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Old 04-16-2011, 04:03 AM   #1
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Wheel saga -tubes and flaps

The 1965 Boles Aero has sad in the back yard since bought it in 2004, for want of an adequate tow vehicle. THis year we bought a 2001 Expedition and started to clean off the old girl.

I left the rims with our favorite local tire guy. We leave on vacation in six days.

Tire guy says he can't install the new tires on those rims- they need "tubes and flaps"

Never heard of 'flaps' - Tire guy says he can't get them.

The search begins, i can get white spoke trailer rims from tire guy but I think they will look ridiculous on the boles

I scoured craigslist for some six lug rims but this was not the week.

None f the online vendors will get them to me in time.

On a whim i pulled into a local tire place that caters to the farm community.

They have tubes and flaps- boxes and boxes of them.....

$100 for a whole set (four)

I assume Airstream used similar rims back then, has anyone else been down this road?

Did I make a good choice keeping the original rims?
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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Talking to the tire place with the tubes should answer your question.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:31 AM   #3
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I hope they are not split rims. Sal.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:54 AM   #4
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In 65 they were more than likely split rims. A close friend was seriously injured by one a few years ago. From a safety standpoint they should be scrapped. Very few tire shops will even work on them anymore.
I have a pile of them I would give to any one that wanted to pick them up
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Use them for fire rings. Sal.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:07 AM   #6
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on a side note, i have found tube tires to be more flat prone. i've never had a slow leak with a tube if it wasn't the valve core.
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:42 AM   #7
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You can call these people for replacement trailer wheels:Redneck Home Page

Here's the wheel section:http://www.redneck-trailer.com/2009/E/E6-E9.pdf
There is one pretty close to you, and they are the same wheels you can get from at least one of the vendors here on the forums, without the markup.
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:32 AM   #8
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They are not split rims and the 10-15 year old tires were working pretty well.

The tire people never would have done split rims.

This may be a bandaid solution. ordering replacement rims was not an option for our time line on this trip.

It buys me time to find the right replacement. I can patiently watch craigslist for months until something cool comes along.

I'm thinking 16" truck rims and LT tires but this will do the job for now.

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Old 04-16-2011, 09:05 AM   #9
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It might pay to check out your local wrecking yards, too. If they are able, have them "spin" the wheels before you purchase to make sure they are not bent.
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I think (just me) that the tire guy didnt know what he was lookin at because he probably wasnt born in 1965. IF your tires had tube and flaps they are defineatly split rims. Now there are two different schools of thought as what are split rims. Well there were rims that were actually two peices.Then there rims that had 2 rings an inner and outer.First ring layed over the wheel and the second was a snap ring that fit in a groove in the first peice. THESE ARE KILLERS. They will blow apart.TUBES and FLAPS were defineatly used on SPLIT RIMS whatever the configuration. POST some pics of the wheels. I owned big trucks with split rims so I know them when I see them. They were outlawed long ago.NO TIRE guy in his right mind will touch em.
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Old 04-16-2011, 04:26 PM   #11
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Can you tell from the image below?

i assumed that if htey were the dangerous kind of split rims he'd have told me but instead he said the obstacle was the availability of flaps, which i had never heard of.

Obviously I have a knowledge gap.

Good thing i have a good (modern) spare.

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HE LIED Those are defineatly SPLIT RIMS You took a good picture but it could be a little closer but DONT GET TOO CLOSE. Take them off,TAKE The valve cores out and deflate them. DO NOT MESS WITH THEM.They are old and with old comes weakness of the metal in the rings. These things were ordered out of production 30 years ago because so many people were either killed or hurt seriously by them blowing apart in the mounting process.Most of the fatalitys were with big truck tires but these are the same thing only in a smaller size but just as dangerous.
IMHO Find a tubeless wheel that complements your trailer and go for the modern tubeless tires. I feel in the long run you will not be sorry.
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They do look like split rims. Its easy to tell there will be a gap in a round looking circle about 1/8 to 1/4" wide. It will not be a complete continuous circle. Northern Tool has a reasonable priced trailer wheel and you can even get them with tires mounted on the wheel.
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I would deflate them before taking them off. Sal.
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