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Old 07-30-2016, 01:14 PM   #21
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It's my understanding that the trailer tires have stiffer sidewalls which help reduce trailer sway. However I might consider light truck tires if the right characteristics can be had.
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:24 PM   #22
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It's my understanding that the trailer tires have stiffer sidewalls which help reduce trailer sway. However I might consider light truck tires if the right characteristics can be had.

Before my FL snowbird trip I'll be changing to Carlisle ST235/85R16 LR E weight rating 3640# at 80 PSI. A dealer told me speed rating P or 93 MPH but I need that confirmed as I believe the speed rating is 75 MPH. I rarely hit 70 and usually keep it at 65 anyway.
The 110 PSI could be a problem for my wheels so Sailun is out,,, I think they are China made. SOME Carlisle are made in USA but no idea which or what sizes.
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Old 07-30-2016, 09:57 PM   #23
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It's my understanding that the trailer tires have stiffer sidewalls which help reduce trailer sway. However I might consider light truck tires if the right characteristics can be had.
Compare the two (ST and LT) side by side. The ST tire sidewalls will feel like a bicycle tire compared to and LT tire. Generally the LT tires will weight 10-15 pounds more. I have had LT tires for several years and they have been trouble free. The only thing you need to watch out for is that they can carry the actual load. My trailer is rated for 14,000 GVW but my tires only carry about 9800 pounds. I did have it weighed at a rally.
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This topic is beat to death. There's so much info out there already. Most high dollar 5ers come with LT's and so do Cedar Creeks from the factory.

CJ5thwheel, a 235/85-r16 is only 5% of 235mm higher sidewall than your original. I run the Transforce LT's on my Wildcat and will never run another ST tire again for obvious well known reasons.
Best of luck in your decision.

I did some math and the 85's will be approximately 15/16" diameter difference compared to the original size. Of course manufacturers actual true measurements vary so it may be less. So in a nutshell, if you're worried about them rubbing, measure the space you have now and subtract 15/16" and that will be your new gap.
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Old 07-31-2016, 11:01 AM   #25
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I'm no expert but it is my understanding that light truck tires are not nearly as heavy as ST or special trailer tires. LT's do not have the sidewall strength because they are built more for cornering flex. I bought the Sailun S637 (G rated) and am totally impressed with them at less than half the price of the Goodyear. Go to Simpletire.com
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I'm no expert but it is my understanding that light truck tires are not nearly as heavy as ST or special trailer tires. LT's do not have the sidewall strength because they are built more for cornering flex. I bought the Sailun S637 (G rated) and am totally impressed with them at less than half the price of the Goodyear. Go to Simpletire.com
Sailuns are a good choice but if you compare an ST tire and an LT tire you will find just the opposite of what you are saying. LT tires are 10-15 pounds heavier and the sidewalsl are probably twice as thick. I have run LTs for several year with zero problems.
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This topic is beat to death. There's so much info out there already. Most high dollar 5ers come with LT's and so do Cedar Creeks from the factory.

CJ5thwheel, a 235/85-r16 is only 5% of 235mm higher sidewall than your original. I run the Transforce LT's on my Wildcat and will never run another ST tire again for obvious well known reasons.
Best of luck in your decision.

I did some math and the 85's will be approximately 15/16" diameter difference compared to the original size. Of course manufacturers actual true measurements vary so it may be less. So in a nutshell, if you're worried about them rubbing, measure the space you have now and subtract 15/16" and that will be your new gap.
FTR, I have a new Cedar Creek and it did not come with LT tires from the factory, nor were any available. If you get the 8,000 lb axles that come on the Champagne edition, or the Rockwood, they do. But not on Silverback or Hathaway editions. They are now Westlake ST 235/85-16's.
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I've considered the same for my 5th wheel and went with a better higher pressure aluminum rim and "F" load rated Hercules tires. Seems good so far
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If you get the 8,000 lb axles that come on the Champagne edition, or the Rockwood, they do.
That right there should clue everyone in on the merit of LT tires.



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I've considered the same for my 5th wheel and went with a better higher pressure aluminum rim and "F" load rated Hercules tires. Seems good so far
While my tires were being changed I looked all over the rims for a weight rating without success. I put Carlisle 235/80/R16 LR E on yesterday. Sidewall says 85#. Next time I'll get the Carlisle LR F and keep them at the suggested 95.
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