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Old 08-05-2014, 06:41 AM   #1
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Well....It finally happened...GYM blowout

After reading about GYM problems....we had our first blowout on the weekend. We were on a narrow 2 lane road with almost no shoulder so we had to drive for a bit until we reached a Church parking lot. Fortunately there was no damage to wheel well or trailer. Also thanks for all the posts here on the forum!! My wife figured we needed to call for help...but having read the tire change threads etc, rolled the good wheel up a ramp, off with the bad tire, on with the spare which was low on air. Across the road from the church, a gentleman had a air compressor in his garage and offered to let us use it. You have to love the kindness of strangers on the road!

So now I am on the hunt for new tires for our '98 Excella, 30ft. Anyone have any leads on where here in Halifax, Nova Scotia?

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Old 08-05-2014, 07:08 AM   #2
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tires

Glad there was no damage to your Airstream. That's always a bonus when a tire blows out. Are you going to stay with a 15 inch tire ?
I think the 15 inch Michelins are getting harder to find in the ' LT ' series, but they are out there.
I think Hercules still makes a 15 inch trailer tire in Load range 'D' and 'E' . I had good luck with them on a previous trailer.
It's always cool when a nice church parking lot is placed at an opportune spot, gravel or paved, when an emergency occurs. Almost like divine intervention. I have used quite a few in my travels, and been thankful when I needed one.
Have a good one!
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:14 AM   #3
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Going through the threads here trying to decide on 15 or 16 inch. Have to check to see what is available locally. Sounds like the Michelin LTX 235/75R115 XL might be the way to go if I can find them.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:36 AM   #4
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I have 15 inch Michelin tires on my 25 Safari. If your trailer is three axle 15 inch tires will probably work for you as they have enough load carrying capacity. Load range is a little over 2,000 pounds per tire.
Despite thousands of miles of freeway driving in very hot weather, I have had no issue with my tires. Bonuses are a smooth soft ride and the ability to go 70+mph if I am in a hurry.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:01 AM   #5
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As long as tires are man made they will blow out, that includes all brands. Happens to everyone eventually. Proper maintenance, correct pressure [not to high or low], and safe driving speed contribute to longer life.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:15 AM   #6
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Gilmurr-- Just curious, do you know the weight of your rig and the age of your GYM's?
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:28 AM   #7
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Dry weight of our duel axle Excella is 7200 lbs....so likely 8000 lbs loaded...estimate, as I have not had it weighed. I have to double check the age of the GYM...I checked in the spring and I believe they are 2007....so I know their time was up.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:41 AM   #8
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That is one EVIL looking tire - I'm so glad it didn't damage the wheel well or worse the side of the trailer. I've been very happy with my 16 inch Michelin tires, however they do fit just a tiny bit tighter in the wheel wells... and I'm not towing a vintage unit.

So if you can find the 15's go with them - and spare yourself the cost of new rims.

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Highly recommend weighing... also side to side. Yup, 7 years. They were on borrowed time.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:15 AM   #10
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I Have a line on Michelin LTX M/S2 235/75 R15 XL tires for $897 installed. Any thoughts on this as a good choise for replacements?

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Glad y'all and AS ok!
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They should be good, but make sure they are load range 108 of higher. Put new tires on my 34' before bringing home from Alberta, and told the shop (Fountain Tire) that they must be balanced. Went for coffee after showing tech how and where to jack the trailer. All ready to go and told " installed and balanced and ready to go". Have put about 2000 miles on trailer and noticed drawers etc opened, but last trip door fell of fridge. Looked at all 6 wheels yesterday, and pulled trim rings off. There were no wheel weights on any of the wheels either side. Just got back from tire shop (Fountain Tire) in Winnipeg. Will be calling the original shop as well as their head office to complain. I am not a happy Airstream owner. When in the shop make sure they balance the wheels and have them show you that they have been done. Fountain Tire in Winnipeg told me that they never balance trailer tires. Watch to make sure they do!!!
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Tire specs:
TIRE SIZE: P235/75R15
SPEED RATING: T
LOAD INDEX: 108
LOAD RANGE: XL
UTQG: 720 A A
TIRE WARRANTY: 70,000 mi.
SIDEWALL: RWL
TREAD DEPTH: 12/32 in.
RIM SIZE: 15 in.
MAX LOAD (SINGLE): 1985 lb.
SERVICE DESCRIPTION: 108T

Price quoted are for install on rims and balance. I will go to their commercial location and remove tires myself with the ramp one wheel up method. Don't trust anyone to try and use jacks to lift.
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Hi Glimurr,
I have the Michelins you list above. I love them so far. My Ambassador carries 6,000lbs on the axles fully loaded, so they have plenty of capacity for my trailer. Your Excella is a good bit heavier, however. I think you would be better suited with a load range D tire. Pirelli makes a load range D Scorpion LT 235/75/15. Another option would be a Continental Vanco2 225/70/15 LRD if you can find it. There is also a GoodYear Cargo G26 225/70/15 LRD. I have also read of a LRE Nokian 235/75/15, but not sure of a retailer.
At any rate, I think you'd be making an upgrade from the GYMs. Luckily they didn't shred your trailer to pieces.


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