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Old 07-14-2008, 07:39 AM   #1
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what rims for a 72 tradewind?

Hi,

Being very much a newbie to the airstream world need some advice. I think we have found our airstream but it's going to need new rims. Hubby want to know if the bolt pattern is the same as any truck, ford, chevy dodge. Or are they breed specific and are only made specifically for an airstream.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 07-14-2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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Hi,

Being very much a newbie to the airstream world need some advice. I think we have found our airstream but it's going to need new rims. Hubby want to know if the bolt pattern is the same as any truck, ford, chevy dodge. Or are they breed specific and are only made specifically for an airstream.

Thanks for any help.

Annette
The correct wheels are 15 inch, zero offset 6 holes on a 5 1/2 bolt center.

They "ARE NOT" Ford and Chevy wheels, since they must have a minimum of a 2600 pound rating.

Ford and Chevy wheels fall way short of that weight rating.

Since you have a Tradewind, which is a 25 foot Airstream, you can use Load range "C" tires, or better yet load range "D" tires, with proper air pressure that will assure a better safety margin.

The correct wheels are available from a couple of Airstream parts stocking dealers.

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Old 07-14-2008, 08:16 AM   #3
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If you go with original wheels you can use the original hubcaps.

In addition to Ford and Chevy, I have heard Jeep rims will fit. I did not know they might not meet specs though as Andy said.

A lot of people go with alloy wheels, which are lighter and allow better brake cooling.

You can also get a 16" wheel with the same bolt pattern and a lower profile tire.

You did not say anything about your tires. Beware of old tires which can look good but are blow outs waiting to happen.
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I also have a 72 Tradewind and my wheels were swapped out for alloys made by American Racing, if I remember correctly. The previous owner did this and they look pretty sharp.
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There are many trailer specific load specified wheels available. Be sure it is a trailer wheel. In travel, trailer wheels are subjected to side impact forces, (such as a tight turn where the trailer tires might scoot sideways) Wheels for trailers are subjected to many forces that a tow vehicle doesn't encounter.
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Hi,

Being very much a newbie to the airstream world need some advice. I think we have found our airstream but it's going to need new rims. Hubby want to know if the bolt pattern is the same as any truck, ford, chevy dodge. Or are they breed specific and are only made specifically for an airstream.

Thanks for any help.

Annette
You might consider taking the original wheels to a powdercoating firm, and have them restored. As long as they aren't split rims, or mechanically damaged. That way, a Ford baby moon hub cap from a 50's For dpickup will fit, and give you a nice, clean, original look.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:20 PM   #7
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trailer wheels are subjected to side impact forces, (such as a tight turn where the trailer tires might scoot sideways) Wheels for trailers are subjected to many forces that a tow vehicle doesn't encounter.
Unless, of course, the tow vehicle is unhooked and being piloted by yours truly.

On a more serious note, even though there are some truck wheels that fit fine and may work out great, you're better off to go with a good trailer specific wheel just to be on the safe side.
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If you don't mind ordering - these folks stock OEM, spoke and chrome wheels at a decent price.

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The correct wheels are 15 inch, zero offset 6 holes on a 5 1/2 bolt center.

They "ARE NOT" Ford and Chevy wheels, since they must have a minimum of a 2600 pound rating.

Ford and Chevy wheels fall way short of that weight rating.

Since you have a Tradewind, which is a 25 foot Airstream, you can use Load range "C" tires, or better yet load range "D" tires, with proper air pressure that will assure a better safety margin.

The correct wheels are available from a couple of Airstream parts stocking dealers.

Andy
Thanks Andy. How wide are these rims? 5, 6. pr 7" thanks again.
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