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Old 11-11-2018, 10:40 AM   #1
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Trailer tires vs. truck tires.

When I eventually have to replace my 4 tires , should I go with a better truck tire and not those china bombs?
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I did that and I think it was a mistake. I am now back to ST tires. The truck tires do not flex as much as ST tires and that adds a lot of stress to the RV suspension that it is not designed to handle. I broke shackle spring supports 3 times, requiring a welder to come fix it.
I recommend you go to a higher rated ST tire. From C to D, or E to F, etc.
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:16 PM   #3
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I did that and I think it was a mistake. I am now back to ST tires. The truck tires do not flex as much as ST tires and that adds a lot of stress to the RV suspension that it is not designed to handle. I broke shackle spring supports 3 times, requiring a welder to come fix it.
I recommend you go to a higher rated ST tire. From C to D, or E to F, etc.
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About half our RV group stay away from ST tires and go with LT tires. Just have to watch load rating is sufficient. No problems that I have heard of in thousands of miles with either the tire or the suspension. These folks usually have larger fifth wheels.

The rest of the group stay with ST tires but go up at least one load range when possible.

Maxxis M8008 seems to be the favorite. Carlisle next and then the new Goodyear ST.
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Just as 5er Tom stared. When I went to purchase new tires for my fifth wheel I asked the gentleman which tires to get. He stated, definitely ST tires for the same reasons 5er tom stayed.
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truck tires on RV

Just to muddy the waters a bit, I've had truck tires on my last 3 fifth wheel rigs and driven the units many, many thousands of miles without a problem. Sorry, not being contrary, just another opinion.
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Tire Input

I grew tired of the China bombs and went to truck tires. No problems with them and we've put over 15K miles on them over 5 years. I'll stick with truck tires.
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LT tires

I've run Firestone Transforce LT tires and have put about 80K on them without issue. They still look good and probably run them a bit longer. I keep my speed down and check tire and air pressure often....
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The advantage of trailer tires over truck tires is that truck tires are not designed to handle the sidewall loads associated with sharp turns with multiple axels. If you are pulling single axel trailers or never turning sharp to cause side load, truck tires usually work fine but it only takes getting in a bind one time to cause problems.
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