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Old 07-02-2014, 06:27 PM   #15
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Other choices would be 15 inch LT tires or the XL tires at 1985 lbs capacity.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:16 PM   #16
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So, yesterday I went to WheelWorks to have the Maxxis E's installed that I had ordered. When she saw my trailer, the manager got cold feet and wouldn't install the tires. So I cancelled the order and left. Yesterday afternoon I called American Tire and the guy on the phone reassured me that they knew how to install tires on my trailer. So this AM a had a new set on Maxxis D's installed in a little less than an hour. They were balanced, inflated properly, and nuts torqued to Airstream's specs. The out-the-door price was $544.

I'm now a happy camper ...
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:11 AM   #17
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What was the manager afraid of??
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:38 AM   #18
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Here is Arizona, before the new owner took possession of our prior trailer, the law required the local Airstream dealer to take off my relatively new Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires (under 4,000 miles and 8 months) and replace them with OEM GYM ST explodathon tires because the Michelins were not rated trailer tires.

Now that really was stupid!
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:47 AM   #19
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So, yesterday I went to WheelWorks to have the Maxxis E's installed that I had ordered. When she saw my trailer, the manager got cold feet and wouldn't install the tires. So I cancelled the order and left. Yesterday afternoon I called American Tire and the guy on the phone reassured me that they knew how to install tires on my trailer. So this AM a had a new set on Maxxis D's installed in a little less than an hour. They were balanced, inflated properly, and nuts torqued to Airstream's specs. The out-the-door price was $544.

I'm now a happy camper ...

Not sure I understand why the manager got cold feet? Was it that he wasn't happy about jacking up the Airstream? Or didn't want to put E tires on for some reason?


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Like others have said, the wheels have to also be able to handle the higher pressure that E uses. The standard tires as least on my AS OEM wheels also had a stamp 65psi max. D rated.
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I'm not sure what the manager was afraid of. I think she had never done a trailer before and was afraid of screwing something up. Might also just have been an off day. She wasn't the manager I had spoken with when I ordered the tires.
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Like others have said, the wheels have to also be able to handle the higher pressure that E uses. The standard tires as least on my AS OEM wheels also had a stamp 65psi max. D rated.
Ah, so that is most likely why the manager didn't want to do it.

Before I switched to 16" wheels, I went to E rated tires on my 15" wheels on our Classic 30. They were Alcoa alum. wheels, and as I recall, they were stamped with a max. pressure of 95psi.

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Why not just go with 15" LT's rated at D; it's still much better than any ST's.
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Finding a 15" LT tire from a major brand will be the challenge.

That is why many of us went with the Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires on the factory 15" wheels. There is still adequate safety margin on the 27/28 models with 7,600 pound GVW even with the derating to 1,985 pounds per tire. The trailer axle will sit about 0.30" higher.

Click on images below my handle to see an image of the standard OEM tire beside both a 15": Michelin and later a 16" Michelin. The 16" tire only raises the axle 0.45" over the OEM GoodYear ST tires.
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There's a Goodyear LT cargo tire load rating D that I almost bought but the size brings them down about 1.5" from current height and I didn't want to readjust the hitch. Maybe next time.

Edit: I think it's a 220/70/R15 compared to the 225/75/R15s from Michelin. But it's a fully D rated LT tire made in France. Standard in many sprinter vans.
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Here's a couple of 15" alternatives

Yokohama ry215
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There's a Goodyear LT cargo tire load rating D that I almost bought but the size brings them down about 1.5" from current height and I didn't want to readjust the hitch. Maybe next time.

Edit: I think it's a 220/70/R15 compared to the 225/75/R15s from Michelin. But it's a fully D rated LT tire made in France. Standard in many sprinter vans.
The size is 225/70R15, and it will lower the trailer 1/2"

2 other alternatives is the Pirelli Scorpion ATR LT235/75R15 load range D and the Nokian Rotiiva AT LT235/75R15 load range E
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