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Old 01-19-2015, 03:25 PM   #57
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Steamy1 -- to correct possible confusion on my last post about load per wheel: the load per wheel on your current 19' (4,500 pound) trailer is 2,250 per wheel. On the 23' (6,000 pound) it is only 1,500 pounds per wheel.

That is why the 15" wheel/tire setup is more than enough for the 23', and of concern to some on single axle Airstreams and the larger models.
Got it! Thanks for the detail. Lot less PSI footprint so the 15" should work well.
Now I just have to overcome the emotional attachment to the 19' in favor of the 23FB. I have put so many improvements/upgrades in the 19' knowing I will have to do the same thing to a new TT.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:05 PM   #58
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Just purchased a 23FB and see how it works out. Now a two-Airstream family! The neighbors always that we were trailer trash, now with two parked in the driveway, it will confirm their suspicions.

The 19' Bambi has served us well for 7 years, and I am not certain I will put it up for sale this spring. Maybe wait a year. It has been a project to make all of the upgrades and improvements, but it has also turned into a hobby. I really hate to part with it.

the 23'FB offers more storage, 39-gallon fresh water tank, and the island bed. Plus, I believe we got a good deal by purchasing in January. The Boise Airstream dealer, part of the Portland, San Francisco, Seattle group, were great to work with. They tell me they take 25% of Airstreams production!
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:45 AM   #59
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IIRC, the 23FB has a 14" wheel and five-bolt hub like my 23' front L-lounge. When I upgraded my trailer's rolling stock, I wasn't able to find 16" trailer wheels with a five-bolt pattern; they are six-bolters.

This doesn't mean you can't upgrade. I went to 15" wheels and a set of Nokian tires made for European delivery vans with an increased load rating. No issues in 15,000 miles.

Tom
Could you please provide further detail on the wheels and tires you went with? I am researching 15" wheels & tires, and looking at Seidel and American Racing. As for tires, I am a Michelin loyalist, though would like to hear about the Nokian option you went with, including diameter, load rating, size, etc. Many thanks!
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The details of my upgrade are here.

While I'm very happy with the Nokians (I'm a huge fan, and use them on my tow vehicle as well), I'd go with Michelin if I did it again, simply for easier availability on the road should something happen.

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