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Old 08-05-2014, 04:20 PM   #1
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Need new tires...suggestions?

Coming back from a long trip (1500 mi round trip) I had one oft trail express tires explode on me. No tread was left on the tire. Luckily I was slowing down for a light when it happened (25 miles from home)

Now I want to get these crappy tires replaced.
One local shop suggested Hercules 10 ply

Another suggested Carlisle 10 ply

Size is 225/75 R15

I want a good tire that will last more than 8 months and 3000 miles


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Old 08-05-2014, 05:20 PM   #2
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Goodyear Marathon, Maxxis, or Power King Tow Max. Not trying to cut you short...but do a search on tires. There's more in this forum than you can read in a life time. I think the 3 I provided are the most popular and thought to be reliable. You'll also find lots of discussions on "crappy" tires too.....Chinese, maintenance, etc.
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:43 PM   #3
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I bought my new 30WTBS about 3 weeks ago. It came with 6-ply Trail Express 225/75r15. I drove straight to Discount Tire and replaced them (all 5) with 10-ply Carlilse in the same size. That weekend I drove 400 miles. Then I drove a 2,500 mile round trip from Texas, thru Colorado, to South Dakota, and back over the last 11 days.So I'm at 2,900 miles and 3 weeks.
I haven't hit 3,000 miles and 3 months. I put 80 psi in them before I left and they were at 80 psi this morning.
On my old trailer, I replaced the 3 year-old goodyears (2 blow-outs) with the Carlisles. I probably put 5,000 miles on them over the 3 years I had them. I never had a problem. They were 6-ply (smaller trailer) so I always ran them at 50 psi.
All trailer tires have bad reviews and reputations. I've had good luck with the Carlisles, lately.
I know you didn't ask, but...My trailer has a gross weight of about 8,800 lbs. The 6-ply tires were rated for 2,150 each at 50 psi max. That's 8,600 lbs. of capacity for the 4 tires. If you say 800 lbs of the trailer is tongue weight, that leaves 8,000 lbs. The WD hitch pushes some of it back to the trailer, but it would still technically be within the tire rating. That's too close for me.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:56 PM   #4
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I bought my new 30WTBS about 3 weeks ago. It came with 6-ply Trail Express 225/75r15. I drove straight to Discount Tire and replaced them (all 5) with 10-ply Carlilse in the same size. That weekend I drove 400 miles. Then I drove a 2,500 mile round trip from Texas, thru Colorado, to South Dakota, and back over the last 11 days.So I'm at 2,900 miles and 3 weeks.
I haven't hit 3,000 miles and 3 months. I put 80 psi in them before I left and they were at 80 psi this morning.
On my old trailer, I replaced the 3 year-old goodyears (2 blow-outs) with the Carlisles. I probably put 5,000 miles on them over the 3 years I had them. I never had a problem. They were 6-ply (smaller trailer) so I always ran them at 50 psi.
All trailer tires have bad reviews and reputations. I've had good luck with the Carlisles, lately.
I know you didn't ask, but...My trailer has a gross weight of about 8,800 lbs. The 6-ply tires were rated for 2,150 each at 50 psi max. That's 8,600 lbs. of capacity for the 4 tires. If you say 800 lbs of the trailer is tongue weight, that leaves 8,000 lbs. The WD hitch pushes some of it back to the trailer, but it would still technically be within the tire rating. That's too close for me.

Thanks for the info! My camper is about the same weight as yours.

I was leaning Carlisle but they were recommended by NTB. I don't really trust the advice given by their kids answering the phone.

The other place, a local shop, suggested the Hercules but I've never heard of that brand. So, I think I'll take your first hand experience into account


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Goodyear Marathon, Maxxis, or Power King Tow Max. Not trying to cut you short...but do a search on tires. There's more in this forum than you can read in a life time. I think the 3 I provided are the most popular and thought to be reliable. You'll also find lots of discussions on "crappy" tires too.....Chinese, maintenance, etc.

No worries...I was really only asking about the two brands. Trying to see if anyone had any real world experience with the two.

As you said, a lifetimes worth of reading is available but too much to wade through IMHO 😊


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I've had good service with maxxis and and gy marathons. LRD&E.
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If NTB will match prices, check out treaddepot.com for a good price on the Carlisles.
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I just came from a Wildcat plant tour and their upgrade option tire was a Maxxis 008. Their opinion is a 10 ply, load range E, Maxxis 008 is holding up the best for them. When I need a replacement that is the way I'm going.
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