It looks like the tires on my trailer are begining to show cracks on the sidewall already, so I am due to replace them. I do have the 2nd year warranty through Forest River, but from what my dealer said they may only be offering me $20 per tire. (Which is a joke considering comperable tires cost closer to $60 each.)
In any case, I have been looking at upgrading the tires to Radial. Searching through the forums it seems others have also done the same; and for the same reason as me- less likely to fail catostrophically.
What I am wondering is this:
- Are there any advantages other than price to stick with the bias tires?
- Those of you who have made the switch; have you noticed any issues?
The other thing I am wondering as about my spare tire. The spare appears to be in much better shape as it never sees the elements or the light of day. Would you guys keep the bias spare tire, or cough up the money to upgrade it as well? I've heard some things about not mixing the tires, but haven't heard exactly what the reason is. My thinking is that if the handling isn't quite as good- for a tire that should get very little use is it worth spending the money to upgrade?
I have a single axle trailer; so I am looking at replacing either 2 or 3 tires. And assuming FR sticks with their $20 payout; I am looking at around $110 per tire after taxes.
I appreciate any input on this!