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sparky723

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Posted: 03/10/12 06:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 99 Fleetwood Terry 5th wheel.

Today, I noticed there was a bubble on my rear driver side tire with a split growing down in between the tread.
The bubble was NOT on the side but what looked like the start of the split.
I noticed the bubble when I was standing outside the local hangar where my wife was backing the trailer into the hanger slot for the first time. At first, I thought it was tar paper or something stuck to the tire when it turned as she backed up.
I had her stop when I saw it and reached to the inside of the tire and felt the bubble. I could also feel steel belts. AUGH!!
I now have it unmounted and looking for a better replacement or reason why it messed up to begin with.
I have Dexter P-15 axles with each capable of 4k lbs. each.
All of the other 3 tires looked okay.
The tires are Westlake special st. Size is 225/75/15.
Oddly enough, my spare is a brand new Goodyear marathon trailer service.
HELP!

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Posted: 03/10/12 06:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you can find any LT (Light Truck) tires in a compatible size, grab them. They are hard to find in 15 inch sizes.

I'm sure some with 15" wheels will have additional advice, but China-made trailer tires are a constant topic on the forums. Consensus: bad news.


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Posted: 03/10/12 07:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are the Goodyear marathons any better?

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i am switching up to 16 inch LT tires. i am planning to put 215/85-16 inch tires to match the dually.


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More than likely your tire was defective. Rubber is permeable and will not hold air well so on tubeless tires they use a butyl rubber (synthetic) to act as a inner tube. This rubber will not merge with any other rubber during the molding (cooking) process. A good analogy is baking a cake. Once a cake is bake, it is impossible to remove the eggs. However, if you leave a piece of the shell it will not be baked in the cake and where that shell is will make the cake weaker at that point. Tire manufacturers use an additional rubber membrane to separate the natural rubber from the butyl rubber when the tire is cooked. If the membrane had a tear or split the butyl rubber is pushed into the rubber tissue that supports the belts or cords which weakens it. The tire is splitting at the cords and leaking air into the side wall for this reason. If you look inside the tire near where the defect is you will probably see and feel where the butyl rubber got pushed into the cord tissue. This can happen on any tire but is usually caught during the building process.

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Just change to some Maxxis Load range E tires and you will be fine. No worries at all.

They are the best Trailer tire out there. The new Goodyear Marathons are the same old China Bomb like you have now.

Go for Maxxis, My best recommendation for you.

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+1 on Maxxis.

If you decide to increase load range, be sure to check RIM capacity. Usually stamped on rear, or in valley UNDER the tire.


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-1 on Maxxis. Good luck with whatever you choose. I just made the change to 16" LT's.


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Posted: 03/11/12 07:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The ST Marathon are #2, tires on trailers, on the NHTSA tire complaint website. Carlisle ST tires have the distinction of #1.

ST tires have a dismal reliability record regardless of brand when compared to a LT tire where applicabile.
You have 4k axles so a tire with at least 2k will work. I would recommend the Goodyear Wrangler HT LT215/75-15 D at 2095 lbs capacity. This tire will get you away from ST tire issues.

Maxxis make a commercial highway tire in a U-168 Bravo LT235/75-15 D at 2335 lbs each that are very popular with the trailering crowd.

If your changing tire size do your own mearsuring for proper fitment in the wheel well.


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I've ran a lot of Maxxis, and very little problems. I would stay away from st.


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