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Old 01-30-2015, 08:43 PM   #1
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I have been reading horror stories about original tires (from China) blowing out and causing damage to the under carriage of the rv. I have a 2013 Solaire 201SS with the original tires that have about 13,000 miles on them. They are in good shape with no cracks. The tire size is ST 205-75R 14 C. I was talking to a service writer at a rv parts and service shop (they don't sell tires) who said he suggests a LT (light truck) tire. He said they have seen a lot less problems with LT tires. It's my understanding that light truck tires are not designed for travel trailers. I believe my tires were made in 2012 and 2013. The 201SS weights about 3900 pounds dry and has dual tires. Any suggestions for my new tires?
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:57 PM   #2
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You'll get plenty of discussion on this, including references yo the many other threads here on the topic. Good luck in your search for answers and peace of mind.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:31 PM   #3
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My guess is that if you take a close look at the tires you have on your unit now, they were made in China. If you have gotten 13,000 miles out of them, consider yourself lucky. I just replaced 5 of my tires [3 exploded, one leaked down all on the same 400 mile trip] with Akuret tires that were also made in China. My tire dealer gave me a 4 year warranty knowing I don't put many miles a year on them. This is the reason I always carry two spares. I'm 8,500 lbs. GOOD LUCK! Stick with ST tires, IMHO
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Old 01-31-2015, 12:06 AM   #4
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My guess is that if you take a close look at the tires you have on your unit now, they were made in China. If you have gotten 13,000 miles out of them, consider yourself lucky. I just replaced 5 of my tires [3 exploded, one leaked down all on the same 400 mile trip] with Akuret tires that were also made in China. My tire dealer gave me a 4 year warranty knowing I don't put many miles a year on them. This is the reason I always carry two spares. I'm 8,500 lbs. GOOD LUCK! Stick with ST tires, IMHO

Interesting, I took off relatively new Akurets because I caught a nail in one and another developed a big bubble (what I didn't know is it had 2 bugger ones inside). I went with Maxxis tires. But, opposite to you- I put a lot (for me) of miles on my tires (5k-10k/year).
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Keep a good check on tires as cracking can surface quickly....my trail express 2 yr 7 mo old looked new but started cracking near bead .... was not there and then like over night surfaced....the nibs were still on them - I had just over 8k miles on them...so be ready to replace them on short notice.....good luck....use tpms for some peace of mind.....I went with maxxis 8008
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Over the years the consensus seems to be with Maxxis 8008's if you prefer to stick with ST's, especially since Goodyear also started making Marathons in China (same problems). Interestingly enough my new Wildcat came equipped with optional Maxxis 8008's.
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Old 01-31-2015, 01:41 PM   #7
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Old 01-31-2015, 04:18 PM   #8
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Anybody have a feeling for the Michelin truck tires...esp. on a 2011 Solera (11,000 lbs with dualies rear)? They cost more but then again they are made for the highway!
I "think" they are NOT being manu'd in pollution-land either, at this juncture...PB
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I put KUMHO 857 tires on.
Not really on ST tire but sold for trailers in North America.
They also have a 99 MPH rating, Not that I tow over 65 MPH.
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