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Old 05-08-2005, 10:11 PM   #1
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Rivet Tire pressure

I have an '04 Bambi with 15"tires. The manual I have says the tire pressure should be 65 pounds. The AS dealer tells me 50 pounds. Beem driving with 50 pounds with no problems. I have noticed several errors in the manual so I'm wondering who is right the dealer or the manual.
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I have a 1989 32' Excella. GVWR is 8300 lbs. I inflate the ST225/75R15D tires to 53 psi. I have not had any problems. The tires are 5 years old.
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The best option would be to call Airstream and verify the correct preassure or simply use the preassure marked on the tire. I've always ran my tires at the max preassure (listed on the tire) and have never had any uneven tire wear. Good luck!
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If you have D rated Goodyears ... the maximum pressure is 65 psi.

Take your trailer to a CAT scale and have it weighed. Then look up your tire on the Load/Inflation Table at Goodyear's website. Do the math ... and you will find the 'correct' psi for your tires.

You can run at the max ... I do, because I don't want to have to think about it. By running at the max ... you may wear out the center treads before the edge ... but I haven't seen that yet on mine. Also, max pressure could give your trailer a bit of a harder ride.
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Porky Pig's advice is good. It is just what I have done to set pressures for my 02 25 ft Safari.

Since they are now using load range D tires, Airstream seems to have taken the easy road and is specifying maximum pressure on everything. I talked with Dave Schulmann, their service and parts guy, at Lansing last summer and questioned using 65psi on my 25ft Safari when it only really needs 30 psi to carry the weight. His answer was to use 65 psi. He had NO factual reason for his answer except that the higher pressure gives a safety factor.

I run my tires at 40 psi, so I have some safety factor without beating the trailer apart. The tires run nice and cool.

With a single axle trailer, it is even more important to not over inflate your tires as it has to have stiffer springs than a dual axle of similar weight.
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Here are some useful links:

RV Load Inflation Table

Proper Tre Inflation

Do the same for your tow vehicle:

Goodyear Load/Inflation Manual

All of this has probably been posted in the past ... but it is worth repeating.
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