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Old 05-29-2013, 11:01 PM   #21
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Do you have sendel wheels as stock ? If so, I thought all the 6 hole sendel wheels were 80 psi rated ?
Don't know brand. Not marked on the wheel. AS rep says that the wheels that shipped with the 2013 International Bambi are LR D, 65psi rated.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:14 PM   #22
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1. Wheel well issues. Possible rubbing, especially on rough roads.
2. 16" spare doesn't fit and the carrier needs to be "adjusted"

These are the comments that I can quickly recall ... Wolf146
I have an '07 19' Bambi, purchased pre-owned in May 2010. I wanted to change to 16" wheels and Michelin XPS Ribs before our first trip. Sourcing the correct wheels to match the steel ones one our Custom took a little time, but I moved the project along as quickly as I could.
I did some calculations and did not anticipate any problems. As expected, I had no issues with the size switch:
- I can install and remove without deflating at all. It's a close tolerance, but with the right angle when removing or installing, it slips right onto the hub.
- I have no rubbing, and have ample clearance around the wheel well trim and within the wheel well itself.
- The spare fit the carrier, and no tweaking of the spare tire carrier was necessary. It's heavier to lift into place, but that's to be expected. Of course, with the XPS Ribs, I've never needed to use the spare and probably never will.
I don't understand why 16" rims are not standard equipment, along with E rated tires. Prior to our '07 19' Bambi, we had an '05 16' Bambi, and had two Marathon blowouts in the two years we owned it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:22 PM   #23
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I don't understand why people would give you advice to move up to 16 inch tires when the trailer came with 15 inch tires. Why not contact Airstream and ask them? There have been many posts about changing to 16 inch tires and those people whose opinion I value (because they are in the trailer business ) don't recommend doing that. Wolf146
More load range E tires available. AS is currently offering 16 inch wheels and Michelin LR E tires on their Eddie Bauer model.The AS tech told me today that they have that option available through their parts department to owners of Bambis that currently run 15 inch wheels. So....AS must see some merit in the combo.
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I have a 2006 19ft Bambi 75th Anniversary; it's the David Winick prototype trailer. I changed the rims and tires for fear of destructive damage from the Explodathons doing their thing...

I would go retro with 16" Dexstar steel wheels and stainless baby moon caps along with stainless trim rings. No rust, low maintenance. Paint the rims to match your trailer. I bought my rims from Redneck Trailer Supply; very cheap: Dexstar 16" steel wheels, 6" wide, 6x5.5 bolt circle, model number WH166-60E. I also bought Centramatic model 13150 balancers from Andy.

Again, I went with 16" wheels for my 75th Winick Prototype but I went with the best tires I could...Michelin XPS Ribs. Very pricey, but they have a full steel sidewall. I had a previous blowout with a Bad-Year on my Scamp that ripped a hole in the wheelwell. Didn't want to chance that on my Airstream...so I replaced essentially brand new tires.

I painted my rims with Duplicolor Ford Blue high temperature engine enamel. I love the way they look. I am REALLY happy. The tires, again are Michelin XPS Ribs in a 225/75/16, customized by DiamondBack Tires with a 1.5" whitewall and dual blue lines. The blue lines are the exact same color as my pinstripes (and vintage logos) and match the color of my rims (the lettering I used for "Airstream" is a bit lighter in color). The stripes on the tires take away some of the HUGENESS of these tires. They increase the ride height over my old Bad-Year Explodathons by about 1/2". Not enough to worry about.

The trim rings are stainless steel, ribbed, purchased brand new from eBay. The hubcaps are PhoenixUSA 1309SS also in stainless steel. They fit the 16" Dexstar rims with ease...no denting, no forcing. But, it is wise to put a dab of clear RTV on at least two spots of the hubcaps to make sure they stay on...they fit snugly, but you don't want to lose one.

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Old 05-30-2013, 05:39 PM   #25
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I've noticed that some people have gone with the Michelin XPS Rib LT tires while others have chosen the LTX M/S2s. Michelin rates the comfort level of the LTX M/S2 at 9/10 and the XPS Rib at 5/10.

I'm wondering if the XPS Rib might be a bit too stiff for an Airstream given that they don't react well to stiff rides. I ran XPS Ribs on a Ford F-250 and they were very stiff.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:36 PM   #26
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Bambi got new wheels.....SenDel T02/Michelin LT 225/75R16/E M/S2 combo.

The guys at America's Tire were great. They sold 5 of this same pairing to another Airstream owner today.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:02 PM   #27
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The SenDel T03-66655BM model used on the Eddie Bauer trailers is discontinued. That rim had the black masking to make the spokes stand out more. I will be ordering the T03-66655T which just plain aluminum for my next trailer. That is the same wheel but without the paint.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:12 PM   #28
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It looks like the oem Marathons are rated 2150 lbs. at 50psi and Airstream wants them at 65psi......hmmm!

The Bambi's GVWR is 4500.

The Michelin LT 225/75R16 are load range E and rated at 2680lbs and a max of 80psi.

What wheels have people bought to accommodate the 16s on the Bambi 19?

What tire pressure? Still go with 65psi?
Just replaced my 15" tires with Michelin's you mentioned above and Sendell T-03 Rims. The package works and fit's perfectly. Just finished a trip of 1800 miles with confidence and no problem's...ran the tire's at 75 lbs pressure.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:31 PM   #29
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The SenDel T03-66655BM model used on the Eddie Bauer trailers is discontinued. That rim had the black masking to make the spokes stand out more. I will be ordering the T03-66655T which just plain aluminum for my next trailer. That is the same wheel but without the paint.
I got the T02-66655T because they look good with my TV and are well within spec. at 3200lbs@80psi.

The SenDel T03-66655BM look great and are a little beefier at 3580@80.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #30
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I have been following this thread as well as have had conversations with other Bambi owners and I just have to ask: Why hasn't there been a recall for this issue? I'm not a litigious minded person at all, but it seems like a serious safety problem....someone could die. I have seen where there have been recalls for items as small as improperly identified tire pressure. The full expense of correcting a design flaw really shouldn't be borne by the owners in this case (IMHO).
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Actually the models at probability the highest risk are the 31' Classics with a GVW of 10,000 pounds and two axles rated 5,000 pounds. Each axle has two Goodyear 15" ST D rated tires, each rated 2,540 pounds @ 65psi. The four tires together are rated 10,160 pounds....

When our Classic 27FB at 9,000 pounds GVW arrives on the dealer's lot in February, I will bring with me and change out the 15" GYM tires and 15' wheels for 16" Sendel rims and Michelin 16" tires before I leave the lot. I will also install Centramatic balancers at the same time.
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Centramatic balancers? What is this? On my previous trailer I balanced the wheels just like car wheels on a tire balancing machine.
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switz, I have been wanting to use Centamatic balancers as well but am not doing it because the axle manufacturer says they offset the wheels slightly, and may reduce the life of the never-lube bearings.

There have been various opinions here about it, but I still hesitate. What are your thoughts on this?

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I can't believe the thickness of Centramatics can hurt at the most they are .06/ 1/16'' of an inch thick where the fit to the hub.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:03 AM   #35
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The thought I have is that reduction of vibration is good for the aluminum body shell where repairs are expensive. Wheel bearings are supposedly checked every 10,000 miles or annually along with the brakes. A wheel bearing costs a lot less to replace than service work on the the trailer body for popped rivets and or water damage....

I use them on my Honda Gold Wings and all tire vibration issues ended when the Centramatics were installed.
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I recently replaced 08 Bambi 19 with Hercules 10 ply tire. Highly recommended by dealers. Tire pressure recommended at 85 pounds. No problems in 4,000 miles.


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We upgraded our 22' spory to Michelin 16" LTX
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I recently replaced 08 Bambi 19 with Hercules 10 ply tire. Highly recommended by dealers. Tire pressure recommended at 85 pounds. No problems in 4,000 miles.

Hercules has a very good reputation on some of the other message boards. I had a set of their radials on my previous trailer and they were great. Two years, maybe 7k miles approximately. No issues.

I guess you don't hear a lot about them cause there isn't that many complaints about Hercules. I had a set load range D on a 14 inch rim, and the radial was so much better than a bias ply tire I had replaced.

There sometimes would be random items laying in the floor of the trailer after a trip. Either we got better at storing, or the tires gave it a much improved ride. I gave credit to the tires, cause the trailer pulled so much better too.
I have seen a few post on here that own Hercules tires. They are a very good option to keep in mind. Just sayin'

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We upgraded our 22' spory to Michelin 16" LTX
I see your post was a few years ago. We are looking for a replacement for the stock tires on our 22FB sport (2016). What 16" rim did you get, and did it fit? Are you happy with the tires?
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Airstream has been using the 16" SenDel T03-66655T aluminum wheel on the Eddie Bauer models for many years and it is standard on the 2015 and later Classics and the limited edition 2016 Pendleton (Eddie Bauer rear door model). They are for sale at the entrance to the Jackson Center Customer service Center entrance along with the 16" Michelin LT225/75R16/E LTX M/S2 tires (or the current Defender model with the same size specification).

That is the combination we installed at our expense on our 2014 Classic.

We left the stock 10" drum brakes on our 2015 23D International Serenity but upgraded to the 15" SenDel T03-56545T wheels that match the design appearance of the ones on our 2014 Classic along with the 15" Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires like we used on our 2013 25FB International Serenity.
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