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Old 07-06-2014, 10:39 PM   #11
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These are the stories that prompted me to get four new ones before our trip to Colorado, a little preventative maintenance. The tires were 3 years old and I just don't trust them. I made the decision a little late and budget dictated what I could get. I got 10 ply Gladiators. My local tire guy, who also rents u-hauls, swears by them. Lets just say, new Chinese tires must be better than old Chinese tires. The tire looks really good and I like the tread design.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:15 PM   #12
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We didn't have a blowout but did have a tire failure with less than 4,000 miles on them. We had a belt slip on our original camper tires. They were Towmax. We replaced with Bridgestone R250's. So far so good. Hoping for many more miles before needing to replace again.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:40 AM   #13
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Being a new guy here and wont own a2014 325RES until the 18th of July, am curious as to why folks aren't moving up to LT (light truck) tires. Our new 5er has Chinese tires, Tow Max/Tow Master (or something like that), I believe, so really don't expect that they will be on the trailer past the winter, one way or the other. The Titanium that we are trading has General Grabbers that have been great while many other owners of that brand trailer have other makes of LTs and have reported few if any failures vs Marathons (even the G's), Carlisle's or any of the other Chinese brands.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:06 AM   #14
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Being a new guy here and wont own a2014 325RES until the 18th of July, am curious as to why folks aren't moving up to LT (light truck) tires. Our new 5er has Chinese tires, Tow Max/Tow Master (or something like that), I believe, so really don't expect that they will be on the trailer past the winter, one way or the other. The Titanium that we are trading has General Grabbers that have been great while many other owners of that brand trailer have other makes of LTs and have reported few if any failures vs Marathons (even the G's), Carlisle's or any of the other Chinese brands.

ST tires sidewalls are better built for sidewall flexing and are designed to hold static weight (typical camper's weigh in between 8K-14K lbs vs trucks 4K-8K lbs)when not moving vs LT's performance is better the more you keep the tire moving down the road...IMO, reason for folks staying with ST's when replacing camper tires.


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Old 07-07-2014, 10:26 AM   #15
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ST tires sidewalls are better built for sidewall flexing and are designed to hold static weight (typical camper's weigh in between 8K-14K lbs vs trucks 4K-8K lbs)when not moving vs LT's performance is better the more you keep the tire moving down the road...IMO, reason for folks staying with ST's when replacing camper tires.


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I would agree with your statements 100% - if we could source decent tires, not Chinese/Far East made junk like we are being forced to use if we are going to stay with ST tires.

I don't want this thread degenerate into one more ST vs LT rants. I personally will use the best tire that I see fit for my use. IMO, the current ST offerings are pretty pitiful so am back to my original question above.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:08 PM   #16
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Got my Power King Towmax time bombs replaced today. I never trusted them, and yup - had an issue last week. One year old and less than 1500 miles and caught one coming apart before it blew.
Now I can feel much more confident while towing.

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Old 07-08-2014, 08:04 PM   #17
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Got my Power King Towmax time bombs replaced today. I never trusted them, and yup - had an issue last week. One year old and less than 1500 miles and caught one coming apart before it blew.
Now I can feel much more confident while towing.

Hey zs325RES, thats some nice rv plastic fenders. Im in the market for one, want to sell it? LOL
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:07 PM   #18
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UHaul trailers are often towed overloaded and at speeds often exceeding the 65 mph speed rating. They are all equipped with ST tires.
This is very strange, if LT tires would be superior, no???
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:26 PM   #19
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Yeah,I managed to salvage my fender with some stainless steel washers (over the now larger holes) and some JB weld to finish the job. The steel belt that separated did manage to gouge a hole in the bottom of the coach which I hadn't noticed earlier,oh well Gorilla tape��. This whole ST/LT tire thing is maddening. After hours of roaming the WWW,I'm going with the Maxxis tires,load range E which is what the Road Riders (yeah right!) were to begin with. At this point this coach will probably be gone before the 3 year timer goes off again! At 63 we're looking at our last RV which is probably a Class A.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:40 PM   #20
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Have not heard this of anyone else but my local tire dealer refuses to sell or install LT tires on trailers, they will only install the STs. Liability ??


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