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Old 01-14-2015, 08:28 PM   #43
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I believe that the 16" tires should have a lot more air pressure..I looked at the michelin site and it was hard for me to read but I think I saw. E 2680 @ 80, 2560 @ 75 and 2440 @ 70 lbs air pressure, it didn't say nothing about 45 lbs...
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:41 PM   #44
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I ordered a 2015 25' Serenity this week and asked my dealer to get a quote from AS to upgrade to the 16" wheels/tires combo. They quoted me $1,700 to upgrade. That seems crazy to me. I would have expected maybe 700.00 to swap out the 15 for the 16's. Anyone else have experience with AS on this topic?

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Old 01-14-2015, 08:49 PM   #45
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You can buy 5 Wheels and 5 Michelin 16's for that.Then sell the ones that come with the trailer n Craigslist or Airstream forum classifieds.That is what I did.


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Old 01-14-2015, 09:06 PM   #46
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I just bought 5 16" Sendels with 5 Michelin LT's at $330 per set mounted and balanced. I sold my 15" OEM"s for $600. This upgrade cost me a little over $1,000.

This was an excellent price as an Airstream dealer quoted me $4,000 for the same thing.

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Old 01-14-2015, 09:28 PM   #47
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We bought four Sendels/Michelins for ours and sold the originals. Considering the reliability of these Michelins I think replacing the original spare tire is a waste of money, it will get you home (or to the tire shop) should the unlikely event of a flat actually happen.

I suspect the only bad trait of these tires is a rougher ride for the Airstream. Combine that with the stiff ride of a heavy duty truck and the Airstream structure can take a beating. We tow with a 1/2 ton and try to minimize hitch and truck bed loads. I started with 80 psi in the Michelins, now use 65 psi but keep an eye out for things tossed around inside, shell condition outside.
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:29 PM   #48
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Having a wrong size spare to save a few bucks is your choice.But if it was the right thing to do your new Airstream would have come with a smaller diameter spare or none at all.As we all know Airstream cuts corners anywhere they can.
There are people on this forum willing to spend the money to do things the proper way.


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Old 01-14-2015, 11:46 PM   #49
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I have also considered leaving the spare and its carrier at home to lighten the heavy hitch weight and achieve a smoother ride for our Airstream. The probability of the 16" Michelins failing is slim to none, and if running over a nail the trailer can continue with one tire removed to a tire shop. It's in your Airstream Owners Manual.
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:30 AM   #50
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After having a BF Goodrich Commercial TA 225/16 separated and blow out last summer, I installed the original spare, a Goodyear Marathon ST225/15 and drove it about a hundred miles to the first tire store where I could buy a replacement 16" LT tire.

Nothing bad happened as result.
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:00 AM   #51
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After having a BF Goodrich Commercial TA 225/16 separated and blow out last summer, I installed the original spare, a Goodyear Marathon ST225/15 and drove it about a hundred miles to the first tire store where I could buy a replacement 16" LT tire.

Nothing bad happened as result.
Of course not, about like running one tire 10 psi low.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:36 AM   #52
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LT Tire Survey

I know that each of us will do what we think is best.
My reference is the Michelin truck tire data book 14th edition 2011. The first part refers to rv applications and charts the rv tires as an each side weight on the tire/axle pg 12 has the 16" XPS Rib 225 listed with weight to psi figures. Interestingly if you go to page 22 you will find the M/S tires cross referenced to the Rib with the same weight psi specs on the 16" Size. Under the RV application the rib has a 1940lb side rating @50 psi which matches the 3880 lb rating per axle on the m/s and rib chart. My contention is twofold 1) that if tires were unsafe at anything other than max psi on the sidewall the charts would not exist nor would cars use lower figures on their door frames 2) the chart exists to match psi to load approximately to optimize the radial foot squat- not too much, not too little. I actually run 50-52psi.

Good to hear you are considering the tires and wheels. You will like them.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:36 AM   #53
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I did look at the chart, interesting,but I would still run more air, 65-75. The tire flexing at the sidewall causes heat and heat causes tire failure.On my big trucks we try to run the maximum pressures,even though the tires are sometimes lightly loaded. My life is mostly dependent on the steer tires, with 16000 lbs on the front axle,you lose one of them, you will be in the ditch,and it does happen when a tire is run low or has a slow leak from picking up road debris....You learn to be vigilant when you stop every couple hours and do a look see. Knock on wood I have not had any tire failures from low air pressure....
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I have a 2004 25' CCD that needs tires. I want to go to LT tires, but would rather not have to move to 16" rims. Having some trouble finding michelins that will fit. Can you give me the size and type of tire you are using? Thanks.
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27FB P235/75 R15 108T XL BFG long trail. 4 years. No issues. 6000 lb spread amongst the 4 tires.


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