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Old 03-07-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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15 inch Wheels/Tires Upgrade for 23 Footer

I've read through the applicable threads, somewhat confused re: best tire size for the 14 to 15 inch upgrade. Perhaps someone who's recently done the switch could let me know if my ordering information is accurate:

Wheels:

Sendel T02-56545T (Bolt Circle 15x6, Offset 0, Center Bore 3.19, 2150 lb rating) (listed for 114.89 at Amazon.com)

Tires

Michelin 235/75R15 LTX MS2 (Load Index 108, Speed Rating T) (listed at 133.28 at Tiredirect.ca)

Apparently a 225 tire would fit better, but that size does not appear to be available in the Michelin LTX.

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Old 03-07-2014, 09:21 AM   #2
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I have had this same question, for my 23' Safari, and had not gotten around to asking it. Would like to put the worry of having a tire problem to rest.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:24 AM   #3
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I thought the newer 23' trailers with 14" wheels have 10" brakes and five bolt wheels?

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I've read through the applicable threads, somewhat confused re: best tire size for the 14 to 15 inch upgrade. Perhaps someone who's recently done the switch could let me know if my ordering information is accurate:

Wheels:

Sendel T02-56545T (Bolt Circle 15x6, Offset 0, Center Bore 3.19, 2150 lb rating) (listed for 114.89 at Amazon.com)

Tires

Michelin 235/75R15 LTX MS2 (Load Index 108, Speed Rating T) (listed at 133.28 at Tiredirect.ca)

Apparently a 225 tire would fit better, but that size does not appear to be available in the Michelin LTX.

Thanks, Bob
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:36 AM   #4
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Bill, my mistake in copying. Thanks for noticing that!!

The specs for the Sendel T02-56545 should read as follows:

Sendel T02-56545T (Size 15x6, Bolt Circle 5/4.50, Offset 0, Center Bore 3.19, 2150 lb rating) (listed for 114.89 at Amazon.com)
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:53 AM   #5
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I thought I'd bump this up, as I'm hoping to place the order soon. Can anyone who's done the upgrade (14" to 15") confirm that the information below is correct? I'm pretty confident in the wheels, not so sure about the tire size.

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Sendel T02-56545T (Size 15x6, Bolt Circle 5/4.50, Offset 0, Center Bore 3.19, 2150 lb rating) (listed for 114.89 at Amazon.com)

Tires

Michelin 235/75R15 LTX MS2 (Load Index 108, Speed Rating T) (listed at 133.28 at Tiredirect.ca)

Apparently a 225 tire would fit better, but that size does not appear to be available in the Michelin LTX.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:10 AM   #6
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Those tires, Michelin LTX MS2 P235/75R15XL, are great tires. I have them on my '72 Ambassador. They will fit your trailer just fine.
Another good tire that more closely matches the diameter and width of the original 14" GYM is the GoodYear Wrangler HT LT215/75R15 LRD.
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Good Morning, Bob. There is a recent thread titled Flying Cloud 23FB that has numerous posts addressing the 15" wheel/tire issue for 23' Airstreams. This thread was last posted to on February 18th. There are over 200 posts to this thread so you will have to pick you way through it. There are probably about 25 posts by members who have made this conversion. Many of them provide part numbers and sources.

This is a conversion that I plan to make to new Lucy in the near future.

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Old 03-08-2014, 11:15 AM   #9
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Brian:

Yes, I've done the search on this. To be honest, I'm not sure if that particular thread came up based on my search criterion. I will indeed check your thread out.

Bottom line, there's a lot of information to sort through. As with most subjects (and with most forums) there is a mixture of great, not-so-great, and really bad information (this is rare here I think) ... it can be hard to sort out. I particularly wanted to verify this one, since I'm about to place the order. Feel more confident now!

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Old 08-21-2015, 07:30 PM   #10
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Bumping this old thread. Im considering this change to my '06 23.
I would like to hear from those of you who have done this change and consider it a true upgrade. I have 3 carlisle and one marathon on the trailer as it came to me. They are aging but still in good shape.

Pro's cons?

Also anyone who has put a lift kit in i would like to hear about the results. I may do that at the same time. The transition from my drive to street causes a little bit of tail drag.
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A lot of people are selling their 15s on the "for sale" section of this site. They are buying 16s and LT tires for the heavier trailers. Depending on the weight of your trailer, you could pick up some 15s reasonably if you don't have 15s already. Many people, me included, are running the 15 inch MS2 Michelin so called LTX with great success. Pretty sure this combo will fit your 06. Then maybe place some lumber to prevent the tail dragging, a lot cheaper.


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They won't fit.........

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A lot of people are selling their 15s on the "for sale" section of this site. They are buying 16s and LT tires for the heavier trailers. Depending on the weight of your trailer, you could pick up some 15s reasonably if you don't have 15s already. Many people, me included, are running the 15 inch MS2 Michelin so called LTX with great success. Pretty sure this combo will fit your 06. Then maybe place some lumber to prevent the tail dragging, a lot cheaper.
If you start with original equipment 14" wheels, like on a 23', the 15" wheels that are often for sale won't work. The 14s have a 5 bolt pattern, the original equipment 15s have the 6 bolt pattern.
I wish, would have bought a set long ago.......
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We upgraded to 15" Sendel wheels and Michelin tires a couple of years ago and are very happy we did. Better ride, looks, and peace of mind are all worth the only negative aspect of cost. As stated above, 15" wheels from other Airstreams will not work because of the bolt pattern.
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I made the change to the same wheels and tires that you have listed last year on my 23FB. I now have about 8,000 miles on them.
I am glad I made the change. It will be a tight fit. I trimmed about ľ” off the fender trim down by the tire to give a little more room.
You will have plenty of room above the tire for travel. The Michelin’s will ride smother and I like the additional ground clearance.
I will never go back to the 14” ST tires.
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