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Old 02-05-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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Tires for airstream interstate ??

Can anyone recommend best tires for Airstream Interstate? Ride comfort, Fuel milage, etc.

We live in the south so not really concerned about winter driving. Also had to replace 2 front tires already since previous owner never rotated them and then we rotated rear set to front and put new ones on passenger rear, but not overly happy with them.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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Could you please indicate the tire size you are looking for (e.g., 190/70x15, 205/65x15, etc.)? --Thanks.
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Late-model Interstates take LT215/85 R16, Speed range Q on all six tires, and operate at an inflation pressure of 61 psi.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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Our original tires were Michelins.

We replaced at about 70,000 miles, with Firestones, and just replaced with Firestones again.

Doug says they are basically truck tires, with an E rating.

We have been very happy with them, have them rotated and balanced regularly, no problems whatsoever.


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I have a 2011 and noticed that mine are wearing on the edges. I think it is because I drive it like a race car, sharp turns etc. The dealer recommended that, when I replace, that I replace with sturdier tires....whatever that means. Let us know what you buy and how they ride!
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I have a 2011 and noticed that mine are wearing on the edges. I think it is because I drive it like a race car, sharp turns etc. The dealer recommended that, when I replace, that I replace with sturdier tires....whatever that means. Let us know what you buy and how they ride!
Both edges, outer edges, or inner edges? Also, front tires only, or front and rear? Also, uniform wear around the entire circumference, or more wear in some spots than in others?

I ask because, if it's both edges that's usually an indication of chronic underinflation. On my Interstate, when I air up to 61psi, within a week or two it has bled down to about 55psi, and thereafter it stays around 55psi no matter how long it sits. I don't think my tires like being at 61psi, but they like 55psi just fine. It's weird. If I'm not conscientious about tire inflation, my tires would exhibit this kind of wear.

If it's front tires only, and wearing on only one edge— outer edges on both front tires or inner edges on both— that's usually an indication of requiring a front end alignment.

If it's not uniform wear around the whole edge, that's usually an indication that the tires need to be rebalanced.

And if it's the rear tires, and the ones on one side are wearing on the inside edge, but the ones on the other side are wearing on the outside edge, that means your rear axle isn't exactly perpendicular to the direction of travel, and you need to get the rear axle aligned. This one happens most often after an accident when there is minor bending of the frame, but it can also happen on cars that weren't in an accident, if the rear axle is attached to the rear leaf springs slightly crooked.

Sturdier tires will probably mean a higher load range, which translates to stiffer sidewalls and/or more belts. Which also means a rougher ride, but you can't have everything.
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Could you please indicate the tire size you are looking for (e.g., 190/70x15, 205/65x15, etc.)? --Thanks.
I have to check the sizes and makes that are on it now
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I have a 2011 and noticed that mine are wearing on the edges. !
That's the reason I has to replace the 2 front tires. They wore on the outsides. Probably due to cornering but also according to sprinter service center, sprinters tend to have a camber issue (toe in) I think it's called.
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Read reviews on this link, then you can decide which you think are the best at the price you can afford. We usually do research on TireRack.com and then buy at Costco Tire Center or local Discount Tire store, which matches the best price you can find.

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This may get me flamed, but personally I don't think it is worth rotating tires on a dually where it cost up to $150 to have them knocked down and remounted and balanced. Especially not since I've never liked the factory Conti's. I would rather replace the fronts at much shorter intervals and the rears slightly shorter than if they had been rotated.

I am religious about inflation pressure though. When setting pressure I check them in the morning in the driveway before the sun has touched them and I set them two psi over the 61 psi spec. By the time I check them again in a month or so (sooner if I am headed out on a trip) they are typically sitting right at or below the 61psi spec. If it is the fall and the ambient temps are set to drop, or I am headed someplace colder than my departure point, I'll set them a couple of psi higher (on average, 10 degrees outside temp will drop you tire pressure 1 psi).

I'm actually headed out the door right now to have my van aligned and two new fronts mounted. At 15k, the outer edges of both fronts are pretty worn, the centers are below half tread and we have several trips coming up. I sprung for a pair of Michelin LTX MS2's from TireRack ($475 delivered). I drive the Airstream like a miata (so says my wife) so I'm sure my cornering has not helped the wear, but my mechanic and I both agree that the wear also indicates too much toe-in. We'll see in an hour or so when we get it on the alignment rack. We will definitely set it to the most toed-out end of the factory spec (they give you a narrow range to hit, a good patient tech can tweak it to the edge of the range based on your preference ... most just get it to where the green light on their alignment rack stays on indicating that it is in the range and ship it out the door no questions asked). I'll report back in a few thousand miles based on my experience. This is tireracks top rated highway all season tire in our size and I am confident that based on its reviews it will handle better and last longer (even under my neglect and abuse) than the conti's. We'll see if I am right.
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I figure no more miles than I put on mine yearly, the tires will require replacement due to age long before they wear out.

I agree on the rotation argument. Especially in my case.
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My Interstate just ticked over 9800 miles, and I'm getting two messages on the dashboard display: "Service due in 200 miles"; and "Check DEF."

I plan to add more DEF myself rather than letting Mercedes do it. They use DEF imported from Germany, and charge by the liter. I bought a two-gallon container of the same stuff at Walmart for considerably less.

When they do the remainder of the 10,000-mile service, one thing they have to do, checking the brake pads, requires that they dismount the wheels, so they'll probably do a tire rotation whether I tell them or not. Which is fine, as long as they remember to move my valve extensions (and don't lose any of them).
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Our tire people rotate for free.


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