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Old 11-27-2011, 02:58 PM   #43
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I wouldn't call the 16" wheels and Michelins an Airstream build option. You take off the 15" wheels and have 16" wheels put on at your location or back at the factory service department. So you pay for 15" wheels you do not intend to use because there is no build option for 16".
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I believe they are standard on the Eddie Bauer aren't they?
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:02 PM   #45
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I wouldn't call the 16" wheels and Michelins an Airstream build option. You take off the 15" wheels and have 16" wheels put on at your location or back at the factory service department. So you pay for 15" wheels you do not intend to use because there is no build option for 16".
I believe that is true and illustrates there are bad options and good options. Airstream likes to get as much money as possible out of any changes in what they normally do and are very resistant to special orders.

You can buy wheels and tires yourself and pay somewhat less than Airstream charges.

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After reading everyone's great advice and comments, it seems that the main advantage of 16 inch wheels and tires boils down to the fact that you can get a stronger tire in a 16 - a load range E (10 ply LT) vs a D load range in the 15-inch tires.

The reduced wheel speed seems negligible. A 15" Marathon does 738 revs per mile, while the 16" Michelin does 709. That's less than a 4% difference, although 29,000 fewer revs per thousand miles might make for a bit less wear on both tires and bearings.

Perhaps r carl will keep us posted on his experience with the Yokohoma RY215. Although listed as an LT, Yokohama specs for the 15" size show it to be a D-range tire with a max load of 2040# at 65psi max. So unless your trailer weighs more than 8,000, it might be a better choice than the Marathon, while cheaper than buying new wheels.
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One issue which made my decision to move to 16s easier was the fact that my original 15"AS oem wheels had filiform corrosion pretty bad. It was going to cost almost $100 per wheel to strip, polish out and recoat them. The new 16" tredit wheels were $114 each. Kind of made the wheel expense a moot point.

Oh, yeah, and I sold the old ones on Craig's list for $90 for all four.
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Maybe you guys can help me with my SOB trailer, I need new tires and after reading this thread was thinking of putting Michelin Agilis tires on it, because I want to stay with the 14" wheels Agilis | Michelin Tires

Will 4 of these tires give me the same life as you guys are discussing with 16" wheels? My dry weight is about 4500lbs
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Maybe you guys can help me with my SOB trailer, I need new tires and after reading this thread was thinking of putting Michelin Agilis tires on it, because I want to stay with the 14" wheels Agilis | Michelin Tires

Will 4 of these tires give me the same life as you guys are discussing with 16" wheels? My dry weight is about 4500lbs
What is your GVWR (gross weight rating)?
Tandem axles?
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After reading everyone's great advice and comments, it seems that the main advantage of 16 inch wheels and tires boils down to the fact that you can get a stronger tire in a 16 - a load range E (10 ply LT) vs a D load range in the 15-inch tires.
I believe you can get ST tires in the Airstream size in Load Range E, but that's not the reason many of us switched. Marathons do not wear well and have a tendency for tread separation and air loss. Maxxis tires seem to do better, but there are reports of similar problems. Michelins do not have these issues and it may be that other LT brands do not either. Since tread separation can do expensive damage to the trailer, reducing the possibility of that alone may be a good reason to switch.

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What is your GVWR (gross weight rating)?
Tandem axles?
5900 Lb GVWR with two axles.
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At first blush, I think it is a good option. Appears to be maybe a softer compound as it only has a 45,000 mile tread life. But in all likelihood you would age out before wearing them out???
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.......The new 16" tredit wheels were $114 each. Kind of made the wheel expense a moot point.
Where did you buy the Tredits?
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I believe you can get ST tires in the Airstream size in Load Range E, but that's not the reason many of us switched. Marathons do not wear well and have a tendency for tread separation and air loss. Maxxis tires seem to do better, but there are reports of similar problems. Michelins do not have these issues and it may be that other LT brands do not either. Since tread separation can do expensive damage to the trailer, reducing the possibility of that alone may be a good reason to switch.

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Yes, I noticed the Marathon ST235/80 R16, but with all the reports of separations I discounted it. I'll probably go to the Michelin on 16" Tredits.
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Where did you buy the Tredits?
Direct from Tredit. Here http://www.tredittire.com/T02-P52.aspx
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Direct from Tredit. Here T02
Thanks... I didn't realize that they sell direct.
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