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Old 12-10-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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HELP! with tires, switching to 16" rims.

Just contacted Discounttiredirect.com to purchase the Michelin winter tire 225/75R16E LTX.
I was told it's the absolute wrong tire for a trailer and can only be used in 40 or below degree weather. Well, my trailer is in Florida 1/2 the year. He also said these tires will not last more than 6 months because the rubber they are made of is softer.
Some people recommend the Michelin LTX M/S2. Somebody here, Please unconfuse me.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:51 PM   #2
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Are those Michelins car tires? I have never heard of putting winter car tires on a trailer. On a TV, yes. IMHO, trailers take trailer tires.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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M/S2 and "winter tire" are not the same thing. M/S2 is a "mud+snow" all-season tire, *NOT* a winter tire. Winter (snow) tires have softer compounds that lets them stay more flexible in cold temperatures. I'm surprised they didn't recommend the regular all-season LTX 16", but maybe they're unaware that LT tires are rated for trailers. (and the 16" LTX is a true LT, it doesn't have the gray area people argue about with the 15" LTX Michelins that don't have enough load-carrying capacity for your big Classic.)
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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Why would you want winter tires on your trailer?
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #5
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IMHO, trailers take trailer tires.
Oh boy, do some reading on here about that
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #6
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Winter tires? Is there some creative thinking here?

Just get the LTX M/S2 that Airstream offers as an option and most of us use.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:15 PM   #7
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The desired tire is a:

Michelin LT 225/75R16E LTX M/S2 Michelin part number 05681

You can see them at tire dealers and the entrance hallway at the Airstream factory being offered for sale along side the 16" SenDel T03-6655T wheels.
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In my experience Michelin tires are very prone to weather cracking and leaking after a few years. There must be longer lived tires out there.
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This is strange thread! Especially since I just bought and installed the 16" wheels and the recommended Michelin tires!

Hoping to have a good experience with them based in what others seem to be having so far!

As for longevity / tire cracking, I am still planning to change them in 4 or 5 years weather worn or not - seems that is what is suggested - I wouldn't expect signs of sidewall cracking within that time span. We'll see!

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Old 12-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #10
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The desired tire is a:

Michelin LT 225/75R16E LTX M/S2 Michelin part number 05681

You can see them at tire dealers and the entrance hallway at the Airstream factory being offered for sale along side the 16" SenDel T03-6655T wheels.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #11
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As a possible alternative, also from Discount Tire, I've been using B F Goodrich Commercial TA LT225/75R16E with good results for about two years now. Discount told me B F Goodrich is now made by Michelin, and they are a few bucks less expensive.
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michelin LTX M/S 2 is the correct tire as others have stated.
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This is strange thread! Especially since I just bought and installed the 16" wheels and the recommended Michelin tires!

Hoping to have a good experience with them based in what others seem to be having so far!

As for longevity / tire cracking, I am still planning to change them in 4 or 5 years weather worn or not - seems that is what is suggested - I wouldn't expect signs of sidewall cracking within that time span. We'll see!

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You can expect anything you want but I can virtually guarantee that within 5 years your tires will show sidewall cracking and at least one will be losing air.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:46 PM   #14
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There will most likely be sidewall cracking in 5 years. I promise you there will definitely be sidewall cracking in 6-7 years. I never get the tread life from a tire. I end up replacing them because the sidewalks are cracked. That being said I would love to find a good tire that will handle the load that is less expensive than the Michelins, but better than Carlisle trailer tires or Goodyear Marathons.
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