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Old 03-17-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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16" spare tire vs OEM spare tire rack

I've been on the fence about changing from 15" to 16" wheels and tires but now I have decided to do it. I'll will buy the wheels now and the tires when a nice sale hits.

There is only one question left in my mind about the swap and that is, will the new 16" spare tire and wheel fit in the OEM tire rack on a newer trailer, as is, or is there a modification that needs to be done?
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #2
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I switched to 16's, but kept the 15" spare. It's a spare, and will work for that.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:29 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve but I want to change out all 5 and just wondering if the 16" will fit the rack before I commit to the swap.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:13 PM   #4
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Figure the new tire diameter is 1" larger than the old diameter. You can put your old one in the rack and see if there is room for a 1" larger diameter tire.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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Figure the new tire diameter is 1" larger than the old diameter. You can put your old one in the rack and see if there is room for a 1" larger diameter tire.

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Don't know why I didn't think of that.
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I moved to all 16" wheels and it was necessary to bend the rack slightly to accommodate the larger wheel/tire combination. This was NOT a big deal. It's nice to know that if one of my Michelin LT's does go flat there's a "sister" tire aboard to replace it...
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:43 AM   #7
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spare tire rack

We made the switch last year to the Michelin 16's and have been very satisfied. No pressure loss coupled with Michelin's reputation (as opposed to the reputation of Marathon tires) make for a nice ride. We did replace all five tires and the 16 fit our spare tire rack....a bit snug, but it fit with no modification. Make the switch when you can, you will thank yourself in the long run. Ours came from the factory when they had the winter 10% off sale. Cheers!
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Mine made it in the rack with a16" Michelin XPS Rib and a Sendel wheel that matches the ones on the ground.... It was snug as I recall, but with the RIBS I don't plan on putting it in there very often... The Michelin tires are a lot heavier than the Junk Goodyear ST 15" Tires...
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We also went to five 16" wheels/tires almost three years ago. The new spare fit in Lucy's OEM under-tongue rack without any modification.

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I appreciate all the good info.
Now to just pick out the style I want and order.
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I appreciate all the good info.
Now to just pick out the style I want and order.
Bluto, Just one word of caution....When I was looking for wheels, I found lots of truck wheels available in the size I wanted with the correct bolt pattern, but none of them had the required 0 offset, so watch for that spec.
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I'm having Airstream install the 16" wheel/tire package on my yet to be built 28 International. On the build sheet I received from Airstream it states as part of that upgrade to modify the spare tire carrier. I assume just little tweaking or bending out of the carrier is all that is needed.
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I replaced all 5 - 16" spare too. In MY spare rack, the bigger tire wouldn't fit until I bent the two upward prongs out slightly (I used the hanger hole of a 20" breaker bar to do the deed, although a 5 lb. sledge hammer might have worked too).

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I'm having Airstream install the 16" wheel/tire package on my yet to be built 28 International. On the build sheet I received from Airstream it states as part of that upgrade to modify the spare tire carrier. I assume just little tweaking or bending out of the carrier is all that is needed.
True. Mine were also done at Jackson Center and they simply had to open up the carrier a wee bit. That's all.
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