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Old 08-02-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Question about tires

I have a 25' used Outback and it has the original tires (Duro F78-14ST ST205/75D14) They are about 6 years old. Obviously I'm wanting to replace them. The owner of the tire store recommended some Hercules brand tires. Can any of you give me advice on tires to buy?

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Old 08-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #2
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The D location in the ST205/75D14 is a bias ply tire. I would recommend a radial tire for a highway trailer.
Now what we need in the tires load range which may be a C or D.

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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I would upgrade to radial tires and I would upgrade to Maxxis brand. And I would try to go up in size to get more fudge factor in the weight capacity of the tires. I've had excellent results with Maxxis trailer tires on two of my 4 trailers.

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Note thay have size ST204/75R14C (6-ply rating) with 1760 pounds weight capacity, as well as size ST215/75R14C with 1870 pounds weight capacity. Feel around inside your wheelwells and see if you have enough room above and on each side of the tire to go up about 0.3 inches closer to the top of the wheelwell and about 0.25 inches closer to each side of the wheelwell. If you have that much clearance, then go for size ST215/75R14. If not, then you'll probably be happy with size ST205/75R14.

Maxxis tires are sold by DiscountTire in this neck of the woods. They're not on their website, but they can get them for you.

I wouldn't buy those Chinese bombs your dealer is trying to pedal. If you want to buy tires from that dealer and he doesn't carry the Maxxis brand, then go for Goodyear Marathon in size ST215/75R14. Granted, either the Maxxis or the Goodyear will cost you a lot more than the Chinese bombs. But you get what you pay for in trailer tires. And I hate trailer tire trouble.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:34 AM   #4
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In dfw northern tool carries Maxxis
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:12 AM   #5
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Well, I looked at the wrong website. Maxxis trailer tires are on the DiscountTire website.
Get Maxxis 215/75-14 Tires in the Midland Area at Discount Tire - Discount Tire/America's Tire
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After having two new tires blow out at the same time on a new travel trailer I bought I would suggest the biggest strongest tires I could find.

And NOT Goodyear Marathon trailer tires. That's where I had the problem.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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I would stick with a bias ply tire. They do not tear up the trailer like a radial tire does when it comes apart. I run bias ply tires on all my trailers. My peace of mind that a tire will most likely not tear up my classic trailer is what matters.

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