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Old 07-15-2011, 08:15 AM   #1
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Sandy neck beach Air down question (tube tires)

So ive been going out on sandy neck for years. Started with the truck camper. Got a class C got out there no prob. Sold everything... bought a house and now have a old 72 Dodge class A that i fixed up and have yet to take it out there. That being said, I just realized that it has tube type tires. Can I deflate tube tires to the necessary 18lbs to go on the beach, or will it pinch the tube?
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:27 AM   #2
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Great question. Hopefully an expert will lend their advice soon but I would be afraid of spinning the wheel inside the tire and maybe ripping the valve stems off.

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If it was me and this was a regular habit of mine, I would purchase the proper flotation tires for this. That or get by with some planks to drive it on...
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If it was me and this was a regular habit of mine, I would purchase the proper flotation tires for this. That or get by with some planks to drive it on...
Ill look into flotation tires, i didnt realize they made tire specifically for that
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hmm, Can I put tubeless tires on my rims now ( that currently run with tubes)?
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Johnnyd111.......Most tube type rims can't be run tubeless. I'm guessing you have 16" rims with really narrow tires. If you air those down, you may break the bead lose.
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I'm not so much worried about the bead, then the tube itself. I'm looking for a set of tubeless rims that I can switch out.
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All I can do is confirm a few things.

If you have split rims or non-tubless rims, you need a tube.

You cannot really air down tube based tires. The tube will help keep the bead seated, but if the tire spins at all the valve stem is at risk. If memory serves, the bead on a tubeless tire is tighter and stronger than that of the tube tires.

Hopefully finding the right rims will be easy. Also at the right price.
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So ive been going out on sandy neck for years. Started with the truck camper. Got a class C got out there no prob. Sold everything... bought a house and now have a old 72 Dodge class A that i fixed up and have yet to take it out there. That being said, I just realized that it has tube type tires. Can I deflate tube tires to the necessary 18lbs to go on the beach, or will it pinch the tube?
if your existing tires are good and do not need to be replaced and if you are on a tight budget, you might consider the old drag racers trick of drilling the rim and inserting small screws into the bead to keep the tire from spinning on the rim when running low pressure.
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if your existing tires are good and do not need to be replaced and if you are on a tight budget, you might consider the old drag racers trick of drilling the rim and inserting small screws into the bead to keep the tire from spinning on the rim when running low pressure.
Hmmmm sort of scary but not a bad idea
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well, if i try to find dually tubeless rims, anyone know where i can find them? other than craigslist or ebay or my local junk
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i do not know what your dual tire spacing is. you must be very careful when airing down dual tires. you do not want the sidewalls touching. even kissing would not be good. it will be necessary to have a compressor available to reinflate the tires before driving on pavement.
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