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Old 10-14-2014, 10:39 PM   #1
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Tire Advice, Please.....

I'm checking out and winterizing the 2012 Coachman popup my son bought last spring, a Clipper Sport 106ST. He's the second owner, and this is his first RV ownership.

Checking the tires, I find date codes for Oct 2010, so someone packed old tires on this unit, either Coachmen or the dealer.

Anyway, my question is about the tires. Loadstar Karrier, ST145R12. I know nothing about these tires, but I've heard lots of rants about the cheap Chinese tires found on light trailers.

I've found lots of posts regarding other tires produced by this company, but they were all related to larger, heavier tires on 5ers and TTs. In that area there was a pretty heavy percentage of negative comment.

Does anyone know this brand as used on light trailers like popups? If he's rolling on junk I'll advise him to replace, but I don't know.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-14-2014, 10:59 PM   #2
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I don't know anything about the tires, don't recognize the name. I am fairly sure they are not the best that money can buy. Oct 2010 date code on a 2012 trailer is not that far off since most cars, trucks and m.h. are dated the following year. Trailer was probably built in 2011, available for
sale by Sept 2011 as a 2012 trailer. Tires were made in Oct 2010, sat in the warehouse or on the boat until the manufacture actually used them a year later. They were not rotting in the desert sun, so I would not hesitate to use them another few years, making sure that you cover them when not in use.

Make sure you never go without a spare and carry extra lug nuts and the correct size wrench. Low tire pressure due to a leak, high speed on the small tires are probably of greater concern than the age of the tire. That being said, they are not that expensive to replace and if it gives YOU piece of mind and lessons your risk on the road, it is probably a smart move to replace them both and keep one as a spare. JMHO

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I believe you are referring to Kenda Loadstar tires. That is what came stock on my pup, and I liked them so much, I just bought new ones from trailertiresandwheels.com as they had the best price anywhere and were only 4 months old. Kendas are my favorite small trailer tire.
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The major thing you need to know is that most ST trailer tires have a MAX speed rating of 65mph. Believe it and don't exceed that speed. Otherwise, you are probably good to go.
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