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Old 04-09-2007, 02:57 PM   #113
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Andy,

I need new wheels and tires for my 68 safari. I was wanting to switch to 14" rims, but many have said it isnt a good idea. The trailer is getting a new "Lighter" floorplan than before.

What would you recommend for aluminum rims and tire, and where can I get them?

DO NOT switch to 14" wheels. You will be sorry the day you did.

A lighter floor plan will not appreciably change the running gear requirements.

Use ST 225/75R15 load range "D" tires. We only recommend Goodyear Marathons.

We do not sell or get involved with aluminum wheels. Way too many types, designs, ratings, and personal opinions.

Purchase wheels that have at least a 2600 pound rating.

Additionally, have you checked out the axle, to make sure that you have plenty of wheel well clearance, especially vertically?

If not, then go to. Dura Torque Axle

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Old 04-09-2007, 03:13 PM   #114
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Ok, goodyear marathon tires...anyone else out there know where I can get some nice 15" wheels that have the weight rating Andy mentioned?
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Old 04-09-2007, 03:19 PM   #115
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10ply tires

We bought some tires the other day from Tucker Tire. These are 10ply 7-15LT tires. After reading what Andy had to say we figured we had better not use them. I emailed the guy, below is his answer:

never heard of such a thing on the 80 lb pressure. they will work fine with 45 to 50 lb and not hurt your rims. I have eight ply will ship for you if you want to exchange or will give u a refund if you send them back. I put the ten ply on all kinds of trailers every day with no problems thanks


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Old 04-09-2007, 03:28 PM   #116
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We bought some tires the other day from Tucker Tire. These are 10ply 7-15LT tires. After reading what Andy had to say we figured we had better not use them. I emailed the guy, below is his answer:

never heard of such a thing on the 80 lb pressure. they will work fine with 45 to 50 lb and not hurt your rims. I have eight ply will ship for you if you want to exchange or will give u a refund if you send them back. I put the ten ply on all kinds of trailers every day with no problems thanks


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Obviously, your tire dealer has little knowledge of an Airstream.

Airstream and Argosy trailers "LOVE" a soft ride.

Load range "E" tires have side walls that are to stiff to permit that soft ride, regardless of pressure.

Is this the same person that always sells the "E" tires on e-bay?

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Old 04-09-2007, 03:35 PM   #117
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What is the difference in LT and ST tires? I used to work at a Walmart doing tires and always thought the LT was Light Truck.

What PSI should the tires be at for mounting?
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Our owners manual says 7 x15 6-ply 45psi, and 7x15 8-ply 60psi

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Load range "E" tires have side walls that are to stiff to permit that soft ride, regardless of pressure.


Andy,
The tires we have on our airstream now are 8ply, the tire says sidewall:4ply, tread 4ply. These are the ones that have been on it since we got it.

The ones we bought are 10 ply which you said the sidewalls are too stiff for an airstream, but these tires say sidewall 4ply, tread 6ply.

What would be the difference when both the sets of tires say 4ply in the sidewall??
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Load range "E" tires have side walls that are to stiff to permit that soft ride, regardless of pressure.


Andy,
The tires we have on our airstream now are 8ply, the tire says sidewall:4ply, tread 4ply. These are the ones that have been on it since we got it.

The ones we bought are 10 ply which you said the sidewalls are too stiff for an airstream, but these tires say sidewall 4ply, tread 6ply.

What would be the difference when both the sets of tires say 4ply in the sidewall??
Use the "E" tires and your Airstream will tell you the difference.

Depending on how many miles you tow the Airstream per year, it probably won't take long for your trailer to tell you to get it to a shop for vibration type repairs.

Many others in the past, have learned that lesson the hard way.

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I have looked and have found a few. The first link is for the aluminum wheel only. $83.00 shipped, and has a weight load of 2200 lbs.

Discount Quality Specialty Tire Superstore

The second link (With thanks to A-Merry-Can) was a wheel/tire combo for the nice price of 161.95 EA. Total load was just over 2500 lbs.

Trailer Parts and Acc. trailer couplers

Anyone else out there finding good information?

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:23 PM   #122
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62-63 MPH is plenty fast for me. Its fast enough to not be a real traffic roadblock, people can pass safetly and with the traffic running 3 to 9 MPH faster than me I can stay off the brake and just cruise.
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I have an 81 excella 2 that I'm taking to Windish RV in Denver this Thursday to have a rock guard installed. I was reading about tire replacement, and checked what I think is the date of the tires I have. The trailer had sit for a long time with the PO. After the DOT it has 3 letters followed by 030. It looks like this would be the 3rd. week of 2000 from the info I've read. The tread is in great shape, and I don't see any cracks on any of the 4 tires. I plan on putting a lot of miles on her this year, so I'm going to ask Windish to inspect the axles, and evaluate the tires. If I need to replace them, approx. what price range would I be looking at for 4 new tires?

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I have an 81 excella 2 that I'm taking to Windish RV in Denver this Thursday to have a rock guard installed. I was reading about tire replacement, and checked what I think is the date of the tires I have. The trailer had sit for a long time with the PO. After the DOT it has 3 letters followed by 030. It looks like this would be the 3rd. week of 2000 from the info I've read. The tread is in great shape, and I don't see any cracks on any of the 4 tires. I plan on putting a lot of miles on her this year, so I'm going to ask Windish to inspect the axles, and evaluate the tires. If I need to replace them, approx. what price range would I be looking at for 4 new tires?

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Hi, 030 would be 3rd week of 1990. From 2000 to present the DOT code has four numbers. 3rd week of 2000 would be 0300.
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Hi, 030 would be 3rd week of 1990. From 2000 to present the DOT code has four numbers. 3rd week of 2000 would be 0300.
I've never checked this before, so I'm going off what I've read on here.
After DOT each tire has 3 letters, and 3 #'s. One was DFB030, the others were DFB149. Would this be the correct location of the date? Does the date usually have letters before it? 1990 seems really old to show no signs of cracking to the naked eye.
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I've never checked this before, so I'm going off what I've read on here.
After DOT each tire has 3 letters, and 3 #'s. One was DFB030, the others were DFB149. Would this be the correct location of the date? Does the date usually have letters before it? 1990 seems really old to show no signs of cracking to the naked eye.
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Hi, Charlie. Without looking at your tires I'm not sure what you're looking at, but here is an example of one that I just copied from a tire site. ( DOT OB XO C60 1004 ) You should see a series of letters and numbers something like this and always starting with "DOT" and ending with 3 or 4 numbers.
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