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Old 04-21-2011, 03:43 PM   #15
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Continental Vanco 2

I'm kinda kicking around the idea of Continental Vanco 2 in 225/70/15 load range D

They are probably a bit shorter than the Nanco 7.00x15s that are on her now, but I have new axles, so the ride height should be about the same.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:12 AM   #16
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Post 29 - I converted to 16" wheels and Michelins last weekend. One one problem... kinda funny in a way. After the fact, and a long shower I saw the funny side.

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Which did you purchase? I'm considering the MS2/235/75/15XL for a 72 Safari, but concerned about fit in the wheel well.
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:21 PM   #18
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I have not bought new tires for our Ambassador yet. I think I'm leaning toward the Yokohama RY215. They seem to be a better match in width and diameter to the original equipment 7.00x15 bias ply truck tires. I have had good experiences with Yokohama tires in the past.
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I have not bought new tires for our Ambassador yet. I think I'm leaning toward the Yokohama RY215. They seem to be a better match in width and diameter to the original equipment 7.00x15 bias ply truck tires. I have had good experiences with Yokohama tires in the past.
I ordered mine through DISCOUNT TIRE who in turn bought them from TIRE RACK. Installed with CENTRAMATICs. (A pic in signature link; post #23; trailer weight would have been just over 7,000-lbs that day).
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:42 AM   #20
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I have not bought new tires for our Ambassador yet. I think I'm leaning toward the Yokohama RY215. They seem to be a better match in width and diameter to the original equipment 7.00x15 bias ply truck tires. I have had good experiences with Yokohama tires in the past.
You will love those tires, built very well, heavy duty, and will look good on your older trailer.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:03 AM   #21
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Does your Ambassador have aluminum wheels rated for 65 psi or the steel wheels rated for 50 psi? I notice that the Yokohama's listed above are for 65 psi (load range D, I guess). On my older Excella I went with the 235 Michlens in load range C because they carry 1985 lbs at 50 psi.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:18 AM   #22
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In preparation for our upcoming 1,800 mile trip, I started getting serious about getting new tires. Yesterday I went to Discount Tire. They could not get the Yokohama RY 215 in the time frame I need them. (today) They have four Michelin LTX MS2s in stock. This afternoon I'm going to get Abby shod with new Michelins.

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Abby has the original steel wheels. Maybe someday I'll get some 16" Aluminum wheels.
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I ordered a set of Michelin tires (LT 235 75 15 XL) for my 2004 25 Safari.
I make at least one hot weather trip a year and have had a lot of blowouts with ST tires, GYM's Carlises, no names everything but Maxxis'.
I thought I was o.k. with E rated tires but on my recent trip from Tucson to Santa Fe, 100 degree outside temp all the way, one of my Carlises blew up.
With my new tires, I will look forward to going 70 m.p.h., not changing a tire by the side of the road in 100 degree weather with traffic screaming by and not burning up my charge card buying tires all across the South.
I would have gone with a 70 series tire to get one with a D load range but we do a lot of remote camping and need all the ground clearance we can get.
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I currently have the newest version Michelin 235/15 lt ms2 xl on my 68 Globetrotter. Even when fully deflated, I couldn't fit them into the wheelhouses by myself. I'm 6 feet 185 lbs and healthy. I needed help.
They Will fit and have good clearance and flawless performance, but you won't be changing them on the roadside by yourself, and you'll need a pump to reinflate them once bolted up.

It is a real struggle to get them on, and you'll have to deform the the trailer a little. All that being said, I still wouldn't use any other tire but a Michelin.

My axle trailing armangles are well within spec, but it may be easier with brand new axles.

I was "bustin" tires for Sears on a Coats 10-10 back in the sixties, and have been around tires ever since. I think that if you put a dial indicator on a mounted Michelin, you'll find that they may be the roundest tire in the world. Michelins are a very high quality product, I drive on nothing else. Same tire on my Tow Vehicle.
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This afternoon I went to Discount Tire and had four Michelin P235/75/15 Extra Load mounted on my old steel rims. I bolted them on this evening. They were not too bad to install at all. There are no problems with clearance. There is lots of room all around. Now we're ready to get out on the road in the Texas heat!
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In preparation for our upcoming 1,800 mile trip, I started getting serious about getting new tires. Yesterday I went to Discount Tire. They could not get the Yokohama RY 215 in the time frame I need them. (today) They have four Michelin LTX MS2s in stock. This afternoon I'm going to get Abby shod with new Michelins.

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Abby has the original steel wheels. Maybe someday I'll get some 16" Aluminum wheels.
I purchased the Michelin P 235/75 15 LTX MS2 XL for my 2004 25 foot Safari today. They went on the stock aluminum rims. I noticed a big difference for the better in ride quality during the 20 mile trip home. Ride was rough and my rig would hobby horse with load range E ST tires. All of those ride deficiencies are gone. There were no swaying or other handling deficiencies. I ran up to 70 mph and the rig felt rock solid.
These are P (passenger tires) although the XL (extra load) means they have the same load capacity as C rated LT tires.
Each tire is rated for 2185 lbs, plenty of capacity for my 6300 gvw capacity Safari.
There is plenty of clearance in the wheel wells. I am confident I can change one of these tires as easily as my 225 75 ST tires and believe me I had plenty of practice doing that.
Price was $139 a tire. ST tires are over a $100. My tire troubles are over. Halaluliah!
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I put them on about a month ago and have only about 1,000 miles on them but they ride great with no difference in mileage and handling from my GYMs. You got a better price than me, however.
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FYI, All the space shuttle tires were made by Michelin.
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