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Old 10-28-2015, 03:59 PM   #21
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Thanks, youroo!

I've changed my tires to Kumho 857 trailer tires and raised the load rating to where it ought to be. In the process I made a new mistake. The Kumho's are size 205R14. I asked for 205/75R14 as recommended for my trailer. The new tires are 0.9" larger in diameter than I expected, which was not my intent. I'm now trying to figure out if this did any harm. The gap between the two tires was already small, and got smaller. This is my new concern.
I bought Kumho 857's awhile ago. Went from 205/75 to 195/82 to get the same circumference. I still have more capacity with the LR D 195's than I had with the LR C 205's. It's a great tire.
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Old 10-28-2015, 04:02 PM   #22
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Yeah. I agree that it seems like a small increase.
I'm not worried about vertical dimensions; the clearances look fine.
It's the horizontal separation between tires that is a little bit alarming.
The separation between my two tires is now less than 2 inches.
0.9" makes a big difference in that separation.
I think I'm ok, but I'm a little queasy about it.
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Old 10-28-2015, 04:06 PM   #23
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I bought Kumho 857's awhile ago. Went from 205/75 to 195/82 to get the same circumference. I still have more capacity with the LR D 195's than I had with the LR C 205's. It's a great tire.
Yeah. I think I saw you mention that in another thread.

It turns out that the dealer who sold me the 205R14s made the same mistake as I did in assuming they were 205/75R14s. He's willing to do an exchange for the 195s, but they're currently back ordered. This is giving me time to evaluate keeping the 205's. I'm torn about this because of the comfort I get from that 2270lb load capacity in the 205s.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:14 PM   #24
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Yeah. I think I saw you mention that in another thread.

It turns out that the dealer who sold me the 205R14s made the same mistake as I did in assuming they were 205/75R14s. He's willing to do an exchange for the 195s, but they're currently back ordered. This is giving me time to evaluate keeping the 205's. I'm torn about this because of the comfort I get from that 2270lb load capacity in the 205s.
It also depends on how you are doing your wheel chocks. Mine go between the 2 tires and there wouldn't have been room for the chocks if I had less clearance. So, that could be important.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:47 PM   #25
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The manufacturers put the cheapest tires on that can slip by the GVW of the trailer. IMHO, I suggest you go up a load rating over what it came with. I went down this road to the tune of 4 blowouts, three on one 350 mile trip.
Make sure your spare is upgraded also. I carry two spares.
Also, a TPMS is a must have.

2X this. Been there and blown that.

One thing to rember is that "ALL" ST trailer tires are made out side of the US. Having said that there are a few brands that stand out. Michelin, Maxxim, and Carlisle brands that although made in China or Taiwan have a good customer standing.

I also agree that a TPMS is curcial as it is usually a low tire pressure issue that leads to excessive heat build up that causes the blow out and will on any brand of tire you buy.

Good luck and happy trails.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:27 PM   #26
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I was more concerned about the very marginal o.e. tires .I was worried about front to rear loading problems so I opted for load range d tires. Still have marginal axles but you can't rebuild the whole trailer.
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2X this. Been there and blown that.

One thing to rember is that "ALL" ST trailer tires are made out side of the US. Having said that there are a few brands that stand out. Michelin, Maxxim, and Carlisle brands that although made in China or Taiwan have a good customer standing.

I also agree that a TPMS is curcial as it is usually a low tire pressure issue that leads to excessive heat build up that causes the blow out and will on any brand of tire you buy.

Good luck and happy trails.
Yup, on all accounts.
One of my problems is the 205/75R14 size of my tires.
There aren't many D-rated tires in this size.
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GyroGearloose, what was your actual loaded trailer weight on the scales?
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Gyro,so you went from a 15" OE size tires to 14" tires and Rims? Youroo!!
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Gyro,so you went from a 15" OE size tires to 14" tires and Rims? Youroo!!
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