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Old 03-23-2013, 05:33 PM   #43
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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.
I have BF Goodrich Commercial TA's 16" on our trailer now for about a year, and no problems. The Discount Tire that I trade at also told me they were as good as the Michelin APS.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:25 PM   #44
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I went to the local CostCo tire store. I did not ask them any questions, but told them what I wanted to purchase. I paid for the tires and installation at that time. Since my friend, the tire manager was not there, I was not entirely candid with the tire destination with the sales clerk. I described the destination to the manager a few days later and all was cool.

I took the tires (the OEM Goodyear ST 15") and wheels into the tire store two at a time. No trailer on site. I took the steel spare in last. I did the switch of tires myself with the trailer in the storage unit. The CostCo workers switching the tires agreed this was a smart decision.

I have used Michelin tires on every vehicle the last 40 years and have never had a tire failure on any truck or car. I was uninterested in any other brand.

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Old 03-24-2013, 06:13 AM   #45
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Weighing a trailer?

You want Chapter 4 - RV Applications

RMA: Tire Service Professionals
Briefly looked at the RV PDF in this link, deserves detailed reading.

CapriRacer, thanks

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Old 03-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #46
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What does everyone use to jack up a tandem axle Airstream if I need to take the tires two at a time to get them replaced? The problem is the AS will be in a covered gravel storage unit and I'm not sure how well the gravel will take the weight. It appears they have applied new gravel and it may not be compacted down perfectly.

When I had my Casita tires replaced I got the young tech going for the trailer axle with the floor jack. I told him to jack under the frame. He gave me a little argument so I told him that is what Dexter says and he complied to my request. That Discount Tire location lost my business.

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Only offering what I have actually done. Use all precautions for safety of course. I have placed 2X10's down as a pad base and used the jack from my 1 ton Dodge truck. It has a much wider base than my 3/4 ton Dodge. It is a screw type and not hydraulic. I have done this several times while working on brakes. I can raise it up high enough easily and add jack stands also on wood bases. Even did this in camp due to GYM failures.

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I used a jack with locking as it goes up lifting the vehicle. I then took off one tire and installed the spare. Then took off the second tire. During this process, if the jack failed, there was always one tire on the vehicle. Did the same thing in reverse putting the new tires on and then did the same process on the other side. The spare was changed out last.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:32 AM   #49
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I've used a bottle jack and a rolling floor jack on different occasions. I usually put a piece of wood on the contact point of the jack and I position the jack under the labeled jack points on the Airstream. Using that site you will raise both tires on the street or curb side of the trailer. When I was replacing tires with the existing 15" wheels I was able to put in the spare which allowed me to take 3 wheels down to the local tire outlet, and then go back with the last wheel.

When I went to 16" wheels we got the tires mounted and balanced on the wheels at the local NTB tire store. Took the new wheels and tires and removed one wheel and immediately replacing it with the new 16" wheel. That way if the jack failed, the trailer would still be supported by a wheel. Took all 4, 15" wheels back to NTB who pulled off the old tires and disposed of them. Total cost to mount and balance the new tires to the new wheels, and break down the 15" wheels and tire disposal was $62.
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Michelin 16" conversion!!!

I ran my A/S through 4 new Marathons before I had enough of the blow outs. I replaced them with Michelin LTs and new wheels. Going, going, gone. Click image for larger version

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Sold the GFN's to use on a trash trailer! I've used Michelins for 30 years without a single failure or flat. Good for peace of mind.

I bought the full set of 4, plus 16" steel spare and tire, just in case. But I did have to make some more room on the spare tire carrier. But it did fit. Yea......
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OK, I'm thinking about the Michelin 235/75-15 XL for my future 2008 Classic 25fb. Should I buy 5 tires or just keep the current Marathon as a spare? Is the spare a steel rim or an aluminum rim?

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Try one of your new tires in the spare tire carrier to make sure that it fits without serious mod .... just a suggestion. Sometimes brand to brand variance and aspect ratio causes difficulties.
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The 15" Michelin will fit in the spare location, no problem. I dd it easily. That said, I had to question my own judgement as to the necessity of the purchase. At least, however, I didn't have to buy a new rim.
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When I crawled under the trailer the first time, I was surprised to see a steel wheel on the spare tire. I do not know whether an aluminum wheel or steel wheel is the heaviest.

However, since the steel wheel is thinner, any replacement wheel lug nuts must have enough internal thread length capacity when used with the steel spare wheel, otherwise the spare would wobble.
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I probably spend too much money, but tend to conserve where I think I can. When I went to 16' tires and wheels on our AS, I kept the "ST" 15" on a steel wheel for the spare. So far, so good.
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Based upon my experience with the GYM tires, remember to check the air in the ST spare daily as it will loose pressure quickly. Nothing like a flat spare tire to make your day complete!

Also check the ST spare visually. I had a new, never on the ground ST spare on a motorcycle trailer and one morning I went out and the tread had delaminated in chunks.

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