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Old 10-25-2010, 02:41 PM   #57
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We put 16" BF Goodrich Commercial TA tires (225-75R-16)on our 20" Safari SE and have been very happy with them. We used aluminum wheels from Tredit that appear to be the same ones that COUNTRYSONG used from Sendel. We didn't have any fitment problems with them at all. They also fit into the spare tire carrier without any modifications, so I guess from Crawfordgene's experience, it may vary from trailer to trailer. We purchased the wheels for approximately $75 each by phone, and the tires from the local Big-O. Tredit has a number of stores across the country, and there was a great amount of variation in the price from store to store, so it paid for us to do the comparison shopping. I think that you will be happy with the move to the 16" LT tires, we are.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:54 AM   #58
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"New" Tires

I have ordered a set of Michelin LT225/75R16E1 XPS RIB for the Airstream from Discount Tire.

Set came in and they were made in week 29 of 2009.

I know that Michelin discards any LT's that are unsold after three years, and yet they want me to accept tires that are 18 months old.

I want tires made at least in 2010 and have been told that Discount has no way of asking for tires made in 2010. They did agree to order another set in an effort to get newer tires.

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48Bob,

Which Tredit location did you order from? Did you get caps too, open or closed?

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Old 10-29-2010, 12:41 PM   #60
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SRW, where can I verify the info that Michelin discards LT tires that are unsold after 3 years. I personally called Micheling customer service about a tire problem about 5 years ago and was told that tires older than 7 years should not be put in service, but nothing about discarding LT's unsold after 3 years.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:24 PM   #61
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SRW, RIB tires may have a longer life—this is only a guess. They are for commercial use on trucks and being that profit margins in trucking are low, they get retreaded until they fall apart, so Michelin may make them to last longer.

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Re: rib tires -- if they're really mfd. for larger trucks (I'm guessing 18 wheelers), is it possible that they could be too "stiff" for our TT's?

Also, I think I've read it here somewhere, but I have a really difficult time when searching for specific things, so I'm going to ask again:

What do we need to measure and look for to make certain that our 1969 Tradewind has enough clearance for us to go from 15" wheels and tires to 16" wheels and tires?

Thanks so much, and I'm sorry for asking a question that has more than likely been discussed before but I can't find.

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Old 10-29-2010, 03:30 PM   #63
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What do we need to measure and look for to make certain that our 1969 Tradewind has enough clearance for us to go from 15" wheels and tires to 16" wheels and tires?


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Given you use the same size 16" tires as you current 15" tires...i.e. 225 and 225, the 16" version will be 1" overall diameter larger than the 15". So, you will need at a minimum 3/4" clearance between your existing tires and all portions of the trailer. Meaning, the opening in the front of the tires, the opening in the rear of the tires, and then at the top of the tire between the tires and the wheel well, you will need this 3/4" plus the amount of travel the suspension needs while in use.

I say 3/4" because the 16" will be 1/2" larger in radius (1/2 of diameter) and this will give you an additional 1/4" safety margin.

The only way I know to check the clearance at the top would be to drive the trailer up on a block on one wheel, and then measure how much clearance there is in that condition between the wheel and the wheel well.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:59 PM   #64
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Re: rib tires -- if they're really mfd. for larger trucks (I'm guessing 18 wheelers), is it possible that they could be too "stiff" for our TT's?

Also, I think I've read it here somewhere, but I have a really difficult time when searching for specific things, so I'm going to ask again:

What do we need to measure and look for to make certain that our 1969 Tradewind has enough clearance for us to go from 15" wheels and tires to 16" wheels and tires?

Thanks so much, and I'm sorry for asking a question that has more than likely been discussed before but I can't find.

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The Michelin XPS RIB is available only in 16" sizes, so they are not for use in class 7 and 8 trucks. Rather, they are intended for light to medium duty use (3/4 ton pickups and Suburbans) and class 3 and 4 vehicles like the low cab forward Isuzu, UD, Ford and International medium duty truck platforms and one ton dually pick-ups.

I have a set on my '04 Mercedes Sprinter service van and the tires have almost 70K miles on them and still have a way to go. They have driven cross-country several times and have experiences road surface temps of over 120* and some sub-freezing ambient temps. Never had a problem and will replace them with the same tire when I need new ones in about a year.
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I made the change to 16" and have no regrets. Here's the thread showing how they fit:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ari-51030.html
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Sorry to contradict Steve, but tires of the "same" size have slightly different diameters. You can look on manufacturers' websites to get exact dimensions for each tires. Some of the larger tire chains also will have dimensions on their websites. It isn't much, but it's good to know. Once you put a larger tire on, you also may have to adjust your hitch because the trailer is approximately 1/2" higher.

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SRW, where can I verify the info that Michelin discards LT tires that are unsold after 3 years. I personally called Micheling customer service about a tire problem about 5 years ago and was told that tires older than 7 years should not be put in service, but nothing about discarding LT's unsold after 3 years.
I called Michelin via there help line listed on their website.

The rep that I spoke with told me about the "Discard after 3 year policy".

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New LT's and wheels.

Here are two photos of my new wheels and tires.

Tires are at 80 psig with the lugs tightened to 140 lbs. As recommended by Discount Tire.
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Here are two photos of my new wheels and tires.

Tires are at 80 psig with the lugs tightened to 140 lbs. As recommended by Discount Tire.
Like the wheels! More info please—where did you get them and what model are they?
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Interesting reading about Michelin and their official position on tire life and when to take tires out of service: http://www.michelinrvtires.com/assets/pdf/TB-Service-Life-for-RV-Tires.pdf
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