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Old 01-31-2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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Does any tire MFG. make a 15" LT load range D tire or a ST tire that is U.S. made . I will be replacing my tires this spring and would like to stay with 15" since I just purchased a new spare last july and would like to buy 4 tires instead of 5 . This has been asked before I'm sure so if anybody knows who please let me know . Thanks Les Grace wbcci #14183 .
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:17 AM   #2
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15" Tires

Hi Les,
There are a few choices that come to mind for your trailer. The choices for 15" load range D tires is limited.
Continental Vanco
Pirelli Scorpion
Yokohama RY215
I have these on my trailer. I highly recommend them as long as your trailer, fully loaded, is less than #6750 on the axles.
I haven't found a "Made in USA" ST tire here locally.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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I put on a set of Carlisle ST Radials supposedly made in Tennessee in a new plant. These were recommended to me by Discount tire because they have a stronger sidewall, are heat resistant, and designed for the southwest.
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Thanks for the info I'm trying to avoid going to the expense of 16" rims My trailer is a 85 29' Sovereign and I would like to trade up to a 31 with rear queen and dinette 2000 or newer in the near future if the price is something I can live with untill that happens I'll keep this one maintained .
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I put on a set of Carlisle ST Radials supposedly made in Tennessee in a new plant. These were recommended to me by Discount tire because they have a stronger sidewall, are heat resistant, and designed for the southwest.
I have several friends in our unit that have had multiple failures with Carlisle ST tires that Discount recommends. Some with several thousand dollars damage done to the trailer.

Personally, I wouldn't have a set of Carlisle ST tires on my trailer if they gave them to me.
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So StevenH, what tires do you have on your trailer?
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BF Goodrich 225/75X16 LRE LT. I have long ago bought my last "ST" tire.
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I have these on my trailer. I highly recommend them as long as your trailer, fully loaded, is less than #6750 on the axles.

would my bambi @ 19' and gvw 4500lbs be ok on these michelin tires in terms of weight? i am thinking to get them in 15" and am overwhelmed with the good info. just want to keep family and stuff safe as possible. thanks for any help.
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I have these on my trailer. I highly recommend them as long as your trailer, fully loaded, is less than #6750 on the axles.

would my bambi @ 19' and gvw 4500lbs be ok on these michelin tires in terms of weight? i am thinking to get them in 15" and am overwhelmed with the good info. just want to keep family and stuff safe as possible. thanks for any help.
If that bambi is single axle, the answer is no. You will need at least a D rated tire.
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No Airstream carries more load per tire than the single axle 19'/20'.

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I don't know Doug, according to Airstream specs, the current Sport 22' has a gross of 4,500 lbs on its single axle. Contrast that with my loaded 31' slide out which has a 9,100 lb gross on its tandem. I think the newer frame on the 30' & 31' Classic has a 10,000 lb gross. While some of that weight is transferred to the tow vehicles with weight distribution hitches, the 30' & 31' Classics are probably putting the highest loads on tires followed closely by that 22' Sport.

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Our '10 31' Classic has a gross of 10K, but it doesn't weigh anywhere near that.....weighed it empty at 7280, but that was hooked to the TV, so maybe 8200?
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Our '10 31' Classic has a gross of 10K, but it doesn't weigh anywhere near that.....weighed it empty at 7280, but that was hooked to the TV, so maybe 8200?
I know I am very close if not at 9,100 lbs when I'm pulling with a full 60 gallon fresh water tank. CCC for my slide out (according to the sticker on my closet door, with full holding tanks) is just over 600 lbs. In weighing my 2001 27' Safari, I know my typical camping load, food, clothing, and other stuff (no liquid in the holding tanks) came in around 500 lbs. Those 30' & 31' Classic slide outs are probably the heaviest Airstream trailers on tandem axles when carrying liquids or when empty. I typically only have one trip a year where I will leave the house with a full freshwater tank.

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My next set of tires for our 30' Classic will be 15" Michelins LTX M/S2's, I have their big brothers on my TV.

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