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Old 09-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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16" wheels

Does anyone know the current "upcharge" for ordering the 16" from the factory?? Is there any reason I cannot buy/install them after the sale?? Has anyone installed any other 16" wheels besides the OEM or OEM spec'd AS wheels??

I don't want to pay too much for a factory ordered option if there are "better" alternatives down the road. Thanks!!
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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Same wheels as Airstream factory sells are available from Sendel Wheel. Most on this forum use T02 and T03, but some others will fit. Approximate cost $100-120 each. Can be special ordered from Discount Tire and other tires stores. (Discount does not charge for shipping):

Aluminum Trailer | Sendel Wheels

See wheel photos (T02) and wheel specs at end of this post:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f465...tml#post944334
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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I personally have five SenDel T03-66655T wheels (same model without black highlight paint as factory installs on the Eddie Bauer models and available from Discount tire) sitting in my storage unit along with:

Centramatic wheel balancers (part #300-356 all "A" plates only for 16" wheels) available from Centramatic for $199 plus freight (http://centramatic.com/Page.aspx?page=Balancers)

Dill TPMS (part #1506-453 which includes 6 inside the tire senders and #1900 display screen) available from Discount tire

McGard lug nuts (#24138 Chrome Cone Seat Wheel Locks and McGard 64010 Chrome Bulge Cone Seat Style Lug Nuts (1/2" - 20 Thread Size)) available from Amazon

By the time I buy the Michelin LT 225/75R16E model LTX M/S2 (# 05681) tires in January from CostCo (they will be as fresh as possible) just before the new trailer is built, I will have close to the Airstream factory's price invested. But I can sell the 15" four aluminum and one steel wheels from the trailer when it gets here and recoup some of the cost. I will not personally sell the take off OEM tires for liability reasons.

Buying from the factory, there is no credit for either the GYM ST225/75R15D tires or the OEM 15" four aluminum and one steel (for the spare) wheels.

The SenDel T03-66655T 16 x 6 wheels are rated 3,580 pounds @ 80psi, have a zero offset, 6 bolts on 5.5" circle and a 4.25" center bore to accommodate the Airstream center wheel cap. Discount tire charged $103 per wheel plus $10 freight for each wheel plus sales tax. http://www.sendelwheel.com/wheels/t03sm)

My thinking is that by using the same tires and wheels the factory sells in the hallway into their store, installs onto a specific model of trailer and offers to send them to you to install means that there can be no finger pointing over a warranty issue that could be related to tires and or wheels.

I will also be glad to have a greater load capacity tire (2,680 pounds versus 2,540 pounds) that lacks the notoriety associated with the GYM Marathon tires.

YMMV
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I know what a TPMS is, just why use a TPMS?? Just for the ease of knowing the pressure without needed to physically check??

For the Centramatic balancers I know what they are/how they are used. Why not just get the wheels/tires balanced like your TV??

I ask these questions as I see plenty of posts about the subjects yet don't see where the benefits come into play.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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Sendel T02s from America's Tire/Discount Tire. They had the best prices for both wheels and Michelin LTs.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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We bought four new 16" Michelins and Sendel T02 wheels for $1400 (mounted/balanced on wheels, new lug nuts) and sold the stock set with 4,000 miles for $500. I installed them myself for a total cost of $900 for the upgrade.

We kept the original 15" GYM spare because of the very unlikely event we will ever use it, and it is completely adequate if by some odd quirk of nature we ever do.

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I know what a TPMS is, just why use a TPMS?? Just for the ease of knowing the pressure without needed to physically check??

I ask these questions as I see plenty of posts about the subjects yet don't see where the benefits come into play.
Hi Heavy. For me, the benefit of the TPMS is to be warned when pressure or temperatures fall outside of a safe range so HOPEFULLY there is enough time to pull over before a serious failure. I've been told that I probably wouldn't be able to feel if I had a flat on one of the trailer tires while driving along so a TPMS would in theory prevent me from causing more damage.

Others may have different views.

Can't speak to Centramatics but I'm contemplating DynaBeads in addition to (not in place of) the normal balancing done on my trailer tires. Belts ad suspenders I suppose. :-)
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Am on a 2,500 mile trip as I write this. I installed almost exactly the setup Switz describes when I took delivery of my trailer. I've put just about 18,000 miles on this rig, and the wheel/tire/TPMS combination has performed flawlessly. I stopped at JC last week to have a 2d A/C installed (I should have ordered it when I ordered the trailer). The tech smiled when he saw I'd gone to the 16" wheels and Michelins. He said, "I think you were well advised to do this." (I'd sold the 15" wheels and tires to someone right after I bought the 16's.) I cannot emphasize how useful it is to have a TPMS giving you a steady read on the pressure in each of your tires. Today, it was 101 degrees in Iowa. Tire pressure held very steady even in the intense heat. Oh, and if you want one more reason to switch. Ask any of the A/S techs what it costs to replace the aluminum panel/banana wrap, BEHIND the wheel when the steel belt lets loose.
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"I will not personally sell the take off OEM tires for liability reasons."

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You don't have to sell them....just send 'em my way.

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Actually I didn't sell mine either, just gave them to the guy that bought the wheels.

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Did you dismount the tires from the wheels before "giving" them to the wheel purchaser? If not, then the tires came in the purchase price for liability exposure. If they were unmounted, then the chap intentionally mounted them which would relieve you of the liability issue for the tires. The bill of sale should read wheels only without tires.

The ambulance chaser lawyers are a real pain and have contributed to everyone doing the CYA thing.
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On private sales of used equipment there is no implied liability or even a "fit for purpose", at least here in Canada. It's "Buyer Beware" all the way.
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I utilized much of Switz, posts information on tires and rims. My total costs recently from Discount tire with Sendel rims , and all their warranties ( they have 800 stores nationally ) for five tires was $2,100. Awaiting delivery of my 30ft and will mount before taking delivery. Not sure what I will do with stock rims and tires.
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When I called the factory to inquire about the tire set they are using on the 27EB, the up charge was $350 per tire.
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