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Old 03-03-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Thinking about new tires for my expandable. Does anyone have any advice a far as good brands/bad brands? Or anything else to keep in mind? Mine are 14 ".
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:34 PM   #2
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As far as I have been able to find ALL trailer tires are now made in China and according to a survey done by the Good Sam club 30+% of RV tires fail. I have friends who have had catastrophic failures.
I have Goodyear Marathon 14 tires on my trailer and will be replacing them with Micheline 215 70 14 Harmony tires, not made in China. There is only a 10% load advantage to ST tires and I am well with in the Harmony load range.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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Thanks for your advice, so the Michelins are not trailer tires? I have read that you can use other tires, but I would be afraid to do it without a dealer's help.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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Maxxis is probably the only ST tire manufacturer with a decent reputation. DO NOT install a "P" metric tire on a trailer. They simply do not work well, nor have the load carrying capacity necessary.
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I think I saw those online when I was looking. I will look at them again. I think I have some life left in my current tires, my dealer said they are starting to show signs of dry rot, but I don't want to take any chances!
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Maxxis is probably the only ST tire manufacturer with a decent reputation. DO NOT install a "P" metric tire on a trailer. They simply do not work well, nor have the load carrying capacity necessary.
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Very happy with the Maxxis ST tires on wife's horse trailer.

Soft sidewalls on P metric and trailers are not a good combination.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:06 AM   #7
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Great information! Thanks!
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What about LT's? would these be suitable?
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What about LT's? would these be suitable?
Suitable? Yes. However you will have a very difficult time finding a 14 inch LT tire
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Make sure you confirm the tire "date code" before they install them on your RV. Don't take their word for it that they are new tires. Had tires put on my tow vehicle that were going to be 3 years old...I said I want to see the actual tires they will install. I had them reorder new tires. Had to come back a few days later....
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All great advice! Thanks to all for your help. Wow, they are pricier than I thought though!
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The great debate on trailer tires is not so much China or ST tires versus LT tires. It really is how many failures are a result of the tire manufactured versus overloading of the trailer. Good Sam's says 30% tire failure rate. Do not doubt that number. It is also stated by various sources that 50% to 60% of trailer are overloaded. Somewhat like the proverbial chicken or egg question.
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Very true! I am lucky in that I have a pickup that I can utilize for storage, so not so much weight in the trailer itself!
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When you look at the Good Sam survey in depth it is clear that abuse is not the main factor. I know of two other teardrop owners that have had catastrophic tire failures, this on very underloaded tires.
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