Originally Posted by Hans627
Will any dealers swap wheels and tires if buying a new AS?
When we bought New Lucy (2015 FC 25FB) in October of last year. I asked one dealer that question. They wanted over $800 per wheel/tire for 16" Michelins, and didn't offer to give me anything for the OEM wheels/tires. That would have been over $4,000 for the upgrade.
I was able to buy the Sendel 16" wheels mounted with Michelin LT's for $330.00 each delivered ready to put on the trailer.
I was able to sell Lucy's almost new OEM tires and wheels here on the Forums Classifieds for $600. They sold the first day that they were listed.
The 16" tire/wheel upgrade ended up costing me a little over $1,000 which I felt was a bargain. I also added a set of Centramatic Balancers which set me back another $200.
I knew that I wanted this upgrade as I had put 60,000 miles on Old Lucy (2005 Safari 25FB) with this same set-up. When I traded her in, there was no discernible tread wear. In Old Lucy's first 50,000 miles, I had gone through four sets of ST tires. Her OEM Goodyear Marathons were gone by 10,000 miles with three catastrophic failures (blowouts) at highway speeds. Fortunately, she only sustained minor body damage. After replacing the first two original Marathons with new ones, one of those blew out in pretty short order. I finally replaced the Marathons with a set of Maxxis (load range E) ST's. These did much better. I had one flat, but no blowouts. At about 25,000 miles, the Maxxis suffered tread separation. I replaced them with another set of Maxxis E's. This set only went about 15,000 miles before the tread separation started again. I replaced two of these with Carlisle ST tires as these were all I could get in rural Maine, and I had to wait five days for those.
As we were traveling so extensively, I decided that I could not put up with the crappy ST tires any longer. I brought Old Lucy to Jackson Center and treated her to a set of 16" Michelin LT's, and never looked back. In the 60,000 miles that followed, Old Lucy had no tire issues whatsoever.
The moral of my story is that if I had gotten Old Lucy the 16" Michelins at the beginning when she was new, I would have saved a couple of thousand dollars and a whole lot of grief and down time.