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Old 01-16-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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New wheels and tires (finally)

After much internal debate I finally got my new 16" Sendel T03 and Michelin LTX MS/2. I ordered them from performance Tire and they arrived promptly. I installed them myself using a wheel ramp.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:17 AM   #2
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Those are nice!
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:28 AM   #3
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HEY, they look like my wheels !!!! I better go check.

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Old 01-16-2014, 08:46 AM   #4
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I will get back to Phoenix tonight and will take the four aluminum SenDel T03-66655T wheels, one SenDel S62-66655G galvinized wheel and the Dill TPMS senders to CostCo tomorrow and get the five Michlin tires mounted and balanced. Hopefully that will encouage the small backordered parts to come in at the Airstream factory so our nearly completed trailer can leave the penalty box and head out to the local dealership.

Getting anxious now since I watched it change from an empty shell on day 2 of construction to our future home away from home.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:59 AM   #5
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I got everything ordered for our new tire setup...the Sendel T05 wheels, from Trailer-wheel.com have been shipped, as have the new lug nuts ordered directly from McGard. The centramatics have been ordered but no word from that company on ship date. I may call them today because that looks like only thing that would prevent us taking the trailer to the local tire shop that is ordering and installing the Michelins on Saturday. The TST TPMS 507 system with flow through valves is also on its way, but we will install that ourselves. It is weird how excited I am about the new tires...but spring is on its way in Texas and I am itching for weekend adventures.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:48 AM   #7
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I have just completed the same change to Sendel TO3 and Michelin LTX M/S2's. I ordered five rims and tires and now find there is insufficient space for the spare wheel holder to accommodate the new rim/tire. Has anyone else faced this problem and come up with an easy solution to enable the new rim/tire fit in the holder? As you can probably tell, I am not an engineer......
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Martin, you have to find an 8 inch piece of 3/4" pipe, place it over top of the verticle stubs on the tire carrier, and reef on it in order to bend them out so the tire has more room. Worked for me. Jim
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:02 PM   #9
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I used a 19" crescent and put the eye in the handle over the two vertical arms to bend them outwards when I installed the 15" Michelins on the 25FB. In fact I had to bend them back a little bit as they were at too great an angle. The challenge was getting the tire holder pin in because the 15" Michelins were wider at the sidewalls then the Marathons.

I plan similar technology on the Classic when it gets here. The 15" Michelins are 0.6" larger in diameter than the Good Year Marathons and the 16" Michelins are 0.9" bigger in diameter than the Marathons.
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Thanks, I suspected that the cure may be along those lines but the tougher problem is closing the retaining latch due to the increased spread of the Michelin. I guess Airstream must install a different cradle/latch on the Eddie Bauer model which takes the 16 inch rim/Michelin tire
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What if you just got (4) 16" wheels and tires and left the spare a 15?
My previous white box trailer had 15's on the ground and a 14 for a spare...
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What if you just got (4) 16" wheels and tires and left the spare a 15?
My previous white box trailer had 15's on the ground and a 14 for a spare...
I have the 16's and a 15 spare. It would be ok to run for a while that way.
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My cabinet maker friends cringe when they see me coming to help with my chainsaw. Although it is a tight fit, the 16" tire will fit, at least it does on my unit, but it requires a little planning to get it up there. I used an 8" thick block and a piece of 2x4. The old fulcrum and leaver trick. The nice thing is, that once it's up there, because you now have Michelins, you may never have to visit it again. Might want to borrow the neighbour's kid to help. Jim
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We use 16" Michelins with the original 15" spare. The chances of a blowout are gently reduced. The chances of running over a nail are the same, but the 15" spare is more than adequate until we get a repair or replacement.

Airstreams have not always had a spare because of the torsion axle suspension; remove the flat and continue on (at reduced speed perhaps) until you can get it fixed.
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