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Old 05-24-2020, 08:50 AM   #61
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Michelin Tires: Testing them every day

Remote Off the Grid Boondockers depend on Tires that can handle extreme conditions. Micheline 16 inch Load Range E's take us into and out of these areas since 2014 on a 25 foot International and now a 2019 27 foot International.

Fully loaded for weeks with supplies, factory Solar and a Costco 100watt portable panel operate 100%, as well.

Call us... Happy Campers and it is not my chance. Everything is a choice made from trial and error since 2006. Try it, you may like it.

Drivers who put their Goodyear or Michelin tires INTO unnecessary Situations is not the same.

The first photo was a tight turn around when a natural Spring was in the middle of the road in Nevada. Sometimes you have to judge the risk of getting stuck and make the best of what room is available.

From our last Adventure, I include some photographs and intact Michelin tires on the Airstream and my Ford F350.

We are planning to be Off the Grid in New Mexico shortly.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:27 AM   #62
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. . . factory Solar and a Costco 100watt portable panel operate 100% . . .
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Likin' the solar panel "mounting system" . . .

Another good use of a spackle bucket!

Thank you for sharing your expertise with us . . . inspiring.

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Old 05-27-2020, 09:12 AM   #63
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Likin' the solar panel "mounting system" . . .

Another good use of a spackle bucket!

Thank you for sharing your expertise with us . . . inspiring.

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The bucket is sitting in an old plastic milk crate. We keep the Blue Heelers water jug in the bucket and the added weight keeps everything secure.

We have two 80watt panels mounted on top of the Airstream and the 100watt Costco panel is probably more charging than what we need. Someone could easily attach TWO Costco 100watt panels to their AGM or standard batteries as the only Solar, themselves, and have a Solar System for under $250 delivered to your door with wired Controllers with a green/yellow charging lights.

You move the panels with the Sun. I will set the panel, leaning against our milk crate, for Sunrise while we are inside the trailer. Moving it when needed. Keeps the batteries, ours our AGM's, fully charged every day.

Great Solar. Great Tires. Great Trailer. Great Company. Owwww Weeee we are living the Airstream Dream while awake and sleep well at night!
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:46 AM   #65
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Single Axle Airstreams: Reconsider 16 inch Michelins

Several 2020 30 foot Airstreams at Las Vegas Airstream with Michelin 16 inch tires on the trailer and also on the sticker with serial number of trailer.

I was lazy, did not have a pen and paper... did not care as I already use Michelins. I did not have my reading glasses, it was hot, we love our 2019, how it is set up and Airstream does install Michelin's on the high end, longer trailers.

There were no Michelin tire experts to discuss tires in town, in the State or anywhere I camp. Costco has them on sale several days ago with a discount for four... although you will need five and five Sendel wheels.

I highly recommend that anyone with a SINGLE AXLE Airstream with six lugs to fit 16 inch wheels, seriously check out the difference in tires. Overkill? Damn right. When you get a flat, blowout or lose a wheel... there is not a second axle carrying the load to a tire shop.

We leave shortly for another Off the Grid Boondocking camping trip. Our LTX Michelins will be getting more road testing. Not sitting in a RV Lot.

Why were we at the Airstream Dealership? Looking at the fantastic Furrion Propane cooktop and oven 07-0252. Makes our Dometic look... well, not as nice. Now Nancy made a deal with me. If the Dometic comes apart on this trip after three metal screws to secure the top from coming loose... again... I am closing my eyes and writing the check. Youch...
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Is that the Furrion with the glass top that Nancy picked out? Does your portable panel have its own control panel to the batteries or does it connect to the factory controller.
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Furrion Cook Top versus Dometic Cook Top

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Is that the Furrion with the glass top that Nancy picked out? Does your portable panel have its own control panel to the batteries or does it connect to the factory controller.
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The Furrion has the folding glass top. It also secures well when flat. The unit is slightly smaller and to install requires a metal insert edge if replacing a Dometic.

The battery or controller part I do not understand. Both ovens are propane. Not electric. That was a big plus.

The cost is a barrier. Furrion: $641, Labor and trim: $447. Although selling the Dometic has some return of value, you would want to keep the trailer for a long time to recoup. I am counting on my three Lath Screws to keep the Dometic Top from coming loose while traveling. Will know in a couple weeks how that easy securing works out with the three metal screws.

20 7/8" top to bottom
21 3/8" wide
19 3/8" deep

Nancy measured it... she... LIKES it. I like the Dometic as it works and the grate on top is heavy, but also tends to come loose. Somehow Dometic must think that Airstreams are not moving from one place to another. Even the older units come apart when traveling. I will look up what a replacement would cost someone wanting to upgrade their Dometic if I have one to resell from the 2019.

A carton of Lath Screws cost me about 100 for $10. I consider it an upgrade if I can secure the Dometic while moving. Having to reassemble the top and find rubber gaskets for the grate... is not worth $1100 to me.

Someone with a Furrion in their late model Airstream may want to make comment.

(Some may say the Dometic cannot handle the stiffer Michelin tires. The Dometic could not handle the Goodyear tires... so mind your own business and complain to someone who wants to listen... kind of whack a mole conversations. The Furrion was in the more expensive Airstreams... even some with Michelin tires, factory installed equipment. )
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Next Michelins: LT235/75R16 Agilis Cross Climate

After 8,000 miles, more as these miles were from the last two trips, with the LT225/75R16 Michelins... I could have easily gone to LT235's. The LT225's have been a no issue and the extra bit of extra rubber on the road may, in the long run, be just as good and offer just a bit more traction.

I have not priced the small extra width as a comparison. If I was concerned about costs... I would have bought some fiber glass trailer with some brand of tires that I have never heard the brand.

There is a lot of space between the LT225's and the outside fender skirting. The 16 inch wheels and tires leave a lot of room... as I have a three inch lift, also. Without the lift, to change a tire you may have to get the trailer a couple inches higher to make handling the wheel and slip out to replace with the spare. I discovered that on the 25 Foot Safari. It was a NON issue, but never had the need to change the tire. This I discovered when replacing the 15 inch Goodyears with the 16 inch Michelins.

If I stand behind the trailer, the LT225's look narrow in the fender well. When inquiring about the LT225 and LT235 choices... I received NO RESPONSE. I became 'spooked' without having any experience from others of the minor width change.

Now... IF and it could never occur I purchase replacement Michelin tires for our current 27 foot International... LT235. Off the Grid Boondocking roads have not negatively affected handling or the tires. We carry a full Fresh Water tank, empty Black and Grey, full pantry, hardware... when traveling.

I will try to get the new 30 foot Airstream Michelin LT tire widths next time we are at the local Airstream dealership.

When you 'upsize' to 16 inch tires and wheels, the 15 inch Goodyears are in demand for boat and utility trailer owners. The five wheels and tires sell quickly on Craigslist at 75% to 80% of Costco kind of pricing. I would price the best price you can find and ask 80% with room to negotiate. These guys pay in cash... no checks... no problems.

The hustlers say they "only want the tires" as they have the steel rims. Probably rusted up and look trashy parked in their driveway. Don't fall for that line, but expect it and make them pay up.

I have not heard from anyone personally who has had ANY issues with Michelin 16 inch tires. Myself... we go to places most Airstream owners would never find appealing, which is Off the Grid and I am putting a lot of confidence in these tires to get us IN and OUT of our remote campsites.

Michelin tires are easy to find if ever... needed. I have a wonderful Trailer. If the trailer could dance... I would find the best shoes that fit and be happy for years.

As I always say. I am not a Michelin Dealer, Salesman or Tire Expert. I do not own a 'tire stock'. My opinions are from USE. Soft rubber. Hard rubber. Lots of mumbo jumbo out there.

My 2016 F350 diesel 4x4 came from Ford with Michelins. The high end longer Airstreams come stock and listed on the side tire guide as stock tires.
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