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Old 02-14-2016, 09:19 PM   #1
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Best Tire Brand?

My 5th wheel is almost 2 years old now and wanting to replace the tires. I seen a lot of negitave about Goodyear Marathon tires.

What is the best brand of tire I can use on my 5th wheel. My camper is 15k and tire size is 235/80r16
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Old 02-14-2016, 09:47 PM   #2
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Hi Cajun225!

We don't have a 5th wheel, but we like the Michelin XPS Rib tire. I looked and they offer a 235/85R16, but not a 80R16. I think this means you'd just have more rubber on the road? I'm not recommending you use these tires, merely offering them as something you could check into -- I'm not a tire engineer and have no official knowledge of tires whatsoever.

We put these tires (235/75R16) on our Airstream 25' five years ago and have five years of worry-free travel. We are in the process of checking to see if our new last Fall 2015 Rockwood Windjammer 3025W wheel wells have enough room for us to upgrade our axles to accept 16" wheels and these tires.

Good luck in your search.

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Old 02-19-2016, 12:25 PM   #3
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Carlisle are usually solid. I wish Consumer Reports rated trailer tires. I worry about the China Bombs on my TT.


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Old 02-24-2016, 10:08 AM   #4
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You have opened the proverbial can of worms...Tires and quality depend heavily on the size of your wallet. So, money being no object, switch to 17 inch and you can All most bet tire issues are a thing of the past. But at 3k plus it's usually not an option for most. So the next in line would be Good year g614 again about 350 per tire. Than the Michelin mentioned earlier. I personally upgraded to 14ply tires which is what the good years are as well. But I choose Sailun. At 124. Each. I did my research and after talking with several different tire people I feel I made a good decision. I am a mechanic by trade and have done a lot of tire work in my past so the couple tire shops I talked with are guys I know personally and trust. So at the end of the day it just boils down to ford, Chevy, or Toyota.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:21 AM   #5
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No brand is a perfect brand of tire.

I will never buy a Michelin tire again to me the are junk nothing but trouble. Two sets of the worst tires I ever owned but others love them Me never again and I buy a lot of tires. 10-20 tires often annually......... We have at least 42 tires on the ground, trailers, cars and the pickup which is about 10 less than normal.

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In that size, the most recommended are Goodyear Marathons (people love them or hate them), Maxxis m8008 (only come in 3,420 lbs. of carrying capacity), Goodyear G614, and Sailun.

Back in 2013 when I bought - I didn't know about the G614 tires when I looked and Sailun wasn't as heavily discussed. I opted for the Maxxis. The problem there is that I was overloaded on one wheel and maxed out on another when I was fully/overloaded in the camper. (Notice I did say overloaded- BUT, their 6,840 lbs. of carrying capcity was still less than my 7,000 lb. axles.)

Watch with suggestions on going to a LT tire as you have to make sure it has the cargo carrying capacity that satisfies your need.

If you're fulltiming (and running very heavy) or putting a LOT of miles on the camper a year- another option is to ditch the wheels/rims and opt for a 17.5" commercial wheel and commercial trailer tire.
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So, money being no object, switch to 17 inch and you can All most bet tire issues are a thing of the past. But at 3k plus it's usually not an option for most.
Price-wise you can do it cheaper, it all depends on what tires you put on. I swapped to 17.5" rims and chose Continental HTL tires. All told, I only did the 4 trailer wheels (kept my spare as a 16") and spent $2,255.00 delivered.

You can keep your 16" spare as the outer diameter is 1/2" different than the rest and you can roll on that until you get to somewhere that can get you new rubber.
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I've not heard of Sailun, do you have a specific tire number? I went out there to look, but couldn't find one with a small enough diameter. Also, do you know what country they are manufactured in?

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I've not heard of Sailun, do you have a specific tire number? I went out there to look, but couldn't find one with a small enough diameter. Also, do you know what country they are manufactured in?

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I see what you're saying.. looks like they might only be a LT or commercial tire. Ok, never mind.
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Sailun is a commercial designed tire. It is 14ply. But comes in both 235/80 as well as 235/85. They are also 75mph speed rated. With a straight rib design. They are made overseas but have all the American dot requirements.
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