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Old 10-06-2015, 01:23 PM   #15
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Thanks for info

Thanks for the info on the rim/tire choice... This leads to a few more questions.
1. Is there a potential for clearance issues when changing over to 16" rims/tires on a 1989 Excella?
2. Do folks go thru Airstream to buy their rims or is there a preferred aftermarket source?

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Old 10-06-2015, 01:47 PM   #16
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No clearance issues with 16" wheels and tires.
Some trailers come standard with them- first the Eddie Bauer and then the new Classic.
The 16" wheel/tire combo from Airstream is ridiculously expensive, like $600+ each before shipping. If you go this route you can get it done for a lot less money through other sources. I ordered the wheels, TPMS, and Centramatic balancers from the internet and bought the tires locally.
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There is definitely peace of mind that comes with the new tires and wheels.


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Old 10-06-2015, 01:54 PM   #17
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Can't comment on the '89 trailer, but as for source of tires and wheels, I did get an estimate from Jackson Centre as I was going to by traveling by there - but a price I got locally from a tire shop was much much better! (Same Michelin tires, but different make of rims.

I just got the specs from the Sendel rims that Airstream were using and bought rims that matched.

I have now used them on three cross country trips with no issues at all. Very happy with them.

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Old 10-06-2015, 03:58 PM   #18
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I upgraded from 15 to 16 today at the Airstream factory in Ohio and it was $2000 for 5 Michelin tires and the newest aluminum rims. (399.95 per wheel) I could have saved about $70 by going with a steel spare wheel but the cost wasn't too bad to go all aluminum. Also, another $90 for the non-plastic coated chrome lug nuts. FYI.. The labor rate at the factory service center is $125 / hr and the crappy authorized service dealer in Texas is $165 / hr. You get much better service at the factory and the people are much more pleasant to work with. You do need to make an appt. free full hookup camping is a plus, otherwise $10 per night. Can't beat it in Jackson Center, OH
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:15 PM   #19
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I put 15" aluminum rims on my 1990 Excella 29' along with E rated Maxxis running at 70 psi. Had trouble with two tread separations in my third year, but my tire minders alerted me to air pressure loss and gave me time to stop before anything dramatic happened. I replaced them with 4 new Maxxis, but in consideration of the speed factor on ST tires, will probably upgrade to 16' aluminum rims and Michelins LT E rated tires. The reality is I like to cruise between 60-70 mph, and on long steep downhills the TV and AS want to roll at 70-75. Whether my previous driving on occasion at 65+ speeds led to the tread separation or not who knows, but I'm ready to run Michelin LT tires just like on my TV.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:38 PM   #20
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Maybe I missed this discussion, but why do folks change their AS's rims from 15" to 16"? Is it a ground clearance issue, better weight carrying capacity or better choice in tires? I've seen a few sets of tires/rims that folks have taken off their newer AS's and are selling. I would like to upgrade both the tires and rims on my 1989 Excella but not sure if I should go to 16" rims or buy newer style 15" rims. Any thoughts?
James,

The usual reason that people switch to 16" rims is that they can switch from trailer (ST) tires to light truck (LT) tires and still have a tire with a rated weight capacity that exceeds the manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for the trailer. The overall goal of such a change is either to reduce the likelihood of tire failure or to have a wider range of tire manufacturers from which to choose.

Opinions vary on the actual effect such a change has on the chances of tire failure. There seems to be fairly widespread agreement that it is a worthwhile change for trailers that are close to the maximum load for the tires, particularly the largest of the single axle trailers.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:38 PM   #21
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Don't know about clearance issues on earlier trailers, but if you order the 16" wheels and Michelins while the TT is being built, Airstream does widen the wheel wells slightly. Cost for the whole thing is under the $2,000 mentioned above.
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:35 PM   #22
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My tire guy tells me that 15" tire gave way to 16", and now the trend is 17 and 18".
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Old 10-06-2015, 06:54 PM   #23
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My tire guy tells me that 15" tire gave way to 16", and now the trend is 17 and 18".
Yeah on cars, not on trailers.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:54 PM   #25
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just got 2015 27ft.fb. interstate signature in Idaho. came with 15in. marathons. book says to inflate to 65psi. but dealer had inflated to 70psi. ran them at that pressure { checking tp.} every day till reaching home in tx. did not exceed 60mph the whole way. no problems about 2000miles total. but I think I will switch to 16in. wheels as soon as possible. Michelins seem to be the tire of choice.
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Excellent Tirerack.com article! Thx JF.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:42 PM   #27
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Can anyone recommend a good, specific 15" replacement tire for my 2012 Airstream Sport? Best to go with the stock size 225/75 or can I go 235/75 without any consequences?
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:04 PM   #28
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Thanks for the info on the rim/tire choice... This leads to a few more questions.
1. Is there a potential for clearance issues when changing over to 16" rims/tires on a 1989 Excella?
2. Do folks go thru Airstream to buy their rims or is there a preferred aftermarket source?

Thanks much,
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I put 16" 225-75 on my 85 29' no problem if you have good axels .
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