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Old 02-19-2013, 03:04 AM   #29
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Are you still happy with your LTX235/75r15 looks like I will have to go this route, I had bought 16" rims with 0 offset like airstream says, didn't buy tires yet just got a used 225/75r16, but they don't clear at the bottom I need about a 4" or 4 1/2" back space, I have a 72 25' tradewind, looking at next option

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Check with Andy at Inland about correct offset for your model & year. Mine were a tight fit going on with bad axles.New axles should improve clearance for changing wheels.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:09 AM   #30
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We had to deflate the 16-inch tires to get them into the wheel wells, and then re-inflate them after they were bolted down. The trim on some wheel wells makes this a tight fit; although, this assumes your axles are OK.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:20 AM   #31
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Due to other cascading issues, the trailer with it's new Michelin 15" tires has only made two trips to the scales, empty and loaded with water and stuff for a total of about 146 miles.

If some dust settles soon, I hope that early next week a test pull with the new TV across the scales will be possible.

I personally removed the OEM Goodyears, a pair at a time, and took them to have the Michelins installed and put them back on to the trailer. The spare was done last as it was placed on each side as a backup to the jack stand while I exchanged the rubber.

They are inflated to the maximum side wall pressure imprinted on the tire, which if my memory is correct would be 50psi. I am out of state and thus can not see the actual tires to refresh my recollection.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:56 PM   #32
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Yes my axles are fine, I had to deflate my 16" tire to get on, I am going to try the other side to see if it's the same, I have plenty of room in back just not the front, And I have a 235/75r15 on my toyota land cruiser that is same bolt pattern, so I will see how it fits. Its starting to ware me out tire blues Red
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:08 AM   #33
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Redder, just a thought: Most Airstream wheels are "0" (zero) offset, and your Land Cruiser wheels most likely are not. (Many motorized vehicle wheels have offsets, so they will clear disk brake hardware.) Therefore, is it highly unlikely that your tow vehicle wheels will fit in the wheel wells and over the hubs on your Airstream.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #34
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Question 15"Michelins

3weeks ago I weighted the trailer, the weight was 6500 lbs. Then I weight the trailer with the back tires just off the scale and the trailer weighted 5500 lbs. 950 lbs was transfered to the tow vehicel. Thus puts the trailer weight at 5500 lbs attached. Still being undecited, can anyone tell me why 15" michelins are a bad idea?
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:21 PM   #35
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Coaster,
While I am not an expert and do not claim to be, I see nothing wrong with that set up. As a matter of fact, I have an '06 25 foot Safari and put the 235/75R/15 Michelins on my trailer in January. I had had all the experience with the Marathons that I wanted. After a lot of reading on here and other sources, I decided that it was the right combination for me. I have only made one trip of any duration with them but I feel entirely comfortable with them. And more so than the Marathons. You get to make the decision. Good luck.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:45 AM   #36
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3weeks ago I weighted the trailer, the weight was 6500 lbs. Then I weight the trailer with the back tires just off the scale and the trailer weighted 5500 lbs. 950 lbs was transfered to the tow vehicel. Thus puts the trailer weight at 5500 lbs attached. Still being undecited, can anyone tell me why 15" michelins are a bad idea?
The only concern I have is that 5500# is spread over 4 tires, but not evenly. There is side to side and front to rear differences. Without those values, it's just a guess as to what the worst tire load is - and based on the values, I don't think there is a problem, but, again, it's an unknown.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:17 AM   #37
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Has anyone had issues getting the tire store to mount light truck tires on your Airstream? I've read somewhere they don't want to do it because trailers should have ST tires and there is some perceived liability.

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Old 03-23-2013, 10:03 AM   #38
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Has anyone had issues getting the tire store to mount light truck tires on your Airstream? I've read somewhere they don't want to do it because trailers should have ST tires and there is some perceived liability.

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I have not had that problem at Discount Tire. However, I don't take the trailer there, just the wheels. But, I do tell them the tires are going on a trailer. They have suggested that I use "ST" tires, and when they did, I told them, "Look, these tires are going on a $65,000 Airstream, would you use "ST" tires?". At which point, they said, "I understand".

Bottom line, I don't think it will be a problem as long as you buy tires from them that are rated to carry the required weight.

One last note, if you take them the trailer, watch them closely and don't let them jack it up under the axles, because like the Casita, the Airstream axles will bend.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:34 PM   #39
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The Discount Tire store that we usually go to has one person that handles all of their trailer customers. That guy's dad has owned several big travel and heavy equipment trailers, and the "trailer expert" salesperson is very knowledgeable about ST and LT tires.

This person sold me the Maxxis ST tires after our GYM problems, and discovered the defective Maxxis tire while installing our Centramatics, about a year the Maxxis tire purchase. He told me his dad had gone through about all the ST tire brands they carry and now runs BF Goodrich Commercial TA (LT) tires on his trailers.

When I told him about the tire discussion threads on this forum, he told me that the Michelin XPS Ribs were comparable in construction to the Commercial TA's, only more expensive.

So, to answer your question, our Discount Tire had no problems installing LT tires on our Bambi. In fact, they recommended them due our prior tire failure history.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #40
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Can Am installed 15" LT tires in our 27' Classic. I asked about 16" and was told by Andy it was a waste if money the 15" will be fine.
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Today I went to camping world ready tohave them order 5 15" michelins and was told that there company policey was they cant put a light truck tire on a trailer. Then I went to another tire center and was told the same thing. Thats the second time I have been told they wouldnt recomend it.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #42
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Can Am installed 15" LT tires in our 27' Classic. I asked about 16" and was told by Andy it was a waste if money the 15" will be fine.
I believe the 15"er are not LTs, but rather P series tires with an XL (extra load) spec. With a 27'er, you are probably OK with the XL, as Andy suggested. However the XLs are not rated high enough for me to be comfortable with my 30'er. So the statement that is a waste of money MAY be true for smaller/lighter ASes, but shouldn't be a blanket statement, IMO.
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