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Old 12-19-2014, 04:01 AM   #393
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Good Morning Brian,
This thread is like the 25 FB cookbook. Recipes for success.
I'm having new wheels and tires, Centramatics drop shipped to dealer for install prior to deliver.
Have a Great Day!
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:53 AM   #394
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Good Morning Brian,
This thread is like the 25 FB cookbook. Recipes for success.
I'm having new wheels and tires, Centramatics drop shipped to dealer for install prior to deliver.
Have a Great Day!
Fred
Hi Fred. That sounds good. If the dealer is going to keep your brand new OEM wheels and tires, make sure that he gives you something for them. For comparison purposes, I sold Lucy's OEM tires and wheels on the Forums Classifieds for $600 with 600 miles on them.

To let you know what you can expect from this upgrade, we did this same tire/wheel upgrade to Old Lucy (2005 Safari 25FB). When we traded her in, her 16" Michelins with the Centramatics had 60,000 miles on them and showed virtually no wear. We never had a single tire issue with the Michelins.

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Old 12-19-2014, 10:40 AM   #395
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With the Centramatic balancers did you bother to get the tire shop to balance the tires?

Do new Airsteams with GY Marathons have balanced tires. My Casita came with Marathons and they weren't balanced. Their was a Goodyear technical paper with the owners manuals that stated they didn't need to be balanced. I had to replace the curb side tire (heavier side due to kitchen, fridge and water tank on that side) with the spare on a trip to Glacier NP in 2011, tires only 2 years old, because the outside of the tire started to get cup marks. Purchased Maxius 8008 tires to replace the GYM and had them balanced. No further wear issues.

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Old 12-19-2014, 02:52 PM   #396
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I believe my OEM Marathons came balanced in 2007. Although it has been posted that Centramatics do all the balancing you need, I don't know that is true, or, untrue. Considering what tires cost, balancing plus Centramatics may be a good investment. I suppose as soon as you leave the shop that balanced the tires, wear on the tires slowly puts them out of balance. That's where the Centramatics are most important.

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With the Centramatic balancers did you bother to get the tire shop to balance the tires?

Do new Airsteams with GY Marathons have balanced tires. My Casita came with Marathons and they weren't balanced. Their was a Goodyear technical paper with the owners manuals that stated they didn't need to be balanced. I had to replace the curb side tire (heavier side due to kitchen, fridge and water tank on that side) with the spare on a trip to Glacier NP in 2011, tires only 2 years old, because the outside of the tire started to get cup marks. Purchased Maxius 8008 tires to replace the GYM and had them balanced. No further wear issues.

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Yes, Lucy's new 16" tires and wheels were balanced with weights. When I removed Lucy's OEM tries and wheels, I noticed that they had been balanced with weights.

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Old 12-20-2014, 07:48 AM   #398
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We are continuing New Lucy's test run. Lucy is now camped in Hobe Sound, just north of West Palm Beach. Prior to coming down here, Lucy spent several days in Orlando.

Lucy continues to operate well. we have now spent over thirty nights in her. We have identified several more small issues that we will have addressed when we take her to Jackson Center in the Spring.

The photo in the trees is Lucy's campsite in Orlando, and the other is her site in Hobe Sound.

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Old 12-20-2014, 11:41 AM   #399
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New Lucy's outside storage situation is head and shoulders above Old Lucy and Little Lucy. With three dry storage compartments, the rear bumper storage is now more than ample for items that are weather proof.

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Brian, do you have 3 dry storage compartments because you have twin beds, or have more been added, or what? Our '08 has one under the queen bed and that's it.

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Brian, do you have 3 dry storage compartments because you have twin beds, or have more been added, or what? Our '08 has one under the queen bed and that's it.

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Old Lucy was just like yours. It had one dry storage compartment on the curb side front. New Lucy has three. A big one in the front behind the LP tanks and two more at the end of each side. This is a feature of the twin bed arrangement.

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Hi Moosetags, your photo of New Lucy at Hobe shows the tow vehicle on a downhill slope. You are very experienced with your no sway hitch. Can you give me some tips on the best way to connect to the hitch when the tow vehicle and Airstream are not on the same plane? I have found different levels of vehicle to trailer rather challenging to get everything lined up.

I'm very glad New Lucy is working out so well for you folks. You have made some clever adjustments to make her even more comfortable.

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Hi Moosetags, your photo of New Lucy at Hobe shows the tow vehicle on a downhill slope. You are very experienced with your no sway hitch. Can you give me some tips on the best way to connect to the hitch when the tow vehicle and Airstream are not on the same plane? I have found different levels of vehicle to trailer rather challenging to get everything lined up.

I'm very glad New Lucy is working out so well for you folks. You have made some clever adjustments to make her even more comfortable.

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Hi David. Your are correct about the hitch situation. With the Hensley, if the trailer is level and the tow vehicle is not, it makes hooking up difficult. I have found that I can get hooked up by raising the Hensley with the tongue jack and down angling the hitch head with the WD adjustment rods. If I can get the head parallel to the hitch bar, it will work.

If at all possible, I try to avoid this situation as it is difficult at best. I have even declined to occupy a campsite because of this situation. If I plan to remain hooked-up, it doesn't matter.

As to Lucy's current campsite in Hobe Sound, I was able to back her up far enough to get the tow vehicle level with the Airstream at the point of hook-up.

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One must ensure that the front hatch (behind the propane tanks) gasket remains supple and seals well. When towing in the rain, the water pressure against the seal has been known to create leaks (from other posters on the forum).

We use a pure silicone spray to help with the supple gasket issue on the hatches, windows and door.
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One must ensure that the front hatch (behind the propane tanks) gasket remains supple and seals well. When towing in the rain, the water pressure against the seal has been known to create leaks (from other posters on the forum).

We use a pure silicone spray to help with the supple gasket issue on the hatches, windows and door.
Thanks for that tip. I will do the same to Lucy's gaskets.

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Thankya moosetags. I had not thought of raising the hitch head first. I had been keeping my bars as loose as they would go and then "forcing" the stinger into the hitch. I have tried adjusting the hitch head angle with the bars. Raising the hitch head would help the thing swallow the stinger. I'll try it next time I'm in this situation. I still struggle at times getting hitched up on uneven surfaces.

Yep, Lucy will like supple gaskets to keep her dry in a driving rain.

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