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Old 08-08-2016, 12:42 AM   #1
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Hey guys. Just curious what tired you all recommend for when it's time to replace the factory ones. I've heard nightmares about "China Bombs" and so I was wondering which are the best.

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Old 08-10-2016, 06:14 PM   #2
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Hello,

We have Westlake on our unit currently and have driven approximately 3,000 miles over that past three years. No issues.

On our previous camper, we went approximately four years with Carlisle and then replaced with Maxxis for another four years, also with 3-4,000 miles with no issues.

I know there is junk out there, and I suppose we've been lucky. I do however check the air pressure religiously before every trip (including the return trip home) and always ensure the tires are at maximum cold pressure. I'm also careful to not rub against / over curbs and potholes if I can help it. We also cruise at 60mph (ST tires typically max out at 65 mph) so as to not overheat the tires and save fuel.

For the time I've been doing this, I've yet to see a true consensus on which tires are best, and which are the worst.

I don't think there's a true answer to your question, only opinions and war stories.

Good luck!
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Old 08-10-2016, 08:52 PM   #3
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I have over 10,000 on my original Westlake. No problem. I think a lot of people who speed and that's one of the reasons you hear bad stories. ST are meant for less than 65 mph, if you use them differently, you can anticipate problems.
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There are only two names that have anything close to a decent reputation.
Salune and Maxxis. Everything else is manufacturerd in any number of un regulated plants in China.
If you have 16 inch wheels and your weights are within specs, go with LT tires.
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We are running the factory Westlakes as well. Got just over 5000 miles on them this year and have another 3500 planned. That said we will be getting either Maxxis, GoodYear 614 or looking at the Salune.

You didn't say what size tire you need. If you are 14 or 15 I would say Maxxis is the way to go. That is what we had on our TT and those were 14's.

As for speed I have seen several of the ST tires rated to 75 mph. Our factory Westlakes are one of them. I like the extra cushion with that but we still set the cruise at 62-63.
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I will add...If you are not in a hurry...watch E-bay for Discount Tire Direct. I found(heard on here) about a special. $100 off on tire set. Got a whole set app. $100 cheaper. No tax. No freight. Only had to get mounted $60
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The most important 4 letters when talking trailer tires:
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There are only two names that have anything close to a decent reputation.
Salune and Maxxis. Everything else is manufacturerd in any number of un regulated plants in China.
If you have 16 inch wheels and your weights are within specs, go with LT tires.
Can you give us a reference as an example of a tire manufacturer that is unregulated and still able to get tires into this country with a DOT certification on its sidewall?
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Hey guys. Just curious what tired you all recommend for when it's time to replace the factory ones. I've heard nightmares about "China Bombs" and so I was wondering which are the best.

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Steve
Did you have problems with your original tires? If not, why not just use them again and to feel more comfortable increase the load range up one letter, if possible.
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I put Gladiator QR25-TS on mine the beginning of last year and they have worked out great so far. Have several other friends that have ran them for years and always go back.
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