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Old 04-13-2014, 03:58 PM   #1
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Mercury Tires

I am looking to get rid of my Goodyear Marathon tires. Has any one had any experience with Mercury tires. I am checking out the ST235/85 R 16 Load Range F.
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Glad you're here. I can't help you with the tire question. I haven't heard of hem. I'm sure someone else will opt an opinion.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:25 PM   #3
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Never heard of them. Michelin XPS Ribs are proven reliable.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:50 AM   #4
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Never heard of them. Michelin XPS Ribs are proven reliable.
These are good tires. If you stay with an ST tire I would put on Maxxis. Good luck
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This may be the first tire brand that I can't find anything about by using Google search...
That in itself is scary.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:50 PM   #6
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Mercury Tire

I have made a grave error on the name of the tire. It is Hercules Tire.

Sorry about that - Wagonmaster8
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Mercury, Hercules--it's all Greek to me....

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It is a mystery that so many believe because the RV manufacturer chose the cheapest route and spec'd ST tires- so many will blindly follow that spec. Just go get Michelin XPS ribs and you'll have piece of mind for years to come.
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I don't know about the size tire that you are asking about from Hercules, but I run Hercules tires for a number of years on my 10 wheelers with zero problems. Hope this helps.
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Hercules Tires

Thanks, the size I am looking to out on my Montana 5er is ST235/85 R 16 Load Range F.
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I am looking to get rid of my Goodyear Marathon tires. Has any one had any experience with Mercury tires. I am checking out the ST235/85 R 16 Load Range F.


Hercules is a well known name in the ST trailer tire market. They are affiliated with Saliun which is becoming popular in the RV tire threads.

http://www.herculestire.com/tire-gallery/commercial/specialty/

I have not verified the country of origin for the Carlisle ST235/85R16F tire but it has been posted that they are being manufactured in the USA again.

I would guess that your Montana has GAWR 6750# axles. If you do go to the higher load capacity LRF tires make sure your rims are rated for the increased load capacity (3960#) and tire pressure (95 psi).

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Thank you for the input. My axles are rated for 7000 lbs and I did check the rims. 110 psi. So far I have not found anyone that has had a bad experience with the Hercules tire. I think I am going to give them a try and see what happens.
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Thank you for the input. My axles are rated for 7000 lbs and I did check the rims. 110 psi. So far I have not found anyone that has had a bad experience with the Hercules tire. I think I am going to give them a try and see what happens.
I think you should look at your trailer's certification label. Keystone could not put Goodyear marathons on 7000# axles. I'm sure the axle manufacturer has rated them at 7000# but Keystone would have to derate that value to install tires rated at 3420# ea. By regulation, tires are fitted to the certified GAWR, which the vehicle manufacturer is allowed to set. In your case, probably 6750# per axle.

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On edit: On the light side I think you'll find that those manufacturers building the ST235/85R16 LRE & LRF tires are using relatively new molds. Especially if they have just recently started selling those sizes. (Tire molds are good for about 5 years).
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Thank you for the input. My axles are rated for 7000 lbs and I did check the rims. 110 psi. So far I have not found anyone that has had a bad experience with the Hercules tire. I think I am going to give them a try and see what happens.
Looks like an interesting tire. Lets us know how it works out.Good luck
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