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Ok, Got trailer 2007, Last year we had to put all new valve stems in because they were dry rotten.. I looked over the tires then and they looked a little cracked then to me. We did't use our camper much last year due to job loss and the economy.. Things have gotten a little better this year and we want to use the camper more. I think we should replace them for safety...

On the trailer now we have ST 225/75D15. We are getting prices on ST225/75 R15. Now, the next thing is they are not American made tires. I was told by a dealer that he has had issues with American made tires coming apart and ripping a trailer apart in the tire area. He has not a problem with the foreign made tires. So, what should we do... Put on a 10 ply radial foreign made or what.. Help!!

Is there anything to put on a tire other than a cover to keep them from dry rotting?

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I don't know any tires that won't go 6-8 yrs. And I sure don't think I'd trade for china tires.....even it they was 8 yrs old.

Slow down, and don't drive in hot weather,.....they'll go a few more yrs for sure.


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Posted: 02/20/12 06:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If they are cracking--get rid of them for new AMERICAN made tires.

Never go more than 5 years on camper tires.

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I suggest finding another tire store as they are totally misinformed, or better yet, they are lying.
It is the China built ST tires that have had a problem. In fact, there are not any ST tires actually built in USA.
If you are getting ST tires, check out Maxxis. They are by far the best ST tire on the market today. They make a Load Range E in your size, too. Here's their site: http://www.maxxis.com/Industrial/Trailer.aspx
If you can't find them locally, a reputable tire dealer can order them for you.
Don't forget to have your new tires balanced and install steel valve stems.


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I am telling you this from my own experience. "DO NOT" buy any tires from China. I have had 2 tire blow outs on my 2008 Bristol Bay. I now have Michelin Tires and a Tire Pressure Monitor System. But most of all, I have peace of mind.

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Also, check the date code on the tires. Just because the trailer is 2007 doesn't mean the tires are.

Make sure the load carrying capacity on any new tires are the same or higher than what you have now.

I have heard American made ST tires are extremely hard to find. I just did a search for "china bombs". I got 218 posts. The key to finding a good foreign tire seems to be to get them from anywhere but China.


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Maxxis are probably the best ST rated tire on the market. I've averaged over 40,000 towing miles on my last two sets of them. There are no other US made ST tires unless you count Goodyear which seem to be doing a lot of bouncing back and forth between Chinese made and US made.
I would CERTAINLY avoid Chinese made tires unless you travel very little with the trailer. Good luck / Skip


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Maxxis (Made in Thailand) are the only ST tires I will have on my TT. The Chinese junk on it when it came lasted 18 months before cracking to pieces. Your call. BTW, your tire dealer can't even tell you the truth maybe you should find another.


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Posted: 02/20/12 10:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's the deal:
Your trailer tires are past their useful life, and you didn't cause that by not treating or covering or whatever.
ST's aren't designed to last more than about 15,000 miles or 3 years or so. That's one of the reasons they're by-the-tire cheaper than other tires!
Folks get confused because there's often what looks like a "lot of tread left" on a trailer tire, even though they're seeing things like problems with the valves. And note: most ST's don't have wear bars, because tread wear DOESN'T tell you how much life is left in the tire.
Tread condition is NOT an indicator of useful life left with these tires. More Here

Don't worry about the country of origin with the new tires. Despite Popular Myths, there's not a spit's worth of difference between manufacturing processes, and there's no way to know if the "origin" mark is genuine even if it mattered..
Bottom line:
Go to a tire place you trust and take their advice about what to equip your trailer with.
Do NOT trust your family's safety to the opinions of a bunch of anonymous posters like us.


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JanVanDen wrote:

Ok, Got trailer 2007, Last year we had to put all new valve stems in because they were dry rotten.. I looked over the tires then and they looked a little cracked then to me. We did't use our camper much last year due to job loss and the economy.. Things have gotten a little better this year and we want to use the camper more. I think we should replace them for safety...

On the trailer now we have ST 225/75D15. We are getting prices on ST225/75 R15. Now, the next thing is they are not American made tires. I was told by a dealer that he has had issues with American made tires coming apart and ripping a trailer apart in the tire area. He has not a problem with the foreign made tires. So, what should we do... Put on a 10 ply radial foreign made or what.. Help!!

Is there anything to put on a tire other than a cover to keep them from dry rotting?

Thanks
Janet



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