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Old 10-16-2008, 05:08 PM   #15
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...Considering all of these factors, I am now leaning toward changing over to load range E LT tires for several reasons.
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Am I on the right track? Will the switch to LT's be the answer? Are the LT's strong enough for the rigors of a tandem axle Airstream?

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Would you get a better selection of 15" in a "D" rated tire????

The "D" rated tire is about 2540 # each rating

I gotta believe your Safari isn't rated for much over 7500 #'s GVWR. That would mean you can get by with an 1875 # tire. I believe that would be a "C" at 1880 for top coverage. A "D" would be more than enough. An "E" would not be needed.

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Old 10-16-2008, 08:38 PM   #16
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I've been doing some trailer tire research and have found information that is concerning me about tire replacement.


5. All ST tires have a maximum speed rating of 65 mph.


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I disagree with that, if you look a tire chart and the load per wheel that will tell you the pressure you need to go 65mph.

Now if you add 10 psi you can safely do 75mph and that is from the manufacturer.

Just get air valves with 90 degrees fittings, stay with the ST which have stiffer side walls than LTs
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:07 AM   #17
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Hi Brian,
It's Diane, the dingy blonde you helped with generators at balloon festival. When we were at Fiesta, I visited with Rich Luhr about tires and he had recommended the Doran Tire Pressure Monitoring kit. Quite a pricy item, but in my situation traveling alone, it could be well worth the money. So I ordered and I am now way over my head. The kit still sits on my floor while I ponder what I have learned since ordering.

I just had recall from Discount tire on valve stems. Learned I have low pressure stems on my 80 PSI tires. Now, if I replace with high pressure valve stems, I cannot even reach to check pressure much less add tire monitor. (this must explain why discount tire put on low pressure valve stems)

The very helpful person at Doran (Debbie) gave me a website source(can't find at the moment) that has 23 pages of various sizes of valve stems available. Wow....she said if I would remove hubcap and read on wheel the brand of wheel and numbers, the valve stem folks could tell me what stem to buy from the 23 pages. So after removing hubcaps which was no easy task for me, I had to hand wash rims because I couldn't see any brand name or numbers. Finally, I discovered very small numbers stamped in wheel "2160 lbs Max 60 PSI." Oh no, now I find my tires are too big for the wheels. Believe me, I understand your frustration with tires and wheels. Since I don't have deep pockets, I'm really at a loss at what to do. If I were in your shoes, I would order a box of longer and angled valve stems and the Doran system. I've read so much about tires over the last 15 years I've decided they are all a risk....that's why I wanted the Doran system. Like you, I sure would like any suggestion or advice that's out in the Airstream world. I think I like "streamin" better before I knew about tires, axles, wheels and so forth. Nowadays I'm just a worry wart on the hwg. Diane
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Welcome to the forums Diane.

I don't know anything in the least when it comes to tires. I have learned a lot from this forum, though and am learning more about tires. Fortunately I have found a service department and service rep that I really trust to work on my autos. That makes a real difference when it comes to laying out hard earned money for repairs that seems so expensive these days. Unfortunately, there isn't a trustworthy Airstream dealer in the whole state of Georgia. That's not to say there isn't a dealer in Georgia, it's just to say I have dealt with that dealer's service department before and will never again!

Anyway, I haven't got the warm fuzzies from my local tire shop when it comes to my Airstream tires. I don't think they see many travel trailers so I can empathize when it comes to confusion about what to do about the tire issues. I will be ready to replace mine next season so I'll have to start researching soon.

Good luck with your valve stems and tires...and BTW, I think the vintage Bambi's are the neatest little Airstreams!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:36 AM   #19
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I switched to 16 in wheels and Michelin LT 225 75 16 tires about 2 years ago.

The reasoning was
15 in trailer tires all went to China for manufacturing
Availability of replacements on the road.
Tire mileage life
No speed limitation

The wheels I bought were
Aluminum Trailer Wheel Style: SERIES #04 Size: 16 x 6HD Bolt Pattern: 8 x 6.5 Bore Size: 4.90 Load Rating: 3960 lbs @ 110 PSI Offset: -8mm

They were recommended for clearance on an Airstream with these tires with a -8mm offset. They are a 3900 lbs. wheel

Unfortunately the clear coat is starting to show signs of failure on the wheels as noted in thread
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/a...lem-45918.html
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:56 AM   #20
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Interesting offset

I just had some cord breaks in my China Marathons this weekend, thank god was spotted by a keen eyed fellow airstream'r....


So, I'm also watching this thread and thinking of moving to the 16' rims.

Interesting that some here on this thread have used 0 offset while others have used 8?

The clearance between wheel well and 16' rim and tire can be greatly affected by the offset I'm sure.

Now I wonder if the clearance will vary by trailer and the person who cut the wheel well on the Airstream line that day....
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Old 11-06-2008, 03:22 PM   #21
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HowieE,

The link you provided shows 8 bolt series 4 wheels which have a -8mm offset. In several other threads, you said you bought 6 bolt series 4 wheels with a +5mm offset. So what did you buy?

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Old 11-06-2008, 04:56 PM   #22
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The link you provided shows 8 bolt series 4 wheels which have a -8mm offset. In several other threads, you said you bought 6 bolt series 4 wheels with a +5mm offset. So what did you buy?
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From time to time the vendor must have changed the feature wheel at the top of the page. The link is good but you have to scroll down the page to the 4th from the bottom of the page to see what I purchased.

Now I must say I have had those wheels for about a year and a half and they are showing signs of the clear coat failing. There are other threads on this forum that discuss this issue. I can not say if there is a manufacture out there that does not have this problem but I am not a happy camper to have spent that kind of money. The picture is typical of all 6 wheels
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HowieE,

I am now even more confused. The fourth from the bottom show a 0 offset. You said on 7-29-08 that you bought a 16" with a +5mm offset. If 6 bolts and series 4 that makes sense. 3900 lbs and -8mm offset is for 8 bolts. Do you have 6 or 8 bolts?
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:01 PM   #24
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The page may have changed again.
This is the description of my wheel.

Aluminum Trailer Wheel Style: SERIES #04 Size: 16 x 6 HD Bolt Pattern: 8 x 6.5 Bore Size: 4.90 Load Rating: 3960 lbs @ 110 PSI Offset: -8mm

It is the one featured at the top of the page. The cost was $105.00


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Welcome to the forums Diane. Good luck...and BTW, I think the vintage Bambi's are the neatest little Airstreams!
Tom - Wait until you get to see Diane's Bambi !! She's really tricked it out beautifully and made it her own!!
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I switched to 16 in wheels and Michelin LT 225 75 16 tires about 2 years ago. The wheels I bought were
Aluminum Trailer Wheel Style: SERIES #04 Size: 16 x 6HD Bolt Pattern: 8 x 6.5 Bore Size: 4.90 Load Rating: 3960 lbs @ 110 PSI Offset: -8mm
They were recommended for clearance on an Airstream with these tires with a -8mm offset. They are a 3900 lbs. wheel
Can somebody explain to this dumbie (on tires at least) the meaning of zero offset wheels & tires, and the potential effect of going against the conventional wisdom of the zero offset by installing the 8mm offset, AND
I need to better understand what happens when one goes from 15" to 16". Does that wheel & tire size fit the Airstream wheelwells?

I sure do like the idea of being able to get Michelin tires on my trailer(s)!!!! I've only had one blow out with the OEM Marathons with no trailer damage (thanks to a nice trucker & CB radios) and am now on my second set of them, but . . Marathon vs. Michelin? That seems to me like a true no brainer if doing so CAN NOT damage any aspect of the trailer!!

Thanks for any input - I sure need it. I'm right at the point of choosing a new axle for the '54 Cruiser, and want to get this right the 1st time.

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Old 02-13-2009, 08:40 AM   #27
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I went with the Eagle alloy 16" wheels and BF Goodrich tires outlined below. I have about 4,000 miles on these tires and wheels without any problems. The tires still look great no unusual ware . The wheels look great. I have also included the information on the wheel studs that I used since the 1976 Airstream had lug bolts. I seated the studs with lockthite and they worked without a problem. I have since replaced my axles so I am not useing the wheel studs anymore.

The Tires are BF Goodrich Commercial T/A LT225/75R16/E. Adjust the PSI to match the weight of your trailer.

BFGoodrich Tires | Commercial T/A® All Season | Tire Sizes & Specs

The wheels are from Eagle Alloy
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My 1976 A/S had wheel bolts so I needed to convert them to wheel studs so that I could use the proper Chrome lug nuts. I got the 1/2" wheel studs from E-Trailer and also used Permatex Locktite Red High Strenght Threadlocker.

Replacement Wheel Stud, Screw-In, 1/2" x 2" 25-53 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com

I used Gorilla chrome lug nuts and wheel locks. The McGard lug nuts and wheel locks would also be a good choice.
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I've been doing some trailer tire research and have found information that is concerning me about tire replacement.

1. ST (trailer) tires are not designed to wear out.

2. The mileage expectation for ST tires is 5,0000 to 12,000 miles.
I have been getting about 25,000 miles per set. I just put my third set on my trailer.
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3. Replacement of ST tires is recommended after 4 to 5 years regardless of mileage.
I have not had this problem. I may in the future.
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4. ST tire polyester and steel cords are larger than those in passenger (P) and light truck (LT) tires to meet the additional load requirements of trailer service.

5. All ST tires have a maximum speed rating of 65 mph.
While this may be true you can go faster if you increase the pressure. There is info on the Goodyear website to support this.
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1. I usually drive at 65 mph, but do often ease up to 70+.
Bump the tire pressure up 5 PSI.
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Now I'm looking for tire/wheel combos that would work for Lucy.
There are several threads on this subject.
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Am I on the right track? Will the switch to LT's be the answer? Are the LT's strong enough for the rigors of a tandem axle Airstream?

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