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Last June on I80 in NV had a rf tread separation/blowout of a Duro bias ply. No big deal, put on spare drove 40m and had 4 Westlake Super ST225/75r15E at Tire Factory installed, on the road in a couple hours. Last week stopped at Needles for gas, fortunately tire guy there noticed tread separation on rf of TT (6500# +-). He had Duros, so only bought one of same size. Tire Factory in Tempe wasn't much help but later got call from same Tire Factory in Nevada who told me to UPS the bad tire to him and he would reimburse me for tire and shipping but couldn't do anything about the remaining three which I no longer want for obvious reasons. In researching tires most have had recalls at one time or another. Goodyear Marathons or Maxxis seem to be the tires of choice. Gettin gunshy now,
certainly would appreciate suggestions.

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Maxxis.


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Posted: 11/29/11 06:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just be careful your rims are rated for whatever pressure, and tire width, you choose. Some folks make REALLY bad choices and then regret it. Check first, buy once.

+2 on Maxxis, I do not use Chinese tires.


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I have the Goodyear Marathons on my TT, and have had very good luck. They came with the TT that I bought new in 2010. After reading some of the other posts on this site I did check them to make sure they were USA made and they are. They have worn well and have had no flats. highly recommend them. Just make sure they are not chinese built. Good luck


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Agree, the commercial grade Maxxis UE-168 LT tires are gaining in popularity with the general trailering public in 14"/15"/16" sizes.

Other excellent upgrade from a ST tire is the Goodyear Wrangler LT215/75-15 D @ 2095 lbs each.

Several USA brands in a LT235/75-15 C @ 1985 lbs capacity are available.

Both tires above fit better in your 6500 lb trailer needs for a proper tire than the ST225/75-15 E @ 2580 lbs capacity. If your trailer weighs only 6500 lbs and has 4 tires that = 1625 lbs of capacity each. Thats not taking a 800-900 hitch weight into the tire equation requirement.

What size/load range were the OEM tires ??

Using a E tire on a trailer better suited for a D or C tire isn't the best tire for the job. Bigger sizes/load ranges can be better but at some point a tire size and capacity simply gets too big for doing the best job.


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I went the LT route with Continental Vanco 2

I've only had them for 6 months and only 2000 miles on them so far. So I can't give any long term feedback, however having load range D LT tires sure makes me feel better then the load range C ST tires.


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Posted: 11/30/11 05:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jorge1958 wrote:

I have the Goodyear Marathons on my TT, and have had very good luck. They came with the TT that I bought new in 2010. After reading some of the other posts on this site I did check them to make sure they were USA made and they are. They have worn well and have had no flats. highly recommend them. Just make sure they are not chinese built. Good luck


Unfortunately Goodyear has moved their ST tire manufacturing to China.

OP, I also agree with going LT tires. Kiss you tire worries and 65 mph speed limits goodbye!!!!


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Posted: 11/30/11 05:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

so any "LT" tire? i thought trailer tires were needed due to the sidewall stress during turns?


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so any "LT" tire? i thought trailer tires were needed due to the sidewall stress during turns?

Actually ST tires sidewall stiffness is a compromise between the P and LT tire. ST tires are designed for a trailer but thats not saying its a better tire than the LT for using on a trailer. Before the industry gave us the ST tire all we had was low cost passenger and high priced truck tires.
Some trailers come from the factory with LT tires or are a upgrade option.

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Posted: 11/30/11 06:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hmm...now i have to start looking at some LT tires also!

I have had 2 blowouts on goodyear marathons this summer and have had enough. I need a tires that wont take the side off the trailer on every trip.
My issue wasnt lack of maintenence either, just crappy tires.

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