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Old 05-30-2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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Great tire and wheel combo

After reading many posts, I finally decided and bought the Maxxis 8008 "E" rated 10 ply and mounted them on a series 4 wheels 15x8 from www.trailertiresandwheels.com. The wheels and tires both have the same load rating of 2830lbs. The wheels look great and use the stock center caps and lug nuts. Tire inflation is recommended at 80 psi. Just completed a 1500 mile trip with them and I'm very happy. I keep the old stock wheels and tires on my 28' International when its sitting. Hope this helps someone else that is trying to decide which way to go.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:15 AM   #2
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Why 80 psi? That is the max recommend psi for that tire, does your 28'CCD require the max psi.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:18 AM   #3
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After reading many posts, I finally decided and bought the Maxxis 8008 "E" rated 10 ply and mounted them on a series 4 wheels 15x8 from www.trailertiresandwheels.com. The wheels and tires both have the same load rating of 2830lbs. The wheels look great and use the stock center caps and lug nuts. Tire inflation is recommended at 80 psi. Just completed a 1500 mile trip with them and I'm very happy. I keep the old stock wheels and tires on my 28' International when its sitting. Hope this helps someone else that is trying to decide which way to go.

We have have been using Maxxis E's (2 sets) on Lucy for a little over 40,000 miles on her OEM wheels. I've been very satisfied with their performance. I have been running mine at 72 psi.

I have been looking at new wheels for some time as Lucy's OEM wheel are starting to look like junk and the valve stem is in a really hard to get at place.

I'd like to see photos of your new wheels. I looked on the website that you referenced. I can't identify which wheels you are referring to.

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Old 05-31-2010, 09:54 AM   #4
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After reading many posts, I finally decided and bought the Maxxis 8008 "E" rated 10 ply and mounted them on a series 4 wheels 15x8 from www.trailertiresandwheels.com. The wheels and tires both have the same load rating of 2830lbs. The wheels look great and use the stock center caps and lug nuts. Tire inflation is recommended at 80 psi. Just completed a 1500 mile trip with them and I'm very happy. I keep the old stock wheels and tires on my 28' International when its sitting. Hope this helps someone else that is trying to decide which way to go.
Airstream trailers, "MUST" have a soft ride.

Certainly, 10 ply tires at 80 PSI, defeats that goal.

Your Airstream, in time, will experience some structural failures because of that stiffness.

You will also add to that damage, if you have an over rated tow vehicle, and torsion bars, and/or unbalanced running gear.

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The wheels are shown on the website I mentioned, its a five spoke wheel and looks great on the Airstream. I was told that the company making this wheel is the same one that made the originals on my trailer. Green (something). Andy makes a point, does it hurt to run the tires at a lower pressure than the max? thanks
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There will be many opinions on this.
I run my "E" s at 60 psi, get good tire life and no problems with beating the trailer to pieces.

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Airstream trailers, "MUST" have a soft ride.

Certainly, 10 ply tires at 80 PSI, defeats that goal.

Your Airstream, in time, will experience some structural failures because of that stiffness.

You will also add to that damage, if you have an over rated tow vehicle, and torsion bars, and/or unbalanced running gear.

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Andy:

I notice that some Streamer's have gone to LT tires in lieu of ST's. Generally they run with higher pressures then say Marathons (that I carefully keep at 65psig).

How do you fell about using LT tires on Airstreams. If you have answered this elsewhere just point me in the right direction.

Thanks.

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I should add that my 2008 28' International has already popped a few interior rivets. I am not sure why this has happened , but I figure its due to towing on I-10 between Baton Rouge and St. Charles (for example).

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We're now running Michelin LTX 235/75-15 tires on our '71 Tradewind - very nice riding tire. These have plenty of spare load capacity (about 500 lbs/tire) over our axles, which we upgraded to 3000 lbs.

A quick rough measurement between Ukiah and Menlo Park on our trailer's first outing w/ us as owners indicated we're getting about 14 mpg at 57 mph; the truck does 17 or 18 running loose.

I won't mention the mileage we got running off-pavement over some very steep terrain for a couple of hours in 4-low ... hope to get photos posted soon, as the scenery was beautiful... and one can get an Airstream there too!

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