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Old 07-12-2007, 03:08 PM   #29
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Hi Minnie's Mate
Family of Disney Fanatics?
We're off to Disneyland this Sunday for 5 days!
..........if I get my tires at the right pressure!
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:13 PM   #30
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OK....I printed the inflation chart that HowieE made available.
How do I read it?
Thanks AGAIN!
For a starter look at the tag on the side of your trailer. It will have a "Gross Vehical Weight". For the sake of arguement lets use that for now.

If you have 4 tires devided that GVW by 4. That will give you the load each tire is carrying. Now find your tire size on the chart and read across till you see a weight just above the calculated load. That will work untill you have a chance to take your trailer to a scale and weight it loaded as you are when traveling. I expect your loaded weight while traveling will be less than the GVW unless your are a pack rat or have bougth one of the new Airstreams that can only carry 40 lbs. of additional load.

That's another topic that should get as much attention as the Goodyear Marathons
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:21 PM   #31
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Thanks HowieE....nice and simple!
Next question....
What are the steps for weighing my trailer?
I can pull into any "weigh station" on the side of the road? How much do they charge?
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The tag on the lower front curbside also gives the correct tire size and inflation pressure and allowable axle load - unless Airstream has changed something. I would weigh as soon as I could get to a scale to make sure I'm not overloading the axles, but you won't go wrong, tirewise, using Airstream's recommended pressure. It will very likely be the max design pressure for the tires that came with the trailer, as it was for my 2000 30' Excella until I went up to the next higher tire rating.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:11 PM   #33
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Keep checking back and we, your faithful peanut gallery, will have your mind awash with techno fodder!

As covered above, download the pressure/weight chart for your trailers and TV's tires. Check your weight and inflate accordingly using the method recommended by the manufacturer (cold, correct?). I bought an infared thermometer to play with. The laser drives the cat crazy.

BTW, my TV's tires are max rated at 80 PSI but the fully loaded correct pressure, while towing, is 55 psi. Quite a difference, huh?
Yep but not surprising. On my 3/4 GMC van, I'm using E rated tires. Recommended pressures for max capacity on the van is 80 lbs in the rear 55 in the front.

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Old 07-12-2007, 04:33 PM   #34
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The tag on the lower front curbside also gives the correct tire size and inflation pressure and allowable axle load - unless Airstream has changed something. I would weigh as soon as I could get to a scale to make sure I'm not overloading the axles, but you won't go wrong, tirewise, using Airstream's recommended pressure. It will very likely be the max design pressure for the tires that came with the trailer, as it was for my 2000 30' Excella until I went up to the next higher tire rating.
Please Cracker, unless you are a lawyer for Airstream stop giving out missinformation. I have repeatedly asked individuals to use the information posted by the manufacture of what ever tire they may be using. That information is the result of extensive testing by engineers that far exceed our talents. Only on a single axel trailer will the stated tire pressure stated on the Airstream tag ever even be close to what you should be using. And if that is close it is only because Airstream under designed the axel and undersized the tires.
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:46 PM   #35
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Thanks HowieE....nice and simple!
Next question....
What are the steps for weighing my trailer?
I can pull into any "weigh station" on the side of the road? How much do they charge?
I have used government scales in Canada but would not suggest it in the States what with Home Land Security.

Go to any truck stop or moving van company and ask them to weigh you. Idealy if you have mor ethan one axel tell them you will pull on the scales with just the TV first, once weighed pull forward till the first trailer axel is on the scale, and then pull on till the next axel is on. If you have a third axel repeat till you have all axels weighed. Now some subtraction will give you the weight of each axel. I say weigh each axel to cover you if the trailer is not riding level. Once you have the math done you can select your tire pressures per axel or if the are close use the heavier one. I geneeraly go one step higher on the chart just to cover what we may buy on the road or if we are cought hauling a full set of tanks.

As a point of information. Over inflated tires will wear in the center of the tread just as underinflated tires will wear on the outsides, if they last that long before a blowout. If you see wear on one side only your axel is missaligned.

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One other source for weighing your trailer is RV Self. This safety organization puts on seminars at many rallies and other areas. I had my Safari weighed at a SOB dealer who sponsored a safety seminar. They place a scale under each tire to give you an accurate picture of the load on each tire. They do the weighing while hooked to your tow vehicle and unhooked.

You probably can go to their web site and get a list of locations where they will be at. Here is the link to their site. RV Safety:


They talk a lot about motorhomes since overloading seems to be a big problem in that side of the RV world. Once you have been weighed they give you an initial report, plus you get a detailed analysis in the mail at a later date.

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Hi guys
Just got home and checked my tires
GVW of trailer is 7,000
divided by 4 = 1750
tires on trailer ST225/75R15
max speed rating 65
max psi 65
move along the chart
1760 is 30 psi
1880 is 40 psi

If I use these numbers it seems like my tires will be VERY mushy
Right now they're at 49-52 psi


Now what?
Am I missing something?
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:36 PM   #38
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Hi guys
Just got home and checked my tires
GVW of trailer is 7,000
divided by 4 = 1750
tires on trailer ST225/75R15
max speed rating 65
max psi 65
move along the chart
1760 is 30 psi
1880 is 40 psi

If I use these numbers it seems like my tires will be VERY mushy
Right now they're at 49-52 psi


Now what?
Am I missing something?
Ok you're at third base, you understand that the 4 tires may very well not distribute the weight exacly even at 1750, so go with 1880 that gives you a 400 lb cushion. Or go to the next load I guess it's 1900 something at 50psi.

That is pretty correct to go 65 MPH, now if you want to go faster than 65 you add 10psi to bring the speed rating to 75MPH.
This is according to written specs by Goodyear and all others.

Bottom line I would use 55-60 PSI and feel very safe.

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Please Cracker, unless you are a lawyer for Airstream stop giving out missinformation. I have repeatedly asked individuals to use the information posted by the manufacture of what ever tire they may be using. That information is the result of extensive testing by engineers that far exceed our talents. Only on a single axel trailer will the stated tire pressure stated on the Airstream tag ever even be close to what you should be using. And if that is close it is only because Airstream under designed the axel and undersized the tires.
You lost me on that one HowieE! Unless there are great differences between manufacturers of specific size and rated tires (---which I don't believe is true) I believe that using the inflation data provided by Airstream, and sticking to the recommended tire size - or those correct tire sizes, with a higher load rating, is just about as safe as you can get - provided you weigh the trailer to make sure you are within the design load range of the axles - which the tires have been sized to accommodate. The only thing you can do beyond that is to "individually" weigh each tire and axle if you can find the resources to do so. I believe that Jack provided information in post #36 about a group that provides that service. For the record, I do use the tire charts provided by Goodyear for the Marathon tires. By no means have I placed myself in a superior position to the engineers that designed our Airstreams - or, for that matter, in any position that implied that I was suggesting an alternative to using available engineering data. I invite you to read other comments I have made on this matter and, if I am in error, I will be more than happy to accept your findings and apologize for providing erroneous information. Kindly re-visit your comment about my giving out "misinformation."
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Thanks

Thanks guys
I guess I'll just fill the tires to 55 psi!
Off to Disneyland we go
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By no means have I placed myself in a superior position to the engineers that designed our Airstreams
With no disrespect Cracker, I believe Howie is simply stating that tire engineers know more about their tires then Airstream engineers do.
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