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Old 11-27-2011, 06:37 PM   #57
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Thanks... I didn't realize that they sell direct.
I called and ordered from the home office in Elkhart and they shipped from there as they are closest to me. I'd bet if you call Elkhart, they'll ship from the distribution center closest to you.
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I called and ordered from the home office in Elkhart and they shipped from there as they are closest to me. I'd bet if you call Elkhart, they'll ship from the distribution center closest to you.
They show an office in Plant City, FL I'll give them a call. I'm surprised the wheels are so inexpensive, but I guess they're Chinese like everything else....
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:52 PM   #59
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I believe they are standard on the Eddie Bauer aren't they?
Right you are! I looked it up in the 2012 EB Manual and they show LT225/75R16E for the tire size
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:00 PM   #60
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Right you are! I looked it up in the 2012 EB Manual and they show LT225/75R16E for the tire size
So doesn't that at least IMPLY that there has been some AS engineering buy off on LTs being at least OK for trailer use?
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:42 PM   #61
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At perfomanceplustire.com the 02 Sendel wheel, same as Tredit, is $112 each with free shipping. In 16".
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:42 AM   #62
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Got our Sendel T02's from Discount Tire. Local dealer matched the Sendel online price with no shipping charge. We have been running Michelin XPS Ribs, 225/75x16, load range E, at 80 psi, since the first of the year; and we have about 4-5,000 miles on them.

We have had absolutely no problems with these wheels and tires, and are very satisfied with them.
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This year we put 12k miles on the 16" wheels and Michelin's we bought from JC. Ran them at 78-80 psi. No problems, very little topping off of air pressure needed over the three month trip, and no noticeable wear. The mileage included the Alaska Highway, which isn't easy on a tire.
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Quick question; if I change to a 16" tire; how "easy" is goign to be to load a new size spare? Given that I have a single axle.

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We changed to 16" Michelin LTX tires a couple of years ago and are very happy with them. We now have something like 24,000 miles on them and they are wearing much better than the Marathons did. I have been running 68 lbs. in them, but have increased it to 72 as the edges were wearing slightly faster than the centers. The Marathons lost air despite changing valve stems. The Michelins do not lose air.



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So what can I expect a set of 16 inch LT tires and wheels to set me back?
We will be due for new tires next season most likely and I probably should be planning for this....


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So what can I expect a set of 16 inch LT tires and wheels to set me back?
We will be due for new tires next season most likely and I probably should be planning for this....


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all said and done, about $1300 - $1350
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Quick question; if I change to a 16" tire; how "easy" is goign to be to load a new size spare? Given that I have a single axle.

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I'll ask this question again. Since AS says it's OK to run to the next tire store on 3 tires (the flat just removed). Then why isn't it ok to use your old 15" wheel and tire as an emergency "toy" tire to run to the next tire store?

Edit: Sorry, saw the single axle thing after typing. But still, I think a 15" spare as a temporary spare is OK as well on a single axle rig.

Been done on cars for how many years (decades) now?
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Price for tires and wheels is going to be determined by how many you buy and where you buy them. I have found Discount Tires usually has as low a price as anyone or will match a lower price. Their prices are different in different localities. It doesn't take all that long to look up prices on the internet from several sources, compare them and then use the phone. When I made a deal with Airstream to switch wheels, they would only provide Goodyear Wranglers at that time, so I called Discount in Grand Junction and they arranged for tires to be waiting for me in Dayton, a short day trip from Jackson Center. I picked up the tires at their store in Dayton, dropped them off at the JC Service Center and they mounted them.

I paid $75 for each wheel, but they were discounted, though I expect if you look, you can find them cheaper somewhere. Discount Direct quotes Michelin LTX 225/75/16 LRE at $220 each (I think I paid less, but that was several years ago). Prices will differ at their stores. Add in mounting, balancing, tax, tire trash fee, and $1,100 to $1,200 for 5 sounds about right for tires. Marathons cost less—maybe $110-120 each—but don't last long. If you have to buy 2 sets of Marathons and go the same miles as one set of Michelins, you have saved one round of mounting and balancing costs plus time. You also spend less time driving on worn tires.

If you want to buy ST tires, they are probably most discounted now through winter. LT tires probably not as much.

As for driving on a donut or a 15" tire when the rest are 16"—this is not objective: it doesn't feel right. With a 15" and a 16" next to each other on one side, will the 15" touch the ground? If it does, will it carry any weight? I've never driven on a donut, so I don't know how that feels. With a flat in Alaska and a garage close to 100 miles away, I fixed a tire myself to avoid using the Tundra's slightly smaller spare.

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Price for tires and wheels is going to be determined by how many you buy and where you buy them. I have found Discount Tires usually has as low a price as anyone or will match a lower price. Their prices are different in different localities. It doesn't take all that long to look up prices on the internet from several sources, compare them and then use the phone. When I made a deal with Airstream to switch wheels, they would only provide Goodyear Wranglers at that time, so I called Discount in Grand Junction and they arranged for tires to be waiting for me in Dayton, a short day trip from Jackson Center. I picked up the tires at their store in Dayton, dropped them off at the JC Service Center and they mounted them.

I paid $75 for each wheel, but they were discounted, though I expect if you look, you can find them cheaper somewhere. Discount Direct quotes Michelin LTX 225/75/16 LRE at $220 each (I think I paid less, but that was several years ago). Prices will differ at their stores. Add in mounting, balancing, tax, tire trash fee, and $1,100 to $1,200 for 5 sounds about right for tires. Marathons cost less—maybe $110-120 each—but don't last long. If you have to buy 2 sets of Marathons and go the same miles as one set of Michelins, you have saved one round of mounting and balancing costs plus time. You also spend less time driving on worn tires.

If you want to buy ST tires, they are probably most discounted now through winter. LT tires probably not as much.

As for driving on a donut or a 15" tire when the rest are 16"—this is not objective: it doesn't feel right. With a 15" and a 16" next to each other on one side, will the 15" touch the ground? If it does, will it carry any weight? I've never driven on a donut, so I don't know how that feels. With a flat in Alaska and a garage close to 100 miles away, I fixed a tire myself to avoid using the Tundra's slightly smaller spare.

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Gene, There is only 1/2 " difference between the radius (hub to ground) between the two sizes. My axles better drop well more than that, or I have bigger issues to deal with. Yes, the 15" would bear a significant amount of weight, albeit less than it's mate on the same side of the trailer....but it would most certainly take much of the load that it's mate would have if running down the road without a spare on at all, as AS says you can do.

Don't know what it would feel like, I suspect you really wouldn't feel it. Cars with a "toy" feel a little funny and harsh, suspension wise.

Obviously if I were going to run long distances on remote roads, like the Dalton, or AlCan, my position on spare would be different.

I think it is fine to use a 15" as a spare with 3 other 16" on the ground.
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If the JC Service Center does the 16" tire installation, do they balance the tires before mounting them?
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