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Old 03-26-2016, 11:57 PM   #659
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On the video from Colonial Airstream that I posted recently, the fellow said that one should repack wheel bearings every 3-5 thousand miles. Do you do this? That comment was the first I have heard of it. If not every 3-5 thousand miles, what repacking interval do you think is appropriate?
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Old 03-27-2016, 07:53 AM   #660
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I understand the logic of splitting, but agree with Peter. I enjoy the freedom to jump around within our thread. Plus I use the mobile ap almost exclusively and the search feature is, to be polite, clunky. With our mixed topic thread I just look at "participated" threads and know it's all here. Just my $.02
When I stated this thread 2years ago,I never thought it would have this much longevity ! As said most of our rigs are late model and some of us are or were new to Airstreams and or rv's . So partly due to the size and partly due it being our shared rookie status ,we share some common interests .I realy enjoy the diverse topics ,they most times come back to the core interests of "our 20 foot community " . As the season starts for us ,my hope is more of us will meet at campgrounds and swap story's . This thread is great, but it would be better around a campfire ,and perhaps a cold one !
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:17 AM   #661
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Hear hear!

Well said mazoolah.

See you On The Road Again, perhaps in New England this Summer!

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Old 03-27-2016, 08:27 AM   #662
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Oh boy.....I have spent the last 5.5 hours reading and researching about tires, wheels, centramatics (which I had an loved on my old Airstream) and my brain is completely fogged up!! I am leaning towards the Michelin's, have found 15" ones that look like they would do the job and need to make some decisions on whether to upgrade to 16 inch wheels or not.

Does anyone know if the warranty on a new Airstream is in danger if we switch from 15 to 16 inch wheels/tires?
Exactly the same logic I was using with thread splitting. With the search here you don't stand a chance. Particularly on this thread. But here goes because I did the same thing in the appropriate section on wheels, tires running gear. (And please don't take that as sour grapes, it's not. It is just that searching is SUCH a pain on this (and most vbulletin forums)). After loads of digging this is what is recommended by everyone on this forum:

Wheels:

Sendel T03-66655 (I did BM for black accents) There is nothing "magic" about the wheels. Use the specs from these to pick out your own rims. Sendels are highly recommended throughout this site though. As wheels can be total crap in manufacture I went with what everyone has raved about. Sendel.

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Michelin LTXMS2 225/75R16 E rating

Centramatics Wheel Balancers:

200-221 Special if you want them to also work with your old wheels

300-356 if you have the 16's and will keep them there and you want better balance

Valve stems should be metal if you are using external TPMS systems. I got my TPMS on sale at Camping World, the stems on amazon (Einky seems to be preferred but any rated to 200 lbs are cool) and the wheels tires lugs and whatnot at PerformancePlus Tire.

As Airstream will put on 16" wheels on a custom order basis I am confident my warranty is intact.

This is all info from HOURS of searching this site for wheel/tire configurations for the Flying Cloud 20'. It is what I have purchased and am waiting for currently to install myself on my rig. If I have misunderstood something or got something wrong no one has affirmed or disapproved this. You are on your own.

Give this a month and try searching for it...

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Old 03-27-2016, 11:07 AM   #663
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I am having so much fun out here in America. Have seen so many things for the first time. Vinny is pulling like a champ and Boomer is so much fun, no stability issues even in some pretty high wind. All of you at home, get up, get out and lets do some camping.
Glad you are having fun!

Ditto to CruizinDux that it would be great to see some photos when you have a chance, and maybe an overview of where you have been, and where you are headed (if you even know!).

Happy Trails . . .

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Old 03-27-2016, 11:18 AM   #664
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Marty,

Not familiar with the Air Safe hitch at all. We use a basic Reese WD system with 800 lb. bars, mainly because that is similar to what came with the used 25' back in the 90's, and because the new FC20's dealer recommended this set-up (without sway control now, because the new tow vehicle has built-in sway control). The dealer also felt that a FC20 could be safely towed without WD, but I feel it adds a layer of insurance in windy conditions, and on certain roads with a harmonic whoop-de-doo undulating washboard configuration, to keep the rig from hobby-horsing. [sorry if these terms are imprecise -- the best I could do]

I see you are getting good replies on your new thread about the wheel bearings,

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f465...gs-148461.html

and I don't know if we have bearings or the Nev-R-Lub system. Will check.

Thanks for asking the questions. I seem to recall that with our 1990's 25' we lubed the bearings when we bought her used and an AS dealer checked her out, and then again about 2 years and 5,000 miles later. As someone said in your other thread, no harm in lubing the bearings "too often" except obviously for the cost and appt. time.

Enjoy this glorious day in the Northeast!

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Old 03-27-2016, 01:21 PM   #665
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Heading down to Alumalina in SC on Wednesday night! Cannot wait! Haven't heard of other 20s going to this rally but with 125 Airstreams onsite what's the chance there ISN'T one? I'll post pics.

I DID buy the Fiamma rack and I'll install it upon return to Traverse City next week. Also having the new radio/dvd/Bluetooth unit installed that was planned for February but couldn't due to too much snow.

We were blessed to connect with Lynn and Stan in their 20 in NC last year. It would be fun to meet other 20 folks from this thread! I'm hoping Peter will consider going through northern Michigan if he heads to the east coast...
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. . . hoping Peter will consider going through northern Michigan if he heads to the east coast...


Go West young man . . . !!! Hoping to get your way in the Fall . . .

Have a great trip. When you have time to post the details on your new sound system that would be great.

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When I stated this thread 2years ago,I never thought it would have this much longevity ! As said most of our rigs are late model and some of us are or were new to Airstreams and or rv's . So partly due to the size and partly due it being our shared rookie status ,we share some common interests .I realy enjoy the diverse topics ,they most times come back to the core interests of "our 20 foot community " . As the season starts for us ,my hope is more of us will meet at campgrounds and swap story's . This thread is great, but it would be better around a campfire ,and perhaps a cold one !
Mazoolah, thanks. This thread has accelerated my newbie learning cure beyond belief. Many thanks to your initiative in starting this thread. I remember my excitement starting on page 1 whenn it was inthe high 20's, and reading of how folks discovered their 20 and sharing their excitement...truly a (to borrow the name of a great album name) Common Thread

I would also like to thank everyone in the 20 footer community who have unselfishly spent their time and shared their extensive knowledge and experience.

I hope our paths cross on those Blue Highways to share friendship, stories and hopefully a frosty one.

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Old 03-28-2016, 04:52 AM   #668
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Looking forward to some Close Encounters of the Twentieth Kind -- wherever!

Posted some new tunes for warming up the OTRA engine . . .

OTRA Music Channel I

And a somber number for putting it all in perspective on the other channel:

OTRA Music Channel II

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On the video from Colonial Airstream that I posted recently, the fellow said that one should repack wheel bearings every 3-5 thousand miles. Do you do this? That comment was the first I have heard of it. If not every 3-5 thousand miles, what repacking interval do you think is appropriate?
The Dexter maintenance schedule says 12 months or 12 thousand miles.
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Go West young man . . . !!! Hoping to get your way in the Fall . . .

Have a great trip. When you have time to post the details on your new sound system that would be great.

Peter

Right! ...when you go WEST!
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3-5 thousand miles? Wow if this was the case, my wheels must have fallen off by now. I packed my bearings two years ago when I replaced my wheels with the sendel rims and put on the michelin tires and installed the centramatics. I must have put more than 10k miles so far and things look good. I must admit that I have been thinking of checking the bearings, but I am not very concerned as of yet.... or should I be?

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On the video from Colonial Airstream that I posted recently, the fellow said that one should repack wheel bearings every 3-5 thousand miles. Do you do this? That comment was the first I have heard of it. If not every 3-5 thousand miles, what repacking interval do you think is appropriate?
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On Marty's wheel bearing thread (linked earlier), there are posts about finding other things wrong when the wheels were removed to inspect/pack bearings. Like brake and brake adjuster problems, and so forth -- before any symptoms of a problem had surfaced. Seems like removing the wheels at least once every two years is a good idea IMO.

PS the 2014 owner's manual says we have regular bearings -- not Nev-R-Lub -- and recommends cleaning and re-packing every 6 months or 10,000 miles.
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