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Old 07-07-2016, 02:36 PM   #1
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Michelin tires for our Argosy

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We have a '74 Argosy 22 tandem axle. 15" steel rims. The tires are in need of replacement. We have read over many of the discussions on tires in this forum. We will be traveling extensively over the next year in all climates. We have chosen the Michelin LTX M/S2 - P235/75R15XL 108T tires. These would be the correct Michelin tire for our trailer, right?

Sears now has them on sale for $110. Internet price. In store pickup.
Thanks.
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Old 07-08-2016, 02:34 PM   #2
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Appending my previous post...

I noticed that most who use the Michelin tires are 16" tires. My trailer has 15". Is it still advisable to use the 15" LT tire with load range 108. Roughly 2000 lbs per tire. I've read its about 1800 lbs. when derated for trailer use. I see at the airstream site the Michelin used is also a 16" tire.

The published spec for my trailer is 5800 gvwr, 3720 factory dry weight, 410 tongue weight.

Its seems to me that the fojur 15" tires (times four tires on the trailer) are good for carrying a trailer of about 7200 lbs.

My trailer "should" never get to the 7200 lbs point.

So does this tire still work for my trailer being the 15"?

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Old 07-08-2016, 02:40 PM   #3
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Sure and know the load rating of the tire at max pressure would need to be dropped because the tire was not designed for trailer use. And even with that drop to 6480 pounds (90% of the rated load) you are still good with a sufficient safety margin too.

BTW the tire you posted ( Michelin LTX M/S2 - P235/75R15XL ) is rated as a passenger car tire not an LT (light Truck) tire. Unless you are referring to a different tire.

And to clarify, the rim diameter does not matter in tires that are rated for the same load. Going to a 16" tire allows one to get an even higher load rated tire. In your case a high load capacity tire is really not needed as the anticipated load isn't that high. If it were gong to a 16" rim would allow you to get tires with a higher load rating.

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Old 07-08-2016, 03:42 PM   #4
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Hello,
We have a '74 Argosy 22 tandem axle. 15" steel rims. The tires are in need of replacement. We have read over many of the discussions on tires in this forum. We will be traveling extensively over the next year in all climates. We have chosen the Michelin LTX M/S2 - P235/75R15XL 108T tires. These would be the correct Michelin tire for our trailer, right?

Sears now has them on sale for $110. Internet price. In store pickup.
Thanks.
These are the tires I put on my 25FB International. The max. weight of the trailer is 7300 pounds. Time will tell but so far so good!
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Old 07-09-2016, 01:16 PM   #5
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Ahhh, the never ending discussion of LT or ST tires. I have had both and have had blow outs on both. Michelin makes a great tire, but not bulletproof, I believe they are made in NC. You should be safe with your choice re weight, but make sure you maintain the proper air pressure and check for sidewall damage and you should be good to go. I wouldn't go to the 16" rims/tires as even though you can get a higher weight rating, it is just "gilding the lily" so to speak.
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Old 07-09-2016, 01:28 PM   #6
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Everyone thanks for the information and help. I doubt myself and many others could have made it so far with our trailers and travels with out this group.
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Hello,
We have a '74 Argosy 22 tandem axle. 15" steel rims. The tires are in need of replacement. We have read over many of the discussions on tires in this forum. We will be traveling extensively over the next year in all climates. We have chosen the Michelin LTX M/S2 - P235/75R15XL 108T tires. These would be the correct Michelin tire for our trailer, right?

Sears now has them on sale for $110. Internet price. In store pickup.
Thanks.
I am running these tires on our 2013 30' International for two years now. They are great tires. I only need to adjust tire pressure when we go from the Midwest to Florida.
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Have been running those on my 1978 28' Ambassador for five years. Great tire. Never a problem.
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Old 07-09-2016, 03:47 PM   #9
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I have been running Michelin 235/75/15 LTX MS2 on my 28' 1977 Argosy for almost 3 years. Mine fit on the steel wagon wheels with lots of clearance. When I went to 2008 15" Factory alloy wheels they were offset more to the inside and I had to add 1/4" spacers to keep from rubbing when making sharp turns (backing while parking). The Michelin sidewalls deflect a lot more than ST tires. Your Argosy is shorter and lighter than mine but a 74 should be the same width and the wheel well clearance is probably the same. My Michelins are rated at over 2000# per tire (minus 10% for trailer use) and at 96 mph. An added plus is the P metric LTX tires have an inflation max of 50 psi where the 16" LT's inflate to 80 psi. 50psi is a lot easier on an older trailer. You might also look at the load rating and size of Michelin's in 225 size. They might fit better if your wheel wells are smaller.
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