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Old 12-11-2013, 08:29 PM   #57
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My reason for not is fuel consumption- I take a really big hit in the hip pocket!
70 nets 7-8 mpg.
55-65 nets 10-12 mpg depending on wind.
It is actually possible to get more mileage at 65 than 60 depending on headwind or tail wind.
I am always concerned about what other drivers might do and want reaction time.
I am also concerned about deer or animals (or humans) in the roadway.
Just set cruise and enjoy the ride (although some on here suggest towing on cruise is wrong- there again, I don't get it- I have towed on cruise for hundreds of thousands of miles over many, many years).
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #58
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Yep, I also tow on cruise unless the traffic is too heavy - very relaxing!

I guess I should be concerned too about fuel mileage, but we don't make that many long trips per year, so I probably don't pay it as much heed as I should if I had more sense!

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Old 12-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #59
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Yep, I also tow on cruise unless the traffic is too heavy - very relaxing! I guess I should be concerned too about fuel mileage, but we don't make that many long trips per year, so I probably don't pay it as much heed as I should if I had more sense! Brian
I know I have heard not to tow on cruise but does that hold true for flat drives? I can understand hilly roads but flat highways seem like it would be okay.
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #60
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Right or wrong I have towed on cruise on all terrain- flat, hills, mountains-
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:00 PM   #61
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I tow in cruise control also, but only on flat ground, on interstates, with low traffic. Anything else is either not safe, or costs fuel mileage, IMHO.
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15" LT alternatives

Some 15" LT alternatives to ST tires.
There are these GoodYear Wrangler LT 215/75 15 LRD

or these Pirelli LT 235/75 15 LRD
Provided they meet your loading needs.
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There are also these GoodYear Wrangler LT 215/75 15 LRD

Provided they meet your loading needs.
I think you need the 235s right? They would have the same capacity as the derated Michelin p tire.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #64
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I think the Goodyears are ST 225/75R15- but I could be wrong.
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I think you need the 235s right? They would have the same capacity as the derated Michelin p tire.

The capacity on the tire GoodYear LT 215/75 15 LRD is 111 pounds more than a derated (for trailer use) P 235/75 15 XL.


The Good Year Wrangler HT I linked is a Light Truck (LT) tire.
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Nearing retirement now I will move up to the 16 inch wheels and Michelin tires on our Classic 31. After having a GYM tire fail and lead to $7k worth of trailer damage I decided then I would not have another ST tire on my trailer until Michelin started building one. Goodyear paid our damages but we were still out of the expense of two trips from south La. to Oklahoma City for repairs. At the time I didn't want to move up to the 16's since we would only be doing short local pulls. So I went with a 15 inch LTX 235 Michelin which put us within the tires rating as long as we didn't load the trailer. I've had NO issues with the Michelins. Now I want that extra tire capacity and plan to go with the SenDel wheels and 16 inch Michelin LTX tires. I'm just shopping for a good deal :-)
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:14 AM   #67
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Maybe everyone doesn't need 16" wheels and tires- Maybe I don't-
Maybe people who boondock need 16" wheels because they have more batteries, solar, onboard water? Maybe they are more likely to approach the 10,000# GVW? I never will.
My trailer is probably 7,500# on the tires while parked because some of the weight is on the tongue, just like when hitched to the truck- only difference is whatever weight is transferred to the front axle of the truck when hitched-
Also, the 65 limit on the sidewall doesn't bother me as I won't be exceeding that anyway.
Someone posted on another thread that you are required to have tires that are rated to carry as much as the axles, I don't know if this is true. If true and you have 5000 lb axles you would need tires rated at least 2500 lbs each regardless of load.

The chances of someone checking would be quite low, unless you were in a bad accident.
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They build and sell the trailers every day with these tires...
I would think if there is a liability issue it would fall on the manufacturer...
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:19 AM   #69
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As perceived adults, we are held accountable for our decisions whether the results are good or not so good.

Those that don't want 16" Michelin tires and wheels, don't buy them. It is your trailer and put whatever tire and wheel you want on them. If there are ever any issues that are not so good, then live with the results of your decision. End of story.

The tire threads reflect the experiences of folks with various tire and wheel combinations and their thought processes involved to switching from the OEM tires (and wheels) to something else.

I really appreciate the exchange of ideas that helped guide my decision making process from which model of Airstream to consider to what goes inside it or supports it.

If a private vehicle were stopped by DOT, they do check axle capacity and tire capacity and the loaded weight of the vehicle in question. They look for the weakest link in the support chain to see if the load support system has the proper load carrying capability. It just makes sense to me to have tires rated at or higher than the axles even if the vehicle is never loaded to it's maximum GVW.

YMMV (your mileage may vary)
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I know I have heard not to tow on cruise but does that hold true for flat drives? I can understand hilly roads but flat highways seem like it would be okay.
I once had a 2000 Ford F-150. If I remember correctly, the owners manual for that truck said to not tow a trailer in cruise control. These old trucks may be the source of some thinking you should not tow in cruise control. I tow in cruise control on a regular basis while towing with trucks I have owned since 2008 with no issues. I do not use cruise control when the pavement is wet or slick.
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