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Old 02-03-2015, 01:51 PM   #1
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Question Replace TV Tires? New 2015 Classic on order!

Hello everyone,

As an introduction, Iíve been on the forums since I got my 2004 Classic 25í in 2011. Though I havenít posted much, the generous people on this forum have saved my bacon numerous times. Iíve been a supporting member since I figured out how to sign up! I dreamed of owning an Airstream since I was a kid, and it has in no way disappointed me. A few glitches here and there, but itís part of the journey to me. A dream come true. And Iíve met terrific people. A 2004 F-250 came with the Airstream, along with a Reese WD hitch. I was a first time tow-er and have been impressed with the ease of AS towing especially when compared to my fears about it! Backing up is still challenging, but Iím improving.

Hereís whatís going on with me: I have a 2015 Classic on order. Iím thrilled beyond words and apprehensive too. I have questions for any who are willing to share their opinion.

Should I replace my GY Marathon TV tires before I go pick up the new (as yet unnamed) glamper? Would that help with setting up the hitch, etc? They had only 20,000 miles when I got the vehicle, and less than 50,000 now. Lots of tread left. No visible problems or cracks, but Iíve read enough here to worry. Iím still working, and my trips are less than 1500 miles total. No off road to speak of. Iím short, and the truck is high enough as is, so Iím not particularly interested in increasing TV wheel size.

When I do get new tires, though, what to get? The 2015 Classic comes with Michelin 225/75R x 16 E tires. These seem great. What would be the best truck tire for my 2004 F-250, assuming those trailer tires? Michelin LTX M/S2s? LTX A/T2s? Pros and cons? Any other suggested matches?
Any other comments, information, data, advice, warnings, suggestions or salutations would be appreciated, whether about the tire choice or the 2015 Classic.

Lots to think about and dream on, till I make the trade and pick up my new trailer in late April.

Thanks for listening , and helping me think/dream about this!
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:40 PM   #2
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I'm perfectly happy with our Michelins...upgraded them when we got the Burb in 06, wouldn't use anything else. LT265/75R16E
I prefer the M/S over the AT, seem to ride better & quieter.

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Old 02-03-2015, 04:08 PM   #3
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They look great on your TV! Wow!
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:43 PM   #4
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In an ideal world, both the truck and tailer would have the same wheel size and bolt pattern so one could carry just one spare for both vehicles or have two for long trips.

I upgraded my Classic tires the day I took it off the dealership lot (I had the 16" Michelins already mounted on the 16" SenDel wheels) and swapped the Goodyears off and into a storage unit. The 2015 Classics come with the correct tires now standard like I put on mine as an extra cost deal.

I hace driven Michelin tires exclusively on every vehicle for nearly 50 years and have never had a failure. I have had a couple of nail or screw flats which is not the tire's fault.

I would suggest getting the new Michelins as you are jumping to a trailer with a 10,000 pound weight rating (like ours). Since we left the illustrious Airstream provided mattresses at the factory since we had 8" Rocky Mountain ywin mattress units on order, our trailer crossed the scales around 7,132 pounds as the official empty weight. The standard weight was around 7,350 or so pounds.

Along with the four Lifeline 6Vc 300 amp batteries, 800 watt solar system, Magnum inverter/converter and disc brake conversion and all our clothes, full fresh water and propane tanks and "stuff", the trailer weighs close to 9,000 pounds camping ready.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:11 PM   #5
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Replace TV Tires? New 2015 Classic on order!

I wish I could demonstrate that kind of commitment! The 2015 Classic and TV tires might just tap me out for now...I'm pricing the Michelins as we speak.

Still, I can't help wondering about the centramatics. Not putting on very many miles till after retirement in a couple of years. But a gal can dream...!!
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Where 'bout in upstate?

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You're better off with the M/S2's over those A/T2. As someone who uses A/T's on various vehicles, Michelin doesn't really do a good AT. Their highway tire though everyone recommends is superb. I'd go straight for that.

If you have a Costco membership, they have a good deal going and you get $70 off a set of 4.
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Ford (at least my local dealer) is also offering the $70 Michelin rebate at the moment, and with very little arm twisting they'll match prices. I'm putting a set of M/S2s on my truck this weekend.


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We also put the Centramatics on both Airstreams and the truck. Note there are two sizes that apply to Airstreams. One is for 15" wheels and the other is slightly larger for the 16" wheels.

Model 200-221 Special is for 15" wheels

Model 300-356 all A plates is for 16" wheels.
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Member1270 live the Michelin on thee new trailer thy will last longer.
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Phenomenal Michelins

I have used Michelin M/S for a number of years on several vehicles.

They are phenomenal under all conditions. Wear EXTREMELY well. You'll get at least 60-70K on them and the entire time trouble free!

Go for them, you too will swear by them!
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I put the A/T2s on my Tacoma and they are much better than the stock BFGs but I agree M/S2s are going to be better on the highway.
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