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Old 03-04-2015, 09:33 AM   #1
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Question Researching Tire Options for Wildwood 231

Currently we have not had any issue with the standard tires that came with our travel trailer. However, after looking at the specs, it seems that the tires should have a minimum of a D load range rather than the current C load - maybe I'm reading things wrong? Here's a look at the specs:

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After researching different tire options, the only D-range tire I can find that would fit our current rim and maintain the same size of a 14inch tire is the following:

Karrier ST205/75R14 Radial Trailer Tire - Load Range D Kenda Tires and Wheels AM10235

Any other suggestions? The maxxis and marathon tires in a 14inch are also only C load range tires, so that seems to knock those options off the list.

Curious if anyone with a similar setup to ours found other options besides the Kenda. Otherwise, I'm curious what thoughts are about the Kenda tire. Thanks so much!
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:46 AM   #2
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The Kumho 857 is a euro-sized 205r14 that fits. It is D rated and usually rated highly on this forum.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:51 AM   #3
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The Kumho 857 is a euro-sized 205r14 that fits. It is D rated and usually rated highly on this forum.
Thank you! I missed that this was D rated b/c the name ends with a 'C' and I interpreted that to mean it was C rated.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:44 AM   #4
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The current tire load ratings exceed the axle ratings...just barely. This is a common practice by manufacturer's. You'll never see a situation where the tire capacity is less than the stated axle capacity. The upgrade to a D loaded rated tire is for safety comfort not requirement. Regardless of your decision, a good TPMS is another piece of mind option.


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The current tire load ratings exceed the axle ratings...just barely. This is a common practice by manufacturer's. You'll never see a situation where the tire capacity is less than the stated axle capacity. The upgrade to a D loaded rated tire is for safety comfort not requirement. Regardless of your decision, a good TPMS is another piece of mind option.

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Thanks so much! That's good to know - so if we wanted to change out the current tires with a better brand of C load range tires then it should work even though we might still go with a D load range. And I agree with getting a TPMS
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Texas heat and UV is tough on tires! I lived in Katy for a spell myself. If you can source the Kumho, it's a superior build over any ST.
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If it were me, I'd continue with the current tires and TPMS until they're worn or 4-5 years old and then replace with Marathon or Maxxis load range C. The higher load range tires would only be important if you load the camper to it's max weight.


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Texas heat and UV is tough on tires! I lived in Katy for a spell myself. If you can source the Kumho, it's a superior build over any ST.
So true! Texas heat has to be considered, I appreciate the recommendation!
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I will be replacing the original 5th wheel tires after reading the tire postings here on FRF. There are so many postings, you could spend a thousand hours reading all of them. Our 2014 Flagstaff 5th wheel came with C Range Trail Express tires.

Will be replacing the C range tires with D range tires and my short list looks like this, in order of preference. Will install steel/high pressure valve stems and then have them spin balanced with the TPMS sensors installed.

Maxxis M8008's
Kumho 857's
Goodyear Marathons

Will be adding the TST Flow Thru TPMS on the 4 trailer tires and the 4 truck tires.

Hope this helps you. AND I welcome any comments on my list.
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If it were me, I'd continue with the current tires and TPMS until they're worn or 4-5 years old and then replace with Marathon or Maxxis load range C. The higher load range tires would only be important if you load the camper to it's max weight.

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Not a bad idea, we really haven't had any issues with what we've got and we are constantly checking the condition of the tires. So far we have only put about 1800 miles of them.

The reasons we're looking into getting new ones now: 1) because of what we've heard/read about the the standard issue tires and 2) we are planning a big trip this year where we will be putting over 3000 miles round trip on this one trip alone in addition to other local trips we'll be making this year.

Just kinda worried a problem will surface while we're on 'vacation' and would hate to hassle with it then. How many miles would someone typically put on tires within a 4-5 year period of time?

I really appreciate the feedback, I like having food for thought
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