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Old 12-30-2016, 11:29 PM   #1
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Trailer Tires - Confused

I am learning as I go.. From reading some other threads it sounds like LT tires are the way to go for replacing my current trailer tires. Current tires are VailSport (?) ST 225x75R15 and these came with the trailer. Are these tires any good? They seemed fine this summer, but I haven't done anything (like keep them off the ground, or covered during this off-season) It sounds like if I get a blowout, I am going to cause alot of damage to the trailer.

So, my thought is to replace them with something better or if these are good, the same..

The tire placard on the trailer says to use 255x75R15. So, I'm not sure why it didn't come with those.

For the tire savvy folks on this forum...what should I do? With the current tire and wheel I only have 3.5 inches between the front wheel and rear wheel on center. Can I move up to the 16 inch wheel and go to a quality LT tire?

Yikes, nothing is simple...

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I would look into getting a set of Maxxis 8008 tires. You can get them in an 8 ply rating (load range D) or a 10 ply rating (load range E). Maxxis Tires USA
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:02 AM   #4
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Can I move up to the 16 inch wheel and go to a quality LT tire?
If you have the room, right there is the answer.
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:14 AM   #5
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Take a look at trailertiresandwheels.com to see some options and then give them a call. Michael is very knowledgeable in what tires fit what rims and what offsets (usually zero offset works best) work best base on your current setup. 419-272-2277 is the phone. Over the years I have bought two sets of rims and tires and have been very pleased with their knowledge and service.


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Trailer Tires - Confused

I keep ST tires on my rig due to all the tight turn backing up I seem to have to do getting in and out of my driveway, storage slot and campsites. Also I seem to rub lots of curbs due to my longbed dually connected to our 35' trailer. I too have had the best luck with load range E Maxxis 8008 tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=219

My understanding is the st tires are more robust sidewalls to handle the sharp twists and turns.
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Old 01-01-2017, 12:47 PM   #7
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When we get back I will give trailer tires and wheels a call. I like what I'm reading about the 8008's. Les Schwab recommend tow max and I have read many many bad reviews on those.
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To add my "for what it is worth", I like my 8008s. Just returned from a smooth trip.
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For the 8008's do you have the 10 ply? Do you know the speed rating? Don't see it on their web site.
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The tire placard on the trailer says to use 255x75R15. So, I'm not sure why it didn't come with those.
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That's a misprint on the placard or you misread it. Probably 225/75R15.

The ST225/75R15 is provided by most ST manufacturers in load capacity "E". Probably the best replacement. Many others will also require rim replacements.

The minimum distance between tires is 1". The distance from the top of the wheel well is 3.5" minimum.

Replacement tires need to have an equal or greater load capacity when compared to the original equipment tires.
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For the 8008's do you have the 10 ply? Do you know the speed rating? Don't see it on their web site.
I'm using the D load range, which is 8 ply. I've weighed my rig and found the 8 ply covers my weight wonderfully.

Speed rating is 65, but I sometimes go 70.
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My Carlisle 225 75/15 LRD radials are performing well. I tow ~6000 pounds and they ride well on the highway. Speed rating is 81mph. So far I have about 5000 miles on them and there is no sign of tread wear or sidewall issues. Plus you get to save a few bucks in the deal.
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