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Old 01-27-2016, 12:02 PM   #29
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Hi Laurie

You can run Michelin P235/75R x 15" XL (extra load) LTX tires on the 19'. We have installed them on most of the 19's we have delivered and they work very well. The ride is dramatically smoother on the single axle. Should solve your rivet issue. Run these at 50PSI.

The 16" tire is a 225/75R x 16" Load Range E Michelin. It will also work but it will ride much firmer than the 15" tire. It does have more load capacity which would only be an issue if you have added considerable weight in modifications, extra batteries etc.

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I have a 2016 19' Airstream on order. I am interested in your tire recommendation, but puzzled by it. The 19' Airstreams have a GVW of 4500 lbs. or at least 2250 lbs. per tire. When I check on the load capacity for Michelin P235/75R x 15" XL tires, I see a value of 2205 lbs. So if that value is correct, the tires are a bit overloaded even with perfect load balance between the wheels. Is there a higher load rating for this tire that I am not seeing?

Does Airstream allow the purchaser any option to change wheel size and/or tire brand on a new trailer?

Thanks,
Lee
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:17 AM   #30
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Many use the 16" Michelins in the Souhwest on 19' Aistreams with great results and no reported failures. They could be retrofitted at the factory service center or acquired locally. Many use the SenDel T03-66655T wheels. The factory center cap from the stick wheels works in the new rims.
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Thanks for the info switz. Yes, I communicated with the factory and they only offer the 16" Michelin tires (LTX M/S LT 225/75R 16 with a load range of E) on the Eddie Bauer and the Classic, and they are not an extra cost option for my 19' Flying Cloud. I will likely order the Sendel wheels, as you described, and the Michelin tires before the scheduled trailer delivery, and then see if the local dealer will give me any compensation for the OEM wheels and tires. I have only driven on Michelin tires on my standard vehicles since I was a kid.

It sounds like most folks have at least two options for changing tires: (1) with dual axles, they can drive the trailer with the good tire onto a ramp, and change the bad tire, or (2) they can jack the trailer up using the jack lift location (not the axle). Those with the Bambi axles then are restricted to the second approach. I wonder how easily the 16" wheels/tires come off and on using this second approach.
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The factory offers these 16" tires and wheels for sale and installation at the service center. They are on display as you enter the building on your left with that offer.

Changing tires on a single axle trailer is like changing a tire on a car or pickup
truck. Jack at the designated location and continue.
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Sure, you can buy new wheels and tires, but the dealer will not provide any compensation for the OEM wheels and tires even brand new and exchanged by them for the replacement wheels and tires. From what customer service at the factory told me, that is also true for the factory. So it is a considerable extra expense to throw away the OEM wheels and tires, or extra time to try to sell them on ebay or whatever.
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I have a 2016 19' Airstream on order. I am interested in your tire recommendation, but puzzled by it. The 19' Airstreams have a GVW of 4500 lbs. or at least 2250 lbs. per tire. When I check on the load capacity for Michelin P235/75R x 15" XL tires, I see a value of 2205 lbs. So if that value is correct, the tires are a bit overloaded even with perfect load balance between the wheels. Is there a higher load rating for this tire that I am not seeing?

Does Airstream allow the purchaser any option to change wheel size and/or tire brand on a new trailer?

Thanks,
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Hi Lee

We are fortunate to have a Cat Scale 10 miles from us so we often run combinations over it. The 19's we have weighed loaded for travel have been between 3850 & 4080 pounds on the axle.

A single axle trailer application is about as easy a job a tire can have. There is no driving force going through the tire, There is no driveline heat and no turning forces. We simply have not had any issues with the 235 tire on 19's.

The 225/16" tire is also very reliable it just rides much harsher. If you were ride in the trailer the ride difference is substantial.

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