Originally Posted by guadalupegrl
I need an idea of tire cost (5 new total) for my 67 Overlander. And any recommendations on brand and type would be appreciated! Thanks!
Depending upon where you shop, typical trailer (ST) tires for your Overlander will run somewhere between $400 and $500. You will typically be looking at ST 225 75 R 15 special trailer tires (ST) in at least load range C or load range D. I utilize load range D on my Overlander, but load range C do have adequate load carrying capacity for the typical mid-1960s Overlander. Something to double-check on your coach is whether its current wheels are split-rim or today's one-piece steel wheels. Split-rims are considered by most to be obsolete and most tire stores will not install new tires on such rims. Another thing to kept in mind is that many reocmmend against stwiching to load range D tires if load range C tires are currently installed on the coach . . . I installed new wheels when I switched from load range C to load range D on my Overlander.
You may find yourself entering the tire market with trepidation if you read the thread here on the Forums regarding ST tires, particularly the Good Year Marathons made in China. Good Year Marathons were the only tires that I utilized on my travel trailers from 1980 - 2008, and I never had a problem that was the fault of the tire. In 2008, my Good Year dealer was out of stock on Marathons and tried to sell me an off-brand tire made in China . . . so I went to another local shop where I was able to purchase Carlisle trailer tires in ST 224 75 R 15 load range D. I have utilized the Carlisle tires for four seasons, and again, have had no problems with these tires . . . and they have maintained a consistent pressure better than any of my Good Year Marathons.
Today, there is a growing movement to utilize light truck tires, designated LT on Airstreams. These tires can be difficult to find in sizes appropriate for our Airstreams, but can be found with dilligent searching. The one advantage that is significant for some is that the speed rating is greater than the 65 MPH that is typical for ST tires . . . excess speed with ST tires can increase temperatures leading to early catastrophic failures. I prefer to travel secondary routes to see more of the country so my trailers rarely see speeds greater than 55 MPH.
Good luck with your Overlander!
P.S.: Regardless of the tires that you choose to have installed, I would suggest insisting upon steel valve stems for their added durability.
You don't necessarily need a spare tire with a tandem axle Airstream. It is possible to remove the failed tire and rim, then proceed at reduced speed to a shop where the tire can be replaced. You don't need to jack up the coach to change a tire either . . . just roll the good wheel/tire up on several 2" x6" planks and the flat can be removed without the worries of jacking.
Should you find that you need new wheels, the following may be of help:
The specifications for Airstream wheels was fairly consistent from the 1960s through at least the 1990s. The standard wheel rim was typically:
- zero offset
- 6 lug pattern
- 5.5" spacing
- center bore measuring 4.245 inches
- rated at 2,600 pounds
The wheel is a comparatively common trailer applications. My local Good Year tire dealer stocked new rims having the correct specifications as did a horse trailer dealer and an agricultural trailer dealer. New rims from either of the three sources that I tried were less than $15.00 per wheel more for a brand new known quality wheel compared to a salvage yard wheels that could be in less than optimum condition. The center bore diameter can also pose problems as many otherwise compatible salvage yard wheels will have center bores that are too small and prove problematic when trying to mount the wheels/tires. The usual tire size recommended today is an ST or LT 225 75 R 15 in at least load range C or no more than load range D on a Vintage coach.