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Old 12-28-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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I would like to get your opinion on the use of light truck tires instead of trailer tires on travel trailers and 5er's. My friend has been going this route for many years and feels that you can purchase a better quality tire, with a lot better selection of brands and load ratings. As well the pricing is better as you seldom see trailer tires go on sale. His idea makes some sense to me, but I am not sure.
As well I have spoken to a gentleman that has been in the tire business for over 40 years and he as well feels this is the way to go.
This all said, there is no greater experience that what is available on this forum.
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Akibase that sounds alot like asking if you can use semi tires instead of RV tires on your motorhome. I don't see a problem as long as they are the right size and load range for the weight. Of course, i'm a long way from being a tire expert.
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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We had a Keystone Montana for five years. The owner's manual said either ST or LT tires would work as long as they meet the cargo capacity requirement. After some tire problems we got rid of our Chinese ST Missions and put on Bridgestones...problems gone.
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Just be sure that your wheels can take the air preasure used in LT tires. Some have to change the wheels also. Just a thought.............
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:31 PM   #5
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I switched about 3 years ago from ST to LT and will not go back. I prefer the LT, much better built tire.
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Supposedly the sidewalls in trailer tires are stiffer, to compensate for turning. Because trailer axles are stationary and don't turn, the tires are subjected to increased friction when turning, hence the stiffer side walls, which supposedly reduces the amount of sideways "roll" when turning.
At least that's what I heard.
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I went that way in 1970 on a single axle TT. I went from 14" 4ply trailer tires to 15" LT 6 ply tires. 25 years later when I traded it in, the tires were still on it. The only problem was with the wheels (Ford car wheels) but that is another story.
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my 2006 cedar creek fiver came from the factory with LT series tires.
they worked quite well
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:02 AM   #9
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LT tires on ALL my trailers...NEVER any issues, unlike the "ST" trailer specific tires.
I have used LT tires since 93 and towed all over the country, with thousands of trouble free miles
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I had 12.1K, 33' 5er and went thru about 5 brands and load rated 15" ST tires with blow outs and separations. I changed to Yokohama 215/85-R16 LT tires and never looked back. So did several friends with toy haulers and enclosed trailer with the same results. Do it, you won't regret it one bit.
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I've never had ST tires that didn't have tread separation problems (I'm classifying the Goodyear G614 RST trailer specific tire as an ST even though its sidewall designation is LT235/85R-16). On a previous 5th wheel, I switched to LT Michelin XPS Ribs and never had another problem. On my current 5th wheel, I've switched to 17.5" Michelin XTS load range J tires, and they've been trouble-free as well.

One thing to watch, though, is the load rating on the LT tires. Some ST tires have higher maximum load ratings than the equivalent size and load range LT tire. You might have to go up on size and/or load range when substituting an LT tire - if you go up on load range, then you have to ensure that your wheels are good for the higher inflation pressures.

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I put ST tires on my 7000# rated enclosed, but my loaded weight is only 5280 with full fluids. I also put TPMS sensors on it. If one blows or separates, I'm going with LT tires.
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Changed to Lt tires on my 28 ft enclosed as soon as oem tires failed did not take long. The truck tires are way better the only problem is when you do have a failure the truck tires are steel belted and will sometimes damage the rig where trailer tires are mostly fiberglass belted and won't tear the trailer sides up. At least that is how mine worked.
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I would like to get your opinion on the use of light truck tires instead of trailer tires on travel trailers and 5er's. My friend has been going this route for many years and feels that you can purchase a better quality tire, with a lot better selection of brands and load ratings. As well the pricing is better as you seldom see trailer tires go on sale. His idea makes some sense to me, but I am not sure.
As well I have spoken to a gentleman that has been in the tire business for over 40 years and he as well feels this is the way to go.
This all said, there is no greater experience that what is available on this forum.
ST tires are all made in China.
Chinese trailer tires = JUNK!
Use LT tires with the correct rating = HAPPY
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