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Old 02-18-2016, 11:23 AM   #1
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Rims and Tires on Columbus 2016 320RS

We have a 320RS on order scheduled to be built mid-March. From what I can tell it will have Westlake 235/80R16E tires. Can anyone confirm that is what they have on their Columbus?

Also wondering about the rims that come with. My reason is that I am considering replacing the tires right away with G614's. They have a max pressure of 110psi and I want to know if the rims that come with the trailer are rated to 110psi.

I have seen mix results with the Westlake tires and can't find the speed rating for them. I don't drive faster than 65 anyway but I don't like to be right at the limits of any of the gear.
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:34 PM   #3
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I saw a lot of trailers with OEM Westlake tires on them at a recent RV show. Their OEM provider was using 100% nitrogen in them. The specs for your trailer show it having 6000# axles. If you find 80 PSI in your tires at the PDI they should be good to go. If under inflated they are highly suspect as coming from the factory like that and not so good to go.
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Airdale - I am interested in upgrading the tires either now or maybe next year as we put on about 5000-7000 miles a year. One tire I am looking at is the G614's and the max pressure is 110psi. I want the rims to be able to handle that pressure in case some tire shop guy puts max pressure in sometime when I might have it in for service. Don't want to have more pressure than the rims are rated for.

As for what comes on it I know they say nitrogen and to that I don't care either way. If they ever need air I will be using my air compressor to fill them. Also told they are Westlake but not positive of which ones. I would like to find the speed rating for them so I know if I have some safety margin if I run at 65mph.

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Got some info from another source one of who works at FR. Rims are good to 110psi so switching to G614's will not require updating them.

Can't get much for the Westlakes as "take-offs" so thinking I'll just run them for the first year and see how they do. First sign of a problem and off they will come. Don't like being broken down.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:35 PM   #6
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I put 12k plus on my Westlakes and changed them out for Hercules 14 ply and I have 14k on those. The Westlakes had some uneven wear and scuffing on them so rather than push it, I just had the Hercules put on. My tire guy says he has seen many heavy trailers use the Hercules and have had very good service from them. Right at $600, balanced and installed. Much less than the GY G614. So far, they run cooler and have no noticeable wear pattern after 14k mi. I use a TPMS, run them at 95 psi per the weight at the tires and recommendation of my tire guy. Rims are rated to 110 psi but I would not run any tires that high as the ride would be just bouncing down the road. I needed no modification of anything to use the tires and my tire covers fit no problem after the change.
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Airdale - I am interested in upgrading the tires either now or maybe next year as we put on about 5000-7000 miles a year. One tire I am looking at is the G614's and the max pressure is 110psi. I want the rims to be able to handle that pressure in case some tire shop guy puts max pressure in sometime when I might have it in for service. Don't want to have more pressure than the rims are rated for.

As for what comes on it I know they say nitrogen and to that I don't care either way. If they ever need air I will be using my air compressor to fill them. Also told they are Westlake but not positive of which ones. I would like to find the speed rating for them so I know if I have some safety margin if I run at 65mph.

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All of the new Westlake tires in your size have a speed letter "L" (75 MPH) on their sidewalls.
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Thanks everyone. I am planning on running the Westlake tires for at least the first year. Good to hear they are probably going to be rated to 75. Again won't go that fast but good to know I have a margin.

I'll look into those Hercules when the time comes. While I do want like to buy the best I can afford there is no reason to over spend on something either.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:24 PM   #10
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My 2015 320RS has 110psi rated rims on it. If in doubt, just pull the wheel and on the backside it will show the rating. I like many, worried about the Westlakes but my tire guy said they were decent tires and should not worry for the first year. After the first year they came off and I installed LT truck tires. Sold Westlakes for ~$150.
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