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Old 06-25-2016, 01:10 PM   #15
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Whitegs, I pretty much come from the same camp you're in (not Watkins Glen), but Camp Mindset.

I called my New Jersey dealer a couple weeks ago about when to change tires.

"Five years from date of manufacture", he said.

Then I mentioned the possibility of changing to Michelin 16" tires.

"Don't do it", he said.

He then related the story of a customer who had replaced the GYM's with 16" Michs and had a blow out with them. The blowout caused thread separation and did $12k in damage to the undercarriage and inside of his new AS.

He made my decision for me, but I applaud you in arriving at your own…by yourself!
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:20 PM   #16
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Thanks for sharing. If you go by some posts in this forum. Michelins 16" are invulnerable. Good to see other perspectives.
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:57 PM   #17
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Old 06-25-2016, 03:13 PM   #18
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We've been similarly Airstreaming wrong for seven years, 1400 nights camping, never had an original equipment failure and just bought our third half-ton truck.

We changed the GYM tires for frequent long distance travel reliability and upgraded the Equal-I-Zer for a Hensley design for safety and comfort. The Parallex converter is okay while the trailer power is being used daily, but don't let it sit around charging while not using power if you like your batteries.
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Old 06-25-2016, 03:45 PM   #19
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. . . The Parallex converter is okay while the trailer power is being used daily, but don't let it sit around charging while not using power if you like your batteries.
That has been our experience as well. Many Airstream problems stem from not being actively used as designed IMO -- fresh water tank and pump, holding tanks, etc..

Ditto for our old 25' in the 90's. Bought her used, and traveled extensively for the next few years with the same batteries, OEM converter, bearings, axles, tires, etc.. Had to replace the fridge after 7 years, and the circuit board in the furnace just before selling her.
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Old Lucy's (2005 Safari 25FB) batteries lasted five years with heavy use and the OEM converter. In the tire department, Old Lucy had three catastrophic failures with her OEM GYM's in the first year. Went to Maxxis ten ply. They had tread separation after 25,000 miles. Went to the 16" Michelins. Old Lucy did another 60,000 miles without any tire issues before we traded her.

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Made my day with the posting of naysayer wisdom ... Thanks for the chuckle.
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