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Old 04-28-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Triangle Radial St tires??

Any thoughts on use or quality of these tires? Triangle Radial S/T 225/75R15 load range "e" and there's a TR643 on the sidewall as well. The DOT code is 2VMC3611. The previous owner said they were "new" quality tires. I just want to be sure... If not I may think about upgrading to 16" LT tires.
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I also meant to add that the trailer is 12,000 GTW
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Should also be a country of origin and DOT mfg date on the sidewall. I suspect this to be a Chinese? tire.
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Yep, Chinese.

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Yes I gave the DOT code in first post. Can anyone decipher the code to tell me if they are in fact new? They look "new" no cracks or dryrot. So.... Because they are chinese are they junk?
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Yes I gave the DOT code in first post. Can anyone decipher the code to tell me if they are in fact new? They look "new" no cracks or dryrot. So.... Because they are chinese are they junk?
The date code 3611 means they were manufactured March 6th 20011. IMO I would never run with Chinese tires ever!

I just changed all my wheels and tires so I could have 16" LT tires
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3611 means 36th week of 2011
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Previous owner put that exact tire on my FW just before he sold it to me last year. I inspect them before each use and just came back from a 2,500 trip. No issues yet. I shoot them with an IR temp gun every stop; none ran hotter than my TV tires and were within five degrees of each other. I have no opinion about Chinese tires but I tend to believe what other posters have said about them. I'm not going to change them unless one blows out, at which time I'll go with 16" wheels and LT tires.
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I'm not going to change them unless one blows out......
The last of 2 tread separations we experienced with the OEM-supplied Goodyear G614 RST tires on our rig did over $2500 in damage. That was more than the cost to change out to 17.5" wheels and 4805 lb load rated Michelins.

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So I went to a local tire retailer yesterday to inquire about trailer tires. Instead of trying to sell me new tires, the person told me to just maintain tire pressure, check tire temps and possibly invest in a tpms system for the trailer. He said under inflated tires are the main cause of tire failures and also tire condition, age etc.... He said the tires looked great and I shouldn't waste money on new tires and rims, but rather buy a tpms system.
Hmmmm..... What to do?
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That was very good advice, IF the tires are not the normal Chinese problem tires. There are way too many incidents noted on most of the RV forums of failure of Chinese-origin tires--doesn't mean that yours are bad. Definitely run them at the listed max psi on sidewall every trip, and check them regularly, remembering to look over the inside sidewalls which are easy to forget. TPMS is a good option, as is a IR gun to check temps when stopped.
I would also check with your insurance agent to make sure tire blowout damage will be covered...
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If your running a ST tire a good TMPS makes sense/cents. However keep in mind a sudden loss of air makes the system wortless.

Lots of folks are faced with tire choices. I bought my current 5er used from a area dealer. They had mounted brand new ST225/75-15 D Marathons. I don't use ST tires on any of my trailers so to my local Michelin tire dealer I went. I switched to 16" trailer wheels and had him mount four LT215/85-16 E and kept the OEM 15" spare (Carlisle). That was in '03. Ran the LT for 55k miles and seven years with zero tire problems.
At some point folks get their belly full of ST tire issues. There are better tires out here when you need them.
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" However keep in mind a sudden loss of air makes the system worthless."

Not necessarily so--many times, the loss of air/tire on a trailer is not noticed right away and a monitor would alarm. How many times have you read of an RVer being told of a problem by a vehicle driver pulling alongside?

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To the O/P,
Going to the company website and converting from the metric specs, those are standard 15" D rated tires. 8 ply @ 2535 lbs.
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