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Old 12-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #11
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As for the current weight rating on the OEM tires they are rated at 3520 pounds, so I did under estimate what the factory installed in this area.
What's your actual loaded weight on the axles? And, have you weighed each side/tire individually?

I was surprised to read that there was such a significant loss in load carrying capacity.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #12
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Tire pressure and temp monitor is a great idea. Since my F350 came with the TPM delete pkg on it, I could add it to my F350 also at the same time. I would just need to make sure that the TPM system I purchased would handle 10 different sensors.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:34 AM   #13
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Since there was some discussion about tread design LT vs ST I got some "example photos."

Top one is a typical LT tire and the bottom one is a Marathon ST tire.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:38 AM   #14
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I have only had the trailer in my possession since this last Monday late afternoon so I have not had it weighed at the scale yet. Published weight information is as follows:
Unloaded weight: 10,885
Hitch weight: 1,810
GVWR: 13,810
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I was taught that the side wall construction on trailer tires was the strength FACTOR. The tire slides a lot on tandem axles. If the weight is good... Then you are OK on the construction, but dual axles create other issues with tire roll-off. IMHO
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #16
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Maybe this is more in line with what I am looking for:

Tire Details - Discount Tire
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:54 AM   #17
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To the OP's original plan. As an alternative, why not purchase a quality tire pressure monitoring system such as TST 507 and keep the OEM tires on the camper. I wouldn't towed anything without a TPMS now regardless what tires are on it.

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The TPMS is a great idea, but may not (will not) react fast enough to prevent damage from a blowout. The sensors operate on a fixed transmission schedule and work well for a puncture and a slowish leak.

These "bad" tires with bubbles and such tend to go catastrophically and even a few seconds delay is enough to cause significant damage. By all means get a TPMS, but also look carefully at your tires before every day of use. Hopefully, there will be some signs of delamination before they come apart.

OR just take the OEM's and toss them and get better ST tires.
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I have only had the trailer in my possession since this last Monday late afternoon so I have not had it weighed at the scale yet. Published weight information is as follows:
Unloaded weight: 10,885
Hitch weight: 1,810
GVWR: 13,810
Using those numbers, I used my pin weight/estimating calculator and came up with this:
Dry Pin/Tongue Weight Percentage: 16.6 %

Estimated Pin/Tongue Weight Percentage: 19.6 % (3% increase accounting for loading up the front storage)

Estimated Loaded Weight: 12,385 pounds

Weight Carried on Axles: 9,958 pounds

Weight Carried on Each Axle: 4,979 pounds

Weight Carried on Each Tire*: 2,489 pounds
* the weight carried on each tire is greatly simplified here in that I'm taking the # of axles, multiplying it by 2 and then dividing that from the weight carried by the axles. Campers commonly load one side heavier than the other and different tires can carry different weights.
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I have only had the trailer in my possession since this last Monday late afternoon so I have not had it weighed at the scale yet. Published weight information is as follows:
Unloaded weight: 10,885
Hitch weight: 1,810
GVWR: 13,810
Is that the "Unladen Weight" off the yellow sticker or the "published dry weight"

The Yellow sticker is the actual weight when it left the factory. If your dealer (or you) added anything it won't show up till you actually weigh it yourself.
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Maybe this is more in line with what I am looking for:

Tire Details - Discount Tire
When I was faced with replacing my camper's tires- the 2 brands/lines that I came down to deciding between were either Goodyear Marathons and Maxxis m8008 tires. I opted for the Maxxis tires, but I'm certain that I would have been happy with the Goodyears.

Supposedly depending on loading and weights, I can exceed 65mph up to about 70mph, but it's a dark day when I need to do it. Otherwise, I'm a 62mph driver.
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