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Old 09-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #15
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For those of you that have done the switch to 16 inch rims and tires, have you had any problem stowing the spare 16 inch in the rack under the trailer?
I too have considered and almost bought into the 16 inch rim and tire. I think it's a good idea, but I wouldn't want to create another problem by having to stow the spare in the bed of the truck.
I can verify with confidence that the 16" wheel/tire combo fits comfortably on the factory spare tire carrier for a 1968 Airstream.
Your new model should also be compatible. The 68 had plenty of space.
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Thanx a bunch. I'm getting getting a whole lot of good information.

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Brian,
I think you need Z rated tires
I have been using the marathons for 80,000 miles. I cought one with a bubble in the sidewall before a trip. I wore the rest out.
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I think you need Z rated tires
I have been using the marathons for 80,000 miles. I cought one with a bubble in the sidewall before a trip. I wore the rest out.
Michelle,

I went to the Goodyear website and could not find any info on a z rated Marathon. Do you have any further info or leads?

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Michelle,

I went to the Goodyear website and could not find any info on a z rated Marathon. Do you have any further info or leads?

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It was a joke.... Z rated tire have the highest abaility to shed heat. Heat is the usual suspect in tire seperation. There are others like workmanship and punctures from road hazards.
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I can verify with confidence that the 16" wheel/tire combo fits comfortably on the factory spare tire carrier for a 1968 Airstream.
Your new model should also be compatible. The 68 had plenty of space.

Thanks, that puts that question to bed.
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Bluto, the question just got out of bed. A 1968 tire carrier must be larger than a 2008. The 15" fits snuggly, the 16" won't unless you bend back each of the side pieces that hold the tire in. So it can be done, but…

It is difficult to get the tire out and I'm sure it's no enjoyable task getting it back in. I threw it into the pickup bed. Easier to check air pressure too, and takes a little weight off the tongue. You may not want to put the tire in the Suburban. So, the tire carrier can be adapted.

I have read on the Forum that some trailers don't have the necessary clearance to go to 16". Measure carefully and often. If the wheel cutout isn't big enough, it appears it can be solved. We feel safer using the 16" Michelins and that means a lot. And we very rarely have to add air to the Michelins; we had to do so with the Marathons every several days. Lucy will like the ride.

Any good tire shop can make the changeover. I'd check with Airstream to get the exact wheel specs for your trailer. Sometimes you can find that info on their website if you look long enough. The offset is important and you have to make sure the wheel dealer knows what their doing. At least one Forum member was sold the wrong offset. It's 0˚ for ours, but yours may be different.

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I've been told by Airstream "Old Timers" that a person can limp in a few miles at slow speed with only one tire/wheel on a side in an emergency.

If this is in fact true, why would a 15" spare not work with a set of 16" wheels/tires? I mean, a spare is not normally used for long, and it would solve any storage issues with the 16" spare.
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I was under the impression (maybe wrongfully so) that when you go to 16" wheels and LT tires that you use 225/70's vs the 75 height that you use with the 15's. This would make the overall tire heights within an inch of each other. Is this not correct"

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My tires are an inch more in diameter, raising the trailer 1/2". We use the spare to rotate with the other tires. Thus the set of 5 should last 20% longer than a set of 4. I don't know what happens when you have smaller tire on—does it change how the axle works, carry less weight thus putting more on the other tire on the same side? When you have only one tire on one side, the remaining one is carrying twice the weight, so you can't go very far that way.

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My tires are an inch more in diameter, raising the trailer 1/2". We use the spare to rotate with the other tires. Thus the set of 5 should last 20% longer than a set of 4. I don't know what happens when you have smaller tire on—does it change how the axle works, carry less weight thus putting more on the other tire on the same side? When you have only one tire on one side, the remaining one is carrying twice the weight, so you can't go very far that way.

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Gene,

I believe you are right on all counts, but keep in mind, most people I know, myself included, take the best of the four tires of the trailer at tire replacement time, and use it as a spare. It usually never touches the ground again, but is there for use in an emergency. Most trailer tires are replaced because of age, not mileage (a few of us long distance travelers excepted).

Yes, one tire would be carrying all the weight if used by itself, and that secario is only recommended as I said, "for a few miles in an emergency". My use of a spare is just that, an emergency.
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After Lucy's last tire problem (tread separation) up in Maine, and waiting five days for a new ST tire to be shipped in, we have decided to make the switch.

I saw an ad in the October issue of BLUE BERET where Airstream is advertising 16" wheels with both Goodyear and Michelin LT's. I called Jackson Center this morning and priced the two options. I spoke to Chris Burch in the Service Department and got a quote for 5 new 16" tire/wheel combinations. The quote for the 5 Michelins was $1,893.31 including mounting, balancing, and sales tax. The tires are Michelin M/S LTX LT225/75 R16, Load Range E. The wheels included in the package are styled aluminum 16" wheels. The Goodyears are only slightly less at $1,811.45 for the 5 tire/wheel package.

We have about decided to do it and go with the Michelins. We just use Lucy way too much to be plagued with constant tire problems.

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Brian,

I have 20,000 miles on my 16" Mitch LTX's.

They are wearing very well and the tread looks like new.

I mounted them on 16" stock steel rims, I picked them up at Discount Tire, this way I have service around the country.

I paid around $1,300.00 for five with steel rims.

I am also using Centramatics.
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After Lucy's last tire problem (tread separation) up in Maine, and waiting five days for a new ST tire to be shipped in, we have decided to make the switch.

I saw an ad in the October issue of BLUE BERET where Airstream is advertising 16" wheels with both Goodyear and Michelin LT's. I called Jackson Center this morning and priced the two options. I spoke to Chris Burch in the Service Department and got a quote for 5 new 16" tire/wheel combinations. The quote for the 5 Michelins was $1,893.31 including mounting, balancing, and sales tax. The tires are Michelin M/S LTX LT225/75 R16, Load Range E. The wheels included in the package are styled aluminum 16" wheels. The Goodyears are only slightly less at $1,811.45 for the 5 tire/wheel package.

We have about decided to do it and go with the Michelins. We just use Lucy way too much to be plagued with constant tire problems.

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I was doing some comparisons and number crunching. When calling around I found out that Michelin has a $70. mail in rebate for 4 or more tires. It's good till Oct. 16th, if this help you. You could probably just get the form on line.
Also checked here at Discount tire for the same 5 Michelins you are getting at A/S and they are $1146.68 out the door includes tax, balance and metal high pressure valve stems. That's minus the rims, so rims are costing about $150 each at A/S.
I have been considering the switch too and will be at JC in the near future. I'm still on the fence as my rims and tires are new.
If I only had a buyer for the 15's. Hmmmm.
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Bluto's price quote on the Michelins sounds about right. I think you can get wheels for less than $150 each. The Discount Tire website should have wheel prices too. The LTX tires are the same ones we have. I'm sure you'll be happy with them. Mooses love them too.

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