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Old 05-29-2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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I saw them mentioned on another thread. That's why i got them. Discount Tire got them for me and its a beautiful combo. I'm sure there are equally good or better wheels?
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #16
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Bambi 15" tire replacement

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
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:27 PM   #17
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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
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I'm curious, what was the logic those people stated to not move up to a 16" wheel/tire ?
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:40 PM   #18
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Bambi 15" tire replacement

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
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:44 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone for their input.

I spoke with Dan at Airstream Tech Support. AS sells the Trico 16 inch wheel/ Michelin LTX combination through a drop ship vendor for $368.95 ea. plus shipping and tax. Takes about 2 weeks. Dan said that they recommend this combo for International 19s with 15 inch wheels. They won't work on Bambis with 14 inch....clearance issues.

I found a local tire store that will have SenDel T02 wheels, model T02-66655T, 80psi and Michelin LTX for me by Friday for $1222 otd.

As it turns out my Maxxis M8008 ST LR E, 80 psi tires wouldn't have worked out on the stock wheels. Dan at AS said they are rated at 65psi max.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:17 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone for their input.

I spoke with Dan at Airstream Tech Support. AS sells the Trico 16 inch wheel/ Michelin LTX combination through a drop ship vendor for $368.95 ea. plus shipping and tax. Takes about 2 weeks. Dan said that they recommend this combo for International 19s with 15 inch wheels. They won't work on Bambis with 14 inch....clearance issues.

I found a local tire store that will have SenDel T02 wheels, model T02-66655T, 80psi and Michelin LTX for me by Friday for $1222 otd.

As it turns out my Maxxis M8008 ST LR E, 80 psi tires wouldn't have worked out on the stock wheels. Dan at AS said they are rated at 65psi max.
Do you have sendel wheels as stock ? If so, I thought all the 6 hole sendel wheels were 80 psi rated ?
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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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