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Old 07-07-2011, 07:23 AM   #29
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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.
Oops, actually I put the LT type on, not the P. I think they cost about $160 from Tire Rack.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:48 AM   #30
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Would these work for 19' Bambi? I'm ready for new tires and these sound pretty nice.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:20 AM   #31
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blmitch5, I'd check the load ratings on the 235/75x15 XL versus 225/75x16 LT Load Range E tires. The 19-foot Bambi only has two tires, while it appears that most of the others responding to this thread have older, larger Airstreams with 4 tires, which have less load per tire. These might be overloaded on your Airstream.

Check several other tire threads for details on other 19-foot Airstreams that have successfully made the switch to 16 inch wheels. I don't think I have read any posts about failures on these.
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Thanks! Not sure I want to go to 16s but might have to. Tire failure isn't great when you only have 2!
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:12 PM   #33
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I noticed that the Yokahama RY215 (7.00R15) tires have a diameter of 29.4". This is the same as the Michelin LTX M/S LT225/75R16/E tire. Does this mean that the Yokahama is just as tight in the Airstream wheel well as the Michelin? The Michelin LTX M/S2 P235/75R15/XL has a diameter of 28.9" (closer to the stock Goodyear Marathon), but it's a 235 instead of 225. All things considered, which of the above tires would fit better in the Airstream wheel well (and spare tire rack)? All three tires seem to be highly recommended.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:38 PM   #34
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Oh, and one more question. Will both the Yokahama RY215 and the Michelin LTX M/S P235/75R15/XL fit on the stock Airstream (2012 FC 25FB) wheel?
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:41 PM   #35
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Just an observation and a comment...

That 0.5-inch difference in diameter is only 1/4 inch in radius, which is insignificant. The more important question is the tire cross-section width. Most of the problems are fitting the width of the tire between the brakes, hub and studs, and the wheel well trim.

For those wondering how these compare to 225/75x16's, the "RY215" is load range D, rated at 2040 pounds at 65 psi.

Michelin 225/75x16 load range E tires are rated at 2680 pounds at 80 psi.

For a 19-foot Bambi that weighs around 4500 pounds, the LR-E tires are probably a better bet. However, this is just another opinion...
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:05 PM   #36
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Today I managed to get to the CAT scales. What I learned was that fully loaded I'm putting about 1,415 pounds on each of the four tires on Abby. That is a pretty good safety margin for the tire's load capacity. All of the details and axle weights are on the thread in my signature block.
So far I'm very satisfied with these tires.
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We have an '07 19' Bambi, and upsized to 225/75-16 LRE Michelin XPS Ribs. The fit between the hub and wheel well rim was a little tight, but they do go on fully inflated.
We previously had an '05 16', which came with 14's, and I know Airstream enlarged the wheel wells on those a year or two later when they went to 15" wheels. Not sure if Airstream also enlarged the 19' wheel wells since '04.
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:24 AM   #38
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We have a 2005 19-foot Bambi, with 225/75x16, LR-E, Michelin XPS Ribs; and the tires will NOT go on inflated. Consequently, we have to carry an air compressor with us in case of a flat. However, since the XPS Ribs are nearly bullet proof, not worrying about a blowout is worth it, on the off-chance I may have to change a flat tire.

We are planning a trip to Jackson Center to have the wheel well trim repaired from the original Marathon blowout that led to a switch to Maxxis tires (that failed for tread separation), and finally to 16-inch wheels with XPS Ribs. (I wish these Michelins had come on our Bambi from the factory.) In any case, we plan to see if the factory will put the Eddie Bauer fender skirts on our Bambi, as it appears they might allow the tires to be changed while inflated.
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Oh, and one more question. Will both the Yokahama RY215 and the Michelin LTX M/S P235/75R15/XL fit on the stock Airstream (2012 FC 25FB) wheel?
I tried to install that tire on my 05 Safari but the rims were too wide. The Yokohama is a great tire but I couldn't see buying new rims so I went to the Michelins. I was told by an Airstream dealer they will fit even though though they are out of spec. Also if you have any chance of being in snow , that tire will have poor breaking traction.
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About a month ago we replaced the 15" stock rims with 16" Sendel T03-66655 style. These are the same as the EB rim without the black paint hi-lites, just a frosted silver finish. Prices vary a lot and we paid about $89 each plus shipping. We then put Michelin LTX 225/16/16 E on and couldn't be happier. They fit the 27FB wheel well without any issues at all and look really solid.

For the spare I junked the ugly steel rim and bought a rim to match to the other 4 wheels. So now I have 5 identical wheels. If something happens to one I can swap in the spare and it looks the same. I can also make it part of the rotation series too.

To fit the spare into the holder, I put a deep 1" socket on a 1/2" ratchet and pulled the 2 posts apart that hold the spare tire in place. It really didn't take much force and the spare now sits fine in the cradle at the front.
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My Michelin P 235 75 15 LTX2 XL are mud and snow tires even though they do not have an aggressive tread design. I am sure they would do better in snow than the stock ST tires because of the tread design and the lower (50 lbs) inflation pressure but I hope I never find out.
Kosm10, these tires went right on my stock rims on my 2004 25 Safari. There is plenty of clearance to change a tire fully inflated.
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Kosm10, which Michelin tires did you go with, the LTX M/S P235/75R15/XL or the LTX M/S LT225/75R16/E?
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