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Old 05-06-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Wheel/Tire upgrade: Overkill??

After have two tread separations on my 205/75/14 Greenball tires Iíve decided to upgrade to 15 inch. I replaced my factory Carlisle tires last summer because they were starting to wear and I wanted fresh rubber. Discount only sold these Greenball tires so I went with them. 9 months late and two flats later Iím runnin scared with these unknown tires and there just isnít much of a selection for the 14 inch lineup. Decided to upgrade to 15ís and ended up with Carlisle ST225/75/15E. Overkill? Prolly, but they are 10 ply and Iím thinking that I should be GTG. Discount Tire prorated me 100% for the old (9 month) tires so that was applied to the new ones plus 5 rims. I know that thereís been much discussion on tires and it will never end. Carlisle swears that theyíve improved their product since Discount Tire stopped sell them in 2011, and has now picked them back up as their TT tire. Iím ready for a road trip now.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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I too am upgrading the tires on our Greywolf 26BH since the factory Trail Express tires on our 2012 are starting to weather check already. I stayed with 14" but went up to 215/75/14s (load rating of 1870lbs vs 1760 for stock 205), and went with Hercules tires as I was able to get them locally and they are atleast a brand name that I have heard of before. I am thinking about upgrading the rims to aluminums, purely for looks.

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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PHS, after two tire malfunctions in a short period I wanted to go a different route and try the heavy duty tires on 15inch rims. I sure hope this works. Heading to Colorado over Memorial so that will be a good travel test.
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Did the same thing you did on a previous TT. Ugraded from 14" to 15" wheels and tires. Made a world of difference in pulling and noticed an increase in MPG. The 14" C rated were maxed out. Changing over to 15" E tires of similar size (+1" OAL) was well worth the money.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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There is an excellent tire article in this month's Good Sam Trailer Life that talks about the ST - LT debate.

LOTS of great information.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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After have two tread separations on my 205/75/14 Greenball tires Iíve decided to upgrade to 15 inch. I replaced my factory Carlisle tires last summer because they were starting to wear and I wanted fresh rubber. Discount only sold these Greenball tires so I went with them. 9 months late and two flats later Iím runnin scared with these unknown tires and there just isnít much of a selection for the 14 inch lineup. Decided to upgrade to 15ís and ended up with Carlisle ST225/75/15E. Overkill? Prolly, but they are 10 ply and Iím thinking that I should be GTG. Discount Tire prorated me 100% for the old (9 month) tires so that was applied to the new ones plus 5 rims. I know that thereís been much discussion on tires and it will never end. Carlisle swears that theyíve improved their product since Discount Tire stopped sell them in 2011, and has now picked them back up as their TT tire. Iím ready for a road trip now.
Don't know which Discount tire center you purchased from, But I just bought 4 Carlisle st245/75/15E from Discount Last month. manufacture date on tires is 02/2013. Just sayin... I have been buying tires from Discount since their inception.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:53 PM   #7
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10 ply is all i ever use on all of my trailers.
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So your original Carlisles wore out early, and you've just bought more of those?

I use Discount Tire all the time. Either they will sell me Goodyear Marathons (which they did earlier this year) or I will buy from someone else!
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:56 PM   #9
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So your original Carlisles wore out early, and you've just bought more of those?

I use Discount Tire all the time. Either they will sell me Goodyear Marathons (which they did earlier this year) or I will buy from someone else!

Barry, is that question for me?
My oem tires were the Carlisle’s 205/75/14's which is a C rated tire and they were 1/3 tread wear left last summer (TT bought in late summer 2010) so I went to discount to get 5 new. All they sold at that time in Albuquerque for my size rim were Greenballs and was told(!?) they were a good tire. I didn’t think I was doing wrong by purchasing them. I had aprox 9k miles on the original Carlisles
Herk, gota read that article. This whole tire thing is kinda like what tow vehicle to get. Never a correct answer, just a well-informed opinion I think.
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