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Old 04-12-2007, 04:35 PM   #1
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Andy if you or anyone with knowledge of trailer tires could advise me I would greatly appreciate it.

I took my 81 excella 25' down to our nearest airstream dealer today to have a window rock guard installed, and the axles, and tires checked. It turned out that I do need new tires as they are showing cracking between the tread due to age. The tires that the P.O. had installed were also just 4 ply passenger tires that I think are of a lower profile then the trailer tires should be. The tech said they use a local tire store that they have a contract with to take care of the tires, and that they would run about $100 each, which I found reasonable, and I told him to plan on changing them. He pointed out that the front of the trailer was riding a little high, and that I might want to have my hitch changed. I had just changed my tow vehicle tires a few weeks ago to a slightly larger tire that adds about an inch which I'm sure added to this problem. My hitch is welded with load equalizers, so I would have to replace it with an adjustable hitch to change the ball height. Since I'm getting new tires, and I believe the tires that are on it are too low I'd like to know what the tallest 15" trailer tires that I could go with are. If I can make up an inch in doing this, then I won't have to spend the $400 for a new adjustable hitch. I'm also wondering if I should go with load range C, or D. My trailer has a dry weight without hitch of 3600 lbs, and I think a loaded weight of about 4700 with tanks, and hitch added. Also would you recommend a specific brand tire?

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Andy if you or anyone with knowledge of trailer tires could advise me I would greatly appreciate it.

I took my 81 excella 25' down to our nearest airstream dealer today to have a window rock guard installed, and the axles, and tires checked. It turned out that I do need new tires as they are showing cracking between the tread due to age. The tires that the P.O. had installed were also just 4 ply passenger tires that I think are of a lower profile then the trailer tires should be. The tech said they use a local tire store that they have a contract with to take care of the tires, and that they would run about $100 each, which I found reasonable, and I told him to plan on changing them. He pointed out that the front of the trailer was riding a little high, and that I might want to have my hitch changed. I had just changed my tow vehicle tires a few weeks ago to a slightly larger tire that adds about an inch which I'm sure added to this problem. My hitch is welded with load equalizers, so I would have to replace it with an adjustable hitch to change the ball height. Since I'm getting new tires, and I believe the tires that are on it are too low I'd like to know what the tallest 15" trailer tires that I could go with are. If I can make up an inch in doing this, then I won't have to spend the $400 for a new adjustable hitch. I'm also wondering if I should go with load range C, or D. My trailer has a dry weight without hitch of 3600 lbs, and I think a loaded weight of about 4700 with tanks, and hitch added. Also would you recommend a specific brand tire?

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Thought I'd bump this one up, good luck in your quest.
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If you are going for height, 7.00x15 is about as tall as you can fit inside the wheelwells without damage. The 225 75 15 trailer tire is shorter and wider than the numerical tire.
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From a safety standpoint, I think you would be better off with a lower profile tire. Higher profile tires, like what you are looking for, will raise the Airstream's center-of-gravity which will contribute negatively during sudden swerving manuevers.

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Old 04-13-2007, 03:58 PM   #5
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... Also would you recommend a specific brand tire?
Many people are now strongly considering Maxxis.

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We have been using 235x78's for the last 5 years. They work very well. My next set will be a lower profile. Like Tom says, tighter handling
during sudden swerving manuevers.

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Old 04-13-2007, 05:12 PM   #7
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We have been using 235x78's for the last 5 years. They work very well. My next set will be a lower profile. Like Tom says, tighter handling
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Is there room for 70 or 65 series tires in your wheelwells? Also, I like how your hubcaps match the color of your Pacer.
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The current tires are a bit of a struggle to get in and out of the wells. Would have to do some testing to see what options would work. I do know that the owner of Hensley had some high performance, low profile tires on his Airstream for a while.

The Pacer is painted Guards Red ( a real Porsche colour ) and the trim on our Airstream including the caps are a deeper red colour. It has been a while since I had that one mixed and can't recall what car colour it is. Would have to check the can.
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Andy if you or anyone with knowledge of trailer tires could advise me I would greatly appreciate it.

I took my 81 excella 25' down to our nearest airstream dealer today to have a window rock guard installed, and the axles, and tires checked. It turned out that I do need new tires as they are showing cracking between the tread due to age. The tires that the P.O. had installed were also just 4 ply passenger tires that I think are of a lower profile then the trailer tires should be. The tech said they use a local tire store that they have a contract with to take care of the tires, and that they would run about $100 each, which I found reasonable, and I told him to plan on changing them. He pointed out that the front of the trailer was riding a little high, and that I might want to have my hitch changed. I had just changed my tow vehicle tires a few weeks ago to a slightly larger tire that adds about an inch which I'm sure added to this problem. My hitch is welded with load equalizers, so I would have to replace it with an adjustable hitch to change the ball height. Since I'm getting new tires, and I believe the tires that are on it are too low I'd like to know what the tallest 15" trailer tires that I could go with are. If I can make up an inch in doing this, then I won't have to spend the $400 for a new adjustable hitch. I'm also wondering if I should go with load range C, or D. My trailer has a dry weight without hitch of 3600 lbs, and I think a loaded weight of about 4700 with tanks, and hitch added. Also would you recommend a specific brand tire?

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The tire size must not be greater than 15 inch.

If your having height problems, you might check out your axles.

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The tire size must not be greater than 15 inch.

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Andy. is there a reason for this other than a problem with too much diameter?
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I'm not saying that the trailer has a height problem, or that the axles are an issue although I am having the axles inspected while at the airstream dealer. Perhaps I didn't word the post as well as I thought.

I bought the trailer last year, and it appears that the previous owner had installed the wrong tires, a lower profile passenger tire. I may be fine with the profile if I simply put the correct tires on the airstream. Could anyone tell me what the tallest 15" tire a 25' airstream could use within airstream specs???? I found a p235 15" trailer tire that I think would solve my problem if this size tire is within airstream specs.

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Sorry, I'm also wondering if I should buy class C, or D rated tires for a 25' duel axle trailer that weights 4700 loaded, and 3600 dry.

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Airstream spec would be an ST225 75R15 tire.
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Airstream spec would be an ST225 75R15 tire.
Thanks that's what I was wondering. Beginner sent me a message on this as well. I think what I have on it are p205 passenger tires, and I hope that just going back to this will solve my problem. I think I only need about an inch, maybe 1 1/2 inchs for my hitch to fit perfectly level. I think I'll ask about the 235 75 15's as well. This is the only trailer I plan to haul for a long time, so I hate to have to change the hitch if changing the tires will do it, especially since I have to buy new tires anyway.

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