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Old 01-28-2016, 02:32 PM   #15
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Where to get tire upgrade on new Airstream

Mike. I ordered the tires from Discounttiredirect.com . At the time Discount Tires site was better priced than Tire Rack. I ordered the Sendel wheels from Tredit. They also supplied the center caps and new wheel stems. I also ordered a 16 inch steel wheel that matched the 15 inch spare wheel. I have yet to buy a tire for. It. The prongs in the holder that hold the spare will need some bending out to accommodate a larger tire. No issue on the fit and I talked to Airstream first to be sure that the 16 inch wheel and tire would fit without issues. Let me know if you have other questions.

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Old 01-28-2016, 02:48 PM   #16
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I ordered mine from Jackson Center and they were delivered in a couple of days. Tires mounted on the wheels and balanced for about what I could get them for elsewhere.

The adjustment of the spare wheel carrier takes about 30 seconds. Put a pipe wrench on the upright and bend it out a bit. Very easy and not a critical adjustment.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:50 PM   #17
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Actually using the ones off of the Airstream on my horse trailer as it needed new tires anyway and the wheels from the Airstream look nicer than what was on the horse trailer.
Didn't trust the GYMs on an empty trailer but do with live animals onboard?
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You don't need to change wheel sizes. Michelin makes a great 15" that will fit just fine. Michelin LT M/S2 XL P235/R15 T108. Four tires mounted, balanced by Tire King cost under $ 600.00.
Most tire stores don't stock this tire, however they order it in and have it the next day.
Instead of reworking the spare tire rack I purchased a Maxxis for a spare.

I changed to these tires last year following a GM thread separation. Damage to the trailer $ 9,200.00 plus round trip to JC. The GM had a little over 10,000 miles on them. And I have a tire monitoring system. In a blowout it is useless.
Those are passenger tires not light truck tires. Check to derated bearing capacity against the weight of your trailer.
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If you have any consideration for you money stay with the Marathons. I have just put 15,000 mile son mine and they are hardly warn. Check the air when you gas by looking at them, check with once every 2 weeks for real and keep air pressure at 65 lbs.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:02 PM   #20
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We have 22000 miles on the marathons, 3 years and are at 50 0/0, will be replaced soon...
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:38 PM   #21
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This the first post I've noticed that mentions the Firestone TransForce HT LT225/75R16 tires. Do tell 😉 Why these tires? Pros? Any cons??

All tires need to be replaced in 5-7 years regardless of brand, price, etc.
I know Michelin tires are the very best, but also the most expensive.
I will never get to use the tread life of any tire.
They will dry rot first.
Therefore, second best, less expensive tires will do for me.
Still 8-ply truck tires.
Load Range E sufficient for my trailer.
I am a fleet manager for a fleet of 300 or so trucks and 60 or so trailers.
My company uses the Firestone TransForce because they are a good compromise between quality and price.
If I had a million dollars I would go ahead and set the Michelin tires...
But I don't have a million dollars-
That being said, here's the short answer- budget- or money- or lack there of...


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Old 01-28-2016, 06:35 PM   #22
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Wayne&Sam - The Goodyears are brand new and the trailer barely ever is used and when it is it is for short hauls, not 7,000 to 10,000 mile trips like in the Airstream. Horse trailer already had GYM on it anyway so update with nicer wheels. TPMS on each and pressure always kept up and drive 60-65 mph max. Take all precautions in world. I worry more about the idiots who do not respect someone pulling a horse or any live animal with the way they will cut you off. I'd like to strap some weigh around their bellies and stand them up in a trailer and see how they fair.

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Go to this site, http://www.performanceplustire.com/.
I change mine in October to the 16" Michelin, and Sandel rims, they come ready to put on and free shipping and NO TAX, mount them yourself or take them to a tire shop. I took my to Discount Tire and the charge me $50 to change out. Get 5 and the spare will fit in holder.

My cost was under $1650 out the door for all, best deal that I found.
Sold my 15" in 2 days for $500.
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kscherzi...I ordered 6 Michelin tires (4+2 spares), new wheels and metal valve stems directly from Airstream who shipped the entire package to me. All I had to do was to remove the old wheels and install the new wheels with the Michelin tires. The reason I purchased from Airstream was that the whole package was provided by the trailer manufacturer and had been used by Airstream with no problems on other trailers. I didn't have to be concerned about wheel off sets, wheel load and wheel pressure limitations. I also had some concerns about the possible liability of switching from the ST to LT tires and buying the package from Airstream confirmed that the package was approved by Airstream for use on their trailer. I have 7,000 trouble free miles on them and I feel a lot less stress when driving with the new Michelins.
Why would you give Airstream the business on buying new tires from them when they put the cheapest tires they can get on them at the factory? What they install at the factory are only meant to roll them of of the assembly line. 50-120k REALLY that's what they are giving you?
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IIRC The "P" tires are 2 ply, but rated 4ply. The 16" Michelins everyone is going to are 8 ply ''E rating." Better recheck the wheel load on each wheel against the load the tire will bearing on the "P" tires. Be sure and use Centermatics.
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Why would you give Airstream the business on buying new tires from them when they put the cheapest tires they can get on them at the factory? What they install at the factory are only meant to roll them of of the assembly line. 50-120k REALLY that's what they are giving you?

An Airstream dealer (you can only get them from Jackson Center if you are there in person) quoted me like $650 each!
That's $2,600!
I did it myself for $1,000!
Then added $400 for Dill TPMS and Centramatic balancers.
So, I got way more for way less.


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I have been happy with work done on our trailer by JC in the past, but after getting a quote from them for 16" wheels and Michelins, I wound up dealing with a local tire shop and saved a substantial amount for my 16" wheels & Michelins - including a Michelin rebate on the tires which I would not have qualified for had I bought the tires from JC..

It also avoided the need for us to detour to JC for the switch on our way south. Had I bought them at JC I would also have had to carry the old rims around for the balance of our trip to bring them home or scrap them at JC.

I wound up selling them locally, and that further reduced the cost of the upgrade.

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Those are passenger tires not light truck tires. Check to derated bearing capacity against the weight of your trailer.
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We have 22000 miles on the marathons, 3 years and are at 50 0/0, will be replaced soon...
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HWGA.....

I have run GYM's,(2 sets) on the Classic since new, one flat, nail no damage.

I do plan to change brands when the current set time out.

I will be staying with 15" but upgrading to "E" rated, 2830b ST.

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