My 5th wheel came with LT235/85R16 Uniroyal Laredo load range G tires. They gave me approximately 30,000 miles of service over 6 years.
That is strange, Uniroyal never made that tire in a Load Range G! LRE yes, but not LRG.
Another senior moment or typo. IT is a load range E.
I started this by asking for some advice/opinions/answers. In this like everything else you receive information from people who know what they are talking about, thank they know what they are talking about and don't know what they are talking about.
I vacillated a lot as I struggled between price and perceived quality and performance. In the process I learned a lot. My 5th wheel came with LT235/85R16 Uniroyal Laredo load range G tires. They gave me approximately 30,000 miles of service over 6 years.
I wanted to upgrade is ratings for my next tires. Walmart would not mount anything other than a ST tire on a trailer even though the trailer came with LT tires. Sam's Club didn't have concern about LT vs ST, but Michelin was out of stock from the factory. I went for Good Year Unisteel G614 RST ST235/85R16 G/14PR because I seemed to be led to that choice due to my options and the CEO from NUWA suggested them. They are much more tire than my trailer wgt calls for, but I like that.
Now I am looking for inflation charts based on the actually wgt on the tire. These tires have a max psi at 110 lbs psi at max wgt, but that should not be ideal with my rig. I do believe I will need a little more pressure on the rear set vs the front set. I also learned that ST tires are suppose to be inflated to the max psi, where LT tires are to be inflated to what they carry.
Now this is all premised on whether what I think I have learned is accurate.
OK, I got into a chap session with Countrywide Tire. Here is the chat session.
Where is the JB43 LT235/85R16 item number 537521 manufactured?
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Hello Chris - This is Jessica. Let me check that for you, one moment.
How about the DOT plant code?
Those tires are currently manufactured in China.
Which account are you with, Chris?
Someone on RV.net was looking at them and questioned where they were made. I found your nice chat feature!
BTW, you look nice in your picture at the top of my screen!
Those tires are not recommended for use on an RV.
It is a 5th wheel trailer!
It is not recommended for use on RV's, 5th Wheels Trailers, or Horse/Livestock Trailers.
OK, thank you.
My only comment is that I really appreciate someone taking the time to help me out. When I went to their website I could not find any information about this tire to confirm what a salesman had said in Yuma. I was looking last night or I would have called them myself. "Me again" went out of his way to get me some factual information and not just his opinion. I can't comment on the other tire comparison. I stopped back at the dealer this morning and talked to the salesman. Just told him I wanted him to be aware that this tire was not being recommended for an RV Trailer by the manufacturer so he was aware of that and would not try to represent it that way to another customer.
Thanks again "Me Again" Your research was above and beyond the request for help.
Does anyone know anything about Country Wide Tires. They are not suppose to be made in China. I think maybe Korea, but can't find anything that tells much about them or reviews them.
I am being quoted on a 235/85r16 14 ply rib.
FYI, recently a dealer refused to install LT tires on our 5th wheel which had a load rating of 3,042 lbs when the OEM ST tires on our 5th wheel had a load rating for 3500 lbs even though we have 6,000 lb axles on our 5th wheel. It is my understanding that is dictated by law. However, it is not widely understood or followed.
I would have asked for a copy of the law that they are using as a guideline. As far as I know it is only a recommendation, from the industry that provided the tires to start with, which was turned into a gov recommendation. We could have all learned from it. Even one of our resident tire gurus has not quoted or provided a link to an actual federal law.
I just came from Wally World and they refused to install ant LT tire on my 5th wheel trailer even though it came from the factory with LT tires. They said they were not allowed to install LT tires on trailer rims.
Before that I was at Sams and they were not able to get the Michelin Ribs because they were not available at the present time from Michelin. They would not mount any tires I purchased somewhere else, but would sell me a lifetime balance and rotation at Sam's if I already had the tires on the trailer. Sears would not mount the tires because they would have to do it in the parking lot because of no doors high enough to get in shop. Sam's would mount tires out in their lot but did not have the tires I wanted. I did not ask Sears or Sams about LT tire mounting on trailer rims because I was not aware of that possibility.
Point is, you may get a different answer from every different store on what the will and won't do and a different answer depending on who you talk to at that store. My next step will be to ask Sears if they will mount and balance tires I buy from them if I take the tires off my 5th wheel in their parking lot and bring them into the shop to be changed and balanced and then I take them out and put them on my trailer and if they would come out with a torque wrench to make sure they are torqued correctly.
Shaking my head in Yuma, AZ.