Until today, we still had 2 of the original tires from when we bought our trailer in 2011. We replaced 2 in 2013, one due to a flat caused by a nail and the other for uneven wear.
Brian’s been wanting to upgrade to Michelins, but it seemed a little soon to do all four in 2013.
Did you know that you can tell the age of your tire by looking at the 4 digit DOT code on the sidewall? Our oldest tire had a DOT code of 0611 which means it was made in the 6th week of 2011, so we were finally feeling like it was time to make the upgrade.
We put the trailer up on blocks so Brian can take the back tires off and bring them over to Discount Tire. When he got there, they wouldn’t swap them out. Initially, the reason was because it was a truck tire and not a trailer tire. After some back and forth, they agreed to do it and told him to come back in an hour.
A little while later, Discount Tire called and said they did some research and they were concerned that we would be losing a significant amount of load that the tires could bear by switching to the 15 inch Michelins and it would be a downgrade.
We have a few Airstream friends who love that tire, so I called Dan who has them, to see what he thought. He pointed out that they have a much smaller trailer than we do, so they can safely use those tires.
Brian had been considering the 16 inch Michelin’s all along, but we thought it would be a hassle to order the rims. When the guys at Discount Tire said they could get them in by Thursday, Brian happily pulled the trigger.
Marathon 15 inch, max load: 2540 x 4 = 10,160
Michelin 15 inch, max load 2205 x 4 = 8,820
Michelin 16 inch, max load 3417 x 4 = 13,668
GVWR 2012 27 FB Airstream Flying Cloud: 7,600
Big thanks to Iain and Taylor for helping Brian get the new tires on and the guys at Discount Tire for looking out for our safety.
When I was telling my parents about all of this, it reminded them of a cartoon my grandfather drew when he worked at Disney. It appeared in newspapers on April 17, 1939.
2015 Cost of Camping:
$110.00 thru 2/28
29 night paid camping
29 nights free camping
58 days this year
Total spent: $470
Daily average cost: $8.10