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Old 12-29-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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16" Michelin LT245/75R16, Clearance?

Folks,

I'm carefully trying to raise a twist on the seemingly popular 16" switch with a different size. I did see the Michelin in the lobby at JC this year, but now I'm getting real serious about 16's on my rig.

The AS is a 30' Classic Slide Out. I got these specs from the owners manual.

GVWR 10,300 Lbs
UBW 7940 Lbs
Hitch wt. 1050 Lbs

My discussion question is about the possible use of this tire, please carefully note the size 245 not 225.

Michelin LTX M/S LT245/75R16 Load Range E, max tire load 3042 Lbs. The 225 is 2680 Lbs.

The LT225/75R16 has a 29.4" overall diameter and the LT245/75R16 is 30.7" overall diameter.

Specs are from the Michelin Truck Tire Data Book.

Those of you that own the 30' Slide in particular or the 31' have the best chance to offer your .02$ about any possible clearance issues to the wheel well arches, that is a concern.

If the 245's can work that is a 1400+ pound increase in tire capacity.

My axles are just a few years old and are 5,000 Lb each.

I know the 16" question has come up a lot and I think for good reason, but can't say i've seen the 245 size question posed.

Pretty sure I'm rolling on 16's next year just gotta figure a few things out

Thanks,

Gary
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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I made the change to LT tires this spring and can't be happier. My question is about the width of the 245's compared to the 225's. I look at my 225's and their clearance in width always makes me wonder if their's enough room for a clod of mud or whatever to clear the fender well. Are the 245's wider that the 225's?

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I made the change to LT tires this spring and can't be happier. My question is about the width of the 245's compared to the 225's. I look at my 225's and their clearance in width always makes me wonder if their's enough room for a clod of mud or whatever to clear the fender well. Are the 245's wider that the 225's?

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Yes, by definition. That first number in the tire size (225 or 245 in this case) is the width in millimeters.
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I think:

1) You may indeed have clearance issues with the extra 1/2"+ radius of the tire. (1.3" diameter)
2) If you load properly, and pay attention to the scales....wheel by wheel, you should be fine loaded up with the 225's. Most of you extra weight with the slide is an increase in tongue weight. I run at about 7500 pounds on my axles (together) and about 1000 pounds on the tongue....fully loaded.
3) I think you would overload an axle corner before you would run into an issue with the 2680 tire max.
4) realize that both the tires and the axle PROBABLY have at least a 10% margin of safety built into the spec.

I'd, for sure, run 80psi in the 225s.

That's my $.02
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I have the 225s and love them. I would NOT, however, go to 245s, and for a couple reasons.

1. I think you would have clearance issues. The big 16 incher thread has several pics of the 225s posted and I know I posted pics of my Classic with the new duds too. Clearance is good, but at the limit to where I would be uncomfortable going larger.

2. More rolling resistance. With the 245s, you're obviously putting more rubber on the road, and thus has to affect fuel mileage to some degree.

3. The popular Sendel wheel may not be wide enough to accommodate the wider tire without inducing poor wear characteristics, I.e., uneven wear. I'll admit I haven't researched the width range of the wheel though.

Bottom line is that if you need 245s, you're overweight. The 225s do nicely with 720 lbs of capacity beyond the capacity of the trailer.

Opinions will vary, but I do not think the extra capacity will be worth the extra headaches. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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Old 12-29-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:26 PM   #7
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3. I'll admit I haven't researched the width range of the wheel though.
The minimum rim width for subject tire is 6.5".

The LT245/75R16E M/S is not listed in the 2013 Michelin tire data book.

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2. More rolling resistance. With the 245s, you're obviously putting more rubber on the road, and thus has to affect fuel mileage to some degree.....
First, the difference in rolling resistance between tires is much, much greater than the difference in tire size.

Second, it turns out that if you use the same inflation pressure, larger tires get ever so slightly better RR.

I explore that here:

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Tirerack has a good table of information on the Michelin LTX M/S2 tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....del=LTX+M%2FS2
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Guys,

Sorry I wasn't able to get any visual or measurements on the clearance on my rig yesterday, I will this weekend. This is still exploration mode and I found this on Tirerack this AM, specs for 245. I don't have wheels picked out but pretty sure I found a 16X6.5" but again, need to pull it together.

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Old 12-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #11
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Where rim width is a very close match to tread width is an old recommendation. Where I'd start.

And my default tire would be the BRIDGESTONE Duravis r250

Duravis R250 Tire | Bridgestone Tires

I don't find anyone in commercial vehicles spec'ng MICHELIN. I like them fine and consider them one of two choices. I strongly recommend this alternative to you in your search. The truck I drive at work in the oilfield is equipped with the heavier versions and they are outstanding. (See also offerings for your CTD in the 500 and 700 series).

See also posts by JIMNLIN over on Woodalls (also owns a 3rd Gen CTD) as his decades-long experience in using one-ton trucks to make a living as well as his understanding of rules governing loads are quite good. The above tire was his choice which I found to be no surprise. (PM's are answered, too).

Lateral stiffness, and a tread that works well with that, are worth looking into.

I'd recommend what Tireman9 and others state as an obviious starting point: the use of the RMA or BRIDGESTONE guides on how to weigh RV's. Get the actual loads per tire after you've dialled in the WDH.

And a calibrated air pressure gauge (such as LONGACRE).

But I'd imagine this stuff you already know, right?
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But I'd imagine this stuff you already know, right?
If I ever claim to know it all, run like heck.

Just exploring ideas. Its winter and time to foruminate and do the researchology.

Maybe new years day I can get some some good visuals on the tire vs. body etc.

I've read all of you guys comments, appreciate them all. Still pondering but 16's are coming.

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Well, it continues.

I was looking at the Airstream website for 2013 specs. IIRC the 16" wheel combo has been frequently reffered to as the Eddie Bauer wheels, correct? The 27' FB EB has 16" LRE's listed in standard features and the same trailer has a 7,800 Lb GVWR.

Just throwing something out, the same 16" LRE on my 30' with a 10,300 Lb GVWR?

I know, I'll make a decision somehow after I chew on this a bit longer.

Remember, this is a clearance question first with side tracks.

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Well, it continues.

I was looking at the Airstream website for 2013 specs. IIRC the 16" wheel combo has been frequently reffered to as the Eddie Bauer wheels, correct? The 27' FB EB has 16" LRE's listed in standard features and the same trailer has a 7,800 Lb GVWR.

Just throwing something out, the same 16" LRE on my 30' with a 10,300 Lb GVWR?

I know, I'll make a decision somehow after I chew on this a bit longer.

Remember, this is a clearance question first with side tracks.

Gary
Is your 30' a tri-axle or is that just the 34s? If a tri-axle, you're spreading the load over 6, not 4 tires. If a tandem axle, that 10,000# is being spread over 4 tires. If I recall correctly, the 15" GYMs (LRDs) are over 2500 each so 4 Ds would be right at the max. LRE Marathons I think are rated at 3400 and the Michelin light truck LRE I believe is 3100 but don't quote me on those numbers. Even at 3000/ea on a tandem axle you would have 2000# headroom.

Also, is that 10k# the loaded for camping weight on the scales w/WD applied?
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