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Old 12-01-2015, 01:44 PM   #71
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Well interesting thread.

As a new owner of a 2016 27' FC FB, I read the story here, as well as elsewhere, on the GYM.

As we don't quite have spare $ to replace brand new wheels and tires, we decided to air up to 65 psi, restrict speed to 65 mph, cover the tires in storage, treat the sidewalls with 303, and obtain a TST tpms. Oh, and practice changing a tire on the rig.

I sure hope I don't come back to this thread and post a blow out story. Knock on wood.
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:26 PM   #72
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Use the new tires and wheels for maybe 3 years, then upgrade.
I didn't quite get 3 years- 2 years and 10 months was all those China bombs wanted.


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Old 12-01-2015, 06:19 PM   #73
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So, 2 years and 8 months would be a good bet? Pat
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:44 PM   #74
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They're unpredictable.
You never know.
Some people replace brand new wheels and tires on brand new trailers or "upgrade" the factory order so it is built with 16" wheels and Michelin LT tires.


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Old 12-01-2015, 08:20 PM   #75
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They're unpredictable.
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Congratulations! When is the due date? For the baby shower get some Michelins LT's and forget those ST junk tires. I went the ST route when I first got our rig and got what all the research said was the best ST tire, the Maxxis 8000. Lasted a few seasons and cords gave up while returning from a long trip. Caught in time so no damage done. Never again will I buy imported ST tires no matter what the experts say.
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As a new owner of a 2016 27' FC FB, I read the story here, as well as elsewhere, on the GYM.

As we don't quite have spare $ to replace brand new wheels and tires, we decided to air up to 65 psi, restrict speed to 65 mph, cover the tires in storage, treat the sidewalls with 303, and obtain a TST tpms. Oh, and practice changing a tire on the rig.

I sure hope I don't come back to this thread and post a blow out story. Knock on wood.

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For your 27' going to 15" Michelins P235/75R x 15" XL tires is a less expensive and better choice than going to 16's. The 15's are equivalent of a load range "C" tire so they ride much smoother than the Load Range "D" 16" tires. On the 27 you can tow with these at 45 PSI instead of the 65 you are running now. This is much friendlier to the Airstream. We have put on a couple of thousand of these now, absolutely no issue with them.


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Thanks for the confirmation about sticking with 15 inchers from an expert.
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Well interesting thread.

As a new owner of a 2016 27' FC FB, I read the story here, as well as elsewhere, on the GYM.

As we don't quite have spare $ to replace brand new wheels and tires, we decided to air up to 65 psi, restrict speed to 65 mph, cover the tires in storage, treat the sidewalls with 303, and obtain a TST tpms. Oh, and practice changing a tire on the rig.

I sure hope I don't come back to this thread and post a blow out story. Knock on wood.
IMO one thing that will definitely improve your chances to avoid Run Low Flex Failure i.e. "Blowout" and that is monitoring your inflation all the time. So get a TPMS and mount on metal bolt in valve stems.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:15 PM   #81
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As a new owner of a 2016 27' FC FB, I read the story here, as well as elsewhere, on the GYM.

As we don't quite have spare $ to replace brand new wheels and tires, we decided to air up to 65 psi, restrict speed to 65 mph, cover the tires in storage, treat the sidewalls with 303, and obtain a TST tpms. Oh, and practice changing a tire on the rig.

I sure hope I don't come back to this thread and post a blow out story. Knock on wood.

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Hi Rich

For your 27' going to 15" Michelins P235/75R x 15" XL tires is a less expensive and better choice than going to 16's. The 15's are equivalent of a load range "C" tire so they ride much smoother than the Load Range "D" 16" tires. On the 27 you can tow with these at 45 PSI instead of the 65 you are running now. This is much friendlier to the Airstream. We have put on a couple of thousand of these now, absolutely no issue with them.


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Thanks Andy. Much appreciated.

We have family in St Marys. You never know, maybe we'll drop in on your shop sometime in 2016.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:19 PM   #82
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IMO one thing that will definitely improve your chances to avoid Run Low Flex Failure i.e. "Blowout" and that is monitoring your inflation all the time. So get a TPMS and mount on metal bolt in valve stems.
Yes sir.

In fact, I contacted Mike Benson last week, and my TST 507 TPMS w/4 sensors arrived today. I installed it on the trailer immediately.

Nice piece of kit. Looks like it will do what I need it to.

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I am with the "Kissed the curb" camp for the tire in the pic.

That 2003 spare on the Excursion. It is decoration at a ripe old age of 12 to 13 years of age. You might be able to get it to perform as a spare at speeds below 40 for a few miles. Just don't expect regular service out of it. Rotating all tires fixes that issues and prolongs tire life.

So the answer is yes to your question.

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I hope Tireman9 will back me up on this, as we both worked for a tire manufacturer (albeit different ones!), but NO tire manufacturer is going to admit to a "manufacturing defect". Not only does that open them to many forms of legal liability, but they don't actually phrase such things in that way.

Further, in the area of travel trailers, it is sooooo common for these to be under tired (tires too small) that I can not image any legal savvy tire engineer writing a letter and not pointing this out.

I doubt very much this happened.
Agree. Maybe something was lost in translation.

Still haven't see any pictures of tire interior.
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