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Old 06-19-2006, 08:41 PM   #15
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When I was in the Air Force, we changed the tires when they wore down to the third layer of cord. That layer was red to make it easy to spot. I don't think I'll use that same standard on my trailer.



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Old 06-19-2006, 09:52 PM   #16
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I agree a tire on unknown origin should be looked at with suspicion. Tires used on Airplanes have been inspected and certifed airworthy.
I have removed a few tires that were about to let go. I have seen two let go. Damage was substantial. As one who works on an flies airplanes for a living, I have seen both sides of this.

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Old 06-19-2006, 10:31 PM   #17
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Alternatives to a spare?

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At least you have the one next to it to support the weight.
I'm going to take this in a different direction. Dan -- at least with my Safari -- a spare came only with the LS package. Why would they sell an Airstream without one? Because it is not needed in an absolute sense, though one's opinion may be that it'd be more convenient.

Your owner's manual may have a suggestion to remove a flat tire and limp into town at 45mph or less if you have a single wheel on one side (with a 30' SO? Check the fine print carefully.). Of course this doesn't work if you've encountered a road hazard that flattened two wheels on the same side. Another trick is using a wheel ramp rather than a jack. See the attached photo -- it's easy if you loosen the involved nuts first. I'd certainly leave the trailer attached to the tow vehicle.

Me? I have the spare and LS package. These ideas might give you some time to figure out what you really want to do. Get out there and enjoy that Classic!
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:41 PM   #18
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Hello all ,

Yes I am bothered by the concord tire deal in the engine ,many lives lost .Seems lives are always expendible to save that stinking dollar .I never liked the airline hassle and Now after this tire discussion and the fact that aircraft tires are reused ,cord showing ,recaps ,holy moly.How many people here have recaps on there airstreams??, I like it less than ever. Andy has that junkyard wheel at the shop with the center ripped out from a customers trailer ,so I can understand his hard line stance on the used wheel ,that being said that wheel as shown on the website is an old 6 bolt chevy pickup wheel from a fifty or so 1/2 ton pickup ,yes I know because I had one from an old
wheel pile at a tire shop ,the clips around the center give it away as they retain the hubcap as do the original split rims airstream wheels .I am a enthusiest of the 1950's chevy advanced design trucks .Anyway ,all used wheels are not junk or unusable ,but the history is unknown ,new wheels are not expensive ,so why bother with them ? At least you know what you have
and the 2600# rated wheel for trailers is readily available from many sources including Inland RV or many other RV sources .


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