Originally Posted by Wildcat Chris
I see the "good tires" issue being brought up again and again. Please tell me what brand and specific attributes you're all looking for so I can be sure there's more discussion on this issue!
Our standard is the Taskmaster Provider ST 10-ply load range 'E' radial tire (available in the aftermarket via Discount Tire). This tire has served us well so far.
Wildcat also EXCLUSIVELY offers the MAXXIS M8008 as a factory option:
ST Radial M8008 | Maxxis USA
I just spoke with my tire rep yesterday and he said there are NO domestically made ST tires in production at this time, including any American brands. Almost all ST trailer tire production is in China (with the notable exception of the MAXXIS tires being produced in Thailand). He said, and I agree, that the tire attributes
are what is most important to finding the right tire for an RV:
- Minimum of 10-ply steel-belted radial
- Load range 'E' or above
- Sidewall strength
- Tread design
- Proper inflation
- Appropriate pairing with correct spec aluminum wheel
Why are people stuck on the idea of only using an ST tire and not an LT tire?
I have been running LT's load range E's with zero issues for years. Never had a blow out.
There is much more weight and stress on a steer axle of a diesel truck than a 5er, and the tires are fine. Plus, think about why an ST tire has bold lettering stating "for trailer use only". It's because it is NOT suitable for passenger vehicle use and will likely blow out.
Many manufacturers ARE using LT's right out of the factory, standard. WILDCAT CHRIS, I believe Cedar Creeks come with LT's.
Actually here are the specs for a Cedar Creek right off the Forest River website:
" 8-Lug, LT, "G" Rated, Goodyear Tires (American made)*
on 7,000 Axles (36CKTS, 38CK, 38FL, 38RE) "