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Old 05-05-2016, 07:33 PM   #29
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Also: I've read several posts on this Forum that tires should not be left sitting on concrete. If your are storing your AS on a concrete floor, I'd back the trailer's tires over plywood or OSB squares, to keep them off the concrete.
In Canada, the local Canadian Tire Store, and hardwares etc. have thin plastic cutting boards that cost about 4-5 bucks a set of four.
These are handy for setting under the tires to protect them from concrete and asphalt etc. Easy to transport too to the next spot.
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:38 PM   #30
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I think there is a lot of truth in that excuse. Same with the flexible rods in your axles. Taking it for a drive is good for it, rotate the bearings, flex the rubber tires and suspension, use the brakes, compress the shocks, flex the body/frame. All good stuff.
Remember the old 'saw'; "Use it or lose it".
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:11 PM   #31
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If ST tires are so inherently bad, I cannot imagine that you would actually take money for those you have for sale! 😀

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Well they appear to be in fine shape and since Thor puts them on Airstreams, they must be worth something.

The wheels are fine, the spare has never been bolted on.

I'm not saying ST tires are bad, I'm just saying I'll never use them.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:51 PM   #32
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I don't think it is practical to remove the tires -- snip -- I am not going to remove the install the tires 3 times a year. -- snip -- But if I don't notice any cracks or unusual wear, I should feel confident they will perform for 5 years. -- snip --.
Agreed - not practical to remove tires three times a year. My apology for suggesting that approach. I would not do that either.

Disagree - With better tires, you can get 5 years. With STs, you are at risk. The tire threads report that folks have had STs fail in their first year and others that have lasted 7-10 years. The risk is that the damage significantly exceeds the cost of new tires. Bad odds.

No crystal ball here and am not willing to constantly inspect the tires for radial or axial runout, so I purchased new tires. We all make our own choices. Pat
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:05 AM   #33
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We had access to sheets of particle board that we put down on the asphalt under the trailer tires in our storage unit. We cover the tires even though they are in the shade. Biggest issue is the dry heat in the summer in Phoenix.
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:00 AM   #34
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There is nothing new under the sun.
If you keep using ST tires, 3 years is time to replace.
That window and the 65 mph speed limit will be increased if you do the 16" wheel/tire upgrade.
With 16" wheels/tires you can exceed 65 mph if you choose (I still go no more than 65 for fuel economy and safety/space in front of my vehicle/reaction time/stopping distance).
With 16" wheels and tires you are less likely to have a tread separation.
The 16" LT tires will last more like 5-7 years before needing replacement.
In the long run, the wheel/tire upgrade will pay for itself and make your rig safer, and give you peace of mind.
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Tractor Supply sells horse stall mats. Thick rubber. 39.95. Cut in half and use under tires.
Keeps your tires off concrete and dirt floors.
Cheap insurance.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:13 AM   #36
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Best tires for 28foot international

I I'm using goodyr tire now , buy in February 2011 think about changing them should I use the same one ?
Or what is the best tire 225/75 r15
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:56 AM   #37
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On my first Airstream(2000 30' Excella), I wasn't sure myself. I ran that trailer until the tires blew! One at a time I changed them. Everytime I would ask the tire man at the tire center in whatever town I was in and I got the same answer. 5 YEARS! Now were they all just trying to get me to change my old tires out or is that the industry answer. I now think that this is what we should do. I learned my lesson and will change out my tires every 5 years. Like everyone has told me, it's not the miles, it's the age. Buying tires is like getting insurance. Don't do it and it's on you! Like Clint said, "Do you feel lucky?" Well do you?
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My tire guy says four years if the trailer is towed a lot, shorter time if it sits.
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The day the tire comes out of the mold, it starts deteriorating so the date code on the side of the tire can tell you if you have new or old tires when they reinstalled. You would like them to be less than six weeks old when they are initially installed.
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The day the tire comes out of the mold, it starts deteriorating ...

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We've got a 2011 27FB that still has the original tires on it. We live in it five months a year now, and haul it from Texas up to Colorado and back, and make a few trips. It spent it's first winter indoors, and this winter indoors, but was stored outside for two winters in between. So this is the fifth year we've owned it.

I like the idea of 16" wheels. We'll be picking the trailer up in Dallas in a month. Can anyone recommend a good 16" wheel and a dealer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area?

Do you change the spare to a 16" too, even though it's never been in sunlight or on the ground flattened?
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I ordered my wheels from the Internet, bought the tires locally, and mounted and balanced myself.
I did not replace the spare. Some people do replace the spare.


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