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Old 11-03-2011, 05:19 AM   #239
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Wow, talk about providing an informative answer....Thanks so much!!
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:50 PM   #240
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Hi Bob
Its good to hear from you again.
Just got back from a round robin of about 2000 miles+.
I'm still running of the Commercial T/As you turned me on to back in 2006 or so.
I still have no sidewall cracks and still only touch up the tire pressure in the spring. I check the pressure on a regular basis and still have the TPMS installed.
Yes, I took some heat from from my comments, you took much more.
Your suggestion saved me a lot of work. Again thank you.
For those who are starting out on the journey of discovery concerning tires this thread is a must read primer, read it from end to end, there's a treasure trove of information here.
When we head west I will make it a point to arrainge a reunion.
Happy trails my friend.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:17 PM   #241
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Not sure if this belongs in this thread or not but one of the items on my list to Santa was an Infrared Thermometer.

Non-Contact Infrared Laser Thermometer

Since I've been such a good boy I got what I asked for
Some of the stuff from Harbor Freight is cheap and some is inexpensive. I'd rate this tool so far as inexpensive. It seems to work great on everything from 68 F pets to 116 F coffee to 418 F wood stove. The wood stove readings are really slick because I can now measure the temperature differential across the entire cook top which makes cooking much easier. Hard to go wrong for $40 when a commercial grade instrument is about $200 more .
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:57 PM   #242
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This is a long thread, but I think it has a lot of really salient info -- and I read six years of posts on it, along with several others regarding the stock Marathons. After giving this a lot of thought (and having a brand new 2012 Intl CCD), I decided to dump the 15" wheels and go to 16" so I could avail myself of tires that are a better quality fit with a mega-expensive hunk of aluminum. Here's a shot of all 5 of the new Michelin 225/75R16 LTX's that I'm going to install. There are 4 of the Dill TPMS transmitters in them as well. I'm feeling a whole lot better about future trips in Silver Leaf as a result of doing this. Anyone want brand new 15" wheels with brand new Marathon ST's? Will be on Ebay soon.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:05 PM   #243
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Would suggest that you put your old rims and tires in the classified section...someone will surely want/need them!

Enjoy the new shoes!
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This is a long thread, but I think it has a lot of really salient info -- and I read six years of posts on it, along with several others regarding the stock Marathons. After giving this a lot of thought (and having a brand new 2012 Intl CCD), I decided to dump the 15" wheels and go to 16" so I could avail myself of tires that are a better quality fit with a mega-expensive hunk of aluminum. Here's a shot of all 5 of the new Michelin 225/75R16 LTX's that I'm going to install. There are 4 of the Dill TPMS transmitters in them as well. I'm feeling a whole lot better about future trips in Silver Leaf as a result of doing this. Anyone want brand new 15" wheels with brand new Marathon ST's? Will be on Ebay soon.
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Agree this is one of the most informative threads out there. Bob and Rednax came by the house a couple months back to do a walkthru for me on my old trailer. Tires ended up being the discussion of the day. I am ready to pull the trigger but have not had a lot of luck finding the wheels he used. Do you mind posting the brand/model number of yours?
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Chuck,
Wheels are Tredit 03's (all silver, clear coated), I ordered them directly from Tredit. Five of them including shipping was $618.50. Tires came from Tire Rack, LT225/75R16. Both suppliers incredibly fast. Wheels arrived in less than 5 days, tires took 3. I had tires mounted at local tireshop, including a Hunter computerized road force balance, cost was $104. If you add all this up it was not inexpensive, but I feel really good about being proactive....and very thankful for what I learned both from this thread and some other detective work I did on going to LT tires vs. the standard (and not so terrific) Goodyear Marathons.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:01 PM   #246
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Thanks so much. Time to make that move!
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:23 PM   #247
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I try not to get caught up in all this tire discussion....as interesting as it is. For the past ten years, or so, I use 700 x 15 bias ply tires on four different Airstreams. I have been to all corners of the country, over all types of roads, and never had even a flat. I use the same tires on all four farm hay and equipment trailers and never had a problem...other than a blow out when I ran a loaded hay trailer over a huge rock at a barn entrance. I have to replace the Flying Cloud tires this year just because they are coming up on four years old and 35,000 miles. I will replace with 700 x 15 bias again. I do have Marathons on the Curtis Wright. Ignorance is bliss.
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There, you went and said it. Now you've jinxed youself. You went and said the forbidden words " I've never had even a flat".
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Agree this is one of the most informative threads out there. Bob and Rednax came by the house a couple months back to do a walkthru for me on my old trailer. Tires ended up being the discussion of the day. I am ready to pull the trigger but have not had a lot of luck finding the wheels he used. Do you mind posting the brand/model number of yours?
Chuck,

Southwest Wheel is a possible source if you wish to work with a local vendor (HQ: San Antonio). I've been over there several times recently and will be back in a few more days on trailer-related items:

Southwest Wheel
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Phone: +1 361.289.0301

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What a fascinating thread. Opinions wanted. I am currently in the process of putting a new axle assembly on my 1964 Bambi II. It has 14 inch wheels. Would there be any benefit to going to a larger wheel or is that even possible or a smart thing to do? And what tires would be the best for me to change too. The current tires look ok but are about 8 years old.
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What a fascinating thread. Opinions wanted. I am currently in the process of putting a new axle assembly on my 1964 Bambi II. It has 14 inch wheels. Would there be any benefit to going to a larger wheel or is that even possible or a smart thing to do? And what tires would be the best for me to change too. The current tires look ok but are about 8 years old.
Changing to 15 inch wheels will offer much more safety.

Depending on the lug pattern of the drums, you will need to have 5 or 6 lug wheels, to match the drums.

The tire size then can be 205/ 15 load range "C".

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Old 01-26-2012, 03:44 PM   #252
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LT 225/75R/16 (5 each)

TireRack.com Easy on line buying experience, quick delivery.

Don't they look pretty before they get used?

Going on my 27ft Sovereign.
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