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Old 03-12-2016, 06:30 AM   #43
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Reserve capacity is built into the tires. You can run them at the rated loading stamped on the tires 24/7 and they will hold up just fine.
A person re-engineering a vehicles needs to underutilize the tire - that is, use less than the load carrying capacity, or put a different way, have reserve capacity. Do not depend on the tire manufacturer to have ENOUGH extra capacity to do the job. That is apparently some of the problem.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:55 PM   #44
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I see people recommending a new Michelin tire the Defender coming out this month.

What is different from the current 235/75 R-15 LTX . Discount tire told me it is only a 4 ply tire. Does this sound like a good RV tire for a 23'?
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I see people recommending a new Michelin tire the Defender coming out this month.

What is different from the current 235/75 R-15 LTX . Discount tire told me it is only a 4 ply tire. Does this sound like a good RV tire for a 23'?

See this discussion here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...xl-144555.html
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:22 AM   #46
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I have been very happy through 2 sets of the 15" LTX on my 25'. So yes, if the Defender is As good as the LTX it sounds like a good fit for a dual axle 23. I would buy the LTX over the Defender just based on the past performance.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:36 AM   #47
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My understanding from the CostCo tire chap is that the existing Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tire will be discontinue when the new Defender comes out with a slightly higher sidewall rating that still will need to be derated 10% for trailer use.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:51 AM   #48
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It really comes down to the fact that I tried to upscale the tires going from the Marathon's to an E rated Maxxis. I got 6 months more usage of the Maxxis tires before the belt separations started occurring. At that point I reached a decision point that said I could either continue changing out Maxxis tires every 3 years, or I could go with the larger wheels and 16" LT tires and get at least 5 years of usage. While there was the cost of the wheels, I cut that cost in half by selling the old wheels to another Airstream owner. If you are going to keep your trailer for a while, the economics of getting 5 seasons of use vs 3 seasons of use is economically justifiable.

I think there are owners here on the forum who are at or have exceeded year 5 of use with their 16" LT's. We don't see threads about the failures of those tires. I am starting year 4 of use with mine.

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Anyone have a website to purchase the 16" Alloy wheels and new Michelin tires? I have a triple axle 34' limited I'm rebuilding
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I ordered my Sendel T03 wheels from a seller on Amazon.
I bought the tires locally.
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Anyone have a website to purchase the 16" Alloy wheels and new Michelin tires? I have a triple axle 34' limited I'm rebuilding
King of wheels, in calif, around 110$ and no freight...
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Bought both the 15" (T03-56445T) and 16" (T03-66655T) SenDel wheels at a local Discount Tire in Mesa, AZ.
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My understanding from the CostCo tire chap is that the existing Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tire will be discontinue when the new Defender comes out with a slightly higher sidewall rating that still will need to be derated 10% for trailer use.

I just heard back from Michelin customer care regarding availability on the new Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires in the size 235/75R15 109T:

"Thank you for your email and your interest in the Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires. Since this is a new tire line some of the sizes are not yet available. Our records indicate that size 235/75R15 will launch on the first week of June. This means that dealers should be able to place an order at that time."

The last time I asked, Michelin gave me an "end of March" date. <sigh>

Oh, and like many others, when I called Costco to ask about putting these on a trailer they said two things, which I've paraphrased: (1) we don't work on trailers though we can mount the tires on rims if you bring them in, and (2) if you bring in rims and have us mount / balance the tires for you, don't tell us what vehicle you'll put these on because we'll freak out.

So, we won't be using Costco. I have neither the time nor the patience to use our "Trailer Aid" ramp to swap each rim myself, one at a time, unless it's a roadside emergency. Even then I'd try AAA first because we have their RV service option. Hopefully, when the tires become available, we can get Discount Tire to do the deed.
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As far as sites go, I bought my Sendel wheels from Tredit.com and the tires came from Discount Tire's Internet sales site. Since we have no Discount Tire in the St. Louis area, they have agreements with many tire stores in the area. Since many tire dealers will only mount ST tires on trailers, I brought in my new wheels and tires to a dealer that honored the Discount Tire deal. They pulled the tires off my Alcoa wheels and disposed of the old ST tires. They also mounted the Michelin tires and stems on my new 16" wheels. Cost for the demounting, disposal, new tire mounting and balancing was $16.50 per wheel. Not a bad deal. Dealer couldn't touch the deal I got on the tires. What was great was I got the tires delivered free and there was no sales tax on the tires. When it was time to replace the tires on the tow vehicle, I did the same thing and bought from Discount Tire's Internet site. Went back to the same local dealership for the mounting and balancing. I also gave him some additional business by allowing him to align the wheels.

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