With plenty of miles for the seed to germinate, we considered all conversations we’d had with people about wheels and tires. We seemed to have the luxury of time, since it didn’t appear they were needed immediately. Little did we realize there would be two blowouts before we arrived home, with the last, three miles from our destination. There was no longer any need to mull the decision over. By that time, it had been decided to make a change from 15 to 16 inch wheels, as well as better quality truck tires. See: Beginning and Ending-Awning Repair and “Sploding” Tires. We ordered aluminum wheels from Treadit, found Michelin tires to fit, along with installing a tire pressure monitor system. We don’t want any more surprises! There was no need to “put a pencil to it”, knowing the cost of this upgrade would save us the costs of (now needed) repairs, which piled on every time there’s been a problem with a wheel or tire. Also purchased were Centramatic wheel balancers, which seemed ingenious once the video was viewed.
There was a question about who to have install these for us, since they were an on-line purchase, and not a common solution to wheel balancing. The young mechanics at Sears seemed excited to see these and install them for us, and they were anxiously waiting for us when the Airstream rolled in. Once the installation was complete, they said, “If you have anything unusual like this again, please come back; we’d love to work on it!” How nice these days to see customer service providers genuinely happy to add something new to their job description. Thank You Shelly for helping us schedule this, and Tyler and Dan, for being excited about learning something new. Your attitude ensured you have our future business.
While in Jackson Center, the other thing we picked up at the Airstream Factory was a new key chain, to replace the old one which had…lost a tire. It wasn’t clear to either of us exactly when that happened, only that it was around the same time we had to replace the wheel that had sheared off all six of the bolts. See: Remodeling the RollingSilver2ndHome. We both thought once the improvements were installed, the key chain should also reflect the change. It’s funny isn’t it, that the wheel was lost on the same side of the key chain, which went missing on our Airstream. The day the tires were installed, Better Half came in and made the change Immediately; switching the keys from the Airstream with one wheel, to the Airstream with two.
Because I always appreciate those who like to excel at their job, I highly recommend Shelly, Tyler and Dan at Sears. If you need tires, they’ll help you out.
9701 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS