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Old 07-29-2016, 09:32 PM   #1
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The difference between trailer tires and light truck tires

I'm looking to pick up new tires for my Sierra 40 footer and I want to go into light truck tires but I need 235 - 80 - 16 and they don't make it in a light truck tire what do I need to do to go to a light Truck Tire in that size the only truck tire I know is a 245 75 16 and I don't know if it will fit my trailer has anybody run into this would appreciate some information
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http://simpletire.com/goodyear-lt235...PhnBoCBZPw_wcB
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:39 PM   #3
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If your wheels are 110 psi rated buy the sailun s637 tires they are great. Much heavier than the lt's
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Old 07-29-2016, 09:46 PM   #4
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Or the Goodyear G614
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I have aluminum rims I don't know what the rating is on them for the PSI
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I was looking in Costco at the green ball told Master SS Special trailer Radial Tire in my size and they have a good rating
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It's a tow Master tow they sell for 106.99
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Tow master is Chinese. Aluminum rims are rated higher than steel rims, I believe.

If I get another set of tires, it WILL be LT rated tires........99% sure it'll be the G614's in that size. I'm not spending money on anything less than those, to change tires.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:09 PM   #9
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Can I use a 245 - 75 - 16 Light Truck Tire being that I should have 235 - 80 - 16
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Thanks a lot guys I appreciate all the info you gave me
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I wrote an answer and erased it. This is too important for someone with my low expertise to give advise on.

Tireman, or someone that has done this, needs to answer.

I just know what I'd buy if it were me.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:32 PM   #12
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Sailun and goodyear make them in the correct size; don't waste your money on any tire made in china. Have you ever seen a 'towmaster, westlake, or other chinese brand tire store?
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Is the goodyear Trailer tire made in USA .They have a Marathon radial tire Load/Ply rating: E/10-ply rating $158.00 each.looks good.
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The Marathons were made in china but now made in usa; look on the tire for country of orign
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Is the goodyear Trailer tire made in USA .They have a Marathon radial tire Load/Ply rating: E/10-ply rating $158.00 each.looks good.

Most Marathons made in China now but since they supposedly have a dedicated factory they should be better than the generic brands. 614 tires are USA made.
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Marathon's are no better than towmaster or greenball. All made in china. There is a jillion different china tire brands....most of them are crap. . I dont think IVe heard of anyone happy with towmasters. About 4 years ago, I bought a set of greenball tires. They lasted 2 years before they started blowing. Lost 3 tires within 6 months. IF your rims are rated at 110 psi, get the Goodyear G614's. Probably the best tire made. But they are not cheap. Roughly $325 each depending.

If the G614's are a no go, then look at the Maxxis 8008. I just put a set of these on a couple months ago. So far so good.

Also, consider a tpms.

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I was looking in Costco at the green ball told Master SS Special trailer Radial Tire in my size and they have a good rating
They have a good rating by who? I'm thinking they are just another cheap Chinese ST blowout waiting to happen. You will get what you pay for with cheap trailler tires.
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They have a good rating by who? I'm thinking they are just another cheap Chinese ST blowout waiting to happen. You will get what you pay for with cheap trailler tires.
The Sailuns are around $175 ea, and the GY G614 is around $325 each
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I use Firestone Transforce 265/75 R16. They are the same physical size as the 235/85 R16 which are only slightly larger Outside Diameter than the 235/80 R16. If you inquire on a tire size chart you can see the difference in sizes. The reason I use the 265/75 R16 is that is the size that came as original equipment on my F-250 and they are load rated a little over 400 more pounds capacity each than the 235/85 R16. I have used the Firestone Transforce for several years on different flatbed trailers hauling heaver loads (commercially) than my CC 30LSTS. Those trailers were using the 235/84 R16 tires. When I switched to using these tires, I stopped having blowouts on my trailers. Not a recommendation, just my results.
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I'm looking to pick up new tires for my Sierra 40 footer and I want to go into light truck tires but I need 235 - 80 - 16 and they don't make it in a light truck tire what do I need to do to go to a light Truck Tire in that size the only truck tire I know is a 245 75 16 and I don't know if it will fit my trailer has anybody run into this would appreciate some information
I'm just going to guess that you have GAWR axles around 6750#. You can look on your certification label to confirm that.

None, Zero LT235/85R16E tires or any other LT 16" LRE tires are qualified for use on those axles.

You're gonna have to start thinking tire/rim packages for replacements if you want american made stuff.

The best and most durable packages will most likely be found in the 17.5" tire rim sizes.

The American made LT235/85R16G tires are expensive but qualify for your axles at 3750# at 110 PSI but they require a 16x6.5" rim with a high pressure 110 PSI rating.

New, more beefy 16' ST tires are coming from over there. Their ratings are 4080# at 110 psi and all that I've seen have a 75 MPH speed rating.

Good luck, and research, research, research!
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