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Old 09-11-2012, 09:25 PM   #11
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Thanks Herk...blind in one eye and can't see out of the other...as you replied I found it.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #12
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Thanks Herk...blind in one eye and can't see out of the other...as you replied I found it.
And thanks for the kink. I certainly do appreciate it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:23 AM   #13
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Ummm...sorry, that was supposed to be...thanks for the link.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:19 AM   #14
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When I went to the Goodyear store (NOT a discount store) I asked the guy to see if a fresh set of Mararthons were available that were made in a US (preferred) or Canadian plant.

Since the Carlisle C rated tires (their WORST by the way - their D tires are made in a different plant and are fine apparently) were almost 15 months old when I got my camper NEW, I was prepared for a fight to get new ones.

He said he would check since he would need to order the ST tires anyway.
He found 3 month old ST tires made in Gadsden, AL and had them shipped in.

I learned:

1) DO NOT EVER buy tires at a gas station. They could be OVER AGE and improperly stored (even though they are wrapped in paper they could be stored above the garage and over heated)

2) ST tires have twice the internal rubber lubricants as LT tires because they are designed to be used less often and so need more lubricants to protect the rubber from drying out when stationary. Running them warms the tire and circulates that lubricant between the rubber compunds keeping the tire flexible and slows UV caused cracking.

3) Know how to CHECK date codes. Make SURE the tire store knows that you know and insist they use tires made less than 6 months ago. They have them but will sell you their OLDEST stock in your size to rotate their inventory. A less common tire (like an ST) could have been on their shelf for YEARS.

4) Trailer tires "normally" time out before they wear out. Any trailer tire over 5 years old (again date code) is suspect and should be dismounted and inspected for cracks between the treads that could lead to complete tire failure and separation even with plenty of tread remaining. Inter-tread cracking can only be found when dismounted and flexed.

Lots of other stuff too, by these are biggies.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:24 AM   #15
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Great post Lou !
Should be in the files section under
HOW TO BUY TRAILER TIRES
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:01 AM   #16
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Being that you have 16" tires, you might also want to check out Michelin Ribs as they are very popular with the heavier fivers. They are an LT tire, not an ST tire as your present tires are. There is also a BF Goodrich LT tire that many use with good luck.
If you choose to stay with ST tires, I would recommend Maxxis as they are probably the ST tire I have ever used, and many will say the same thing.
Whichever tire you choose, be sure to have them balanced!
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Either diesel power or diesel world magazine did an article about putting 19.5" on a TV and FW trailer. They had good words on them.
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Either diesel power or diesel world magazine did an article about putting 19.5" on a TV and FW trailer. They had good words on them.
I'd gladly put low pro 19.5's on my unit
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:32 PM   #19
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I certainly want to thank all of you for the great input. It is certainly appreciated. As for the tire size that I am running, I still need to find out. Saying they are 16's is my rough guess at this point as I have no tire or wheel documentation and apparently there is no info on the sidewall as to tire size. Will check again and also look at inner sidewall. Again thank you.
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The most common size of a 6 lug wheel is 15". I also tend to stick with the big US manufacturers.

I have also had good luck with Akuret trailer tires. Have used them on my heavy equipment trailers in the 16" size.
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