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Old 10-29-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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I'm planning on ordering and putting new tires on our '13 International 28'. When we ordered the trailer, we had Airstream install the Eddie Bauer wheels/tires and time of build. They put on the Michelin LTX M/S which I later found out had been superseded by Michelin with LTX M/S 2's prior to when our trailer was built (using up old stock apparently).

Anyways, with 5 year old tires I want to replace them before moving the trailer south for the winter. I see the Michelin LTX M/S 2's are now replaced with the Defender LTX's which have a longer wearing compound.

Any downside to the Defenders such as poorer braking, wet weather traction, etc.?

Sorry for another tire thread.
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Every vehicle I own (except the Airstream) runs on the Michelin Defender LTX tires. They are rated to 70,000 miles, and after 3 rotations at 52,860 miles, I should exceed that mileage rating. These tires provide excellent performance under most driving conditions....and most especially in rainy weather, having never experienced any hydroplaning with them.
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Every vehicle I own (except the Airstream) runs on the Michelin Defender LTX tires. They are rated to 70,000 miles, and after 3 rotations at 52,860 miles, I should exceed that mileage rating. These tires provide excellent performance under most driving conditions....and most especially in rainy weather, having never experienced any hydroplaning with them.
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I'm planning on ordering and putting new tires on our '13 International 28'. When we ordered the trailer, we had Airstream install the Eddie Bauer wheels/tires and time of build. They put on the Michelin LTX M/S which I later found out had been superseded by Michelin with LTX M/S 2's prior to when our trailer was built (using up old stock apparently).

Anyways, with 5 year old tires I want to replace them before moving the trailer south for the winter. I see the Michelin LTX M/S 2's are now replaced with the Defender LTX's which have a longer wearing compound.

Any downside to the Defenders such as poorer braking, wet weather traction, etc.?

Sorry for another tire thread.
What size are your wheels? if your talking 16", yes, I have run Michelin LTX on my last 3 AS's, but that was when they offered a 15" XLT (light truck rated) tire; they no longer offer that in 15"; The LT is available in 16" tires...the 15" Defender M/S2 is a P rated passenger tire...I noticed some "float" on my 2014 when I installed the P rated tires. Yes they were rated to handle the load, but the sidewalls were not as stiff as LT rated Michelins, is what I was told, which explains that "float" feel on the 15"s. If I had 16", I would definitely go with the LT rated Defender M/S2's... You should see 60K+ miles on those tires...
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The new Defenders are fine. I have them on both the truck and trailer with no observed downside after about 20000 miles of use.
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Thanks for the good reports. I’m running 16’s.
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