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Old 07-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #99
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Just an update we got the tires and wheels mated over the weekend. Discount Tire Direct recommends local dealers so we got the deal done for $61 which includes me bringing back the 15" wheels where they will dismount the tires and dispose of them. So the next thing to do will be to mount the wheels to the trailer. I decided to contact Tredit and verify torque for the bolts. Here is their recommendation for the T03 wheels.
Recommended Torque Intervals & Range
1st Stage
10 Miles
120 ft/lbs
2nd Stage
25 Miles
120 ft/lbs
3rd Stage
50 Miles
120 ft/lbs
Thereafter
Before each trip
120 ft/lbs
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Airstream recommends 110 ft/lbs for the 16" wheels. Not trying to argue but just passing along info.
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Airstream recommends 110 ft/lbs for the 16" wheels. Not trying to argue but just passing along info.
That's what I understand and they use Tredit also. I have the ones with the holes, not spokes, and maybe there is a difference there.

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That's what I understand and they use Tredit also. I have the ones with the holes, not spokes, and maybe there is a difference there.

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Mine have the spokes and they told me 110.
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I seem to remember someone posting somewhere (I read too many threads) that Airstream was telling people 110-120.

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To close the loop we installed the new tires and wheels this morning. No issues or problems. We torqued the new wheel bolts to 110 ft lbs. Here are some pictures after installation. Clearances seem fine.

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Now here are the tires that we pulled off. The first two pictures are the street side tires. Notice the tall one. That's the front axle tire. The last picture is the curb side tires. Again the tall tire is the front axle. I'm assuming the belts are letting go on the taller tires.

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Now here are the tires that we pulled off. The first two pictures are the street side tires. Notice the tall one. That's the front axle tire. The last picture is the curb side tires. Again the tall tire is the front axle. I'm assuming the belts are letting go on the taller tires.

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Wow! What a difference.

I'm sure you're glad to be done with the old tires. Looks great.
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I haven't seen this style wheel before. I like them better than the OEM wheels ours came with. Looks good.

This should provide many miles of happy trails and peace of mind.

Glad you got this solved.

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Yes it is a real sigh of relief. I'm so fortunate that we caught these before they blew. I'm going to pull the old tires off the wheels prior to putting the wheels up on Craig's list. I'm going to have the folks who will pull them give me some idea of what was going on with those bad tires.

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I haven't seen this style wheel before. I like them better than the OEM wheels ours came with. Looks good.

This should provide many miles of happy trails and peace of mind.

Glad you got this solved.

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Gene these are the T03 Tredit wheels. They are the same wheel as supplied with the Eddie Bauer Edition Airstream. They come in an all silver version or in the black interior version, which is what I got.

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We sold the 15" wheels today. So other than the future experiences, we've totally come full circle. Thanks to everyone for the help and advice. I towed the trailer home on Sunday from storage to the driveway. Didn't notice anything different in the 25 miles it took. Time will tell if the decision was worthwhile.

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We haven't noticed anything different either, but what we notice is the Michelins don't wear as fast as the Marathons, hold air much better and develop no problems. We have around 25,000 miles on them in more than 3 years and there's plenty of tread left.

The way the Marathons were wearing, I expected no more than 25,000 miles out of them. The Michelins should last twice as many miles and though they cost more initially, they should be cheaper in the long run. One reason is they last a long time and the other is one less time for balancing and mounting costs.

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200 miles = separated tire

We have had a problem where we cannot drive 300 miles without a tire separating. We have tried GY, TowMaster, and Carlisle, load D and E. The street rear separates first, followed by curb front and street front. We keep the tires at 65, even for the 80 psi tires.

We've replaced 30+ tires in 8 years. On our last trip to San Diego, we had one tire separate in route, replaced 3 tires upon arrival, and replaced two tires when we got home. This began happening within a year of purchase. We have had one double blowout, curb rear and street front. I've posted images of the separating tires in:
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...day-15566.html

We have the wheel bearings packed every 15k. Brakes are good.

We had given up on using the our Classic because we cannot solve the problem. So we took the trailer to N Dallas RV. We had a brand new Carlisle on the street rear when we departed. 225 miles later, the brand new tire was separating.

Randy checked the alignment - all was OK. The shocks are ok, and we have never had the banding indicating excessive bouncing. Randy checked the Hensley alignment - all OK. As a last repair option, we are replacing our 4200 lb axles with new 5000 lb axles. After this, the only options are to use another hitch and get a different tow vehicle.

I wish someone had an answer as to why our trailer is blowing tires so quickly.

What can be the cause - just like you are experiencing ?????

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