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Old 05-06-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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I'm traveling and currently in Wyoming. I put brand new tires on my 5vr in January. So far I've had 3 blow-outs in less than 2000 miles. On one the tread actually separated like a retread. I am at a very large truck tire store right now and they are suggestion moving up to a 16" rim and put on 16" Goodyear LT truck tires the same as on my pick-up. There is plenty of room and he says that he has done it on his trailer and many others and the tire problems go away. Anyone done this out there? Should I be concerned about anything I'm not seeing?
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
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I would go with a GY Marathon LR D and keep the 15" tires and wheels. Make sure they balance them.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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Wow, sounds like they sold you way under weight tires.

It's an option, advantage is the taller tire, clearance available that is, turns fewer times per mile than the smaller one. In other words, it's turning slower, which lessens the forces greatly. 16" tires are becoming very common in the trailer world too so that gives you choices.

However, I'd stick with an ST tire. Tandem axle trailers impart serious side forces with regard to side load going down the road and when backing up, turning tightly, etc. The sidewalls and tread area are designed differently to be able to withstand those forces better.

Am I saying that the LTs would be a bad choice? Not at all. Am I saying STs would be better? Yes.

But I'm still concerned about why you have popped three tires in 2000 miles. I'm sure you're keeping the pressure up to snuff, but you might need to check your gauge. Tires, even China bombs, blow out for a reason. First is low air pressure second is overloading, both overwork the sidewall and cause it to overheat.

There's always the chance you picked up something like a nail, but three?
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:32 AM   #4
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I change all of my trailer to Lt tires and have not had any blowouts. I keep an eye on the psi each morning before start. I have pulled a 3 car wedge loaded and double car trailer . I always used load range e or higher.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:34 AM   #5
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ST Tires

I checked the pressure and am at the max 80 PSI as recommended. I don't believe I'm overweight since we basically have just what we need and nothing more. My tanks were empty and I was driving at 60 MPH for about 4 hours when they blew. One on the drivers side. I changed it and put on the spare then about 10 miles later the Passenger side. The third blow out was a couple of days ago after driving for 5 hours.
I've been out over 30 days and this is just not right and I don't know why other than what I've been reading. If 5000 miles is what I can expect from trailer tires I'll be putting new ones on every couple of months. That's why I'm leaning towards the truck tires F rated.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:43 AM   #6
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I have put 10,000 to 15,00 a year and driving 8 to 10 hrs at a time with no problems
and sometime I was overloaded .
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:00 AM   #7
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What brand of tires do you have that they are blowing out so often? I switched to the Goodyear Marathons after OldCoot recommended them for me late last year and I have had no trouble at all. I did get them balanced also.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:10 AM   #8
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The tires that are blowing at Towmaster Trailer Radials ST 225/75R15
Two have completely shredded and the other had the tread come off and actually do quite a bit of damage to the skit and side panel of my push out.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:17 AM   #9
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I would go with a different brand of tire. As other have suggested the GY marathons or I have the maxxis m8008 and I have been very happy with them. But also go to a 16" would be ok if that's what has to be done.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:19 AM   #10
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When I say overloaded it's not that you're heavy, but your tires could be under rated, but if they spec at 80PSI then likely they're rated well enough.

Have you contacted the installer or manufacturer? They could have a defect they need to know about.
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