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Old 10-07-2015, 05:25 PM   #29
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Have never regretted giving up my old 15" Alcoa wheels. Endless polishing and tedious at that, with a no lacquer finish and limited tire selection. I now run LT225/75 R16 Michelins at 65 lbs. They're a close fit in the wheel well of a 34'er. Not sure about the double axle fit. My decision was based on numerous stories about Marathon failures and seeing trailers in the Terra Port with damage caused by tire failure. You have to see and feel a failed Marathon to understand how scant the rubber thickness is on the sidewalls. If anyone on this thread has an older set of Michelins be sure to check your DOT numbers with the Michelin recall list for the LT225/75 R16. You could land a new set of tires for free.
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Old 10-07-2015, 05:33 PM   #30
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The 16" wheel/tire combo fits just fine on the larger/longer tandem axle trailers, say 25' and up.


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Old 10-07-2015, 07:59 PM   #31
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Any recommendations or experiences with upgraded tires and rims for a 2014 Bambi 16'?

I have a 2014 Bambi 16ft. I upgraded to 15" tires. Michelin 235/75/15.Click image for larger version

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Old 10-08-2015, 07:45 AM   #32
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Excellent Tirerack.com article! Thx JF.
I went to the Tirerack home page but couldn't tell how to get to the information that you thought was excellent. Can you give me a pathway to the exact article? Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:08 AM   #33
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I have a 2014 Bambi 16ft. I upgraded to 15" tires. Michelin 235/75/15.Attachment 250010


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Which model are your tires? LTX M/S?
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:57 AM   #34
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I got 16" wheel/tire combo from Custom Tires, Custom Wheels, Wheel and Tire Packages, Chrome Rims for your Car, Truck, or SUV from Performance Plus Wheel and Tire , Free Shipping on all Tire & Wheel Packages, includes Free Mount, Balance & Nitrogen Airfill and NO Sale Tax.

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Old 10-08-2015, 10:24 AM   #35
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According to Airstream the 16" michelins are only on the Eddie Bauer trailers because that's what Eddie Bauer wanted!

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I like to keep an eye on what Airstream company is doing. They introduced 16" Michelin tires/Sendel wheels on the low production Eddie Bauer model a few years ago. Then it was offered as an upgrade at the Service Center. On 2015 Classics is became the standard tire/wheel.

There's different ways to read it but I think they have been uncomfortable with the reliability of 15" GY Marathons, gave the Michelins a production test on the Eddie Bauer, and now standard on their premium trailer. You can now order them as an option on any 25' Airstream and up.

They no longer have full confidence in the 15" Marathons so why should we. You can "get by" with the Marathons or other ST tires but an upgrade to 16" Michelins/Sendel wheels is not outrageously expensive compared to the cost of damaged railer repairs (TPMS may or may not save you). We followed Airstream's lead on this one.

There may be a downside. The 16" Michelin LTX tires at the Airstream recommended 80 psi may ride rougher than the 16" Marathons at 65 psi, causing slow long term damage to the Airstream. Watch for it.

We have decided to mitigate this issue by running our Michelins at 65 psi but there are plenty of arguments against that as well. Mostly "inter-ply shear" while making sharp turns from a tire engineer who frequents this forum. I have not heard of an Airstream tire failure on account of it though. Another is increased sway tendency; we haven't felt that through our ProPride hitch either.
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According to Airstream the 16" michelins are only on the Eddie Bauer trailers because that's what Eddie Bauer wanted!
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Which wheel/tire combination did you purchase for your 25FC?
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I have a 2014 Bambi 16ft. I upgraded to 15" tires. Michelin 235/75/15.Attachment 250010


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What wheels did you use and where did you get them?
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Easyrider, to view the TireRack article go to their full web site and choose: research and advice>Learn>Tech center>trailer tires. When you get to tech center you get a gaggle of articles in alpha order. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-08-2015, 04:12 PM   #41
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Michelin LTX MS 235/75R15 replaced the 14 inch wheels on the 16' Sport Bambi. I may have misquoted the year model of my Bambi, it is a 2015 model. I purchased it in 2014 do not think it will make a difference because it is the same size rim and tires on the 2014 & 2015 model year.


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Old 10-08-2015, 04:56 PM   #42
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15" rim vs. 16" rim ?

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Sendel T03-556545T 15x6 5/4.5 Aluminum T03 Trailer Wheel Silver Inlay. Ordered through Amazon (Ships from and sold by Recstuff).
Michelin LTX MS 235/75R15 purchased from local tire dealer replaced the 14 inch wheels on the 2015 Sport Bambi 16'.
Before I purchased I measured my wheel well clearance to make sure I was comfortable with the fit. Would encourage you to do the same before ordering.



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