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Old 08-06-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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'68 Safari original tire size

What would the original tire size be for a 68 Safari twin? Right now it has 7.00 x 15, but they are LT and based on that, assumimg not original. I do think the rims are original though.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:08 AM   #2
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What would the original tire size be for a 68 Safari twin? Right now it has 7.00 x 15, but they are LT and based on that, assumimg not original. I do think the rims are original though.
Darrengj, That is the original tire size so your rims may be original. Do they have clips on them? If so (from the factory) they could come with baby moon hubcaps or full wheel covers. If the trailer is badged as an International the trim package included the full wheel covers. The full covers would most likely have a shield type raised center with blue and red or just solid blue paint on them. The tires can be 8 or 10 ply and rated at C or D load ranges. LT stands for Light Truck these days. Back in the day the RV industry chose these "truck" tires for the stiff sidewalls and durability. Radial tires give a "softer" ride for the trailer but also have more flexible sides and can add some handling issues (such as sway) on heavier trailers. Hope this helps, Ed
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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Here are a few pics. It is an overlander model and it does have the baby moons.
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:15 PM   #4
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The original size was 7.00x15 tires, bias ply. It's the only tire I will run on my Airstream trailers. I have used the "Power King" in the past and have had no problems.Here's a link to a place that still offers them and the specs on them.WLD36 7.00-15 D/8 11/32 TL 5.50 29.5 8.1 31 2040 @ 60 1820 @ 60http://www.jetzontire.com/catalogs/specialty.pdf
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:08 PM   #5
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Hi guys,
Saw this post and need some direction. I have a '69 22' safari. Towed it 500 miles home, tires were fine, but while it's been sitting in my driveway one of the tires went flat and won't stay inflated. Since we don't know how old these tires are we are considering replacing both, just to be on the safe side. Paul, would replacements be the same as what you referenced above? I have no idea on where to start on this. Thanks for your help!
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My 68 Trade Wind had the 7.00x15 LT tires when I bought it, lots of tread but lots of dry rot and cracks. After many hours of reading hundreds of tire post here on the forums debating the pros and cons of various makes and models of tires I went with 2.25/75R15 Goodyear Marathons (recently manufactured-I checked the date and had the Goodyear place send the first ones back as they were 3 years old). I have only pulled it a couple of thousand miles but so far so good. I wanted to keep the original baby moons so did not want to change rims. I know there are lots of Marathon horror stories but my trailer is light and I never pull over 65mph so hopefully I will get long life from the tires.
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Hi guys,
Saw this post and need some direction. I have a '69 22' safari. Towed it 500 miles home, tires were fine, but while it's been sitting in my driveway one of the tires went flat and won't stay inflated. Since we don't know how old these tires are we are considering replacing both, just to be on the safe side. Paul, would replacements be the same as what you referenced above? I have no idea on where to start on this. Thanks for your help!
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Sara, I bought my 7.00 x 15 LT tires from the local Sams' Club. They are Goodyear Workhorse tires that are 8ply load range D. These tires were designed for 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton pickup and light truck needs as well as smaller RV trailers so they should work well for you. Hope this info helps. Happy Trails, Ed
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Sara,

Same tires. I run them on a 1970 23 Safari, no problem. You will find that by going to the newer metric sized tires they can be a little harder to get on/off when changing because they are a little bit wider and and fit very close to the outer wall of the wheel well. Not sure what the year was that Airsteam went to the newer radial style tires maybe someone else can answer that question.

But I do know they ran the 7:00x15's for most if not all of the 1970's.
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