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Old 08-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #11
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Sorry that you joined the club but I think, sooner or later, all RVers do! I have a 2005 Grand Surveyor 240BH FW that came with Goodyear Marathons. Bought the trailer new, the first season two of the four tires blew. First was catastrophic and bent the J-wrap siding behind the passenger side rear tire. Second was a loss of pressure about 3 miles from the campground, no damage. So, I switched to a set of Maxxis tires and a DORAN tire pressure system.

All was well but tried to get one more season out of them. This is RV season number four. Well, 2 weeks ago I had a Maxxis blow out on same passenger side rear with the same damage to the trailer. The tire lost all tread but maintained air pressure for some time. I didn't know it had lost tread. Alarm sounded that my tire pressure had dropped so I immediately pulled off the road and that's when I noticed the tread was already gone and damage already done! New set of tires coming up!

Good luck & stay safe out on the road.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:24 PM   #12
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Okay after much debate, I bought 4 new Carlisle ST 225/75R15 Load range D to replace my Carlisle 205/75R15, Load range C. When I got home and started to put them back on the trailer I found 3 of the tires were Load range E, one tire being Load range D. I called up Discount Tire and they told me they would replace the one D tire with a E tire at no charge. It was there goof up.
Thats fine but is that going to hurt the trailer any? I really just wanted to go to a D range tire because I thought the C was a bit lite for a trailer of 6,500 lbs but I don't want to do a over kill and hurt the trailer.
The inside of the wheels say max tire load is 2830 Load range E (that is what the tire is) and max tire P.S.I. of 80 (that is what the tire calls for). My problem is am I going to disrupt the flow of the trailer at all.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #13
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Absolutely not. I had blow outs on my c rated tires and I had to replace them all with E rated, its all they had and they have been great. When I hit a hole in the road or scrub a kerb I don't even think about it, E rated 10 ply load rating 2830 lbs. You can't have too much tire.

Just three points:

Your valves should be rated to take 80psi or more, the tire fitters should have fitted these as a matter of course.

Run your tires at 80psi not less. The tire is designed to run at that pressure to get the correct profile and contact patch on the road. Running less will damage the tire.

The load rating stamped on the inside of your wheel may be less than the load rating on the tire, this is okay, the wheel will handle the pressure, the load rating on the wheel is exactly that "Load rating" how much weight it is designed to carry not what pressure it can take.

When my E rated tires need replacing I will replace with E again, regardless of whether D's are availble, for the small price difference I would rather have peace of mind.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:31 PM   #14
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Valve should look like this, rated to 80psi the brass bit could be painted black on some types. The rubber ones are rated to 65psi but they have a safety margin up to 100psi, someone correct me if I am wrong. But they would blow if the wheel got real hot at much lower temps. This high pressure valve probably has a safety margin too probably well over 100psi, perhaps some one in the know can chime in.

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Old 08-15-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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If it says made in China on the side wall, RUN! If it says Goodyear on the side wall RUN FAST!
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:55 PM   #16
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If it says made in China on the side wall, RUN! If it says Goodyear on the side wall RUN FAST!
Run where, to China? Where did you run to? In the US all trailer tires are made in China, except Marathons which are supposedly being made again in the US, look for newer stock and you may get some.

Having said that not all Chinese tires are equall and there are many brands out there, IMO they are OK if you overkill, I am running E rated instead of C rated and I have no complaints at all and that's after nearly 11000 miles in just four months.

Having said that if Pirrelli, Bridgestone and Firestone set up factories in the US producing trailer tires costing $200 each then "Chinese" tires would be suddenly desirable again!

Having said that its about time that P,B and F did start making trailer tires so that we can spend $$$ in the US.

Having said that I'm off to bed to dream about cheap chinese tires
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:13 PM   #17
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I have an older Holiday Rambler with GVWR of 8,000 lbs, and put on 5 new Maxxis D rated tires made in Taiwan. These were installed in Jan 2010, we did an extensive trip starting in March 2010, travelling 27,000 miles in 9 months with no issues. At the end of the trip, I would extimate there was about half of the tread left. I will buy another set of these tires when needed.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:56 PM   #18
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I also have 4 tires in need of replacing. 235/85 R16 Load range E or F. I've read too much negative comments about Marathon's however the posts were a few years old which I think was when they were still made in China.

I've boiled my list down to Load Star or Maxxis.

Any comments on Load Star, good or bad, would be appreciated.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #19
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Wink Tires, which ones?

I would highly recommend the Maxxis.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:05 PM   #20
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My trailer came with Load stars - I have a 2306 Mini Lite
It has traveled from Florida to Virginia then to Pennsylvania then back to Virginia then back to Florida without any issue's and I have made many other 2 hour trips as well.
As long as you keep the tire pressure consistant and check the tire's when you do a pit stop (for heat or seperation)
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