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Old 06-24-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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LT Tire Clearance - How much is Not Enough?

I installed a set of Michelin LTX M/S2 225/75R16 tires and Sendel 03 wheels on our new to us '06 25' Safari FB SE.

The clearance between the tire and the wheel well molding has me concerned.


These photos are of the street side. The curb side has a bit more clearance.

Is this going to be a problem?
Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:49 AM   #2
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I have XPS Ribs 225-75-16 on same sendel wheel.... No Problems with the 25 ft 2008 Classic..... An inch is as good as a mile ---We've towed it quite a few miles and love not having to worry about those sorry Goodyear Marathons
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:39 AM   #3
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I just put the exact wheel and tires on my 2007 Safari 27' FB. Only one side needed more clearance. You can remove the two screws at the bottom of the molding for the wheel well and bend the molding away from the wheel well. Using metal snips, cut away the aluminum at the bottom of the wheel well to widen the opening. Then bend the trim and reattach with the two screws. This should give you additional clearance. I have attached a picture of the wheels on my unit.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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Wheel movement when the trailer is going down the road will generally be up and down. That distance between the molding and edge of the tire will likely be sufficient as the tire/wheel assembly isn't going to move towards the direction of the molding.

Want to check it out? Have some one drive the TV with trailer attached such that the trailer tires across over a very large bump. (Do this at very slow speed like slow walking speed) You observe the tire/wheel assembly as this is being done and watch how the axle movement changes the position of the tire in relation to that molding. You will get a better sense of how the tire/wheel assembly handles an uneven road surface. You might want to do this in a variety of manners. Towing straight on to the bump and at angles to the bump.

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

I think that I'll trim the molding a small amount and then check the clearance using Action's suggestion.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:43 AM   #6
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One time when we were boondocking, we ran into a bunch of heavy clay that accumulated on the tires of the trailer and tow vehicle.
Even with stock tires, the mud accumulated in the wheel wells of the trailer but caused no damage. It did take many quarters at the car wash to clean up the mess.
Short of this occurrence, your limited clearance should cause no problems.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:18 PM   #7
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We are a half inch closer to that trim, but I've had no issues regarding any contact with that trim. You shouldn't need to make any alterations.

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Old 06-26-2013, 12:26 PM   #8
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No alterations needed on my 28ft International.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #9
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I put these on our Airstream without problems in 6,000 miles, as many of us have. Airstream installs them as an option now, and the Airstream Service Center installs them as an upgrade.

Must not be an issue.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:59 AM   #10
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Same for me on our 2002 Classic with a slide, about an inch. I'd be more worried about the ST tires blowing and pieces of tire tread taking out molding and valves. I haven't heard of anyone having a blow out on the Michelin LT's, but I am still using the Hawkshead monitoring system that I bought for my old ST's.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:40 PM   #11
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Just mounted my wheels this morning. I have loads of clearance on my 2007 Classic 28.
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