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Old 10-07-2014, 08:53 AM   #43
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Those are some nice looking rims!!


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Old 10-07-2014, 10:50 AM   #44
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I want to thank everyone for their help on this decision. There are many very smart folks that will share their thoughts. I was frustrated with what I felt would last me a long time,frustrated with the damage I had to fix, frustrated to be on the side of the road, and frustrated to spend that kind of money for something I had little knowledge of. With lots of help this is what I did.
T03 Sendel aluminum wheels. Purchased from Tredit,the closes to me was Plant City Fl. 888-664-6656. For four wheels,center covers,lug nuts,valve stem AND shipping $517.64
LTX/Ms2 225/75/R16 Michelin drive out $825
Happy with my decision, now I feel comfortable to adventure out without worry.
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Those really look good ! You can't go wrong with Michelins.
Getting ready to purchase a new set of the Michelins for my D-Ram. I have a set that I purchased used in 09 and have run them everywhere on the truck. Incredibly smooth and quiet, best tires I have owned. Hate to replace them but they are wore.

When it comes time to replace on the AS, I don't know if I will be putting 16s on my 28'. I don't load it much at all.
If I were to load the fresh water tank, that would be significant weight. Very seldom do we fill it.
I itemized everything we added to the AS when we 'moved' our stuff in.
Heck it isn't that heavy, 122 pounds, give or take five or six pounds? Some of that is stuff that permanently stays in the AS.

I plan to weigh it next time out by scales. Grill, landing platform for steps, bikes, Tiki torches, most of the heavy tools, Cat supplies, stabilizer pads, all that rides in the back of the truck.
Are the two batteries on the Airstream included in empty weight or are they included in 'Gross weight' loaded?
Food is not that heavy. Yeah I think I will weigh it and see how close I come to my calculation.
Interesting thread
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:02 AM   #45
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Check tire pressures frequently on both AS and TV ... seasonal temp changes make a significant difference ...
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:44 AM   #46
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Did you also look into Centramatics? They dynamically balance the tire/wheel/brake drum/rotor to eliminate any vibration. This will ensure you don't get flat spots or cupping on the tires as well as eliminates vibration that can loosen rivets. See 200-221 Special - (6 bolt) Airstream Trailers
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:34 AM   #47
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How do they help with flat spots?


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Old 10-08-2014, 06:31 PM   #48
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How do they help with flat spots?
Go on their website and watch the video. Centramatic Wheel Balancer, Tire Balancers for DFW Trucks
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:53 PM   #49
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blkmagikca,
Do you run Centramatics? The video is very interesting, and when a tire cost $400, as in truck fleet tires, the cost of a Centramatic is well worth it. Likewise, the damage that out of balance tires can cause in an AS is considerable, as you point out.

I have a single axle, 19ft Minuet. I'll call and ask if they sell just a set of 2 for us folks.

Thanks for the link!
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:38 PM   #50
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MIKO92, I am running Centramatics on both my AS and TV - it meant an investment of $400. However, in past I was always looking to get my wheels balanced (and there was always some vibration as my TV has front discs and rear drums), now the ride is smooth. I annually tow each winter from Ontario to AZ,CA, NV, NM with summer trips for rallies - the TV runs 22K mi each year. Anything that will provide safety and run smoothly is worth the investment.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:34 PM   #51
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Somewhat off the topic but recently I pulled into a very nice campground off the Blue ridge parkway. Several folks and staff admiring the Airstream came to me and told me I had a bad bearing. With new complete axels I was really ticked. Latter I came back after thinking about it and explained what centramatics are and how it works. It led to an interesting conversation. At low speeds those little balls make an interesting sound.
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Hmm my Centramatics have a fluid that is supposed to minimize that sound. Time to jack and spin.
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