Replaced the ST******that comes std with majority of " American made trailers" with Michelin XPS. These tires weigh 2x as much as the trailer tires.They must be underrated and that probably explains why people don't have the blowouts.
Can't go wrong with the BF Goodrich or Michelins.
Been Running the XPS Ribs since wife had blow out on ST tires about three yrs ago in 30 degree temps with wind blowing 40 mph in northern NM. The blow out ruined the front trailer tire also, so all in all needed the spare and another tire to get her going, what a headache in the middle of nowhere!!
She got home and immediately put on the XPS at Discount Tire and never had another problem, that was 3 yrs ago and we travel about 20,000 a year, they still have at least half or more tread left.
One thing that could save you a few $$ is to put a cheaper tire as a spare, I put a Yohomo Geolander (I think), but never had it on the ground yet!
Last thing you want is to have trouble on vacation with tires, is it worth taking a day or two of vacation and the headaches for the extra $$$???
When we traded to new rig I made sure I took my RIBS with me and put on the old trailer tires and wheels for the trade!!!
Just my 2 cents!
2007 Duramax - 2010 Keystone Laredo 318rl 5th wheel - Home away from Home!!
2012 Jayco Swift 145 SLX --- The Fishing Lodge!
I'm replacing my tires on my 40' toy hauler. I'm switching to a LT tire and narrowed it down to either the BFG Commercial or Michelin. The Michelin's are $100 more. Are they worth it? Any input?
Their actually two different construction materials very good tires for a heavy trailer.
The BFG Commercial LT is a fabric carcass tire with steel belts under the tread. Very good tire for a heavy trailer.
The Michelin XPS Rib is a commercial grade all steel ply carcass with steel belts under the tread. The all steel fabric cassing makes a very strong tire. Michelin recommends them for commercial trailer service.
Another all steel carcass commercial grade LT tire is the Bridgestone Duravis R250 that is a bit lower in cost and has a excellent track record with heavy trailer users of all types (not just RVs). Give them a look.
"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers
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'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 gvwr two slides
I've had no problems and peace of mind with Michelins. No experience with BFG. One thing you didn't mention is load range of your current trailer tires. Mine came from factory with 15" Load range D. I upgraded to 16" load range E. This has been the best upgrade to our trailer so far,
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I feel confident in saying IMHO the Michelin XPS RIB, or XPS Traction is the best lt. truck tire made. Having said that, the BFG, owned and quality-controlled by Michelin, will also do you a very good job.
Sometimes one tick less than the best is good enough.