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Old 01-22-2016, 11:10 AM   #15
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Thanks for the input folks. I'm going to try and find some Maxxis tires.
No problem. Direct Tire Sales sells them. They are not a big seller, so they may not have them in stock, but they can usually get them for you within a few days. Size ST225/75R15E (10 ply rating)

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I have a set of Maxxis ST225/75R15E on one of my trailers. Great trailer tires with no problems for the last several years with those tires on that trailer.

I may get a price to upgrade to 16 inch wheels as well.
First measure the clearance between the top of the tire and the inner fender (wheel well). 16" ST tires have 1.25" less clearance than ST225/75R15 tires (i.e., they have 1.25" more radius). 16" LT tires have almost 2" less clearance than 15" tires. If you have at least 2" between the top of the tire and the fender well, and at least 2" between the tires on a tandem axle trailer, then you can consider 16" tires in size ST235/80R16E or LT235/85R16E. If you get LT tires, be certain they are commercial truck tires rated for all positions (including trailer position). Most LT tires are NOT rated for trailer service, so don't put those on your trailer. For example, Michelin LTX are great tires for a pickup, but they are not rated for all position or trailer service.The best choice in a 16" trailer tire is Michelin XPS Rib LT2235/85R16E.
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:13 AM   #16
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I did the same thing, went from D to E. I've tried several brands. Maxxis was where I ended up and where I'll stay. 8008's on two of my trailers, same size as yours. We use both trailers often and the tires are holding up very well in the hot Florida climate. I also added a TPMS so I can keep an eye on things. My local dealer was able to order them in for me and I think they were around $156/ea.


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I can verify having a blowout while traveling is no fun at all. It will change your day.

I would listen to the people on the forum that recommend either upgrading from 'D' to 'E' or buying the Maxxus 8008.

You may consider using a LT tire but holy cow, that will bring out a bunch of 'use them, don't use them' posts. Airstream is using Michelin LT tires as OEM equipment now. I switched from ST tires to LT tires.
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If you are honest and truthfully and tell a tire manufacturer you’re going to use one of their LT tires to replace Original Equipment ST tires, most of them will not approve such replacements.

Because RV manufacturer XXX uses LT tires as original equipment on model (s) XXX is not carte blanche to use them on other models equipped with another design. Industry standards are a little wishy washy in that area so it’s best to read the warranty about the tire you want to use. Some tire warranties will refer you to your vehicle’s owner’s manual tire safety section. It’s an easy out for them because more than 95% of RV trailer owner manuals are going to tell you to use tires like the ones provided as original equipment.
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Maaxis and Saline tires are your two top chices for ST tires. Most of the others are really junk.
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I'd say Maxxis it will be! I really appreciate all the experienced input. This has been really helpful.

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