Airstream Travel Trailer International 2023 Tires User Manual
Your trailer is equipped at the factory with name brand trailer tires. Most Airstream dealers cannot make adjustments to tires. An Airstream or tire dealer that handles that particular brand must do this. If you experience tire problems, contact the nearest dealer.
To change a tire with a jack, see the label affixed to the underbelly located to the rear of the wheels. This label reads JACK with an arrow pointing to a plate riveted to the mainframe rail where the jack head must be placed.
Airstream does not supply a jack with the trailer.
Leveling blocks can be used instead of a jack to change a flat tire. Position the leveling block under the trailer’s good tire. This will raise the flat tire clear of the ground. All tire and wheel assemblies are balanced at the factory. Be sure to rebalance the tire and wheel assemblies each time a tire is changed.
Do not exceed the maximum speed rating of the tires installed on your trailer. Failure to heed this warning could cause catastrophic tire failure resulting in property damage, personal injury, and/or death. Refer to the Tire Safety Information Addendum in your Owner’s packet for more information.
Never attempt to change any tire on the trailer without securely chocking the trailer’s remaining wheels. Never position yourself in a manner where a raised trailer can come down on you if it should become dislodged from a jack or ramp.
When removing aluminum-forged wheels from the spindle, it is very important to mark them to ensure the wheel is placed in the same position of the drum when reinstalling. If the aluminum-forged wheel is to be mounted on a different drum, it is important to sand all loose corrosion from the mating surfaces.
Wheel separation can occur:
- On the first trip, tighten the wheel nuts at beginning of the trip, and at 5, 25, and 50 miles.
- Thereafter, check the wheel nuts before each trip.
- Following winter storage, check wheel nuts before beginning a trip
- Following excessive braking, inspect wheel nuts.
Torque Aluminum Wheels to 110 ft. lbs and Steel Wheels to 100 ft. lbs.
In an emergency, remove a flat tire. The independent suspension of the rubber torsion axle allows four- or six-wheeled units to be safely towed on three or five wheels for a short distance (100 miles maximum) and only at a low speed (30 MPH). Be especially careful when crossing holes or dips in the road. Under these circumstances, it is good practice to set your rearview mirrors so that you can observe your tires at all times.
Tire Load and Inflation Information
Maintaining proper tire inflation pressure is essential for both tire safety and performance.
Proper Tire Inflation
The level of air in your tires affects your vehicle’s overall performance. A maximum inflation pressure specification is found on the trailer’s exterior on a metal tag riveted to the lower front, and roadside of the trailer, as well as on the original equipment tires. Air pressure should be checked based on the load on each individual tire. Cold Inflation Pressure should be adjusted to handle the maximum tire load, and all tires on the axle should carry the same inflation pressure. Cold tire inflation pressure is the tire pressure checked in the morning before you drive more than a few miles, or before rising ambient temperatures or the sun’s radiant heat affects it.
Underinflation brings a higher risk of damage due to road hazards, reduces casing durability, causes a loss in fuel economy, and will result in uneven or irregular tire wear. Severe underinflation brings about an increased risk of tread separation, handling difficulties, and possible tire failure, caused by overheating.
When minimum inflation pressure requirements are not met, tire durability and optimum operating conditions are compromised. Tire inflation pressure should always meet the guidelines for vehicle weight.
Observe the following:
- It may be necessary to inflate your tires at a truck stop or truck service center in order to achieve adequate air pressure for your trailer’s needs.
- Only permanent air seal metal valve caps should be used.
- Be safe – if a tire has been run in a 20% underinflated condition, it must be dismounted and inspected by a trained professional. It should not be aired up without a full inspection or without using a safety cage. Use a calibrated gauge. If your tire is rated for higher inflation pressures, a special gauge will be required designed for larger tires.
- Do not bleed air from warm tires to reduce pressure buildup.
- Do not inflate tires to cold PSI rating beyond rim specifications.
How Overloading Affects Your Tires
Tire pressure is what enables your trailer tire to support loads, overloading can have serious consequences. Too much weight can cause stress on the suspension system components, brake failure, handling and steering problems, irregular tire wear, and possible tire failure. If you discover your tires cannot handle the load, lighten the weight of the load on your tires.
Weighing Your Trailer Or Towed Vehicle
Since a trailer or towed vehicle adds to the load on the tires, it is crucial to properly weigh towed vehicles. Refer to Section 7 – Towing section for important information on loading and weighing of the trailer.
The most important function of tires is to provide traction while moving and grip when steering or stopping. The tires on your trailer are designed for highway use and must be properly maintained in order to maximize tire life, as well to provide a safe mode of transportation.
Tire Care Tips
To reduce the risk of tire failure, we strongly recommend the following:
- Check the pressure in your tires, including your spare, at least monthly when the tires are cool (after the vehicle has been stopped for 3 hours and then driven less than 1 mile). Do not reduce pressure when tires are hot. Use a tire gauge to check the pressure and maintain it at the recommended level.
- Never overload your tires. Heed the maximum load-carrying capability of your tires.
- Check your tires frequently for scrapes, bulges, separations, cuts, or snags resulting from use. See your tire dealer immediately if any such condition is discovered.
- Never operate your vehicle in excess of lawful speeds, the maximum speeds justified by driving conditions, or in excess of speeds recommended for the tires you are using.
- Make every effort to avoid running over objects that may damage the tire through impact or cutting, such as chuck holes, glass, metal, etc.
- Never drive on smooth tires. Tires should be removed when 2/32 in. of tread depth remains. In most states, it is illegal to drive with less than 2/32 in. remaining tread depth.
- Park out of the sun whenever possible when in warm climates. In desert regions, use tire covers to prevent ultraviolet light deterioration to tires.
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