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Old 08-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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New Tires for the 5'ver

I would like to know which brand tires I should get. The current tires are 5 yr old Mission(?) ST235/80R 16. I read that Carlisle has improved their tire. I was to stay away from GY Marathon's. The tire of choice seems to be GY G614.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #2
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #3
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Richard see if you can get in touch with either Rusty or Ken Wilson they should be able to lead you to a good tire. Mike
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I tried about 5 different brands of ST tires and like my friends, changed to 16" wheels and Yokohama 215/85-R16 tires, and never had another tire problem.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
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Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. What is going on? Great to hear from you. Now we both know were above dirt. As you can see we upgraded to a 5th wheel. Now to fix it up.
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Richard,

If you're going to stay with an ST 235/80-16 tire, I'd suggest Maxxis - they seem to be better than most from the reports I read. If you're going to try the LT235/85R-16G G614 RSTs, check your wheels for inflation pressure ratings; the G614s are rated 3750 lbs @ 110 PSIG, but many wheels that came with load range E tires are only rated for 80 PSIG. At 80 PSIG, the G614 has a load rating of only 3042 lbs, just like any other load range E LT tire, and that's probably lower than the rating of the ST tires you have now.

Of course, another option is to do what Ken Wilson and I have done - go to 17.5" wheels with 215/75R-17.5 Goodyear G114 or Michelin XTA tires. These tires are rated 4805 lbs @ 120 PSIG, so they are just loafing under our 5th wheels. Ken and I have both noticed that they run so cool that you can lay your hand on the tread even coming off the Interstate on a 105 degree day in West Texas. These tires are ~1/2" smaller in diameter than the 16" G614s, so they will fit anywhere the LT235/85R-16 tire will fit.

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Thanks Rusty. Like Mike said, ask Rusty or Ken they will have the answer. I think I will stay with the 16's and look for Maxxis in SA
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Richard I went with Yokohama Geolander LTs on my 16 in rims from Discount tire and they seem to work OK. I did have a blowout on one but it was caused by tire rub that I was not aware of til it went. If you take the replacement insurance Discount will replace them with no questions asked.
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Don,

The problem with the load range E LT tires is that a LT235/85R-16E is only rated for 3042 lbs. The ST235/80R-16 tires that Richard is replacing are probably rated around 3500 lbs or so. This is getting to be more of a common problem and the reason I couldn't recommend going to a load range E LT235/85R-16E tire. If I could, I'm still a believer in the Michelin XPS Ribs because of their all-steel commercial tire construction versus fabric carcass with a steel belt of most other consumer-type LT tires.

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I changed to the E rated LT tires after having many issues with the D rated GY Marathons that came on my trailer and as you know at your great advice changed to XPS ribs but now they have gotten so expensive that I can buy 2 Yokohamas for the price of 1 Michelin.
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It's a value decision, and the peace of mind of not having to worry about tire failures is worth the $$$ to me. That's why I have the 17.5" Michelin XTAs under our current 5th wheel in place of the 16" Goodyear G614s that suffered two (2) tread separation failures within a 3 month period.

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