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Old 03-17-2016, 12:15 PM   #15
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You can pull up in my driveway and we take the tire off for you to get a replacement. I am in North Austin. Send me a pm with your phone number
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:28 PM   #16
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Thanks for the offers of help. At this point we're waiting for the local tire service to arrive to just swap out the spare.

Due to the Rodeo, SXSW and our plan changes, RV sites are impossible to find in Austin.

We booked a week in San Antonio starting tomorrow, so we'll either luck into getting the Michelin swap done tomorrow or we will head to SA with the spare and sort it out down there.

Much obliged all. I will post back when everything is wrapped up and we have a final solution in hand.

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Old 03-17-2016, 02:27 PM   #17
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ST trailer tires are notorious for short life span and tread separation.
ST tires are Load Range D.
The idea is to get 8 ply LT truck tires in Load Range E for margin of safety.
LT truck tires in the proper aspect ratio are hard to find in 15" sizes.
Thus the reason for the change to 16" wheels.
Please look at all the tire threads and upgrading to 16" wheels and LT tires threads.
It is the best thing I've done for long life, greater weight carrying capacity, and peace of mind that the tread won't separate, come apart, and damage the wheel wells, underbelly, banana wraps, and sides of my very expensive trailer- the most expensive thing I have ever bought-




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Old 03-17-2016, 02:55 PM   #18
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m.hony is right on. The 16" rims add $ but the peace of mind is worth it in my opinion.


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Old 03-17-2016, 03:12 PM   #19
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Well, here we are in Austin TX with a leaky Goodyear Marathon tire.

TT is a 2016 27' FC FB bought in Dec from Colonial. We have about 3,100 miles towing so far and till yesterday had no tire issues. Yesterday morning in Lomgview TX leaving camp my TST 507 TPMS alarmed for the left rear at 54 psi. All three others were 65 psi. I aired up that tire to 65 and we drove to Austin. During the trip the tires heated to approx 72 psi 82 deg and ended there, except the left rear which ended at 68.

This morning left rear is 57 psi. I cannot visibly see a nail or defect in the tread or rim. We are going to discuss options with both Coach Net as well as the local Airstream dealer in Buda TX (30 miles).

Looks like options I have are:

- Keep airing tire up daily. I am worried this leak will get worse.

- Go get a can of Fix A Flat and attempt to seal the leak. This Might work more short term, but not sure this is a permanent fix.

- Put the spare on and get the original left rear's leak addressed. This is ok but I still have the suspect GYM.

- Take more time in Austin and get a set of Michelin P235/75R15 LTX M/S2 15" tires installed. Obviously this is my preferred magic wand solution, but we have yet to see what logistical tire fitter support is available in the Austin TX area.

We have one night left in our current RV Park (Oak Forest) and will be relocating RV parks tomorrow to a TBD park in the Austin area for a longer (5-7 day) stay.

Thoughts?

Suggestions?

Rich
Put the spare on and get the Michelin's asap.
Most dealers don't stock it so get it ordered in. In the meantime enjoy Austin indeed.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:18 PM   #20
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I just hope that when is all said and done, your thoughts are positive about your trip in Texas. Glad it is something you picked up on the road and not tire failure.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:37 PM   #21
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San Antonio is nice too. We had a great visit there, and hope you have the same. Best of luck with the tire, which sounds like a standard puncture issue and not a GYM-specific problem. No tire is puncture-proof, though I wish they were.
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:06 PM   #22
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Carlisle now makes a load range E in 15 inch trailer tires. {ST not LT} that I pur. last fall for same price as Carlisle load range D. so not all st are load range D
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:23 PM   #23
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Stuck in Austin TX with leaky GYM - Options?

If I could ask the hive one more question, attached is a picture of the nail / brad / staple in the leaky tire, now removed.

I am going to a tire store in SA (we are headed there tomorrow) but do y'all think this is repairable?

I suspect not (and of course secretly hope so; I really want to swap to the Michelins) but would be interested in your thoughts.

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Old 03-17-2016, 04:23 PM   #24
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:30 PM   #25
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San Antonio is nice too. We had a great visit there, and hope you have the same. Best of luck with the tire, which sounds like a standard puncture issue and not a GYM-specific problem. No tire is puncture-proof, though I wish they were.

Yes sir; although disappointing, any tire can get a pick up puncture now and then. It's just with the horror stories you read on the GYMs, I was ready to have the tread carcass separate on me driving away from Colonial RV.

Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed our three day stop in SA in our Class B last summer. We've booked 7 days at Traveller's World, same place we stayed before.
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:37 PM   #26
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Secretly hope it is not? Sounds like the decision is in your hands. You have been given a gift. Normally, I would say it was fixable. But with all the reports of GYM infant mortality, I just would move on. But it's easy for me to spend your money.

That location is about as far toward the sidewall as one might consider as repairable, so I can understand why you ask. So fix it. Put it in the spare rack. Think about it for a while and enjoy your new Michelins. Oh, you are not going to buy them yet. Your call.

PS - went out to the garage to check exactly where on the tire that nail penetrated. So, hint, hint ..... the trailer is not stored here. We are a bit predisposed to being anti GYM. You should consider that in your decision to buy the Michelins.

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Old 03-17-2016, 04:41 PM   #27
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I'm totally onboard with the tire change out but my preference is Maxxis E rated 10 ply 15" tires.
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Don't get the 16" wheel and tire upgrade through an Airstream dealer-
They are way overpriced-
Get the upgrade via a local tire store or Internet.


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