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Old 08-21-2015, 08:19 PM   #43
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Need tires now.
What say you?
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1. Buy 15" Michelin MS/2 in the town where we are camping
2. Try to buy 16" wheels and Michelin LT tires
3. Put on the spare, go home, and order wheels/tires from the internet


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Old 08-21-2015, 10:15 PM   #44
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Mr. Hony,
Granted you have three choices, but IMHO, the best choice is # 3.
Be safe my friend.

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Old 08-21-2015, 11:04 PM   #45
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I have to respectfully disagree with you.

You said it yourself: "In fact, the big problem is with cut-rate manufacturers - mostly Chinese at present - who are making inferior products." Yup..a GYM IS an inferior product on a newer AS, 25' or greater. Look at the weights of the newer trailers AS is putting out 25' or better. They are getting heavier. ST tires just can't handle the larger weights with the given speed limits we have in this great country. I can't drive 55, and neither can 95% of the rest of the folks on this board.

So why do you preach that we are ALL wrong to go with a LT tire? Sorry bud...but a 14" tire, any 14" tire, is not bearing the weights that us larger AS owners are towing. You're throwing one of the best tire manufacturers, if not THE best in the ditch because of one set of tires you had from Michelin? And 14" tires at that? Your "blanket" observations about how ST tires are fine for ALL AS's, is simply not true. Michelin makes one heckuva good tire. They are built to bear the heavier weights. Get the right equipment for the job at hand. Don't hand me an adjustable wrench when I'm working on a Caterpillar. That's sending a boy, to do a mans job. Michelin LT tires can bear a large load, and at much higher speeds than an ST tire. Please don't mis-lead others to think differently. Your trailer doesn't weigh anywhere near what mine does. Be specific in your application, and the tires you choose to roll that rig down the road. Not trying to pick a fight with you, but I do wish you would understand:

We all don't live in CA where we cannot drive more than 55mph when towing.

ST tires are an excellent choice for a TT that is not bearing the higher weights the late model AS's are pushing.

"Blanket" choices for everything we pull is not the best option we have. This is America, and we LOVE choices.
Sea ya down the road.
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:49 AM   #46
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Need tires now.
What say you?
Options:
1. Buy 15" Michelin MS/2 in the town where we are camping
2. Try to buy 16" wheels and Michelin LT tires
3. Put on the spare, go home, and order wheels/tires from the internet


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Put on the spare and enjoy the rest of the trip.

When you get home, spend some time shopping for what you need and get it done in time for the next trip.

There are still a few 15" LT tire choices for you, if you don't want the expense of new wheels and tires both.
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:56 AM   #47
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I will investigate 15" LT tires, but I think I know what to do-
Go home.
Order Sendel T03 or T06 (whichever ones are factory on some Airstreams) from the internet.
Get Firestone TransForce HT 275/75T16 tires from work.
Get tire pressure monitors from the internet.
Rest easy for 5-6 years.



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Old 08-23-2015, 12:17 AM   #48
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I will investigate 15" LT tires, but I think I know what to do-
Go home.
Order Sendel T03 or T06 (whichever ones are factory on some Airstreams) from the internet.
Get Firestone TransForce HT 275/75T16 tires from work.
Get tire pressure monitors from the internet.
Rest easy for 5-6 years.
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275? Really? I thought they would be too tall.
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:04 PM   #49
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What I meant was 225/75.
I can't find load range E in 15", so my quest is for 16" Sendel wheels like the new Airstreams have.


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Old 08-23-2015, 06:33 PM   #50
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Can't find LT 15" tires-
Sendel T03 16" wheel unavailable-
Get a different wheel? There is a Sendel 16" wheel that looks just like the 15" wheels on the trailer- Series4?


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Old 08-23-2015, 06:36 PM   #51
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Or get the T03 without the black inlay?
Or just get some 10 ply ST tires?


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Old 08-23-2015, 07:32 PM   #52
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Need tires now. What say you?
Options:
1. Buy 15" Michelin MS/2 in the town where we are camping
2. Try to buy 16" wheels and Michelin LT tires
3. Put on the spare, go home, and order wheels/tires from the internet
I put these Firestone LE2 235/75R15 on yesterday for about $500. They fit fine and have a 2200lb rating. It is a popular tire so nearby dealers should have it in stock.

Here are some pics and specs.......
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ml#post1673279
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Need tires now.
What say you?
Options:
1. Buy 15" Michelin MS/2 in the town where we are camping
2. Try to buy 16" wheels and Michelin LT tires
3. Put on the spare, go home, and order wheels/tires from the internet


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Hi, m.hony; You are on so many tire threads that I don't know which one that I posted on. My Carlisles are the latest and greatest, so they are supposed to be much better than previous Carlisles. But My trailer only has a GVWR of 6,300 lbs. These size tires and wheels are too small, in my opinion, for a 30'er like yours.

I neglected to see what trailer you have when I mentioned my Carlisles. I was only paying attention to your tire and wheel size, because they are the same as mine.
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Has anyone had experience with MAXXIS ST Tires. Thought I might try those next tire change.


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I can't find load range E in 15", so my quest is for 16" Sendel wheels like the new Airstreams have.


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Thanks for clarifying. I have made up my mind in the T03 wheels and 225/75/16 tires for my 73 Overlander and for a minute I thought I overlooked something.
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Has anyone had experience with MAXXIS ST Tires. Thought I might try those next tire change.


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I just got out of the set of Maxxis 8008 ST's I bought four years ago when I got the trailer. Thought they would be the best for the money for a 15" ST tire. On the way home in July one of them decided to become a bike tire. The normally flat surface was like a rounded crown all the way around. Fortunately it was discovered before it blew up. Guess the thing was separating inside. Air pressure was good and the tire looked fine when we left that morning. Got a different replacement at a Discount Tire in Roswell NM just to get home. I don't like traveling without a spare. No charge because I had the tire replacement certificate. I got about 20k and four seasons of hot southwest travel out of them. Not too bad for an ST tire I guess. Once I got home I got the 16" Sendel T03 wheels and Michelin LTX MS2 tires. If they will last five seasons then I will be happy. If not, I'm sure Discount Tire will sell me some more.
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