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Old 10-08-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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I want to replace my factory tires. 235-80r-16. What are the absolute best tires to buy and in what load range? 2014, 38ft Raptor toy hauler. Weighs 13600 dry.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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Opinions will vary greatly on this topic. I don't particularly care for LT tires on trailers. That being said for my 2 cents. We've had good experiences with these two products with no flats or rapid decompressions. Naturally you'll need to exercise continual pressure maint. UV protection, and replace any tire as they time out in the 5-7 yr. range. YMMV. For 16" 14ply G LR for your listed weight.

Better: LT235/85R16 LRG 14 Ply Goodyear G614 RST Unisteel

Value conscience: LT235/85R16 LRG 14 Ply Sailun S637 Radial Trailer Tire

If money is no object: Upgrade to the 17.5" wheels and,
17.5" Radial Tires
*Best: Michelin XTA 215/75R17.5 Load Range J

We're currently running these,
Value: Goodyear G114 215/75R17.5 Load Range H

Be well.
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Never heard of using LT tires on a trailer. Have to check into that. I was thinking radial trailer tires would be best bet.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:15 PM   #4
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Never heard of using LT tires on a trailer. Have to check into that. I was thinking radial trailer tires would be best bet.
Seriously? You have never heard of redial tores under an RV? My 2005 fiver came from the factory with LT radials. What tires will work correctly is really up to axle ratings. 5-6K axles any LT 235 85R16 will work just fine. If the OP has 7K axles then he might be best served going to the better choice 17.5 inch tires and wheels.
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I have the Goodyear G614 series, load range G. They've been on my road warrior for over a year and lost only 2 psi, from 100 to 98. They are rated for up to 110 psi and up to 75 mph if fully inflated. I like them. Just my .02 cents.
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Never heard of using LT tires on a trailer. Have to check into that. I was thinking radial trailer tires would be best bet.
First thing I did was got rid of the ST tires ( CHINA BOMBS) and went with the Mich. Ribs. So far couldn't be happier. Paid a lot of money for them but not tearing up the trailer with blow outs is worth it to me.
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First thing I did was got rid of the ST tires ( CHINA BOMBS) and went with the Mich. Ribs. So far couldn't be happier. Paid a lot of money for them but not tearing up the trailer with blow outs is worth it to me.
Michelin Ribs? Can you explain? Trailer tire?
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Seriously? You have never heard of redial tores under an RV? My 2005 fiver came from the factory with LT radials. What tires will work correctly is really up to axle ratings. 5-6K axles any LT 235 85R16 will work just fine. If the OP has 7K axles then he might be best served going to the better choice 17.5 inch tires and wheels.
Yes I have heard of radial tires just not using LT (Light Truck) tires on a trailer.
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Seriously? You have never heard of redial tores under an RV? My 2005 fiver came from the factory with LT radials. What tires will work correctly is really up to axle ratings. 5-6K axles any LT 235 85R16 will work just fine. If the OP has 7K axles then he might be best served going to the better choice 17.5 inch tires and wheels.
I assume mine are 7k if the trailer weighs 13+k from the factory.
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Michelin Ribs? Can you explain? Trailer tire?
Please refer to this website:

XPS Rib tires | Michelin US

This tire's max weight rating is 3042# so it may not meet your needs.

Definition of "trailer tire" is open to much discussion.
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I assume mine are 7k if the trailer weighs 13+k from the factory.
Check your weight tag, driver's side outside at the front. GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) will be shown. Remember this is the weight on the axles AND the pin with maximum allowable cargo. GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) is also shown. One tire should be able to carry 1/2 the GAWR.

Once the tire weight requirement exceeds 3000-3042 pounds the choices are fewer. In general your choices are expensive tires like the GY G614 RST and less expensive ST tires with dubious weight ratings. Some people like Maxxis for ST tires.
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I assume mine are 7k if the trailer weighs 13+k from the factory.
Never assume! We had a 14k 5th wheel that the standard axles were 6k, and the optional were 7k! If you have 7k axles, they will have 8 lugs for the wheels, 6k only have 6 lugs.
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Never assume! We had a 14k 5th wheel that the standard axles were 6k, and the optional were 7k! If you have 7k axles, they will have 8 lugs for the wheels, 6k only have 6 lugs.
I have 8 lugs per wheel so correcte if I am wrong. Two 7k axles is 14k. The trailer weighs 13600 dry so I am way overloaded when I put a toy in the back?
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I have 8 lugs per wheel so correcte if I am wrong. Two 7k axles is 14k. The trailer weighs 13600 dry so I am way overloaded when I put a toy in the back?
You are forgetting about the weight on the pin box.

Our trailer is 15,000# GVWR (10,300# dry) on two 6,000# 8 lug axles. 3,000# on the pin box at GVWR.

Please check my post #11.
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