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Old 03-16-2015, 12:12 AM   #1
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2014 International Signature 23fb with 14" tires

hi,
After reading in this forum I was surprised to find only 14" tires on my new 23 FB AS.
Was expecting 15". They are Marathons. The rims have 5 bolts. What can I upgrade to if I decide to go with it ? Will a 15 or 16 " rim fit on a 5 bolt hub? Are they readily available? Cost of a complete upgrade? If someone has just done one.
I believe it is a Dexter axle (double). It is probably mentioned in here but it is just like a maze of info. If someone as a quick answer of what I can and cannot do. My mind isn't made up on upgrading but it would be nice to know my options.
I plan on driving a ross Canada and back this summer. I am sold on a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Old 03-16-2015, 02:18 AM   #2
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Think I found my answer. I don't feel comfy with the 14" Marathons. Don't know why, but I don't. With my AS 23fb weight at around 6000lbs , the Michelin 235-75R15/XL 108T should be excellent for me. I would still welcome comments.

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Old 03-16-2015, 05:15 AM   #3
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You're sure those are 14" tires?

Also, have you weighed it fully loaded for camping?

4 of those Michelins would have the load carrying ability for 6000# if that's your weight. But you'd need new rims for those tires too if you have 14s on there now.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:43 PM   #4
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Good point. I would be right on limit. So I guess I have to find a stronger option.
A 15" tire with a stronger load, if that exists. Maybe someone can give me ideas. Going to 16, would raise my AS 2" right? Or is it just 1" ? My wife is partly disabled (polio) and the lower the steps the better. Will visit the local tire shops, also.

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You're sure those are 14" tires?

Also, have you weighed it fully loaded for camping?

4 of those Michelins would have the load carrying ability for 6000# if that's your weight. But you'd need new rims for those tires too if you have 14s on there now.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:00 PM   #5
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How about the wheel wells? Any problems in going to a 16lt tire on a 16 rim?
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I would just go with 15" rims and the Michelin 235s. That is what I have on my Classic 25fb as recommended and used by others in this forum.

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Many of us with 23' have upgraded to 15" wheels (mostly Sendel's) and Michelin LTX tires. Hard to find (impossible?) 16" wheels with the 5-bolt pattern. Also, in my opinion, not necessary to go to 16" wheels because the weight per tire is lowest of all Airstreams on the dual axle 23' models.
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Good point. I would be right on limit. So I guess I have to find a stronger option.

A 15" tire with a stronger load, if that exists. Maybe someone can give me ideas. Going to 16, would raise my AS 2" right? Or is it just 1" ? My wife is partly disabled (polio) and the lower the steps the better. Will visit the local tire shops, also.



Al

Sorry - no I think the 15" Michelins would cover it perfectly. I wasn't clear if your scale weight was 6000 or that was your GVW - either way, the 15" Michelins will give you 7940# of capacity with plenty of headroom. I suspect the 6000 is your GVW and you're actually somewhat lighter on the scales...
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I would just go with 15" rims and the Michelin 235s. That is what I have on my Classic 25fb as recommended and used by others in this forum.

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Thanks Kelvin and all who helped. I will go that route.

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