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Old 01-24-2015, 07:22 AM   #15
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Should have posted this in the previous email. This is a return email I got from Airstream Corporate when I switched from 15' to 16' on my previous 30' FC.

Hello, The rim size should be:
16x6
5.5 bolt pattern
4.25 center hole
with an offset of 0
the tire sizes that we use would be 16" LTX M/S LT 225/75R16 Load range E

Both the Michelin and the Good Year Marathon ST are good tires. The Good Year Marathon are made specifically for trailers and the Michelin are for Light Trucks.


As you can see they still protect themselves supporting the ST tires, but put 16" Michelins on any trailer you want when you order the unit from the factory and ok it when I sent in my question as to whether it was ok or not.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:51 AM   #16
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Can you go from 14 inch to 16 inch wheels on a 2006 23 ft Safari? Then go with the Michelins? If so what size Michelins?


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The consensus seems to be that upgrading from 14" wheels on the 23' trailers is best done to 15" wheels, and not to 16". Here is a link to a recent discussion of this (which starts at post #41):

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f160...ie-129324.html
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:38 AM   #17
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Thanks for verifying the numbers guys. I think we are starting to like the looks of the T06. As for the load rating it will be more than adequate for our 27ft FB International.

I have priced Tire Rack & Discount Tire, and currently, the better deal is Trailerwheels.com (Free shipping) and getting the tires and having them mounted at Costco.

Presently 4 of the Michelin LTX M/S LT 225/75R16 are 720.00 before shipping on Tirerack.com and 846.04 with shipping to my area.

Where as at Costco it's $689.96 for a set of 4 with current instant rebate. The surprising thing is, that actually Tirerack is cheaper per tire, but the shipping completely nullifies the cost. Even the $15 per tire to mount and balance I end up ahead of Tirerack.
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:46 AM   #18
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Here's a pretty good deal from Discounttiredirect.com which is where I got mine. $70 Visa cash card and free shipping. It's cheaper than Costco in my neck of the woods who adds sales tax when purchasing locally. Tire Details - Discount Tire Direct

Discount Tire has arrangements in most cities (where they have no direct dealership), with many local businesses who will mount, balance, and dispose of your old tires for $16 each.

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Old 01-24-2015, 11:54 AM   #19
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King of wheels in LA, 115$/ wheel, free shipping,center was extra, I liked the black shadow ones....
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:06 PM   #20
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King of wheels in LA, 115$/ wheel, free shipping,center was extra, I liked the black shadow ones....
Did you need new centre caps going from 15 OEM to 16 Sendel? I've read that the OEM centre caps will fit.

I did need new centre caps going from 14 OEM to 15 Sendel on my 23FB.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:12 PM   #21
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I've read mixed opinions on the center caps.

The TO6 is out the window now, the center bore is all wrong. So boo hoo :'(

Guess it's back to the T02 which is my preference over the T03 but who knows, maybe I'll just default.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:18 PM   #22
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Hey bold adventure , how's black water tank doing?
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:21 PM   #23
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Here's a pretty good deal from Discounttiredirect.com which is where I got mine. $70 Visa cash card and free shipping. It's cheaper than Costco in my neck of the woods who adds sales tax when purchasing locally. Tire Details - Discount Tire Direct

Discount Tire has arrangements in most cities (where they have no direct dealership), with many local businesses who will mount, balance, and dispose of your old tires for $16 each.

Jack
Surprising because their out the door pricing for me is $898.80 which is more than Costco out the door here which only charges $15 per tire.
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Center Caps fit if you go from the same wheel dimensions that I had to what I bought....see above


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Where as at Costco it's $689.96 for a set of 4 with current instant rebate. The surprising thing is, that actually Tirerack is cheaper per tire, but the shipping completely nullifies the cost. Even the $15 per tire to mount and balance I end up ahead of Tirerack.
Is Costco going to install them on your trailer, or just mount them on the rims? Just a heads up, but I would check with the installer at Costco ahead of time as they have some pretty strict standards as far as installing tires goes. Some installers can't get past installing an LT tire on a trailer. I had an issue with that here in California, but this state has some overly protective tire mounting and installation laws.

Also the center caps from my old wheels fit the new wheels perfectly.
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Is Costco going to install them on your trailer, or just mount them on the rims? Just a heads up, but I would check with the installer at Costco ahead of time as they have some pretty strict standards as far as installing tires goes. Some installers can't get past installing an LT tire on a trailer. I had an issue with that here in California, but this state has some overly protective tire mounting and installation laws.

Also the center caps from my old wheels fit the new wheels perfectly.
Mounting loose, I had this issue resolved already, earlier: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...op-127490.html
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I just had the Motrhership replace all seven wheels and tires on my three axle Classic. Airstream tire size 225/75 R-15 replaced by Michelin M/S LTX LT225/75 R16, Load Range E.
Note: Airstream Service installs wheels with Michelins already mounted from their supplier. They took my old rims and tires on trade as there is some demand for the Alcoa wheels. All in all, it was a good deal, and since I was getting the wheel bearings repacked there was no labor charge for the change out. They stated the warranty was the same as every thing else they do. I was averaging three years each on sets of Marathons, Carlilses, and Maxxis. This was Airstream's recommendation for the problem of premature tread separation I had experienced in all the cases of tire failure. To boot, when I got home, Discount Tire sold me lifetime road hazard waranties on the tires including free rotation and balancing. They wrote the order up stating the tires are installed on a trailer the same as they do for ST tires. It seems like the future for Airstream is Michelin LT. It can't be any worse than my ST experience history.
I feel better about going to Labrador now than I did about my 12,000 mile trip to Alaska and back. Lost four STs on that trip. Two of us got real fast at changing tires on that run. Fifteen minutes flat. just like NASCAR. Well almost as fast.
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Mounting loose, I had this issue resolved already, earlier: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...op-127490.html
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