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Old 02-11-2015, 08:21 AM   #15
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We had friends that bought a brand new high end 5th wheel and had the cheap tires fail. The manufacturer replaced them with another brand that soon failed (heavy trailer). I kept telling him to put on truck tires. After the second failure he finally put on Michellin LT truck tires and things have been great for over five years.

When I had my boat that weighed in at 5K, the first thing I did was toss the ST tires and put on passenger car radials. I never had an issue. When it comes to heavier trailers, dump the ST tires and go with LT truck tires that meet the load rating. You'll be happy you did.

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Old 02-11-2015, 10:20 PM   #16
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Back several years ago we had a TT and I was into a lot of discussions with people about TT tires. It was brought to my attention that some TT's came from the factory with bias belted tires. I was shocked, amazed that any wheeled vehicle (except maybe a wheel barrow) sill used bias belted tires.

Then I was told that TT's when they turn tight corners put a lot of side pressure on the tires and that bias belted were tough enough to take the abuse. My response was OK you maybe spend about 1/2 of 1% of your time turning tight corners and the rest of your time in straight ahead travel. Also radial tires were designed with much better sidewall flexing plus all the other benefits that we all know about.

I'll still stick to my guns. Bias belted tires on my wheel barrow only.

Oh well life goes on!!


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