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Old 01-28-2023, 06:11 AM   #1
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235/80/16 Tires

Looking for recommendations for 235/80/16 14 or 16 ply tires. All I am finding are Chinese specials? What have you had actual experience with?

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Old 01-28-2023, 06:20 PM   #2
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Today there are several tire mfgrs. making them onshore. Carlisle tire has about 4 plants in the U.S.A., but this is the only way to be positive:

https://www.tireagent.com/blog/inter...ires-were-made


The thing is; ALL tires that have a USDOT number on them are required to meet the same NHTSA standards regardless of country of origin.


BTW, it was finally determined it was not the country of origin causing tire failures, it was underinflation/overloading.
ST trailer tires must always be inflated to sidewall listed pressure. Carlisle is so adamant about this, they used to have a statement in their warranty that if tires were not inflated to sidewall listed pressure the warranty was void.


To answer your question, I bought a set of Sailun 235/80R16, load range G tires before driving to Alaska. They were the best tires I ever bought during my 64 years of driving. (Sailun auto and trailer tires are either made in China or S. Vietnam.
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Old 01-29-2023, 10:20 AM   #3
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Goodyear Endurance and Maxxis 8008 are both available in that size, and have good reputations. The Goodyear tire is speed rated N, higher than standard for trailer tires.

Like Ray says, proper inflation is key to minimizing the risk of catastrophic failure. Goodyear has a load to weight chart, but I prefer to run at max sidewall numbers at all times. It reduces internal flexing and friction, which minimizes heat build up in the tire.

LT tires are better at handling heat, so that's a consideration, too. Depends on if you can find a size with an appropriate Load Index that fits your trailer. When I replace my now 3 year old tires, that is my intended plan.
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Old 01-29-2023, 11:58 AM   #4
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14-16 plies would indicate the OP is looking for F or G rated tires. Endurance is max at E rated.
Sailun S637's are G rated.
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14-16 plies would indicate the OP is looking for F or G rated tires. Endurance is max at E rated.
Sailun S637's are G rated.
You're right.

I have personally used Sailun tires once on an equipment trailer, and they were just fine. I think they are pretty stiff, and ride rough, but that's a function of the Load rating, too.
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Today there are several tire mfgrs. making them onshore. Carlisle tire has about 4 plants in the U.S.A., but this is the only way to be positive:

https://www.tireagent.com/blog/inter...ires-were-made


The thing is; ALL tires that have a USDOT number on them are required to meet the same NHTSA standards regardless of country of origin.


BTW, it was finally determined it was not the country of origin causing tire failures, it was underinflation/overloading.
ST trailer tires must always be inflated to sidewall listed pressure. Carlisle is so adamant about this, they used to have a statement in their warranty that if tires were not inflated to sidewall listed pressure the warranty was void.


To answer your question, I bought a set of Sailun 235/80R16, load range G tires before driving to Alaska. They were the best tires I ever bought during my 64 years of driving. (Sailun auto and trailer tires are either made in China or S. Vietnam.
I put Sailun S637ís 236/85/16 on my triple axle toy hauler and was perfectly happy with them. I ran full sidewall pressure (100 PSI).

The Sailunís were roughly 30# heavier than the China-Bomb Tires I removed.
Take a look at the pic here that shows the bead of the Sailun being close to twice the size of the old tires.
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Looking for recommendations for 235/80/16 14 or 16 ply tires. All I am finding are Chinese specials? What have you had actual experience with?

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I use the Sailun S637 in a ST235/85-16 load G @ 4408 lbs capacity on a triaxle stock trailer with 7k axles.

Lots of good ST235/80-16 load G tires are mfg in china and other Asian countries.
In fact just about all 16" load G trailer tires are made in china. I frequent more haulers web than rv web sites. We go by service miles unlike rv web sites that miles of service aren't mentioned.
I see the 16" load G Sailun S637 commercial grade all steel carcass in a ST235/80-16" load G @ 4080 on 7k axles ...or the ST235/85-16" load G @ 4408 lbs on 8k axle seem to be the 16" load G tire most serious short/long haulers use.

Other made in china poly and steel carcass 16" load G tire brands I see used are Gladiators QR-35 which is a old brand name sold mostly in rural area small town stores/farm and ranch country.

Provider ST....new gen tire
Hercules H-901...another old tire brand name like the Gladiators.
Samson GL285T...another old brand name same as the ones above.

Its rare we have any issues with 16" load G tires other than run flats from loss or air due to a nail/screw/other objects. Of course we may use up two sets a year at 80k-100k miles per year so good tire make our living easier.
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Take a look at Hankook TH31 trailer tire a little more expensive than Sailun.
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I have had 3 set of Sailun 637 tires , all aged out of service before failed. They can handle heavy loads no problem. As others have pointed out they are very heavy duty steel belted tires not nylon like most of the tire that claim to be rated at 4000 lbs +. Go to the manufactures website and look at the published weights of tires , you will notice that the weight of these tires is higher than most in the same weight rating.

There was a little bad media on the tires they built for the RV industry back late 2020 when they changed manufacturing plan, the made good on the defective tires and put out a RECALL notice quickly and registered the problem with the DOT. I will still buy a 4th set next year as my current set gets to its 6th year of service.

Current rig has 14,000 miles and the tires carry over 12,000 lbs
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I have Sailun tires they wear well and are made well . Simple tire on line has good prices .
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They replaced all mine under recall . Straight up company .
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