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Old 02-20-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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New-to-me 2005 Safari needs some tires

Hi, I just got my 2005 Safari last Saturday and I need to get tires before I run away from home. My current tires are Marathon Radials ST225/75R15. They are from 2009 though the previous owner thought they were only on for two years. My tire store has 4 TowMasters but does not have Michelins this size available. I am a brand-new newbie and would appreciate any advice on this. Thanks!!
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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The Michelin tires I used on our 2013 25FB International Serenity (GVW of 7,300 pounds) are the Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires rated at 1,983 pounds for trailer use. They are 0.6" taller in diameter than the ST tires, or the trailer is just over 0.25" higher off the ground. See the "Images" link below my avatar and you can see the two tires, both mounted on the stock 15" Airstream wheels, side by side.

The Michelin tires are NOT speed limited to 65 mph like all the ST tires are limited with a notice on their sidewall.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks! I will check into these!
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:16 PM   #4
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I am getting pushback from Costco. They will not mount anything that is not an"ST"
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Depending on the tire store, they may push back on the use of the tire that Switz recommended. I use those same Michelins (as to many others on the forum) and have only good things to say about them, but some tire stores take the line that "If it doesn't say ST I can't put it on a trailer."

There are easy workarounds if this happens... seek another tire store, or take them just the wheels, etc.

Michelin doesn't make any ST tires because I don't think they want their name on junky tires... They make LT tires in bigger sizes, and the LT spec specifically mentions suitability for trailers. Some tires stores will balk at using THOSE as well, even though Airstream offers them as OEM on the Eddie Bauer trailers.
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I am getting pushback from Costco. They will not mount anything that is not an"ST"
Heh... I had a premonition.
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I purchased both the 15" (for the 25FB) and 16" Michelin (for the Classic model 30) tires from CostCo.

The 25FB was in the storage unit. I brought two wheels in at a time and they swapped the ST tires off and the Michelins on. (thus three trips).

The Classic was not even built when I took the five new tireless SenDel wheels in to have the tires and Dill 1506-453 TPMS valve stems installed.

The secret. The 15" wheels are the same for vintage pickup trucks. The 16" wheels are used on pickups as well. Just don't bring the trailer onto their parking lot and all works okay.

I have purchased probably a dozen sets of Michelin tires from the local CostCo, so they were okay with selling two more sets.
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I will talk to the Airstream rep at the Alumaflamingo tomorrow and see if they can give some kind of documentation that I can bring that might help.
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I will talk to the Airstream rep at the Alumaflamingo tomorrow and see if they can give some kind of documentation that I can bring that might help.
I don't think Airstream will help you with this.

They'll probably be happy to talk about the 16" LTs they put on Eddie Bauers, but the 15" LTX is not the same tire. It works fine, it's well within its weight capacity for many trailers and provides long life and actually holds air consistently (unlike the STs that seemed to need air every time I checked!) My guess is they'll toe the mark set down by some corporate lawyer and say "Marathons or 16-inch LTs" because that's what they sell.
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I am not sure I am quite ready to change all 4 by myself. I hate to cry "Girl" but I do not even have a torque wrench yet and doing this all alone scares me. I know I will have to change a flat at some point but .... Not my first week as an Airstreamer.
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I have the same tires as switz and they are doing well. I got mine at Discount Tire and they will match any price that you get from Costco.
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Thanks to you both! I will let you know how we get the Michelins. Either at costco or somewhere else.
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You can also stick with the ST225/75R15 and get Maxxis tires. They are very good trailer rated tires and would serve you well. I use them on my AS and my boat trailer and they have been great. Many other Airstreamers use them as well.

Discount tire online has them for $145 each with no tax and free shipping. You would just have to pay a local installer to mount, balance and install. You can call around to a local installer ahead of time to find out what they charge. Discount tire also has a list of installers for your area on their website. I think I paid about $18/tire when I had them installed on my boat last year.
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