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Old 04-11-2014, 04:10 AM   #31
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During my research I confirmed that all ST tires except Maxxis were made in China. However over the years when quality issues surfaced, the name brand tires Goodyear and Carlisle made good on reimbursements and then appear to have corrected the problems overseas. That being said, if sticking with an ST tire, I would go with Maxxis. I currently have Goodyear 17.5 LHT G114, with capacity of 4,850, "H" rated and no longer give tires a second thought. Just for "belt and suspenders", still have my TPMS from my ST tire days.
You know that's funny when I had my blow out with the trail express I was in Lumberton NC. Went to Black tire Co. a GY dealer. He refused to put any other tire on then ST. Told me it was against the law. It was 4:00 PM and I told him to put them on because I still had over 125 miles to drive to the CG. I didn't want to get in the CG in the dark, you know how that go's. I was also told they where made right there in NC Fayetteville Factory. Came out they where made in China. Didn't know about codes then. Called the Manager about them, he said he didn't know that they moved all ST to overseas. Said that if I could find an American tire they would refund my money. Now how was I going to do that traveling> Had GY before they were good but they where made here. So I got to hope these hold up. Can't be buying tires every other year. Did move up to a radial and from C to D. I had no extra at all on the C rated when I went to the scales. Same with my axles. No real extra cap.........That's a real down fall of FR as all of us know. ........
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:11 PM   #32
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We ended up replacing the Akuret with Handkook F19 LT tires. A little taller, but plenty of room in the Columbus 365 wheel well. 750 x 16 but G rated. Handkook lists them on their website as Trailer tires.
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Where are the Hankook made?
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:59 AM   #35
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My 320 just arrived at the dealer & it has Westlake tires. Any experience with those?
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My 320 just arrived at the dealer & it has Westlake tires. Any experience with those?
As I have stated on other threads, I personally would not pull a new camper off the dealers lot with factory tires on it if they were not Goodyear Marathon LR D or equivalent. Most factory tires are junk, unbalanced and close to load capacity.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:40 AM   #37
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My 320 just arrived at the dealer & it has Westlake tires. Any experience with those?
To be honest I never heard of them. Try to google them and see who is making them. Might just be an OEM that they are using from some off wall company. I know of no company that carries Trail Express except Lionhead. So If someone wanted to keep that junk, and needed to replace one where would get it? They would have to ship it to you, no thanks.
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As I have stated on other threads, I personally would not pull a new camper off the dealers lot with factory tires on it if they were not Goodyear Marathon LR D or equivalent. Most factory tires are junk, unbalanced and close to load capacity.
I'm guessing our new Columbus 365 will probably come with Westlake, too. Do you have any tips for negotiating with the dealer to replace them with something better like the Goodyears? Would they swap them out and at least give us some kind of a credit on the no-names?
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I'm guessing our new Columbus 365 will probably come with Westlake, too. Do you have any tips for negotiating with the dealer to replace them with something better like the Goodyears? Would they swap them out and at least give us some kind of a credit on the no-names?
No tips, I made them take the 2 yr old GY Marathon LR D off my tt and changed tires and wheels with the new 5er. They hesitated, but finally relented as I said it was a deal breaker. Don't know what to suggest. Maybe talk to you local GY dealer and work a deal or maybe your dealer can work a deal with the GY dealer. Can't hurt to ask.
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Our 320rs came with Westlake tires and so far, so good. We put about 10k on these tires and they seem to be holding up well. Just a suggestion, cover your tires when NOT in use and keep them away from dampness, not on wet grass, mud etc.but instead on wood boards etc.
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