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Old 11-22-2014, 06:47 AM   #1
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Domani Tire Conversion

New owner about to pick up my Domani 302. The previous owner bought it new, took it on 2 trips for a total of about 500 miles. Problem I have is the tires are now 6 years old and I want to change them ASAP. The size is 285/50x20 and I would like to hear from any Domani owner who has run these. My first thought is to just change wheels and tires to something more reasonable (i.e. 235/85x16). GVW is 11,500 and dry weight is 9,200 so I don't think I need 17.5". Would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:57 AM   #2
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Rickthescot said: Would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks


Are the tires bad? Have you had someone look at them? If they check out ok, just run them for a few more years.
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Well...

They look great. However, they are the originals and the unit was produced 11/07. That's quite a bit of age and I hate to take chances.
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New owner about to pick up my Domani 302. The previous owner bought it new, took it on 2 trips for a total of about 500 miles. Problem I have is the tires are now 6 years old and I want to change them ASAP. The size is 285/50x20 and I would like to hear from any Domani owner who has run these. My first thought is to just change wheels and tires to something more reasonable (i.e. 235/85x16). GVW is 11,500 and dry weight is 9,200 so I don't think I need 17.5". Would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!
IMO the manufacturer of your - new to you - trailer wanted to 1. Match the sporty look of the trailer with sporty tires and wheels. 2. In doing so they used a softer tire giving the trailer a smoother ride.

The size tire you reported as being on the trailer comes in a number of different load capacities, the highest being 2756# (116). Of course that must be derated for trailer use to 2505#. According to your figures that’s plenty of load capacity reserves.

Your not going to find any passenger (P) tires in 16” diameter with enough load capacity. Going to a 16” LT tire in load Range D or E will provide the load capacity you need. However you will be getting a harsher riding trailer with the stiffer LT tires.

There are a lot of 20” tires on the market that will fit your needs. Price is very similar to the LT tires. So, if your wheels are in good shape it may be your best deal. Just make sure you are matching the load capacity of the OE tires.


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Old 11-22-2014, 05:12 PM   #5
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Thanks FastEagle. The wheels are in new condition so I may do as you suggested.
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So what is a domani? This is an RV forum.
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Domani makes travel trailers. They are a luxury trailer and very high end. Nice stuff.
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Not sure they are still in production. I wouldn't have described them as a luxury trailer, but certainly modern and glitzy.

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Actually this one is a 5th wheel, model is a Fresco DF302. It's about 30' with 2 slides. Glitzy?? Not the word I would use but okay... I like the fact that it is a little different than most. Not for everyone but it is for me. Having been an RV dealer, I didn't want one that looked like the ones I sold and worked on. Also it helps that Carriage built some nice stuff. Love to hear from another Domani owner.
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To me the Domani interior design looks like a cross between a yacht and a European flat, very classy and no tacky "glitz" or fabrics picked to please an old woman, my only concern would be the light color carpeting they all seem to have (lot's of red clay where I live), and frame cracks in the rear kitchen models, I'd be very happy to own one if the chance came along.
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From my research, the frame crack issue was on 2009 and later Carriage Cameo Lite units. Have not heard of it on a Domani.
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They look great. However, they are the originals and the unit was produced 11/07. That's quite a bit of age and I hate to take chances.
At 6 years there is only one decision. Replace them, and while you are at it get yourself some shiny new rims
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As FastEagle says those are a P tires are a passenger tire and not the best idea for using on a heavy trailer. Other Domani owners on other RV forums have asked for the same input.
Many choose to dump those "fancy" wheels and P tire with a one ply sidewall for the better load carrying 16" wheels and 10 ply rated tires with much heavier sidewalls
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I have a 2008 Carriage Domani DF300 and replaced my tires last year. The original Goodyears looked great but I just did not want to take the chance of a failure. After researching the available tires that match up to the Goodyears I bought Hankook tires. I have put over 8000 miles on them. I thought about replacing the American Racing Mag wheels but I really liked the look and ride they provide. So far, I am very pleased with them.
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