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Old 08-15-2016, 11:35 AM   #15
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Sell the Marathons while they are still new enough to get $50 each. Yes, it's an expensive proposition to make the change to 16" wheels and Michelins, but how much is your safety worth? When you add a proven replacement for a very shaky ST tire, and also add a set of Centramatic balancers, you will have a winning combo. After 3 Good Year Marathon (GYM) blowouts, I made the plunge and have not had another problem. 42,000 incident free miles and the Michelins still look new.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:17 PM   #16
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Fully understand why AS'ers buy tires so they can drive fast. Answer the question: how quickly can you stop?? The journey is as much for me as the destination. I have to do 65 to get into high gear. But, have found many roads other than interstates that get me there. However please don't take my advice and get on my "private" freeways. Stay on the interstates. And to answer the issue "what if I break down?" I have broken down 3 times on the interstate and it is the most terrifying experience to have vehicles whiz by 18" away at 70+ mph.
I have a variety of ST tires on my 3 axles with no problems. At 3 years they have done their duty and are replaced. Monitor air pressure frequently.
Just saying and adding more fodder to the thread. by the way none of my tires are goodyears. All trailer tires ST recommendedd by the tire store.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:39 PM   #17
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438/15-inch-vs-16-inch-wheels-155261-post1835624.htm

I replaced 14" rims with exact match 15" rims on my new 23' International (5 lug pattern - so I'm not in the 16" ballgame). For tires on 15" rim I mounted Nokian Van Tires. Look tough as nails and beat the load rating on 14" Marathons all to heck. Very satisfied with setup so far. Oh, and for those struggling with tire overall diameter on 5 lug setups, these were merely a half inch larger in diameter with respect to space in 23' Airstream wheel housing and possible interference.

May be a possible choice for someone staying with 15" rims on the 25' and up Airstreams. See Nokian website. I've used this brand before on vehicles and totally satisfied. I believe Nokian is a good brand. (not affiliated, just giving recommendation where due)
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:42 PM   #18
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Buy Maxxis tires and save a lot of time and money

Forget the 15 inch and 16 inch debates. Save a bunch of time and money and buy quality Maxxis tires and drive responsibly for the safety of yourselves and others. Maxxis (as I recall) has a 5 year warranty, only trailer tire that has and are made (as I recall) in Thailand, not China with the rest of thgem.
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:08 PM   #19
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We just had a blowout on 15" tires

We just had a blowout on our 15" ST tires.

After getting advice from Vinnie at Vinnie's Airstream Repair, we bought 16" wheels and Michelin tires.

We posted photos of the blowout at http://livinginbeauty.net/2016/08/06...out-of-destiny
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:18 PM   #20
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Forget the 15 inch and 16 inch debates. Save a bunch of time and money and buy quality Maxxis tires and drive responsibly for the safety of yourselves and others. Maxxis (as I recall) has a 5 year warranty, only trailer tire that has and are made (as I recall) in Thailand, not China with the rest of thgem.
Just read about these in latest Trailer magazine. Although I have only had 1 issue with GYM's ( my fault) in 20 years of trailering wisely ( read checking pressure often and nothing over 65 mph) I will probably give them a look.


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Old 08-15-2016, 01:46 PM   #21
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We just had a blowout on our 15" ST tires.

We posted photos of the blowout at http://livinginbeauty.net/2016/08/06...out-of-destiny
Thanks for the informative blog post. What were the readings on your trailer TPMS before the blowout?
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Old 08-15-2016, 01:53 PM   #22
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Forget the 15 inch and 16 inch debates. Save a bunch of time and money and buy quality Maxxis tires and drive responsibly for the safety of yourselves and others. Maxxis (as I recall) has a 5 year warranty, only trailer tire that has and are made (as I recall) in Thailand, not China with the rest of thgem.
We had two set of Maxxis load range E's (10 ply) on our 2005 Safari 25FB. We bought the first set after our OEM Marathons gave up the ghost. The first set of Maxxis lasted about 20,000 miles before the had tread separation. I considered that pretty good, so I bought second set. This set only lasted about 8,000 miles before the same type of tread separation started. This is when I got totally fed up with crappy ST tires, and went with the 16" Michelin LT's. If I had gone to the Michelins when the 2005 Safari was brand new, I would have been ahead by about $1,500.

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Old 08-15-2016, 03:41 PM   #23
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Just upgraded the 15" wheels on our 19' Intl to 16" last week based on collective advice from the veterans on these forums. Stock GYM lasted less than two years and maybe 8k miles before steel cords were showing through the rubber on both sides. Just drove from Las Vegas to the Redwoods (about 850 miles) over the past two days on the new Michelin LTX's. Crossed a half dozen legit mountain passes, drove at 70mph through the Mojave Desert in 100+ degrees, on tight narrow roads through the Sierras. No issues whatsoever! This is just one person's experience so take it for what it's worth.
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:21 PM   #24
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Amen to crappy ST tires,I like my michelins, and they are USA made,not China ,no more Chinese tires here..
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:19 PM   #25
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We changed to 16" Sendel wheels and Michelin tires for much greater reliability on our frequent long distance travels. If all our camping was within a few hundred miles of home we would have kept the original tires.

$1500 for new tires and wheels minus $500 from selling the originals. $1,000 upgrade on four new wheels/tires, kept the original spare.
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Why did you choose Sendel wheels over other brands of aluminum wheel? I'm going to switch over from 15" Maxxis to 16" Michelins this winter, but many Airforum folks have chosen to put their new Michelins on Sendel, and if they are better than other aluminum rims I might do that too.
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:32 PM   #26
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[QUOTE=moosetags;1835695]We had two set of Maxxis load range E's (10 ply) on our 2005 Safari 25FB. We bought the first set after our OEM Marathons gave up the ghost. The first set of Maxxis lasted about 20,000 miles before the had tread separation. I considered that pretty good, so I bought second set. This set only lasted about 8,000 miles before the same type of tread separation started. This is when I got totally fed up with crappy ST tires, and went with the 16" Michelin LT's. If I had gone to the Michelins when the 2005 Safari was brand new, I would have been ahead by about $1,500.
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Several years ago I put four new Maxxis on my 29' Excella together with tire monitors; E rated and had them at 80 psi. and after 2.5 years had two tread separations that were alerted by the tire pressure monitor just as the tires started to come apart on opposite sides. Replaced with four more Maxxis but now realize that Maxxis are also speed limited. I prefer 65-70 mph on interstate highways, but don't want to worry about over speed with my tires. Without the tire monitors I would have spent thousands on repairs to the AS.

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I try to get as much learning as I can on others' tuition; and I had heard enough horror stories about the 15" Goodyear ST tires to know I wanted to upgrade. My 27FB Classic has a GVW of 9,000 lbs, so I could not get a 15" LT tire to take that weight within a comfortable margin. So, I went with the 16" rims and Michelin XPS Rib tires - just for good measure. Just came back from a 3500 mile trip and very pleased with the ride, performance and peace of mind. Look at your numbers, weights, capabilities - and budget. Always get the best you can within your means and you can't go wrong - enjoy!
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A tire upgrade is always money well spent in my book.

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