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Old 01-18-2006, 09:49 PM   #99
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Sorry, I don't have a recommendation on the studs. Mine was a no brainer. I picked up a set of fresh lug nuts at Discount tire, $1 per chrome nut. Since first installing the tires/wheels, I have replaced the brake drums. I'd had the OEM drums turned once to rid them of uneven wear and the problem returned. So, decided to just put new drums on. Luckily, we have a Dexter axle dealer here in Corpus Christi and I was able to replace all 4 drums, bearings and seals for around $140. I might be off a little on the price, but I remember I was supprised at how reasonable it was. It was so reasonable, I never gave it a second thought. The replacement drums were of the lug nut & stud variety.

I'm not sure matching the tow vehicle in lug pattern is important unless the tow vehicle tires can fit the wheel well.
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:58 AM   #100
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Could you please give me the phone number where you got four drum assemblies for 140.00. The best I have been able to find is 85.00 each plus shipping. Also located the screw in studs from Dexter. Maybe he has a better price on those also.
Thanks for the update on your Goodrich Commercial T/As. They are avaliable from both Sams Club and Costco for around 115.00 each. Michelin XPS are 200.00 each. I am a little undecided on whether to get the LRD or LRE. My unit max is 8200 LBS. Its running now 62-6500 LBS.
What experience do you have with determining the proper tire pressure using a chalk line across the tread? I read about that last week(stumbled into it). Sounded interesting.
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Old 01-19-2006, 01:30 PM   #101
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I searched the house and trailer and couldn't find the invoice, so I called the company where I purchased the drums and had them recreate the invoice over the phone. Evidently, my memory suffered from a senior moment, so please forgive me. The total price for 4 new #8-201 hub/drums with 4 new inner bearings and 4 new outer bearings plus 4 new seals was $204 or roughly $51 per wheel. The company is Southwest Wheel, Ph. 361-289-0301 and I purchased them Dec. 1,'05. Southwest Wheel is a full service Dexter Dealer.
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Old 01-19-2006, 01:43 PM   #102
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I got the same price as Bob at Pioneer Wheel & Rim. $50.56 each.
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Old 01-19-2006, 01:49 PM   #103
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I just checked Discount Tire on the ribbed BFG Commercial T/A's LT225/75r/16 and they were $104 for the LR"D" and $114 for LR"E" (361) 814-7050.
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:22 PM   #104
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My source for Centramatics was:
Donley Enterprises
2742 Wilderness Rd.
Clay Center, Ks 67432
1-800-774-1944

(4) 300-556 Centramatic Balancers were $180
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Old 01-20-2006, 07:45 PM   #105
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Bob,
I can't remember but will the Centramatics you bought fit the 15" rim?
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Old 01-20-2006, 09:52 PM   #106
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I checked the clearance between the outside edge of the Centramatics and the inside surface of my wheels and it is about 3/4", therefore, the Centramatics should fit 15" wheels. It seems reasonable to double check with your salesman before completing a Centramatic order.
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Old 02-09-2006, 08:02 PM   #107
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Heard anything bad about Eagle Alloy wheels?
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Old 02-09-2006, 09:09 PM   #108
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I haven't heard anything bad about Eagle Alloys, however, there is one clear reason I didn't choose them. I wanted clear coated wheels so I wouldn't have to polish them on a semi-annual basis. The Texas salt air is tough on polished aluminum.The only clear coated wheels I could find were American Racing. The AR's were more expensive, but I don't regret spending more. Plus, AR's have a good reputation for overall quality.
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I'm going to take a look at them tomorrow. They are clear coated also. Like wise, the less time I spend in cosmetic maintenance, the more time I have to enjoy my Airstream. I live barely 2 miles from Chesapeake Bay and less than 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The Eagle Series 058 just caught my eye. Of course they are 3040 lb load wheels.
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The BF Goodrich commercial TA's are an excellent tire. I have been using the 235-75R-15 on the AS alum wheels for many years . Never even had a flat , much less a blowout . Everyone I know that uses trailer rated tires has had a blowout , reguardless of brand. My .02
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I haven't heard anything bad about Eagle Alloys, however, there is one clear reason I didn't choose them. I wanted clear coated wheels so I wouldn't have to polish them on a semi-annual basis. The Texas salt air is tough on polished aluminum.The only clear coated wheels I could find were American Racing. The AR's were more expensive, but I don't regret spending more. Plus, AR's have a good reputation for overall quality.
I had A/R's on my tradeWind. I liked them a lot. Mine were Outlaw II's.
For the Overlander, I chose these:
http://www.trailertiresandwheels.net...product/AW1504
I believe they have 16's as well, for use with D-or e- rated truck tires.
They are clear coated, and the finish and fit is excellent. i was very surprised, as I had expected a muchless refined product for roughly $ 80.00
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tire rot in the tread pattern

I fit my trailer tires with sun protection covers when we're not on the road, and treat the sidewalls with 303 protectant. They look like new. I also examine the sidewalls regularly to check for any tiny cracks. The tires appear to be in as new condition, although I have owned them for 6 years. There is plenty of tread left on them. I thought they were in very good condition, particularly as I thought I took great care of them. Yesterday I removed one wheel to replace the water tank petcock on the kerbside, and saw that the grooves in the tread pattern of the tire had cracks all over the bottom of the grooves. In one particularly bad area, I took a screwdriver, inserted it in the crack, and was shocked to see a whole area of tread separate from the tire as I levered the screwdriver blade. I had been concentrating on protecting the sidewalls from ultraviolet and ozone. Another mistake, and another lesson learned:- Check the bottom of the tread pattern as well as the side walls. The ozone attacks even the parts the ultra-violet doesn't touch.
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