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Old 09-03-2016, 06:36 PM   #1
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2015 27FB FC - What Michelin 16" Tires & Wheels are recommended

After reading a lot of posts - I am totally confused on many things. One thing I am not confused on is that a lot of AS owners are going to Michelin LT tires.

It seems most are going to LT225/75R16/E LTX M/S2 -- please confirm that this is the right tire.

Also looks like 16" Sendel Wheels T03?

Please confirm I am on the right track?

Also: 1. Will they fit under the wheel well or is modifications needed?
2. Will they fit in the spare tire carrier?
3. Will the ball height need adjustment?

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Old 09-03-2016, 11:06 PM   #2
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I stuck with 15" wheels and put on the new Michelin Defender LTX M/S. 235-75-15.
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:38 AM   #3
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2015 27FB FC - What Michelin 16" Tires & Wheels are recommended

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It seems most are going to LT225/75R16/E LTX M/S2 -- please confirm that this is the right tire.



Also looks like 16" Sendel Wheels T03?



Please confirm I am on the right track?

Confirmed - that is the correct tire and tire size and yes the T03 will work great, assuming you are upgrading from factory installed 15" Tires and wheels. That is the same combo I used on my 25'.


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Also: 1. Will they fit under the wheel well or is modifications needed?

2. Will they fit in the spare tire carrier?

3. Will the ball height need adjustment?

1. If you are upgrading from a 15" wheel yes they will fit. You cannot move from a 14" wheel found on the smaller trailers to a 16".

2. Yes but you may need to bend or extend the 2 small little guides the carrier to force it to fit (it's tight) personally I just kept my 15" goodyear as my spare. There is only a 1/2 inch radius difference in the tires - which is fine.

3. No.

It's a great setup! I got the T03 with the black insert which I think look great - enjoy!

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Old 09-04-2016, 07:11 AM   #4
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You could just keep the 15" spare.

On the Long Long Honeymoon they had an question and answer session with Vinnie of
http://www.vinniesairstream.com

and he mentioned just staying with the 15" for the spare when switching to 16" tires and rims. It would be OK to get you down the road to get to service.

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You could just keep the 15" spare.
That's what I did.
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:30 PM   #6
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Change my to LT225/75R16/E LTX M/S2, and the 16" Sendel Wheels T03, run tires at 60lbs for a smother ride, make sure you get all 5 tires the same.

Sold my 15" on craigslist in two days.

Great choice.
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I upgraded to 16"

I have a 2016 27FB. I upgraded to Michelin LT225/75R16. I asked the dealer about using the 15" spare. He said you would not want to run the 15 spare with the other 3 16" tires.
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I have a 2016 27FB. I upgraded to Michelin LT225/75R16. I asked the dealer about using the 15" spare. He said you would not want to run the 15 spare with the other 3 16" tires.
Disagree. Only 1/2" radius different. Not a big deal if you are going short distance to a tire shop. Suspension will compensate. On a dual axle trailer you can even run with one wheel in a pinch.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:30 PM   #9
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I am looking at the T02 wheel for easier maintenance. We used to have another brand of trailer and it came with T03 on it snd they were a bear to keep looking nice....am I wrong for looking at these?
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Old 09-05-2016, 10:32 AM   #10
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We have a 27ft Eddie Bauer and it came with Michlin LT225/75R16 LTX MS (not MS2) and we had a tire separation at 60 mph WOW ! I read on the forum that the LT225/75R16 MS was on re call so we got 5 new tires free from Michlin. So make sure you get MS2 tires .
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I went with the 16" Sendel TO3 and Michelin tires, as well - but I bought the XPS Rib. More expensive, but a stronger tire - has steel belt in sidewall. BTW, I bought 5 of these tires, along with a Dexstar steel rim for the spare, so everything matches.

http://www.michelinman.com/US/en/tir.../xps-rib.html#

I figure since this whole upgrade was about maximizing safety margins, I'd spend the extra couple hundred bucks and get the commercial-grade tire. I also got a new set of McGuard lugs (highly recommended if you have the stock junk AS lugs with the aluminum jackets - wait until you try and get those off. So glad I wasn't doing THAT on the side of the road!!); a set of Centramatic wheel balancers and a TST TPMS system. Overengineering is just one of my many expensive superpowers.

We took the new running gear on a 3400 mile cross-country trip in June and planning another in October. So far, everything works flawlessly.
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I am looking at the T02 wheel for easier maintenance. We used to have another brand of trailer and it came with T03 on it snd they were a bear to keep looking nice....am I wrong for looking at these?
We have the Sendel 16" T02 because we like the appearance better, easy to clean. I treat ours with CorrosionX corrosion preventive spray once a year, no corrosion or problems in five years since new.
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I went with the 16" Sendel TO3 and Michelin tires, as well - but I bought the XPS Rib. More expensive, but a stronger tire - has steel belt in sidewall. BTW, I bought 5 of these tires, along with a Dexstar steel rim for the spare, so everything matches.

http://www.michelinman.com/US/en/tir.../xps-rib.html#

I figure since this whole upgrade was about maximizing safety margins, I'd spend the extra couple hundred bucks and get the commercial-grade tire. I also got a new set of McGuard lugs (highly recommended if you have the stock junk AS lugs with the aluminum jackets - wait until you try and get those off. So glad I wasn't doing THAT on the side of the road!!); a set of Centramatic wheel balancers and a TST TPMS system. Overengineering is just one of my many expensive superpowers.

We took the new running gear on a 3400 mile cross-country trip in June and planning another in October. So far, everything works flawlessly.
Another point of view.

The MS2 does not have steel in the sidewalls and I see that as a better ride for our Airstream with no sacrifice of reliability, they are both beyond excellent.

And as we spent the extra bucks for this level of quality and reliability we did not buy the balancers or the TPMS. Someone somewhere will always have a failure, it's rare with these tires.

Except for those on the recall. Not all Michelins were in this group, there was a specific time and place of manufacture. Our tires were not in this group so we did not get new tires (darn the luck, we already had two years on them).
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