I have just read a statement somewhere on line that says , "if you are buying a vintage trailer with split rims, you should immediately replace them as they can cause blow outs".  Anyone ever heard this and what do you think?  Are they safe, or do I need to replace the wheels?  I am ready to put new tires on my 1962 Aristocrat, but will wait now to find out if it's a waste of time and money to get them for these split rims.  I am assuming (you know where that gets you!!!) that by split rims, they are meaning the two pices that are welded together. (The actual rim on the tire and the "insert" that is welded in the center with the bolt holes in it)  Any thoughts would be appreciated!  Thanks!

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Aren't split rims the ones that "come apart" when the tires are changed? The way I always thought of them: they bolt together. Sorry, these things are old...

Split rims are dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Some tire shops refuse to work on them. I highly doubt a little ol' trailer has split rims. It would be a bigger rig....VK

Ya, VK and Elizabeth I always thought of split rims being on bus conversions and old school diesel trucks. Our 57 Flxible bus had split rims which we changed out at a truck wrecking yard for $100 bucks.
"New" used rims from a wrecking yard should only set you back $10 apiece if you're worried or better yet take the spare tire, accuming it's on the same rim, to your local tire shop and let them eyeball it. No cost! that's my kind of price!!
I will definitely check this out. I have no idea about these! I have the spare inthe back of my vehicle right nw so will head out to see what the deal is! Thanks for the input! Got to learn about this stuff!!??
I have a different problem but one in the same I have a 1972 Kings Highway it is a class A . the tires on the KH are no good & you can not get bias tires for the KH any more. The tire size is 7.50-17 . I can get a belted radial but no one wants to mount them on split rims . I have the old 5 hole dodge pattern & I nee d to find some 5 hole solid rim bud rims . Any one got any ideas where to look .
Split rims are two pieces. The wheel and a ring that is installed when the tire is mounted. The great danger is not driving with them, but airing them up. If not installed properly the ring can fly off and strike the person airing it up. Therefore these are also known as WIDOWMAKERS. Most truck stops have a big pipe cage that they put the tire in when inflating. Car tire places dont have this, and just refuse to work on them. I restore vehicles and replace the split rims with solid wheels but save the split rims incase the next owner wants them. So far noone has. GOOD LUCK
Frank I saw the pics of your kings highway the kh really looks great . I noticed that you have chrome solid bud rims on it . mine is a 1972 & I am looking for some rims like that can you tell me where you got them . thanks Robert Small

Hi Robert, we have a 68 Dodge Islander, having the same problem with split rims, outdated bolt pattern, and trying to figure out where to find rims.  Did you ever find any?

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