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RE: Didn't Believe about the Chinese Tires

I'm just curious here and not trying to start a China tire war. Where did this age old wisdom of a tire must be replaced after 5 years come from? Was it a tire manufacturer or just some people decided you should buy new ones? There are a bunch of tires out there that run a lot more years than that. Where was something credible in print? I own 6 tandem axle trailers and 2 single axle trailers ( including my TT), with spares thats 36 tires . Am I replacing them every 5 years , no way , thats why I run LT tires on the heavy tandems that see highway miles , on the local light weight ( dont carry anywhere their capacity ) I run passenger tires . The trailers that go to the landfill get the ST tires . ( they are the sacrifical tires). I replace tires when they are either worn out or are showing a problem . Sprinklerman knows his stuff because he has to . There are way too many folks on here praising their brand new Maxxis tires from Chang-Shin Rubber of Taiwan . These guys are slapping each other on the back yet they fail to understand that the single best thing to do at replacement time is to make an actual upgrade to LT rated tires . There are frequent posts about ST tire failures but next to none about LT tire failures . About one/two maxxis / Chang-Shin failure reported per month for the last couple of years . Thanks to Sprinklerman for some common sense gained by experience . LT tires prevent failure when you need it most : on vacation !
Lowsuv 10/22/14 08:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Check your valve stems!

There are two types of rubber snap in valves...standard and high pressure. That is my understanding also . There are rubber high pressure stems . They can be identified by their length because they are 1 /4 inch longer .
Lowsuv 10/19/14 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear G614 Tires

JMO of course, but I would think that wider tires, like the LT 5/75R16, would scrub more in sharper turns and put a bit more stress on wheel bearings, axles, and spring shackles. I've just not seen many tires wider than the 235 series tires on trailers. This seems like on of those "wider isn't better" situations. JMO of course. It is more important to have the carrying capacity of the LT 265/75 tire at 55 to 106 MPH rather than the lesser ST 235/80 at highway speeds ( 65 mph max on the ST ) . Everyone on this board has had their tandem axle tires twisted beyond comprehension while backing in to that impossible spot at a 90 degree angle in tight quarters . I have NEVER seen a post on this forum where a tire was twisted off the wheel in those 90 degree tight angle situations . The deflection of the LT265 is the same as the ST235 . The LT265 chords and rubber are more significant ( 47 # vs 37 # ) and the LT 265 carcass will take more abuse . Even if there is a low speed disadvantage to the LT265 the high speed advantage is more important . Hence the regular threads about ST tire failure and virtually none about LT tire failure .
Lowsuv 10/19/14 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodyear G614 Tires

If you have room , you could consider an LT 265/75R16 load range E tire . They have a 3415 # sidewall rating at 80 psi . On the 15 % tougher LT rating scale . Rated for 106 mph . You can choose from many brands . I just paid $ 789 to Costco minus a $ 60 rebate for 4 Michelin highway , mounted . LTX MS2 hwy all season Around here about 40 - 60 % of the 1996 to 2005 vintage GM and Dodge pickups are running this tire on the factory 6.5 " wide wheel without mishap . An RV wheel is only 6 inch wide but the advantage of using an LT tire is more important . Plus that 265/75 size is very widely available from every manufacturer at reasonable prices due to it being a high volume size . LT265/LRE Tire weight is 47 # , diameter is 31.7 " , section width is 10.5 " An ST235/80r16 is 30.8 " diameter , weighs 37 # , has a section width of 9.3" , but is placarded at 3620 # on the 15 % weaker ST rating scale . Side by side the ST tire is wimpy , wimpy ........... GM and Dodge have shipped a couple of million pickups with a 245/75R16 tire on a 6.5" width wheel . Out west most customers replace that wimpy tire with the 265/75R16 size .
Lowsuv 10/17/14 05:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: upgrading tires

Huntindog is slightly more right than ScottG in this particular instance . But both agree that it is better to upgrade from the factory ST load range C tire . Scott takes the position that he upgraded enough by going to a load range D . Huntindog takes the position for a few dollars more there is an even better choice than an load range D on ST ( weaker scale than LT ) to the Load Range E tire to gain additional safety margin . Looking at the manufacturers charts an Load Range E tire adds another pound or so of cords and rubber to allow 80 psi . The load range D is lighter than the load range E but still heavier than the factory OEM load range C . Both agree that upgrading at replacement time makes good sense . Huntindog deals with temperatures that are average 20 degrees higher than Scott G does . ScottyG probably is not planning to visit Huntindog in Arizona next August .
Lowsuv 10/13/14 09:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

There is a benefit to upgrading tire load capacity at replacement time . Travel trailers are made to a price point and each component needs to cost the manufacturer the minimum amount . As regards tires the first time purchaser has no idea that the ST tires are made to a minimum standard that assumes that the trailer will sit 99 % of the time . Further it is a too frequent occurrence that the trailer sits without moving after the 3rd or 4th year . Not everybody is RV crazy like the posters on this board . So the minimum tire goes on as OEM and the purchaser does not know or care . Rather the question is the interior suitable to the missus and does theslide out add huge room . After actual practice we see ST tires fail considerably more frequently than our car and truck tires have failure . Most folks never have a tire failure on a car or truck and it never enters their mind that ST tires fail in the 21st century . The first time we consider upgrading is too often AFTER the first ST tire failure . Attendees on this forum have the opportunity to upgrade BEFORE the first failure . In the long run it is cheaper to upgrade to an LT tire at a modest premium to an ST tire rather than having to repair / replace the weaker ST tires a second and third time . Plus when I want to go camping , I want to go camping , and not spend time on a roadside on a hot sunny day . Please upgrade at replacement time and save yourself some grief . One time arriving at your camp spot to find somebody else has taken it because you were fixing a blowout is another consideration .
Lowsuv 10/13/14 08:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

A better choice is to use an LT rated tire . The LT scale is about 15 % tougher than the ST scale . A perfect upgrade for your high dollar Arctic Fox is specifically : Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225 /70R15 load range D . It is placarded at 2540 # on the LT scale at 65 psi . It is made in Germany or France . It weighs about 33 # It fits every wheel that your current ST 225/75r15 load range C fits without modification . The G26 is widely available from Goodyear stores and Tire Rack . This is not to be confused with a Marathon Radial ST tire . G26 Speed rating is 106 mph , not 65 mph like your current ST tire . Consumer Reports just published their SUV tire ratings in the November issue . For the third year in a row no Maxxis tire scored above the LOWEST 25 % of the ratings . The Maxxis tire , made by Chang-Shin of Taiwan weighs about 30 # in a load range E , and is a 65 mph tire . The reason to upgrade is that with the LT tire you will be able to zip across the California Desert in 110 degree heat and not have to get out and change your blown ST tire .
Lowsuv 10/13/14 06:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newport, OR to Portland

My choice is to cut off to Salem using Hiway 22 from Hiway 18 . I spent lots of time in Mac ( McMinnville ) as a young man . What a great little town . But traffic going northeast through Newburg is a STOP and go mess . Having said that I tried going through Mac again on 18 last year . Nostalgia and all that . I won't do that again pulling a trailer .
Lowsuv 10/11/14 11:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: ST tires are the best

Goodyear posts that in "selected sizes" they add the nylon cap. In all the sizes I have had to deal with I've not seen one with the nylon. Do you use the actual load rating limits if you are using LT tires? Yes The placarded weight rating on the sidewall of an LT tire should be the actual load rating limit assuming you run them at the maximum psi shown on the tire sidewall . In most cases the axle weight rating and the wheel weight rating are higher than the tire rating . On OEM trailers 99 % of the time the tire rating ( times 4 ) is the gross vehicle rating for the axle GVW placarded on the trailer . Tires are the weakest link 99 % of the time . RV wheel manufacturers list their weight rating to coincide with the maximum tire rating at the maximum PSI rating for the OEM tire . Steel RV wheels are not placarded for PSI in 99 % of the cases . Some steel RV wheels may have a placarded weight rating , but not a PSI rating .
Lowsuv 10/08/14 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Load Range

Does anyone make a 15 inch Lt load range E tire? No there is a Goodyear Cargo G26 load range D tire 225 /70 R 15 placarded at 2540 # on an LT scale weight is 33 # each Made in Germany and France widely available from Goodyear stores and Tire Rack speed rating is 106 mph (they go faster on the autobahn ) inflate to 65 psi fits everywhere that an ST225/75r15 fits without modification may also fit where ST205 /75R15 fits about 10 % heavier than an E load range ST 225 /75R15 LRE tire
Lowsuv 10/08/14 06:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: ST tires are the best

So this goofball does a video and does NOT compare EQUAL size tires or even all new tires . The tires used were not equal in size or age . Why compare a used P tire to the new Load Range E ST tire ? To make his visual point , of course . The guy in the video used the largest highest capacity ST tire for his comparison ! And a smaller LT tire and P tire . He used an ST 235/80 R 16 load range E tire to compare to a smaller LT 225/75R16 tire in his example . He did not show a sidewall flex test for the LT tire . He skipped right over that . And he used a completely used up P tire for his sidewall flex grab for the P tire . I discovered this by correlating the sidewall weight rating for each tire in his comparison . Further , this bozo did not understand that an ST tire has a considerably lower threshold to meet its standard . That is why the ST tire confusion continues except for the motorheads who take the time to research the subject . For proof : The only ST tire placarded at 3420# on the sidewall is the ST235/80R16 load range E . "For Trailer Use Only " The only LT tire placarded at 2680 # is the LT 225/75R16 load range E . No restriction. There are several sizes of P tires that are placarded at 2403 # such as the tires that fit a Honda Civic CRX . So this Trailer Life goofball does a video and does not compare equal size tires or even all new tires . This is deception at its best .
Lowsuv 10/06/14 05:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Maxxis M8008 self-destruct

After all of this discussion of wheels not being able to take 80 psi : There are two best 65 psi alternatives that are LT rated and a better choice than any ST rated tire. In 14 inch the Kumho 857 205R14 load range D at 2271 # rating LT scale . In 15 inch the Goodyear Cargo G26 225/70R15 load range D at 2540 # rating LT scale . both are 65 psi tires and the heaviest duty tire available for 14 & 15 inch factory RV wheels . No mods necessary .
Lowsuv 10/05/14 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Maxxis M8008 self-destruct

On 6/6/2014 Capri Racer addressed this question : Lowsuv asked: CapriRacer , Were any wheel failures the cause of a tire failure ? Were the wheel failures caused by too much psi ? Capri Racer responded : I am not aware of any tire failures that can be attributed to wheel failures - except to say, that a cracked wheel that leaks out air, or a structural failure of the wheel that damages the tire during the failure process are not included in that list. Also, there have been issues with wheels that have caused tire failures, but the wheel didn't fail. The wheel was just defective. I am also not aware of any wheel failures caused by too much inflation pressure. I have tried repeatedly to get the low-down on designing wheels and whether too high of inflation pressure has real significance to the stresses - as opposed to the stress caused by load on the wheel (and tire). 4 times now I have gotten an indication that inflation pressure is not significant, but none of those is as definitive as I would like. I'm taking that to mean that somewhere there is something definitive, but I just haven't found it. So I'm taking the stance that directionally using higher inflation pressure reduces the risk of failure - including a wheel failure even if you exceed the maximum inflation pressure stamped on the wheel. (and I'm talking about - say - using 80 psi on a wheel stamped 65 psi max.) I know that is controversial, and I ordinarily wouldn't make that sort of recommendation, but if that is the only available option, I think it would be better than doing nothing. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27709167/gotomsg/27753044.cfm#27753044
Lowsuv 10/04/14 07:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Maxxis M8008 self-destruct

Regarding Michelin Tires : I just bought a new set of Michelin LT2 highway tires from Costco on the rebate / exec member promotion offering a $ 60 rebate plus $ 70 rebate . I paid net $ 729 installed for size LT 265 /75 R16 Load range E after rebates . They replaced a similar size LT 265/75R16 LRE Michelin that I had run for 60,000 miles on my duramax pickup . The previous tires were not to the wear bars but I could not pass up the super-dooper sale price of $ 729 after rebates in early Sept 2014 .. My original factory tires were the LT 245 /75R16 LRE . The diameter of these LT 265 /75r16 LRE is 31.7 " . They may have fit where the ST 235 /80 r16 trailer tires go because the diameters are the same at 31.7 " . The LT 265 /75r16 LRE is placarded at 3415 # on the LT scale . A logical upgrade for replacement of the ST 235/80 would be to measure to see if an LT 265 /75r16 LRE will fit , especially for the heavy toy haulers and 5th wheels .
Lowsuv 10/03/14 02:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Maxxis M8008 self-destruct

I did a search looking for LT failure I found no such post Try different search terms. That is, if you really want to "know". Here's one: Posted July 2013 Posted: 07/05/13 07:16pm Link | Quote | Print | Notify Moderator Well, I never expected to be writing this but I had a blowout on my second set of Michelin 16” LT load range E tires. They were only a year old. We were on our way back to Houston Tx a week ago from a long summer vacation loop through the southwest desert. (About a 3000 mile pull.) On the last day just a couple of hundred miles north of home on US 84 we lost a tire to what the tire store manager called a catastrophic blowout. (There were just some inner casing pieces between the beads.) This was during the heat wave, I think the outside air temperature was about 103 degF. I pull at 60 mph, checked my tire pressure in the morning as I started and thought I was good. All that came to an end when a car pulled up next to me and held up a sign saying “blowout”. Bummer. I could not even tell I was down a tire. There was no indication based on handling. Last time I scaled I was about 8600 lbs total on the two 5200 lb trailer axles. Now I don’t feel so invincible tire wise. It cold have been due to a bad tire, a leaky valve stem, road hazard, who knows? Maybe it is time for RIBs on the trailer and a tire pressure monitoring system. Good thing I carry a tire changing ramp and DOT triangles. Oh well, time to go fix the damage to the trailer… Thank you for the link. This LT tire failure goes back to July 2013 , so about 15 months as opposed to Maxxis ( Chang-Shin Rubber of Taiwan ) which is posted about one per month . The particular failure was in 103 degree heat . A contributing factor was that the Michelin that failed was a SMALLER tire , size LT 225/75R16 LRE , rated for 2680 # on the LT scale. The diameter of that 225 is 29.4 inches . The original ST tire was an ST235 /80 R16 LRE placarded at 3420 # on the ST scale . Diameter of that ST 235 /80 is 31.7 " . A better choice would have been to use the very common LT 245 /75R16 LRE placarded at 3042 # on the LT scale . The diameter of the 245 /75r16 is 30.4 " The space was available to use the 245 /75 but instead a SMALLER 225 /75 was used and that weight rating is 88 % of the 245 /75 . So far the single LT failure is one every 15 months and the mitigating factor is that the LT that failed was a SMALLER tire than the original by a factor of 88 % .
Lowsuv 10/03/14 01:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Load Range

A Michelin LT235/85R16 load range E weighs 44 # and has a placard LT weight rating of 3042 # A maxxis ( Chang-Shin of Taiwan ) ST235/85R16 load range E weighs 38 # and has a placard ST weight rating of 3640 # Somehow the tire weights got transposed Not by me...all tire weights were copied from mfr./dealer websites. But I'd point out that at more than forty pounds, the equivalent Maxxis SITLL weighs more than the Michelin. As if weight matters....but I guess it does to some. The maxxis ( made by CHANG-SHIN Rubber of TAIWAN ) weighs 38 pounds . The LT Michelin weighs 44 pounds . You have the tire weights switched . Additional Tire cords and rubber increase tire load capacity and the weight of the tire .
Lowsuv 10/02/14 08:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Maxxis M8008 self-destruct

The bottom line is : We are seeing zero posts of failures of LT tires on this forum . We have seen two dozen plus posts over the last couple of years about Maxxis tires ( made by the Chang-Shin Rubber Company of Taiwan ) of failures . At replacement time , a switch to the best LT alternatives such as the Kumho 857 radial size 205R14 or the Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225/70R15 will eliminate tire failures on trailers . Both are Load Range D and fit onto the factory steel wheels without modification . There have been several posts on LT failures. I can remember at least a couple on Goodrich Commercial TA's and not all were recall tires. I did a search looking for LT failure I found no such post
Lowsuv 10/02/14 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Load Range

Ask the dealer to bring out a ST tire and a LT tire of the same size and compare the weight, you will be surprised at the difference. My money goes to the heavier tire. Put LT's on my 5th wheel and 5000 miles later am glad I did! They run cooler and seem to pull easier. JMHO I'm not a believer in buying tires by the pound, but in case the O.P. here is: At 34 lbs, the Michelin LTX under consideration is nine pounds lighter than the 43 lb Maxxis (8008?) ST cited as equivalent. (Please note: I only cite Maxxis because the O.P. gives it as his fallback.) And now that I look at the specs for the Michelin LTX M/S2 245/75/16: Are we SURE that's what Discount Tire recommended? The numbers/specs listed for that tire look lower than those stated by the O.P.; and it's listed as a P-tire, not an LT. Or is there ANOTHER "LTX M/S"? LTX M/S2 specs: Michlien LTX M/S2 245/75/16. Maxxis specs (Size same as OEM tire) Maxxis 8008 235/80/16 The tire weights quoted by Francesca are not correct . Francesca used the P rated Michelin weight of 34 # for the P245/75R16 which has a passenger placard weight rating of 2271 # A Michelin LT245/75R16 load range E weighs 42 # and has a placard LT weight rating of 3042 # A Michelin LT235/85R16 load range E weighs 44 # and has a placard LT weight rating of 3042 # A maxxis ( Chang-Shin of Taiwan ) ST235/85R16 load range E weighs 38 # and has a placard ST weight rating of 3640 # Somehow the tire weights got transposed .
Lowsuv 10/02/14 07:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Maxxis M8008 self-destruct

The bottom line is : We are seeing zero posts of failures of LT tires on this forum . We have seen two dozen plus posts over the last couple of years about Maxxis tires ( made by the Chang-Shin Rubber Company of Taiwan ) of failures . At replacement time , a switch to the best LT alternatives such as the Kumho 857 radial size 205R14 or the Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225/70R15 will eliminate tire failures on trailers . Both are Load Range D and fit onto the factory steel wheels without modification . The equilivant LR "D" Kumho 857 in that size is a 65psi tire so the normal existing 50psi rims normally found on 14" ST OEM tires won't meet the requirements of that tire. Larry There are no RV steel wheels limited to 50 psi . There are RV steel wheels that are stamped with a weight rating . Some aluminum wheels are stamped with a psi limit . Aluminum wheels , when they fail they do not do so catastrophically . Aluminum wheels can develop a small hairline crack at the shoulder and these aluminum wheels simply will no longer hold air pressure . Those failures occur do to usage and weight loading and are not caused by too much psi . The myth that certain steel RV wheels are psi limited has been perpetuated on this forum by folks who simply don't know . The strength of a steel wheel designed to support an 1820 # load rating is more than adequate to hold 80 psi and is not a design consideration in practical applications .
Lowsuv 10/02/14 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Maxxis M8008 self-destruct

The bottom line is : We are seeing zero posts of failures of LT tires on this forum . We have seen two dozen plus posts over the last couple of years about Maxxis tires ( made by the Chang-Shin Rubber Company of Taiwan ) of failures . At replacement time , a switch to the best LT alternatives such as the Kumho 857 radial size 205R14 or the Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225/70R15 will eliminate tire failures on trailers . Both are Load Range D and fit onto the factory steel wheels without modification .
Lowsuv 10/01/14 07:15am General RVing Issues
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