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Old 07-25-2015, 03:59 PM   #11
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tires ..

get the same tires .. change out every five years .... and watch your pressure.
now ...that being said .. for me camping is a pleasure not a chore .. as in worring about stuff .. but making sure we are prepared for basically any road side problem ..

change them out to the origional specs .. and you should be a-ok .. thats what im doing next year .. and our camper has seen alot of miles ... 1000 miles in ourl ast trip ..

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Old 07-25-2015, 09:16 PM   #12
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There seem to be a lot of "ifs" talked about here in using non-ST tires. If they fit, if the weight rating is enough, if the sidewalls are strong enough, etc. I wonder how much the savings will be to solve all those "ifs." I would never put passenger car tires on my camper, that is beyond foolish based on the design intent of the tire, and only for the small savings you might get. LT tires, pays your money and takes your chances.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:28 PM   #13
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Trailer tires are a scam. Most are rated to 65 mph, which is slower than almost all of us drive with smaller trailers. They consistently blow out in hot weather and highway speeds. As soon as I found this out I switched my bass boat tires to passenger tires rated at 99 mph. My bigger boat changed to load range D 81 mph rated 14 inch tires. I run LT tires on my utility trailer. You may not be able to find any LT tires in 13". If you're pulling something as light as a car, and no taller, I think you'd be fine with passenger car tires. Go with the highest load rating you can.
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:18 PM   #14
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I found a real good article on Tire Rack .com about trailer tires. This will answer your questions about the value of trailer tires.See Tire tech ( trailer tires vs passenger vehicle tires) there is no doubt that I will use trailer tires on my trailer.
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:38 PM   #15
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?..You can get LT tires at a higher weight rating per size then ST tires...
On what planet?

I considered going to LT tires to replace my 235/80R16 ST tires. To get an LT tire with the same or better load rating and speed rating, I needed to go up in size, and there isn't room between my axles. Even the Goodyear Unisteel G614 is a 235/85 (ie, slightly bigger,) and certainly not affordable at $385 apiece.

You can go with your LT tires. I'll stick with STs that are designed to carry more weight. TPMS is your friend.
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:59 AM   #16
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I found a real good article on Tire Rack .com about trailer tires.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=219

The site points out the lower weight rating on a P tire when used on a auto vs. a trailer. Another "if" that has to be solved.

It also mentions the addition sway concerns caused by greater sidewall flex designed into P tires vs. ST. The geometry difference between boat trailers and campers and the difference that makes to sway means experiences with boat trailers is completely irrelevant to use on single axle campers like A Frames.
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Old 07-29-2015, 08:31 AM   #17
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Everyone has an opinion; occasionally, they are actually based on facts backed up with links to source materials.

Most often though, they are not worth the ether they are blasted through.
CAVEAT LECTOR - "Let the reader beware" is never so true as on a open forum. Remember, there is not a single poster who will pony up the money to pay for the damage that their bad advice caused.

And THAT my friends IS a fact (without a source, except common sense).

In My Honest Opinion, I would never consider putting a non-ST tire on a trailer and I would never TOW without LT tires on the tow vehicle.

Oh, and one more thing. If you want to see how helpful the advice being offered is, look at the person's profile. In the upper right hand corner may be a bar of 10 small squares of two shades of green. As you post something that helps someone, they can hit the "Thanks" button. This increments the "Thanks" counter by one.

If you hover over the bar it will come up with a text stating how reliable the advice typically given by the poster is. Someone who has never been thanked will say "User is an unknown quantity at this point", at 350 "Thanks" it will say "User is just really nice", and to get the top rating "User has a reputation beyond repute" you would need to be thanked more than 2,000 times.

Oh, and you can't thank your OWN posts.
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I found a real good article on Tire Rack .com about trailer tires. This will answer your questions about the value of trailer tires.See Tire tech ( trailer tires vs passenger vehicle tires) there is no doubt that I will use trailer tires on my trailer.
From that article:

"Also consider that Special Trailer (ST), as well as Light Truck (LT) tires are fully rated for trailer applications. This means ST- and LT-sized tires can carry the full weight rating branded on the sidewalls when used on a trailer."

Also almost every trailer tire is speed rated at max 65 MPH.
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From that article:

"Also consider that Special Trailer (ST), as well as Light Truck (LT) tires are fully rated for trailer applications. This means ST- and LT-sized tires can carry the full weight rating branded on the sidewalls when used on a trailer."

Also almost every trailer tire is speed rated at max 65 MPH.
I think you're missing the point. The same physical size LT tire CANNOT CARRY the same amount of weight as the same size ST tire. If you want the same weight carrying in an LT, you have to go up in size. Yes, you CAN put LTs on a trailer, but you're losing weight carrying capacity. Yes, the LTs can go faster. Yes, all ST tires are rated for 65 MPH. But how fast do you really want to go driving a pickup truck with 19K of weight behind/under you?
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