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Old 02-02-2013, 10:13 AM   #15
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Thanks again for the info. I am looking at buying the LTX-M/S-2's in 225/75R/16E X 4 @ $213 and 1 Cooper at the same diameter E rated for $139 as the spare. Am also ordering the rims same as you including the steel rim for the spare. Did your new 16" spare fit ok under the hitch frame?

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:03 PM   #16
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Thanks again for the info. I am looking at buying the LTX-M/S-2's in 225/75R/16E X 4 @ $213 and 1 Cooper at the same diameter E rated for $139 as the spare. Am also ordering the rims same as you including the steel rim for the spare. Did your new 16" spare fit ok under the hitch frame?

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I haven't purchased that tire yet. I will have to bend the prongs out that hold the spare in place. I don't know if you are in a rush but if you wait you might catch a Michelin sale in the spring. I saved $70 for the set of 4.

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Old 02-04-2013, 08:32 PM   #17
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I just ordered a set of 16" Sendel wheels with Michelin M/S 2s. I guess I will have to bend or move the prongs for the spare once I see how much additional space the new tires will need. I will sell the five wheels/tires from our 2012 once the new ones arrive. I did order mine on line.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:01 PM   #18
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I see that many people, when moving from 15" wheels to 16" wheels, change out the spare as well. Using a tire calculator such as Tire Diameter And Circumference Calculator shows the difference in diameter of a 225/75R15 and 225/75R16 to be 1", or 1/2" radius.

Most cars these days have a reduced-size spare, on which you can run a limited number of miles. Any concern temporarily running on a slightly smaller spare on the trailer in an emergency?
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:15 PM   #19
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I would not consider a GYM ST model tire a viable spare since they need constant air pressure monitoring and seem prone to failure. After bringing the trailer home from the dealership, I replaced all five GYM ST tires with Michelin P235/75R15 XL 15" tires that have a more than adequate safety reserve for a 7,300 GVW trailer and provide a softer ride for the trailer since max pressure is only 50 psi.

There are numerous tire threads in this forum on the 15" vs 16" issue. I reached a decision I am comfortable with.

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:15 PM   #20
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In my case, I ordered a set of 5 so I'm changing out the spare as well. I haven't seen a space saver trailer tire. I guessing it could be the load capacity. I may have an inch to wiggle around. Thanks for the tire info.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:55 PM   #21
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CDONA... Is your new trailer coming from the factory with Michelins? The tire listed on the picture on your post shows a ST tire (ST225/75R16 LRE). The original tires on the Airstream were ST tires, the optional Michelins that a lot of folks are switching to are LT tires.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:34 PM   #22
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Checked today, Michelin LTX M&S 225/75 R16 I didn't get the load rating.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:10 AM   #23
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Load Range E at 80 psi.

Some suggest perhaps a lower pressure from published tables closer to the load carried. At 80 psi the sidewalls will be very stiff and the suspension will have to do all the ride smoothing.

I have a 3/4 ton TV and the factory suggests dropping from 80 psi do a pressure that aligns with the weight capacity rating of the axles and when traveling with no load, an even lower pressure.

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Old 02-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #24
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We drop our pressures from the max ... depends upon load and the temperature / season.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:14 PM   #25
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We switched to 16" wheels and the Michelin Michelin LTX 225/75 R16 Load rating E last year on our 2006 25 Safari. We put 4000 miles on the tires last year, and couldn't be happier. The ride is improved, and the biggest difference is the temperature of the tires -- they run much cooler than the GYM.

We just bought a new 27 Classic FB, and had the brand new tires removed and trasnferred our Michelin tires with 4000 miles onto the new trailer.

Obviously, I am sold.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:28 AM   #26
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Yesterday the stars aligned and the new truck was ready for a test tow going to the scales. Using a new tire pressure gage,I checked the tire pressures on the new 15" Michelins which had sat since installation at the end of November. All four were down about one pound from 50psi. The air temperatures have ranged from the 60s to the high 20s during this time period.

The OEM Marathon ST tires had dropped between 5 and 8 psi just sitting a little over 4 weeks last October/November.

Since the truck has a complete air suspension system (no metal springs left on the truck), there is a built in air compressor with a three air gallon tank. I ran an air connector out beside the license plate and a 25 foot 1/4" curly hose reached all four trailer tires as well as the truck tires.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:33 AM   #27
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FYI, for those buying tires soon: The Costco Web site has a $70-off manufacturer's discount on any set of four Michelin tires, good through 03/03/13. Not sure if other tire stores are offering this, but Discount Tire usually price matches Costco prices.
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I just bought four 16 inch Sendel T05-66655SM wheels and Michelin M/S 2 225/75 R16 E1 tires.

The best price I found on the Michelins was at Discount Tire / America's Tire (same store, different name in different states) - $851 for four tires installed. Costco was just over $1,000, even with the michelin rebate. Les Schaub was more than $1,500 for the same tires.

Here are the new wheels in the box and with the cap installed. I liked the matching hub cover on these wheels better than usual stainless cup that most trailer wheels have.


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