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Old 10-12-2015, 07:29 PM   #57
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ST tires never last more than 3-4 years in reality. It's a good concept- stiff sidewalls that will stand up to sheer- but it only really looks good on paper. They are cheaply made and will have tread separation. Carlisle tires are junk, but hold up a little longer than Goodyear Marathons. I've had bad luck with both. There will not be a third time.


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Old 10-14-2015, 12:37 PM   #58
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Going to upgrade to 15" wheel and michelins on my 16' sport. Do I need to get a third to replace the spare. I know the slight difference in diameter won't matter and certainly not for the 100 miles or whatever I would drive to get a new tire. Even if I had 3 of the same I'd still do the same as I would not want to drive far without a spare. Am I missing somehing?
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Old 10-14-2015, 04:47 PM   #59
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I purchased a spare, however, think it is a matter of preference.


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Old 10-14-2015, 06:46 PM   #60
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You'd have to get a third rim if you are switching from 14" to 15". Just depends on your budget for another rim and tire.

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Old 10-14-2015, 07:05 PM   #61
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I purchased a spare, however, think it is a matter of preference.


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I did also - I'm sure it would be fine to use a 15" temporarily as a spare, but I thought it might be worth getting five 16" rather than four in case I ever had a problem with one wheel and at that time could not buy an identical replacement, I would at least have one spare of the same design!

Bit of a long shot I guess, but that was my thought at the time.

Also, I could use it in rotation with the other wheels - not sure I ever will though, kinda lazy about that sort of thing!

Meanwhile it just sits in the back of our truck - being aluminum, it seems too nice a wheel to leave it under the trailer getting covered in road salt when we head south in winter!

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Old 10-14-2015, 08:08 PM   #62
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According to Tirerack the 235/75R15 Michelin LTX M/S have a rim range of 6" to 8". Check the width of your rims. Maybe contact Airstream. On my 25fb 15" rims they were 6" rims so I was able to upgrade from the GYM 225/75x15 to the Michelin 235/75s.

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Is there any concern with the load rating of the 235/75R15 Michelin LTX M/S tires on your 25fb?

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Old 10-14-2015, 09:31 PM   #63
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A lot less concern than running ST tires. One big advantage of running 16" rims is that you can run E rated LT tires, the same rated tires that 3/4 and 1 ton trucks run when towing. If safety is any factor to you vs price of tires, then no reason not to run 16" E rated.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:26 PM   #64
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My tire guy tells me that 15" tire gave way to 16", and now the trend is 17 and 18".
Could it be that, in addition to other factors, a larger diameter tire does not turn as fast and, therefore, is not subject to as much wear and violence as a smaller diameter tire? And, imagine a small tire rolling through a sharp edged rut in the road compared to a larger diameter tire. A larger tire is better able to roll over the edge than into it.

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Old 10-16-2015, 08:24 AM   #65
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The difference in RPM due to diameter shouldn't create that much more heat or pressure.
We drove cars with 13" or 14" wheels at 70 mph for 30 years.


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For me it was a matter of doing the math. First iis my deductible cost in repairing the damage caused by a tire failure. Second the fact that both my Marathons and Maxxis tires failed at the end of year 3 or the beginning of year 4 of use telling me that 3 years is the max life for an ST on my weight Airsteam. So figuring I can most likely use 2 sets of LT tires in 10 years vs 3 sets of ST tires, and adding in the cost of damage, going to 16" wheels and LT tires is both cost effective and safer than sitting on the side of a highway with a blown tire.

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Old 10-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #67
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I'm in Jack's camp.


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Ordered my new michelins 225/75/16 from Costco , wheels from king of wheels, will get mounted next week.. My marathons have 20000 miles and are at 50 per cent and they did good........
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I am looking at some nice 16" wheel tire combos but I'm wondering if they'll fit my AS. They came off a different tow vehicle. Do I need to expect to swap out size up the hub where the wheel bolts are?

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16 in/ wheels & rims

just ordered my new rims & wheels from performance tire in ca. nice folks to do business with {Stephen] saved a ton of $ state tax & free shipping.
airstream recommends 80lbs. pressure in this comb. [eddie bauer]
I typically tow at 60-65 and only exceed this if and when I have to pass.
any recommened pressures that anyone has to offer?
I assume factory lug nuts will fit?
if I knew how to post pictures I would ! any suggestuons as to how to do that? the pictures posted by those that made the switch helped convince me that new everything would look great!
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