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Old 02-19-2011, 11:12 AM   #113
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Just found this RV tire guide. It is geared more towards large motorhomes, but the tips and photos provide a convenient summary of tire info in this thread and other posts on this site.

Info on manufacturing date codes, how to weigh an RV, use of leveling blocks, weather checking/cracks, tire care/prep for storage, photos of typical tire damage and inflation tables:

http://www.costco.com/Images/Content...1_RV_Guide.pdf

After reviewing the inflation tables, I am considering lowering our tire pressure to around 75 psi, but I'm not sure 5 psi will make much difference.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:19 AM   #114
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Just found this RV tire guide. It is geared more towards large motorhomes, but the tips and photos provide a convenient summary of tire info in this thread and other posts on this site.

Info on manufacturing date codes, how to weigh an RV, use of leveling blocks, weather checking/cracks, tire care/prep for storage, photos of typical tire damage and inflation tables:

http://www.costco.com/Images/Content...1_RV_Guide.pdf

After reviewing the inflation tables, I am considering lowering our tire pressure to around 75 psi, but I'm not sure 5 psi will make much difference.
Wow, that's a helpful brochure. Thanks Phoenix.

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:28 AM   #115
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Hi from Ga. . .Ok, I just read ALL 114 posts on this thread and I'm probably less sure of the proper path to take than when I started ! Some great info, but--whoa-- a LOT of it. I'm a new AS owner, with 05 25' Safari that had new Marathons installed when I bought it from an AS service center last fall, I was feeling pretty good about our trip to YENP,GCNP and points out West this summer. The idea of throwing away 4 nearly new tires and alloy wheels is killing me, but I do not want a summer of tire trouble either. What's a fella to do ? ! Great post from Phoenix, I too had a blowout on that road, albeit in a rental car, but I felt your pain. I'm headed to the Mothership this Spring, so I guess I'll have to decide......thanks for ALL the posts, Regards, Craig
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:55 AM   #116
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Here's my experience..

This is my experience. Have never regretted it.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ers-46418.html

The only thing I would have done differently is maybe get new axles at the same time with the increased deflection angle for more clearance to have avoided th slight trimming I needed to do. Oh well....

Again - the main point of all of this is that you need to pressure the tires to the load being carried. Just cause it can hold 80 psi doesn't mean your trailer will like it....
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:32 PM   #117
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Ramblin', it is confusing. It takes time to settle in and make sense. Eventually you hope you have weighed all the information correctly and then decide what to do.

We had the OEM Marathons for 18,000 miles and no problems except they lose air fairly often. It could have been the valve stem.

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Old 03-23-2011, 06:24 PM   #118
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Ordered my 16" wheels and Michelins from The Mothership today. It is currently snowing like mad, but it won't be long until I pull the Safari out of the barn.
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Ordered my 16" wheels and Michelins from The Mothership today. It is currently snowing like mad, but it won't be long until I pull the Safari out of the barn.
You're going to like them a lot. We are approaching 5,000 miles on Lucy's, and they are still looking and working great. The wheels are also much better than the ones Lucy came with. On the new 16" wheels, you can actually get to the valve stem.

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On the new 16" wheels, you can actually get to the valve stem.

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Yes, that was a pain on my 15" wheels.
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16" Wheels

We just returned form a 2K+ maiden voyage for our 30' Classic to "sunny" California ( NOT) and didn't have a single problem with our new Michelins. We ran at 78psi.

We usually place a small wicker basket for keys on the on the "lawn chair" cubby closet at the entry door, but this time we forgot to replace it to its travel home. It had a few misc items in it. At one lunch stop we entered the AS and we found that the small basket was exactly where we placed it prior to travel! Remember we drove on California roads...not the smoothest in the land. So the AS traveled without excessive bouncing............

Confidence in tires which will flawlessly perform and are weight rated higher than required--as a safety buffer----PRICELESS!
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We're picking up our 16" upgrades from the Mother Ship at Alumapalooza and I am very pumped. I am a tire Nazi and these Marathons (based on personal experience) are not going to cut it. We'll have the 15" factory tires and wheels with less than 3,000 miles on them for sale at the rally...CHEAP!
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Keith, here are a few photos of Lucy's 16" wheels. As you will note the front clearance on the fender well is close, but "close" only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades. The 16" wheels look great, are easier to clean, and much easier to air up.

I could have saved myself a lot of grief if I had done the wheel/tire upgrade a lot sooner.

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Keith, here are a few photos of Lucy's 16" wheels. As you will note the front clearance on the fender well is close, but "close" only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades. The 16" wheels look great, are easier to clean, and much easier to air up.

I could have saved myself a lot of grief if I had done the wheel/tire upgrade a lot sooner.

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I wonder if they will fit on mine? Exactly what I want.
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Keith, here are a few photos of Lucy's 16" wheels. As you will note the front clearance on the fender well is close, but "close" only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades. The 16" wheels look great, are easier to clean, and much easier to air up.

I could have saved myself a lot of grief if I had done the wheel/tire upgrade a lot sooner.

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Thanks, Brian. They look great. Are those new hub caps that came with the 16" package or originals?

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I wonder if they will fit on mine? Exactly what I want.

I don't really have any idea whether they would fit or not. I can tell you that going from the 225/75x15's to the 225/75x16's added about 1/2" to the radius of each tire/wheel set.

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