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Old 08-08-2015, 08:26 PM   #29
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Who or How did you sell the 15" ?

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Old 08-08-2015, 09:10 PM   #30
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I sold mine the same day that I listed them on the Airforums Classifieds. I had several more calls on the OEM tires and wheels before I was able to cancel the listing.

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Old 08-08-2015, 09:22 PM   #31
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I switched to 5 Sendel 16" rims and Michelins on my 2007 Classic back in April 2012.

I have heard that some spare carriers need to be modified and some worked without change. I guess I was one of the unlucky ones. Mine was far enough off that I didn't even consider bending the carrier. I cut the holders and welded a piece of iron pipe (1/2" pipe if I remember correctly) to extend them.

Of the 4 wheel wells, I had to expand 2 to allow enough clearance for the 16" tires. Easy job, just unscrew the aluminum moulding on the outside of the wheel well and cut a 1/2" of the aluminum banana wrap and then re attach the moulding.

I agree with the previous posters that this is a good upgrade, have finally fixed my tire problems.
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New wheels installed. Kept the existing 15" spare since it's unlikely it'll every be needed
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:43 AM   #33
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What are the issues (if any) with using the original 15" spare after upgrading to the 16's?
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What are the issues (if any) with using the original 15" spare after upgrading to the 16's?
Probably none. I towed the 2005 Safari 60,000 on the 16" Michelins without ever needing the spare. The 15" spare should get you to the nearest tire center with a problem.

With the OEM Marathons I had three blowouts in 12,000 miles and needed the spare a lot.

I like having the 16" spare so that if I ever need it, I can put the spare on, and make the repaired/replaced tire the new spare, and not have to do a double switch.

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Old 08-09-2015, 12:09 PM   #35
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Not sure about the 15" spare but I needed to use my 16" spare last
week because of a nail I discovered in the sidewall. It was and is still holding air, and I used it as my spare for 1300 miles. We were in a wilderness area, not sure if it's repairable. Sure glad I bought 5 wheels and tires when I upgraded to 16" wheels
The fact it hasn't gone flat is very impressive to me


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Maybe I should ask that question differently. If I have a flat on one of the 16" tires, can I use my 15" spare safely and without causing any damage to the trailer?
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:23 PM   #37
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Who or How did you sell the 15" ?

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I had planned to advertise mine but didn't have to! I mentioned on this forum that I had just bought my 16" rims and someone who lived locally and was on this forum contact me to see if I wanted to sell them - I did!

Incidentally, I had at one point contacted Airstream to get a quote on new Michelins and 16" wheels since we were about to go on a trip that would've taken us neat Jackson centre - the price was more than double what I paid at a tire shop near my home. Quite a mark-up for the privilege of getting them from AS!

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Old 08-09-2015, 02:27 PM   #38
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According to airstream you can drive the trailer slowly and for short distances with only 3 wheels, if necessary. I'm no expert, but if u can do that than my not one 15" wheel? Like I said in previous post glad I didn't, because things happen like road hazards (in my case a nail in the sidewall) even to the best tires and if you travel off the beaten path, it's nice to have solid backup, in my opinion.



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Why skimp on buying a spare wheel and tire??What is the combined value of your Airstream and your tow vehicle?


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Yep, my thoughts also!

As well, one of the reasons that I bought a fifth wheel of identical design was in the off chance that I had problems with one wheel, and could not get an exact
replacement. I thought it best to get five of the same design while I could!

However, I still have not modified the spare tire rack to hold the 16" wheel even though I do have the welding gear.

I didn't like the idea of leaving that nice new aluminum wheel hanging under the trailer exposed to winter road salt etc., so I just throw it in the back of the truck!

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'Skimping' on buying an extra wheel and tire was never mentioned or even a thought. I just don't like the idea of 'bending' the pins to make the new spare fit. In fact, if one was to read my original questions, I asked if Airstream offered a modified carrier to fit the upgraded 16" wheel. I would much rather have a carrier designed for the 16" wheel than to have one that just barely fits. But hey, that's me. I certainly understand that not everyone will feel that way. If bending has worked for others, fine. If others would rather carry their spare in the back of the truck, taking up valuable room that's fine too. Amazing how some people will eventually bring it all back to someone being cheap. Thanks for your useless input.


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Old 08-09-2015, 09:23 PM   #42
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Isn't the difference between a 16" wheel and a 15" wheel 1/2" at the axle? I would think a 15" spare would be no issue. Kind of like a donut spare.
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