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Old 09-14-2005, 09:45 AM   #1
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Just got my new used 5th wheel . A Skyline Aljo 2427 25'. Very nice condition.

Need to replace the Tires

How are the Tow Master tires? I heard they are good(?)

I have old goodyear marathons load range C 2150 lbs on the trailer probably the originals

One tire I see , the tread is cracked and seperating where it was sitting stored. The previous owner had a one tire come apart and had the damage. He had the wheel well repaired and bought 1 new Tow Master tire that is a load range D 2540lbs.


What a Good trailer tires to get?

I heard the Tow Masters were good and they have a heavy rating than my old goodyears . Load D vs load C.

Also any one know how to check the tire DOT code for year of manufacture?

Thaks Rick
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:45 AM   #2
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Just got my new used 5th wheel . A Skyline Aljo 2427 25'. Very nice condition.

Need to replace the Tires

How are the Tow Master tires? I heard they are good(?)

I have old goodyear marathons load range C 2150 lbs on the trailer probably the originals

One tire I see , the tread is cracked and seperating where it was sitting stored. The previous owner had a one tire come apart and had the damage. He had the wheel well repaired and bought 1 new Tow Master tire that is a load range D 2540lbs.


What a Good trailer tires to get?

I heard the Tow Masters were good and they have a heavy rating than my old goodyears . Load D vs load C.

Also any one know how to check the tire DOT code for year of manufacture?

Thaks Rick
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Old 09-14-2005, 12:19 PM   #3
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I was calling around and found a couple tire dealers had "Heritage" tires that are 10 ply E load range in a 225/75/15.

Anyone know of Heritage tires? apparently they say they are very good tires...??
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Old 09-14-2005, 03:16 PM   #4
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In 1997 we purchased our second fifth wheel and it had 5 "Towmaster" 15" tires on it. Inside of 5000 miles, I had 3 of the 5 fail with thread separation. Towmaster are made by Goodyear. Needless to say, Goodyear and Towmaster are not on my favorite list.
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:34 PM   #5
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Tow Masters on the puppy trailer and so far great John
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Old 09-23-2005, 07:03 AM   #6
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Towmasters on the boat for 2 seasons, no problems so far.
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Old 10-03-2005, 01:00 PM   #7
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There are more and more unknown brands of Chinese tires, and a few known brands, some OK, some not.

In ST225/75-16 Load Range D, my favorite is the Cooper (and Dean brand) Custom Trailer Plus. Also OK is Goodyear Marathon. I think Maxxis among Asian tires are OK. Greenball has their TowMaster made by Goodyear, but I don't know if they're identical to Marathons. Greenball TowmasterV and Transmaster are Asian.

In 16", I'd choose any Load Range E highway rib-tread Light Truck tire.

In 14", I'd look very closely at Kumho 857 trailer and light truck tires.


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The big problem with TT tires is that most people don't realize that you need to replace them No matter what, every 5 years. From what I have read in various post, is that alot of people think that becasue the tread looks OK then the tire is OK. That is not true. If the rubber is over 5 years old then it will fail just due to it breaking down. The tread will look good if you don't put miles on the tire.
The manufactured date is stamped on the side of all new tires and you should look at it. Even on a brand new TT/5vr. The tires could actually be 1-2 years old.
What ever you do, make sure you buy TRAILER tires and NOT car tires. Just because they say they can handle the load (load C/D/E) and they are LT tires does not mean they are made to handle the way a TT roles down the road.
TT tires are designed to slide when you turn and car/truck tires are not. Read the fine print it will make a big difference.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SuperGewl:
What ever you do, make sure you buy TRAILER tires and NOT car tires. Just because they say they can handle the load (load C/D/E) and they are LT tires does not mean they are made to handle the way a TT roles down the road.
TT tires are designed to slide when you turn and car/truck tires are not. Read the fine print it will make a big difference. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Please note that 2 of the best 16" trailer tires (the E-rated Michelin XPS Rib and the G-rated Goodyear Unisteel G614 RST) share all-steel construction, application recommendations from their manufacturers for commercial trailer service, and availability in an LT235/85R-16 size designation.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Please note that 2 of the best 16" trailer tires (the E-rated Michelin XPS Rib and the G-rated Goodyear Unisteel G614 RST) share all-steel construction, application recommendations from their manufacturers for commercial trailer service, and availability in an LT235/85R-16 size designation. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Thats great but what about those of us that have to contend with the 15in size and would like a dependable tire in either a D or E rating. I can't speak for others but I don't have the clearance to put 16 in wheels on so I have to live with the 15's.

So, back to the universal question, whats a good 15" tire, preferably in a 225-75-15 D or E rated?
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I went to Kaufman tire in Atlanta and they ordered "e"rated 225X75R15 Carlisle for me. Said that they were made by Goodyear.
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Be careful, check to ensure that your rims will handle the 80 psi for E-rated tires. Agreed that you may not have to run 80 psi, but most 15-inch rims are only rated for 65 psi or less. The rims max pressure rating is usually stamped on the back of the rim. Someone with more knowledge may roger up, but I don't think I would have a warm and fuzzy only running 65 psi in an E-rated tire, but I could be out to lunch. Have been before. Also be aware that most, if not all "SP" tires are only rated upto 65 MPH, which may be one of the prime causes of blowouts, since it appears that many folks like to tow at 70+.
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