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Old 01-06-2016, 07:41 PM   #29
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After five tire failures on our Airstream with varius brands of trailer tires, my wife and I could change them in less than tem minutes. Luckily, we never suffered any body damages. After the last two tire failures on the way to and from Florida on two tires, one with about 2, 000 miles on it, the second about 3, 000 miles on it, we changes all four tires and wheels out for Michelin LTX MS2 with new rims (the same Airstream puts on the Eddie Bower model). We, ve never looked back. I feel much safer, and whem my wife is driving we have both commented about how much better the trailer feels from a safety standpoint especially in higher speed traffic like on any expressway with 18 wheelers flying past us a cououple feet away running 80 mph.
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:30 PM   #30
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You'll still have plenty of headroom, but if they're passenger tires (P-rated) you need to divide by 1.10 when used on a trailer (which gives you 2063 per tire and 8200 total # of capacity).

I use the current version of those Michelins - 1985# (derated) per tire and I'm at about 6000 in my trailer.

Good luck!

Looks like even derated there is enough load carrying capacity per tire.


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Old 01-07-2016, 07:28 AM   #31
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I have 3 years and 21000 miles on my gym's no problems and they are at 50 percent, they get rotated and balanced each year ,they have been good....I think the michelins are going on this spring...
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:36 PM   #32
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I might have had 30,000 miles on the Puff-up-athons.


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Old 01-07-2016, 05:50 PM   #33
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TIRES! I've read most of the posts on here about changing out GY Marathon tires for Michelin LT tires & honestly I agree as its a great upgrade & I'm not looking for more reasons to do it just an answer to a simple question. Presuming the GYM are properly maintained & run at 65 mph or less how long can I expect to safely run them? Is two years or 15k miles to long or is one year and the same mileage realistic?
It depends on use.
I ran ST tires and had many failures until I switched to Lt tires. My use was several multi day freeway trips in hot 95+ weather per years. My Marathons would last days or months rather than years. I was too dumb at that time to switch to LT tires. Not to beat up on Marathons other ST tires had the same dismal failure rate. One time, I got 200 miles out of an ST tire before it blew up in Florida and changing a tire in hotter than heck weather on the side of the freeway is no fun. I checked pressure regularly and tried to run under 65 mph.
If your use is shorter trips in cooler weather, there is no reason that the tires wouldn't last for years.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:59 PM   #34
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When I purchased my 2008 preowned in 2013 it had the original GYM. Within the first month I went with the Michelins and I also purchased a TireTraker TPMS system. I will probably switch to 16" Michelins in a few years when its time to replace my 15" Michelins.
As much money we've spent on our trailers putting on good tires seems to be a no brainer. Of course I wouldn't have known to use Michelins until I read these forums. My previous trailer, a Casita, had GYM and on the first long trip discovered on of them was cupping and I had to get Good Sam road service to change to the spare tire. When I got home I switched to 15" Maxxis 8008 trailer tires and had them balance. Some of the Casita owner were switch to LT tires but figured for a 3500b trailer it wasn't necessary.

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Old 01-07-2016, 09:24 PM   #35
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I think August heat in Mississippi and Louisiana helped kill my Puff-up-athons.


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Old 01-08-2016, 12:58 PM   #36
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Talked to a neighbor who has gone to Kumho 865s on his tandem axle boat trailer. He did a lot of research before the purchase ans is convinced it is a good solution. They address the speed issue with a 99mph rating. However, when I looked them up on line, the comments were "I love them - I hate them".

Checked the pricing on new rims and Michelins yesterday. Expensive, but less than AS dealer service repair labor and a ruined trip. Pat
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Old 01-08-2016, 01:52 PM   #37
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I've had zero problems with my Maxxis tires but I will be replacing them with Michelin as they have aged out. Why take the risk?

Exactly, and after 3 blowouts, I was convinced. No more worries.

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Old 01-09-2016, 09:28 AM   #38
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With the yen dropping in price, these Chinese tires will be even cheaper, good luck with them..
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They couldn't give me any China bombs- or even pay me to take them-


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. . . realistic?
How much are you saving by waiting to upgrade?

Is it worth dying for this amount?





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With my Classic slide out I've had belt slippage on two sets of tires. First the original Marathons, and then my E rated Maxxis tires. I caught the failures prior to blow outs on the road. That Marathon went out after the last trip of year three of use. The Maxxis tires failed after the first trip of year 4. Bottom line I've come to believe that 3 years is probably the life expectancy of an ST on my trailer. I think it really ties to how heavily loaded the tires are. In my case my slide out Classic is the heaviest trailer that Airstream built on a tandem axle. If I'm carrying a full water tank I'm towing almost 9,100 lbs. Granted that is within the safe limits of the OEM D rated ST tire, but I think time takes its toll.

I switched to 16" wheels and the Michelin LT tire almost 4 years ago. So far no issues and as others have reported the 16" Michelin's seem to be up to the task.

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Agreed.
Ditto.
What he said...


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