I'm considering getting an extra set of wheels with tires to keep on my Airstream while sitting for a long time. Are there any inexspensive wheels that will fit? Like Chevy of Toyota etc? thanks
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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I'm considering getting an extra set of wheels with tires to keep on my Airstream while sitting for a long time. Are there any inexspensive wheels that will fit? Like Chevy of Toyota etc? thanks

What do you consider "inexpensive"? Etrailer has 6 on 5 1/2 white spoke wheels for $35 each.

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Every Winter...cheaper that wheels and tires plus takes the load off the axles.
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I'm considering getting an extra set of wheels with tires to keep on my Airstream while sitting for a long time.
Also what do you consider "a long time"?

Tires have a shelf life of around 5 years, regardless of how they are stored. I wonder if the extra work of storing the tires separately is worth it.

Similarly I'm not sure that putting the trailer up on jacks to take the weight off the axles will accomplish anything. Maybe for storage of more than a couple of months. I dunno.
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Similarly I'm not sure that putting the trailer up on jacks to take the weight off the axles will accomplish anything. Maybe for storage of more than a couple of months. I dunno.
Rubber, when stressed, will, in time, adapt to that stress.

Removing the weight off of a torsion axle, relieves the stresses on the rubber rods.

That helps the rubber rods, to have a much longer productive life.

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I'm considering getting an extra set of wheels with tires to keep on my Airstream while sitting for a long time. Are there any inexspensive wheels that will fit? Like Chevy of Toyota etc? thanks

Chevy S10 wheels will fit. I got a set from a local junk yard and painted them. Junk yards even sell old tires to fit. My junk yard set is still holding air for over 10 years. There all cracked up but good for when storing the trailer.

Andy has a point, if you are going to store it for a long time take some weight off the axles. But just for 2 months the extra wheels and tires work for me.
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Chevy S10 wheels will fit. I got a set from a local junk yard and painted them. Junk yards even sell old tires to fit. My junk yard set is still holding air for over 10 years. There all cracked up but good for when storing the trailer.

Andy has a point, if you are going to store it for a long time take some weight off the axles. But just for 2 months the extra wheels and tires work for me.
Bluto.

Just because the wheel fits, means absolutely NOTHING.

You must use wheels rated at a minimum of 2600 pounds, each.

If the trailer will never be on the road, then and only then, you can use anything.

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I asking, not picking on you: What does wrapping the hubs up accomplish?

My first impression is the trapped moisture from condensation would cause problems.

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Bluto.

Just because the wheel fits, means absolutely NOTHING.

You must use wheels rated at a minimum of 2600 pounds, each.

If the trailer will never be on the road, then and only then, you can use anything.

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I know that. The poster wanted a wheel just for storage purposes. An S 10 wheel does work for that purpose! I have used those wheels for years as I have stated. They do work for storage, not for the road.
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I asking, not picking on you: What does wrapping the hubs up accomplish?

My first impression is the trapped moisture from condensation would cause problems.

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Do'n it 7 years now...noth'n traped yet.
Your welcome to come on up and check it for condensation anytime.
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I asking, not picking on you: What does wrapping the hubs up accomplish?

My first impression is the trapped moisture from condensation would cause problems.

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Where exactly do you place the jacks?
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Every Winter...cheaper that wheels and tires plus takes the load off the axles.

Where exactly do you place the jack stands?

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Does storing over the winter months require that other tires or jack stands be used? Does something happen to the tires/wheels on the AS? I'm just taking delivery of a new 27FB and would like to do what is best.
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