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Old 09-09-2014, 11:25 AM   #71
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Get the 16" Sendel T02 or T03 sized and drilled for your Airstream. You should be able to order them.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:26 AM   #72
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You can get an exact knockoff from eTrailer called "Americana".
But don't get one of the recalled lot.


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Old 09-09-2014, 07:25 PM   #73
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I ended up ordering a wheel by Allied Components #870-66060. Here is a screenshot on the spec's on it. (screenshot below)

At least my local supplier can get it for me and I need it very soon. We leave for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in a couple weeks, so getting this done is sort of under a bit of a time crunch. I'm told the new tires will be in tomorrow and the wheels by the end of the week. So I should be in good shape....
Thanks everyone for your help and input on this

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Old 09-09-2014, 08:14 PM   #74
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Don't know if these are with or without the center hubs.
My Sendel wheels came without center hubs and I needed to order separately.
Best to check now before the wheels arrive.


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Old 09-09-2014, 08:41 PM   #75
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Thanks for the heads-up on the caps! I just checked the email they sent me and the quote includes caps. So we should be good to go
Thanks again

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Don't know if these are with or without the center hubs.
My Sendel wheels came without center hubs and I needed to order separately.
Best to check now before the wheels arrive.


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Old 09-09-2014, 08:57 PM   #76
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I have read enough here to convince me to switch to Michelins.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:04 PM   #77
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Hi Terry:
I think its the way to go from what I read and i'm hoping I will be glad I did it.
That said, it will also be nice to stop spending $$ on the Airstream and finally get using it a little now that winter is starting to arrive....

By the way - Is there a general agreement on tire pressure that I should be running?

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I ended up ordering a wheel by Allied Components #870-66060. Here is a screenshot on the spec's on it. (screenshot below)

At least my local supplier can get it for me and I need it very soon. We leave for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in a couple weeks, so getting this done is sort of under a bit of a time crunch. I'm told the new tires will be in tomorrow and the wheels by the end of the week. So I should be in good shape....
Thanks everyone for your help and input on this

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Old 09-09-2014, 09:27 PM   #79
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Funny, after all the agreement on the reliability of 16" Michelins, you would ask about tire pressure, where there is general disagreement. And for good reason if the Michelins are causing a rough ride for your Airstream.

The Airstream factory placard for 16" Michelin-equipped models is 80 psi. Many say that is too much, so the question is what is too little, the point where we might get sidewall "wobble" from sway forces. Or overheating in some climates.

I'm trying 70-75 psi next long trip for our Airstream as we load it (lightly) depending on where we are. A particularly rough road may have me letting a little air out, we'll see how it goes.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:18 PM   #80
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Thanks for this Doug:

I was not aware that there was a difference of opinion on tire pressure. It will be fun to see if anyone else jumps in....
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Funny, after all the agreement on the reliability of 16" Michelins, you would ask about tire pressure, where there is general disagreement. And for good reason if the Michelins are causing a rough ride for your Airstream.

The Airstream factory placard for 16" Michelin-equipped models is 80 psi. Many say that is too much, so the question is what is too little, the point where we might get sidewall "wobble" from sway forces. Or overheating in some climates.

I'm trying 70-75 psi next long trip for our Airstream as we load it (lightly) depending on where we are. A particularly rough road may have me letting a little air out, we'll see how it goes.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:49 PM   #81
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I'm still glad you truck tire guys are testing the LT tires on your trailers and not mine. That said, going to 16 inch rims in order to install LTs of an "E" rating should be fine (unless you get funny and start letting to much air back out to get some sort of unknown softer ride.). Let me comment here to post #42 by 2012FB, I wouldn't run 15 inch "P" tires on my 25 footer. Remember you must drop the allowed load on those tires when used on a trailer.
If you are not going to use "D" or "E" trailer tires designed for use on a trailer, at least put "E" rated 10 ply LT tires on so you have as much excess weight carrying capacity as possible. Then if you want to soften things up a little by deflating to 65, 75 psi, you have plenty of tire capacity to spare. How much? You must get into the load/inflation chart for your tires. If you stay inflated well above that which is required for your trailer weight, you will have tires carrying much less load than they could, running cool with solid sidewalls and little sway.


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The reason we have gone to 16" tires as there are no appropriate tires in 15" size.

Airstream installs the 16" Michelin tires with the SenDel T03-66655T wheels on the Eddie Bauer models for load capacity and they are now standard on the 2015 31' Classic with a GVW of 10,000 pounds.

Thus the early adopters were using what Airstream was using. Since they are also installed on customer's trailers at the Airstream factory service center as an option, there will be no grounds for denial of a warranty claim for vibration or road damage if inflated to their recommended pressure.
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The reason we have gone to 16" tires as there are no appropriate tires in 15" size.
For some this may be true, but I tend to disagree. There are 15" LT tires that will work very well for even the heaviest tire loads on an Airstream.
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Pirelli Scorpion ATR LT235/75/15 LRD

Nokian Rotiiva AT LT235/75/15 116/113S (LRE)
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Those two brands (Pirelli and Nokian) will not be in stock at the typical local tire store. At least Michelin is available nearly everywhere if a replacement is needed.
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