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Old 09-05-2014, 05:27 PM   #1
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Tire Replacement Dilemma

I posted on 9-3-14 about my "China Bomb" blowout incident and now have a posing situation as to what tire I should use for replacement. I was seriously thinking of going with LT tires (LT235 /85 R16) as suggested but they have a diameter of 31.8". The diameter of the ST235 /80 R16 tires I am replacing is 30.8". I realize that is only 1" larger per tire and would net out to 1" of spacing lost between the two tires. The current spacing with the STs is about 1 3/8" - 1 1/2". Doesn't look like a plan and I'll just have to stay with STs.

I have a 2012 Sabre 32RCTS w/6,000 lb. axles. Has anyone having this idendical trailer been successful in coverting to LTs? If not, what did you do?


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Old 09-05-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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Try some LT245/75/16's. They're about the same height as you have now and are about .4" wider.

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Old 09-05-2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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I installed Maxxis M8008 ST tires on my Columbus. I compared one next to one of the China bombs I took off. I couldn't believe the difference! The Maxxis is much heavier. The sidewall did not flex any near as much as the Akuret tires I removed, being much thicker. I couldn't afford the Michelin Ribs LT tires. I'm very happy with the Maxxis. Oh, be sure to have your new tires balanced.

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Old 09-05-2014, 07:36 PM   #4
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I second the Maxxis tires. I too am very happy....went up a load range and feel much better about dragging the rv around now. China Bomb tread wore off within 1200 miles.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:11 AM   #5
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Space between my tires

I have what is labeled as a 2014 32 RCTS-6. I took delivery in July 2013 so I guess they can call it what they like. I have 4 inches between my tires. I wonder if that is because I have the Equa-Flex suspension.

The attached document is put out by Carlisle Tire. I understand they do not manufacture car tires so they probably have some kind of agenda but this is their marketing on ST Vs LT tires. Have no idea if it is correct so please do not shoot the messenger. I had Carlisle's on my last travel trailer and they worked well.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:53 AM   #6
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245/75/16 load E lt's is what I replaced my 235/80/16s with. Used Mesa (Cooper) ap 2's from a local Merchant/Big O for $150ea mounted.
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:52 AM   #7
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Used LT245/75/R16 Goodyears on mine to replace the 235/80/16's on mine.
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:55 AM   #8
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X2 on Coopers. I've run SRM II's for the last three years. 10,000+ miles and they look and behave like new.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:01 AM   #9
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:10 AM   #10
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I will be replacing my " china bombs" with LTs within the 2 year time frame. I have exploded STs all over the south/southwest.

Honestly, I haven't looked at the maxxis. I will do my research then but I am pretty set on dumping any ST from china.

-said the man who's has 12 trailer tires to deal with.


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