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Old 05-07-2014, 01:01 PM   #1
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Trailer tires on a coach

Over the weekend I went with a friend of mine to look at a coach he was considering to buy.

After much reading on rv forums I knew to check the date on the tires and discovered it had goodyear marathon trailer tires on it (16 inch)the date code shows three years old and according to the ratings on tires and sticker in coach everything was as it should be.

The owner told us "His' tire shop recommended this as trailer tires are built heavier than truck tires.
My question is,,is this safe.can trailer tires be run on a motorhome.If my friend buys this coach can he finish up the life of the existing tires or does he need to add the cost of six new tires to the coach.

I think this was discussed here once before but I haven't been able to find the thread.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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You want heavy-duty, special trailer service tires for your boat, camper or utility trailer.
Special trailer service tires feature heavy-duty constructions and accommodate higher inflation pressures to provide the load capacity necessary to match many trailer applications and payloads. Their stiffer sidewalls help control sway for enhanced towing stability and they offer more bruise resistance than typical passenger tires. These heavy-duty, special purpose trailer tires are not meant for use on cars or trucks.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:46 PM   #3
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Never put ST (Special Trailer) tires on the steer wheels of a motorized vehicle. It's both unsafe and illegal. They aren't made for drive axles either, but I don't think it's actually illegal to use them there.

Your friend needs a different tire dealer - IMO that one is dangerous.
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Never put ST (Special Trailer) tires on the steer wheels of a motorized vehicle. It's both unsafe and illegal. They aren't made for drive axles either, but I don't think it's actually illegal to use them there.

Your friend needs a different tire dealer - IMO that one is dangerous.

And ST tires are only rated for 65 MPH.
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Tire stores recommend what they have in stock to sell.
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Most ST tires will state "For Trailer use Only" right on them.
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Trailer Tires

I would not put them on my coach!!!
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X2, and " His" tire store deserves to have their .... sued.
Although I doubt that they put their rec-commendation in writing.
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Too funny. At least two people had no idea what they were doing. The coach owner and the guy that put those ST tires on it.
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From what I understand, trailer tires are not designed to provide the traction needed by a vehicle's steer and drive wheels. Also, trailer tires tend to be more stiff which would result in a rougher ride.

Article from Tire Rack

Article from Discount Tire
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Tire stores recommend what they have in stock to sell.
True, but I would not call an outfit like that a "Tire Store" at least none of the Tire Stores I have ever dealt with.
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What kind of coach uses 16 inch tires?
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