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Old 05-15-2015, 05:30 PM   #21
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On a previous camper I had 14-inch D-rated Kumho tires that were made in Korea. I have heard they are building a plant in Georgia. Everyone I knew with these tires - and there were quite a few - were very happy with them.

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Old 05-15-2015, 05:35 PM   #22
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For 14" tires the Kumho 857 or Hankook RA08 is the only 'D' rated, 8 ply, 99 mph,2100# capacity,rated tire to replace the 'C' tires that come standard

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Old 05-15-2015, 07:02 PM   #23
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Forget ST and buy a good American made LT highway tread tire that meets size and weight requirements.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:44 PM   #24
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One thing most of us are concerned about is a blowout. I suspect many of you have seen the 65+ mph disastrous blowout video from the accident Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. It involved loss of control which led to a rollover of a 40' DP towing a pickup truck. Reports so far link it to a blowout on the left front tire. Several discussions have led me to look into the Tyron Tire System, which is used by emergency vehicles and military. I haven't heard negatives yet, but the research looks convincing. The essence of the device is an internal wheel ring that prevents the tire from rolling into the center of the rim which causes shredding and separation. Check it out. If someone has further knowledge, please chime in.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:57 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by UmptySquat View Post
Would the Constancy LY188 tires on my Apex count as bombs? I have gone more than a 75 mile trip

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Old 05-15-2015, 10:05 PM   #26
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What size?

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Old 05-15-2015, 11:51 PM   #27
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China bombs

I concur with these guys on most of the tires being made in China. Look on the side of a Goodyear highway truck tire. It says "Made in PRC" I did a lot of research and just bought Goodyear Marathons 235-80R16. I'm pulling a 2011 Wildcat T28RKS with a dry weight of 8000# and will be putting on most of 900 miles of gravel road this summer so I'll tell you in the fall if they were a good choice.
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Old 05-15-2015, 11:57 PM   #28
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Clydngail that's where I was headed....put on LT's. I was told by my local Goodyear dealer who I've dealt with for 20 years to not go there. He says the construction of the LT sidewall gives too much flex ( instability) and not enough to curb protection if you rub them on a corner. Tge LT would have been a lot more money so he woukd have ulterior motive I'm thinking.
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Old 05-16-2015, 03:24 AM   #29
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tires that are put on aftermarket are pretty good even through they are made over seas, If they are made by a good Company such as Goodyear or someone else with a big stake in selling tires. It's the ones that are off brand that you have to worry about like Trail Express. US Manufacturers are on top of the quality control and specks. US people are at these plants like GY. Just to watch for this. GY is not going ruin there rep. they worked so hard to build. Just buy from a Rep Company like GY or Maxxis to name a few. Stay away from a odd ball tire name no matter what they tell you.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:11 AM   #30
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My last trailer had 14" wheels, the current one has 15". With these two wheel sizes, the choices of tires with high load ratings and quality construction are very limited. The first thing to have to check to make sure the load rating of the wheel on you trailer can take the extra pressure of the higher pressure tires. After lots of research over the years, I think the best choices are:

14": Kumho 857 Trailer Tire which is a trailer tire that exceeds the "ST" standard.
The only other choice I could find in load range D was be the Kenda Karrier Karrier. They used to make a load range D (65 psi) in size 215, but now they only off it in the 205 width, but it still has a couple of hundred pounds more capacity than the Load Range C 215's.

15": You have a few more choices in the 15" diameter. As mentioned, the Maaxis M8008 comes in load range E (80 psi) and is a very well respected tire. There are a few other manufacturers that offer a Load Range E ST tire, but Goodyear does not seem to be one of them.
Goodyear does make the Cargo G26 which is rated for "all position" including trailers and comes in 225/70R15 size which usually fits instead of 225/75R15. This tire is sometimes used on the euro-style (think Sprinter) vans, and is made in Europe. It is a well respected tire on various RV forums and at 65 psi, has a capacity of 2,470 pounds.

16": With 16" wheels, the choices are much wider. There are several manufacturers - including Maaxis - that make 80 psi ST tires, plus there are LT tires available. You have to make sure you get an LT tire that is rated for trailer use. The most popular seems to be the Michelin XPS Rib XPS Rib tires | Michelin US, but there are many others, and quite a few of them are not manufactured in China

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