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Old 02-07-2016, 06:55 PM   #15
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And if / when you need tires, 16" LT (Light Truck) tires are available EVERYWHERE and, you'll have a wide selection to choose from.
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:53 AM   #16
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It will be OK.
You've made a good upgrade.
The tires will never rub.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:33 AM   #17
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I thank you all for your reply. I see where all of you mounted LT225/75R16's. I mounted LT235/85R16's which are 2" larger I come to find out. So my clearance is less.

There may be others out there, but yours is the first mention that I have seen of using 235/85/16 (which has a diameter of about 31.73"). I think most people making the switch to 16" are using 225/75/16 (diameter of 29.29"). If the size you mentioned works then it would offer over an inch extra height, which can certainly come in handy at times. As you say, it could put you close to rubbing though. I would be curious to know how well it works out and if it affects the handling in any way as well.
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:35 PM   #18
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After reading horror stories on this forum, I purchased some 16" rims and Michelins before I had my Airstream. We were living in Michigan and went out to Idaho to pick up our 2005 Classic 30'. Had the 16's put on the next day, so I don't know what life would have been like - but so far haven't had any problems.

How does everyone keep track of the mileage on their trailers and tires? Simply keeping a log of each trip?
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We have always kept a daily log on the road to show total miles and nights camped.

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Old 02-08-2016, 05:01 PM   #20
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Replacing 15in tires with16in

I have reviewed the posts about going with larger 225and 235 16 in tires and
Wheels. My tires are 12 yrs old Carlisle 700x15 with travel from the east coast
To Elpaso with no problems. 1970 25 ft. Carlisle is presently producing a 're-
Placement bias ply tire 205-90-15 eight ply.I'm planing trying them this time
Because I've had good luck with Carlisle on both pull tag and fifth wheel. Good
To hear good reports from you folks and trials. Anybody used the replacement
Carlisle yet? Thanks and good day B-) Cooke
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:59 AM   #21
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We're in the same boat with the 16's on Sendels with a 27'. I don't believe you will have an issue but if it makes you feel better I took a Dremel to the sharp corner of the wheel well trim and cut it off at a 45 degree angle. I doubt it matters but it gave me a little peace of mind. You won't regret the upgrade! We have about 10,000 miles on ours and we feel much safer than before.
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Interesting! After years of Marathon blowouts, we replaced ours with the same at the beginning of last season and have had no problems. We purchased the wheels and tires from Discount Tires, which is the local branch of All American Tires, and they wouldn't install on the Airstream--we had that done with Ron at C&G Airstream instead. He had to do a slight modification to the spare tire holder to make it fit, but otherwise no problems. After a season of towing, no problems with clearance on our 2009 28' International.
This must be up to the individual store. Discount tire in Longmont, CO did ours without a problem. They did however have me sign a form acknowledging that these were not identical to the OEM wheels and tires.

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After reading horror stories on this forum, I purchased some 16" rims and Michelins before I had my Airstream. We were living in Michigan and went out to Idaho to pick up our 2005 Classic 30'. Had the 16's put on the next day, so I don't know what life would have been like - but so far haven't had any problems.

How does everyone keep track of the mileage on their trailers and tires? Simply keeping a log of each trip?

One can have a hubdometer installed if desired.
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I got a new truck last year, with the factory installed brake controller. Was amazed, but it keeps track of towing mileage for you!

Not the best thing since sliced bread, but it impressed me.
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How does everyone keep track of the mileage on their trailers and tires? Simply keeping a log of each trip?
Obviously, if you want a very accurate one, (only as accurate as you TV's speedometer), you simply keep a log of mileage using the tow vehicles odometer and make an entry in your log each time you hitch and unhitch. You can also use a GPS to record mileage travelled.

I use google maps "directions" feature to retrace my travels after towing. That is as accurate as I feel it needs to be.

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I notice that the Michelin LT 225/75 R16 tires come in both the XPS Rib style and the M/S2 style. Obviously we don't have to worry about traction, and both have a 2680lbs rating at 80psi (we have a 27FB classic with a GVW of 9,000lbs). Other than the fact that XPS Rib is a "commercial" tire and costs $130+ more than the M/S2, can anyone give me pros and cons for each. What type have those of you that upgraded purchased? Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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We converted to the 16' on a 2012 30' and now have them from the factory on a 2015 30', total of about 45,000 miles no issues and no clearance issues at all.

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