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Old 03-08-2014, 09:46 AM   #183
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Airstream (and SOB) owners are pretty much "gadget" oriented people. Especially us old geezers, who have way too much time on their hands.

One thing I've noticed on the forums, is that regardless of the question asked, there are usually opinions on either side of the arguement, some of them valid, and others out in left field. For what ever it's worth, I usually take the advice of the one that's closest to what I was going to do in the first place, and that is usually the correct route.

As for Centramatic balancers, I guess they're OK, but I don't think I would spend the money on them.

As for TPMS, if you've ever had a flat, and not known it, you'll see the value of the TPMS pretty quick. It will at least give you notice that you have a low tire, before it "comes from apart", and tears up the wheel well of your AS.

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I look at the centramatics as simply a way to "fine tune" the balancing of my wheels/tires. I do also get my wheels/tores balanced of course. The centramatics should help to compensate for imbalance in the drums and also help to correct any imbalance that may develop in the rotating parts over time.

As for the TPMS - while it gives you no guarantees, I feel confident that it should help me to identify a leak that has developed en route and may well allow me to stop the trailer and deal with it before the tire flies apart.

In the event of a blow out, I will know immediately that it has happened and again can stop the trailer as soon as possible and hopefully decrease the chance of damage to the trailer.

Both worthwhile "gadgets" in my book! (Yes, I'm another old geezer that loves gadgets!)

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Old 03-23-2014, 11:11 AM   #184
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I am talking just now with a new owner of a 16' Airstream. Can they upgrade to the 16" Sendel wheels on that model?
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:12 PM   #185
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I am talking just now with a new owner of a 16' Airstream. Can they upgrade to the 16" Sendel wheels on that model?
does it have 5x4.5 bolt pattern or six hole wheels ?
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:45 PM   #186
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does it have 5x4.5 bolt pattern or six hole wheels ?
I think the 16' models have 14" LR C tires don't they ? (14x5.5" - 5 hole wheel ).

If so, Kumho 857 LR D are available to fit that.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:24 AM   #187
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What if your tire goes flat while you are on the road. Severe damage to the trailer through the wheel well.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:22 AM   #188
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There is both a five and six lug pattern on the 14", 15" and 16" SenDel wheels:

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Old 03-24-2014, 11:39 AM   #189
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There is both a five and six lug pattern on the 14", 15" and 16" SenDel wheels:

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Hmmmm ??? 6 hole on a 14" rim ???
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If you follow the link - the 14" and 15" wheels have a 5 lug nut pattern on a 4.5" bolt circle. Another 15" model has 6 lug nuts on a 5.5" bolt circle along with a 16" model. A 16" model can have an 8 lug nut pattern on a 6.5" bolt circle.

The 14" wheel is rated 1,900 pounds @ 60psi. The 15" wheel with five lug nuts is rated 2,150 pounds @ 60 psi while the 15" wheel with six lug nuts is rated 2,830 pounds @ 80 psi. Both the 6 and 8 lug nut patterns on the 16" wheel are rated 3,580 pounds @ 80psi on the 6 lug nut and 100psi on the 8 lug nut wheel.

The center bore is 3.19" on the 14" and 15" five lug nut wheels. The six lug nut 15" and 16" wheels have a 4.25" center bore that allows use of the Airstream hub. The 8 lug wheel has a 4.90" center bore.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:11 AM   #191
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I run 65 lbs in my 16" Michelins mounted on a 2014 30ft FC, should that be 80 lbs?
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:28 AM   #192
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The tire placard on the side of the trailer says 65#, but I have 15" wheels and tires.
I may get 16" wheels and Firestone TransForce HT 225/75R16's next time.
I don't know that the brand of wheel matters as long as the 6 hole pattern matches and it has a zero offset.
I would think 65# in 16" Michelins would be fine.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:55 AM   #193
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If you follow the link - the 14" and 15" wheels have a 5 lug nut pattern on a 4.5" bolt circle. Another 15" model has 6 lug nuts on a 5.5" bolt circle along with a 16" model. A 16" model can have an 8 lug nut pattern on a 6.5" bolt circle.

The 14" wheel is rated 1,900 pounds @ 60psi. The 15" wheel with five lug nuts is rated 2,150 pounds @ 60 psi while the 15" wheel with six lug nuts is rated 2,830 pounds @ 80 psi. Both the 6 and 8 lug nut patterns on the 16" wheel are rated 3,580 pounds @ 80psi on the 6 lug nut and 100psi on the 8 lug nut wheel.

The center bore is 3.19" on the 14" and 15" five lug nut wheels. The six lug nut 15" and 16" wheels have a 4.25" center bore that allows use of the Airstream hub. The 8 lug wheel has a 4.90" center bore.
Correct. I guess the way I was reading your original post was that there were 14" wheels that are available as six hole wheels, but that is not the case from reading their chart.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:55 PM   #194
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My new to me 2001 Safari came with 4 vintage 2007 GYMs on the ground and a 2002 GYM spare. After much reading here and several oscillations back and forth between the P235/75-15 XL LTX M/S2 Michelins and the LT225/75-16 M/S2s, I settled on the 16" approach with 5 Sendel wheels and the Dill 1504 TPMS with an extra sensor for the spare.

Reasoning went like this:
1. Although the rating of the 15" tires exceeds the rating of the axles significantly, it is substantially less than the original tires.
2. The 16" combination is an approved upgrade from the factory.
3. At some point if/when I replace the axles I may go to 3800# axles. At that point the 15" tires would just barely exceed the axle rating.
4. With the 16" tires, a single tire failure would only slightly overload the remaining tire on my 6300# GVWR trailer.
5. TPMS makes it a belt and suspenders approach.

As an engineer friend of mine once said, "Overkill is just about right".

It was about twice the price, but I hope to recoup some of that by selling my 4 15" Al wheels. And I know I'll be more comfortable going down the road.

I was going to order the wheels and TPMS myself and take them to Sam's Club but when I called to check on the tires I was told that they were out of stock at the warehouse, oversold 50 units, and it would be "weeks or months" before they would be back in stock. On a whim I called my local Discount Tire store as several have posted on here about using them. They had 5 tires in stock and ordered the wheels and TPMS. So it's a one stop shop experience at almost exactly the same price as my original piecemeal approach.

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Old 04-16-2014, 03:06 PM   #195
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Al says, As an engineer friend of mine once said, "Overkill is just about right".

I don't see switching to 16's as overkill at all, based on the high failure rate of original equipment tires. It's where the standard ought to be for those who tow far from home.

Towing locally may be different.
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:05 PM   #196
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I run 65 lbs in my 16" Michelins mounted on a 2014 30ft FC, should that be 80 lbs?




I run 75# in mine, especially if the weather is warm. I also have a set of Centramatics as an extra assistance to insure a good balance for better wear.
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