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Old 09-10-2014, 08:58 PM   #85
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True, but that is why there is the spare tire carrier under the Aframe.
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Good Morning from Texas..I like lots of other people here do plan on switching wheels / tires from the 15 to 16. I think I know what I want but being new to all of this, I wanted to ask a silly question. When I go the Discount Tire and get the new tires / wheels. Can someone please tell me the safe location for a floor jack when they lift the trailers. I was thinking it has to be someplace on the frame rails. But where... If not then how would you do it...
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:43 AM   #87
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Have them jack the trailer on the axle support plate between the wheels with a bottle jack. They must be careful to make sure that the jack pad touches only the axle support plate.
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Good Morning from Texas..I like lots of other people here do plan on switching wheels / tires from the 15 to 16. I think I know what I want but being new to all of this, I wanted to ask a silly question. When I go the Discount Tire and get the new tires / wheels. Can someone please tell me the safe location for a floor jack when they lift the trailers. I was thinking it has to be someplace on the frame rails. But where... If not then how would you do it...
They can use a floor jack, placed between the wheels and on the bottom of the axle mounting plate.

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I wouldn't even drag in over there. Change them yourself at home would be easier and then they can't screw it up. Use a Trailer Aid ramp and you don't have to jack it up at all, and you'll know how to do it if you ever get a flat on the road.
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Not a bad idea. I was kicking around changing them myself. Think I will.


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I personally swapped out the 15" Goodyears for the 15" Michelins for the 25FB. I put the spare on one side and took two at a time to CostCo for the tire switch. The third trip just had the spare. I installed the Centramatic wheel balancers as I put the new tires onto the trailer.

I used a 3 ton combination bottle jack/jack stand to lift both trailers by placing the jack between the wheels and lifting on the frame rail.

On the Classic, I moved to the 16" tires and wheels and had them pre mounted along with the Dill TPMS components before the trailer arrived. I swapped them out myself and installed the Centramatic wheel balancers at the same time.
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Marathon tires work well with the way we use them!

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Why replace perfectly good tires? Inspect them regularly, keep at Airstreams recommended air pressure and watch you speed (60 MPH max). I have been using GYMs for 4 years. Zero issues.
Ditto the above, except the maximum speed for ST tires is 65 mph.

Two years ago, we replaced our original, 6-year old 14" Marathon tires with a new set of Marathon tires and the Marathons have been just fine, especially the way we use them...

We have been kind to them:

1. They are protected from the sun by covers when they are not moving.
2. Before a trip they are at the specified pressure of 50 psi, cold (14" tires)
3. We travel at or near the posted speed for trailers in California, 55 mph, most of the time, and rarely exceed 62 mph, and never above 65 mph!
4. Our monthly trips, October through June, never exceed 200 miles, round-trip.
5. During trips, we continuously monitor all trailer and truck tires with PressurePro tire sensors.
6. Upon arrival at a destination, the tires are inspected for wear and for any embedded foreign objects such as nails and screws before they are covered.
7. When home, the trailer tires rest on plywood panels on the driveway.
8. We plan on replacing our ST tires at least every 5 years (regardless of tread wear)!

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I had in mind to put on the 16" wheels and Michelins in a couple of weeks when I could get them from Airstream.

However, the parts guy (Tracy Scott) at ReliableRV in Springfield says I should not leave his lot with the tires that are on my AS. He has no 16" wheels in stock, but he can get 10 ply Maxxis, Carlisle, and Sutong tires and put them on tomorrow for me.

I'm not worried about the price. I just want something that I can safely run for the next few weeks. Which would be the best tire for me here?
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I'm happy with the 15" Maxxis tires I bought a little over a month ago. Single axle Tradewind, 2450 lbs per tire. 75 psi.
4000 miles so far.


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They can use a floor jack, placed between the wheels and on the bottom of the axle mounting plate.

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I'm happy with the 15" Maxxis tires I bought a little over a month ago. Single axle Tradewind, 2450 lbs per tire. 75 psi.
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It seems like a lot of folks like the Maxxis tire so I ordered them. Thanks

BTW where does one get a Trailer Aid ramp?
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I have a 2012 28ft FC with 20k miles. The GYM tires have not been a problem at all. I estimate them to be about 40% worn but wear is even and consistent. I am anal about keeping them at 65psi and check before all long trips. Why would I want to fix something that is not broken?
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Why would I want to fix something that is not broken?
I had Marathons for six years. Always kept them at 65 psi. They were loaded within 5% of the maximum rating. Can't say I always kept it below 65 mph.

Never had a failure. Still have them as winter storage tires. I only went to the Maxxis LRE for a little more safety factor.
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One side benefit is that I have not scraped the rear skid guards on anything, since I switched to the 16 inch tires. The small increase in ground clearance is visibly noticeable and apparently helpful.

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