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Old 06-18-2014, 06:43 PM   #225
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For the price increases this year, they jolly well could put the 16" LT Michelins on all their trailer models with 15" wheels.

This is supposed to be a standout from the crowd trailer, but they put cheap tires and ancient technology brakes on their trailers just like the cheap trailers.

Go figure!
They're not alone. (Digression notice).

I bought my Chevy 2500 HD truck and it was "loaded". And at the price I paid, it absolutely should have been. Except - no running boards/steps ($700) and no tow mirrors ($1500). This thing is advertised as a TOW vehicle - but no TOW mirrors. And - the original mirrors could be electronically folded in against the side of the truck (which comes in handy for tight spots) but the "upgraded" tow mirrors are not only an afterthought, they lose that electric folding functionality.

Yes, this is a first world problem, yes, it's a great towing vehicle, yes, I shouldn't whine. But how does the "top of the line" model pitched as a tow vehicle - costing an arm and a leg up front - have the gall to charge a 4% premium to include these items which should have been included from the beginning and have full functionality?

The more important question is - how did I let that slip without demanding they were included up front?

Oh well. :-)
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:42 PM   #226
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It has always been a mystery to me why GM does not include towing mirror on HD trucks with the towing package optiona. I have had three GM HD trucks with the towing package option and had to add towing mirrors to all three.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:15 AM   #227
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The word greed comes to mind.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:34 AM   #228
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It has always been a mystery to me why GM does not include towing mirror on HD trucks with the towing package optiona. I have had three GM HD trucks with the towing package option and had to add towing mirrors to all three.
(As long as we are digressing)I opted out of the GM towing mirrors because in a daily driver the tow mirrors make for a huge blind spot that I didn't need and instead use the Milenco add on mirror which gives perfect rear vision, no vibration, and still allows the folding function.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:42 AM   #229
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For the price increases this year, they jolly well could put the 16" LT Michelins on all their trailer models with 15" wheels.



This is supposed to be a standout from the crowd trailer, but they put cheap tires and ancient technology brakes on their trailers just like the cheap trailers.



Go figure!

Airstream's venture into disk brakes didn't seem to be too sucessful. Not quite sure what happened there.

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Old 06-19-2014, 09:54 AM   #230
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I have read they picked a poor design and had some recall issues that financially ruined the pump manufacturer. There are many new players in the trailer disc brake field now with many options.

Tuson makes the DirecLink NE brake controller (gets braking information from the OBDII port of my Dodge) that could be connected to their brake pump. If that is done, there is data transferred back to the cab display on the brake fluid level in the pump among other bits of displayable information. They also make a small add-on box that fastens to their pump that will, with the proper brake assemblies, enable ABS on the trailer.

When the BrakeRite II SD brake pump system I installed dies, I will replace it with the Tuson pump and probably their ABS system as well.

Technology is moving forward in the safety area.
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:01 PM   #231
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I think the fact that Airstream has put the LT tires on the Eddie Bauer and now the '15 Classics says a lot about their perception of the market and the realities of the ST tire issues. My local dealer owner noted to me that there are concerns, I've talked to some of the Airstream reps who come down to the annual RV show and they recognize there are issues, and all you have to do is look at many large 5th wheel trailers and you are seeing LT tires on the axles. If you also look at some of the big RV forums and you will find threads that are discussing issues with ST tires.

This obviously isn't just an Airstream issue but is an issue for anyone who drives hot roads, higher speeds, and higher weight trailers.

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this should be welcome news for all those that think the ST tires are the only way to go on a trailer.. guess the problems are great enough that some manf. are starting to see the light a lot of owners have seen a couple years ago. As andy t was saying they have been using LT tires for year with little to no problems vs the ST tires.. especially the GYM..

but lets keep picking this issue apart.. it make for good reading.
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Query re 16" Wheels: I've read all the posts. Gonna make the jump. However, my on-line search shows no one is home at Sen Del. No mail or street address. Ask a question on the "Contact Us" page, and you get a return message from someone at a web site called TireCo in CA. Has anyone ever dealt with them. They are 2,000 mi. away so it's a little hard to check them out and say I want to do business with them. (Although the price is right). Are Sen Del T03's made in USA or is this just another name for an off-shore vendor manufacturer or its subsidiary?
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Query re 16" Wheels: I've read all the posts. Gonna make the jump. However, my on-line search shows no one is home at Sen Del. No mail or street address. Ask a question on the "Contact Us" page, and you get a return message from someone at a web site called TireCo in CA. Has anyone ever dealt with them. They are 2,000 mi. away so it's a little hard to check them out and say I want to do business with them. (Although the price is right). Are Sen Del T03's made in USA or is this just another name for an off-shore vendor manufacturer or its subsidiary?
I buy them for clients at Trailer Wheel & Tire Superstore. We offer trailer rims, trailer tires with Free Shipping over $50. & haven't had any problems at all. Their website works well, have free shipping, they send shipping updates & they arrive on time & packaged well. I'm not sure where they are made, but my guess is China, however their load rating is 3580, which is significantly higher than steel trailer wheels have.
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Folks for your consideration as another wheel supplier, Hi Spec Wheels.

From another forum member Bruce B and his post about them, I bought these for my 30' S/O this year. So far zero issues.

One thing that worked really well was being able to bundle the job, wheels, tires and TPMS all from one supplier, Discount Tire. I did the install on the AS. The nice thing is the single source for the package, no finger pointing or shoulder shrugging.

My adventure http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ms-116734.html

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Old 06-28-2014, 04:46 PM   #235
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Ordered five T03-66655T SenDel wheels from a local Discount Tire dealer for $610.48 which included sales tax and $10 freight charge per wheel. Kept one wheel in storage, just in case.

Also ordered the SenDel galvanized steel wheel S62-66655TG for the spare for $64.83 delivered.
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