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Old 04-10-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Overlander 15" to 16" switch

Hey everyone, just picked up an Overlander today. 1966 International. My first airstream.

It needs a little bit of TLC, but not bad overall.... one major item being tires/wheels. I found a pretty good deal on some tire/wheel combos.

Here is a "copy/paste" from the classified site:
4 Dorall LT 225/75/16 Tires & Rims, like new tread, load E rating (10 ply) on 6 lug white steel rims.

My question is, would it be a problem to go from a 225/75/15 to a 225/75/16? I could probably get all 4 wheels and tires for $250, as opposed to getting just 4 new tires on current wheels for over $400.

I'm still waiting to hear what the offset of the wheels is. From what i've read on here, I need a "zero offset".

Attached are a few pictures of the Overlander.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:03 PM   #2
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Here is a picture of the rims and tires that i'm considering.
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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Hey everyone, just picked up an Overlander today. 1966 International. My first airstream.

It needs a little bit of TLC, but not bad overall.... one major item being tires/wheels. I found a pretty good deal on some tire/wheel combos.

Here is a "copy/paste" from the classified site:
4 Dorall LT 225/75/16 Tires & Rims, like new tread, load E rating (10 ply) on 6 lug white steel rims.

My question is, would it be a problem to go from a 225/75/15 to a 225/75/16? I could probably get all 4 wheels and tires for $250, as opposed to getting just 4 new tires on current wheels for over $400.

I'm still waiting to hear what the offset of the wheels is. From what i've read on here, I need a "zero offset".

Attached are a few pictures of the Overlander.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
It also depends on the condition of the axles.

If they are not in good shape, the 16 inch tires may hit the wheel well when hitting a good bump.

Andy
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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Hi, also check the DOT code on the tires; "Like new tread" means nothing if the tires are 7 to 10 years old.
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:56 AM   #5
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Congratulations on your purchase! I noticed the clock in your picture and I have the same one in my 66 Safari. If yours doesn't work, try a clock shop and they can retrofit a smaller unit to fit.

As for the wheels, I would stick with the size that was intended for the trailer (original 15 inch). I agree with Andy that the larger ones may cause a challenge if you hit some good bumps.

Keep asking questions....and we love the pics! Keep them coming
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:18 PM   #6
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My 1984 31 Ft. Excella came with 700R15 8 ply rated tires on it( now load range D). I found out that Airstream (I emailed Airstream and asked) back then was using the Michelin XCA model tire. The XCA had an outside diameter of 29.4 (I emailed Michelin and asked) inches with a max width of 7.8 inches(kinda skinny). However the GoodYear Marathons max width is 8.8 inches.
The Commercial TA's(LT225/75R16s) have an outside diameter of 29.4 inches and a max width of 8.8 inches.
I chose the Eagle Alloy 0589-7766-1-AA (part number off the box they came in) because it most closely matched the original wheel on my trailer in offset and backset. I also use metal valve stems and a Tire Pressure Monitering System.
Weigh your trailer. Using the tongue place equal weight on both axles of the trailer, several passes over the scales will be required. I managed to adjust the tongue height and the loading on my trunion bars and ended up with equal weight on all four axles (two on the trailer and to on the tow vehicle). The difference in hanndeling and stipping was amazing.
The Commercial T/A is only available in load range E, however use the load/inflation chart Michelin will send you or you can download it and use the proper pressure according to the chart for the weight on your tires.
I run 60 PSI in my 31 foot 1984 Excella.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:13 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the tips.. I've decided to not purchase those tires anyways. After talking with the guy, he said they've been on his trailer since 2003 and they are cracking in some spots.



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I noticed the clock in your picture and I have the same one in my 66 Safari. If yours doesn't work, try a clock shop and they can retrofit a smaller unit to fit.
How are these clocks powered? I haven't had a chance to look at it yet. It currently isn't working though.
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