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Old 11-04-2010, 04:46 PM   #71
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Like the wheels! More info please—where did you get them and what model are they?
The wheels are GREENBALL's 16x7 aluminum DualForce.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:52 PM   #72
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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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Discount Tire sent back the tires made in 2009 and reordered. The second order resulted in tires made the in Germany during the 39th week of 2010. These are the tires I accepted and had mounted on the AS, Cool.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:33 PM   #73
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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
I think they meant they take them off the market after 3 years, not to stop using them at 3 years.

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Old 11-04-2010, 05:46 PM   #74
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I think they meant they take them off the market after 3 years, not to stop using them at 3 years.

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I agree with you, and didn't mean to imply otherwise.

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Old 11-04-2010, 08:06 PM   #75
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I think the only question I haven't asked about changing our tires/wheels from 15" to 16" is..............

is there anyone here who has a 1969 Tradewind who has changed from 15" to 16" tires? If so, did you have any clearance problems which you had to resolve?

Sorry for asking so many questions re: changing the tires/wheels, but this is such a big decision -- and, ultimately could be our safety on the line, depending upon which way we go. We really don't want to have a blowout while driving.

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Old 11-04-2010, 08:21 PM   #76
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You can answer the question yourself if you just measure the new tire size and add any additional dimension to the current tire while mounted on the trailer.

The critical consideration is what shape are your axles in as far as the angle of the trailing arm. Look under the trailer and across to the other side. The arm that comes from the axle tube to the spindle should be angled down towards the spindle end. If the arm is level or angled up your axle is worn out and has eaten up any clearance that you need.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:51 AM   #77
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HowieE,

Thanks for the information on the axles; that is a part of our problem in a nutshell. We are planning to replace the axles, but not until next Spring. We need to replace the TT tires asap as the ones which were on it weren't even good enough to tow it home on and we had to remove our tires/wheels from our Safari to get the Tradewind home.

Anyway, we thought we would hold off on the axles until we have completed our interior remodeling thinking that would give the rubber in the axles another six to nine months of life (ordering them later as opposed to sooner).

One thing we are finding out is that it seems doing one thing on our AS is so connected with doing another. You know: "I can't do this until I have done that".

Maybe we should go ahead and replace the axles now, but we're thinking we would like to have the frame POR 15'd and the belly pan back in place before doing the axles.

Thanks again.

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Old 11-06-2010, 02:06 PM   #78
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Deb, maybe you should bring it home on a flatbed. I know that will cost more than towing it, but may solve the other problems.

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Hi Gene.

We have it home, it's just that one is sitting up on jack stands and needs to have wheels/tires under her.

Since we are so up in the air about whether to go to 16's, I imagine we'll stick with the 15's, toss a dart, and let that decide which tires to go with. I just don't think any of them are a "box of cherries".

Thanks Gene.

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Originally Posted by 2001excella
"I called 1-866-866-6605 and got a rep that eventually transferred me to the Michelin Transport Department. I had asked each representative specifically about P235/75R15 LTX tires for use on a travel trailer. Mentioned that I had an Airstream with a 7300GVRW and wanted to put them on. The person could not recommend the use of this specific tire for that application (it is an automotive tire for automotive use only) and deferred by passing me on to the Transport Division representative that handles other tire types. That rep indicated that Michelin made no LT tires for use on a Travel Trailer and if the travel trailer manufacturer had originally supplied the travel trailer with LT tires that is what I should use. The rep also said that using anything but a LT tire on a travel trailer would be a "Safety Issue" because an ST tire is manufactured with a stronger (they did no say stiffer) sidewall construction which is more cabable of handling the load. The rep had also indicated that the entire department had recently been notified (in the last few weeks) in a meeting that they should never recommend any of their tires for use in ST trailer applications.

The reps I talked to all seemed to be adamant about their tires and the use of those tires only for automotive applications and not for trailer use. Maybe we should start another thread to see if a bunch of us could call tire manufactures and get the same line from each of them. You and I have clearly gotten two differing opinions which makes me somewhat uncomfortable."


After reading this post I called Michelin's Customer Care at 1-800-847-3435 naively expecting to confirm that what I had been told in an earlier call was indeed correct.

The Michelin rep (Bill) said that although Michelin did NOT make a tire specifically for use on travel trailers they were aware that the Michelin LT XPS RIB tires were being used with travel trailers, and in fact was providing good service.

He also said if a consumer wanted to use a Michelin tire on a travel trailer the XPS RIB was the best choice due to its stiffer sidewall.

He went on to say that most likely the reason that Michelin did not "recommend" their LT XPS RIB for use on travel trailers was due to a lack of testing, and that would no doubt change in the future.

Hmmmm.
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After reading this post I called Michelin's Customer Care at 1-800-847-3435 naively expecting to confirm that what I had been told in an earlier call was indeed correct.

The Michelin rep (Bill) said that although Michelin did NOT make a tire specifically for use on travel trailers they were aware that the Michelin LT XPS RIB tires were being used with travel trailers, and in fact was providing good service.

He also said if a consumer wanted to use a Michelin tire on a travel trailer the XPS RIB was the best choice due to its stiffer sidewall.

He went on to say that most likely the reason that Michelin did not "recommend" their LT XPS RIB for use on travel trailers was due to a lack of testing, and that would no doubt change in the future.

Hmmmm.
I agree with your thought...."Hmmmm." Sure would be nice if it came in the 225/75 15 for those of us that don't need to cash out the farm just for a good set of wheels and tires.

thanks for your digging and I too have emailed M for further clarification. When (if) I get a response, I will post here.

thanks and keep digging
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:00 PM   #82
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I believe when the time comes I will go to this 15" tire:

Michelin LTX M/S2

Click on the "specs" section and read the weight capacity and size. This would let us go to a Michilin LT 15" tire with the capacity to haul our trailers, and not have to change wheels.
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Click on the "specs" section and read the weight capacity and size.
But the max pressure is only 50psi.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:39 PM   #84
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There must be some livestock trailer owners on this forum. Around this part of the world they run Michelins up and down the highways at the speed limit with four horses, tack and a few bales of hay on the trailer and never seem to have any problems.
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