I have a 31' Terry that weighs 8.5k at the axles and 11.5k worth of load rating on 15" wheels and tires. In the 8 years I've owned it I have had 2 blowouts and caught 4 tires failing before they blew. The failing tires are Goodyear Marathons, Carlisle, and Towmaster. Axles are aligned, tire pressure always good.
Other 5vrs are speeding past me while I am towing, they don't seem to be having tire problems. My friend, who caravans with me has the same tires (Carlisle) whose trailer weighs more has never had a problem. What am I doing wrong? How often do I need to stop and let my tires cool?
Doing wrong? What tire size do you have? What speed to you travel? Do you jump curbs, drive over pot holes or generally abuse your tires?
All ST tires are speed rated at max 65MPH
Just returned from 350 miles each way trip at 80+ degrees and my BF Goodrich Commercial TAs were cool to the touch each time I stopped. This is on a fifth wheel that generally scales over 13,500 pounds.
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Tire pressure, speed, level camper, straight axles.... all play a part, like others have said. I went Virginia to Florida and back in smoking hot temps on china bombs with no issues. I took them off after 4 years when I saw signs of cracking. I now run the Goodyears, G-614... load G like my Loadstars were. My camper is darn near level, I run 110psi and don't fly down the road... hope my luck continues!
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Yeah, not new to this hobby. Trailer is level. Speeds are 55-60. No curbs, max pressure. Axles straight, and aligned. 225/75/15 load range E 2850 lbs per tire @ 80psi. That's 11,400 rating holding 8,500 lbs. I guess I need to go with 16" wheels but the distance between tire will be minimal. It is definitely an overheating problem. The tires are delaminating. I haven't got the tires to last more that a few hundred miles, we're talking blowouts on the first trip with the new tires. The tire store guys can't help and the rv shops have no idea either.
Fifteen and 16 inch "ST" tires are the problem. Owning several travel trailers and two 5ers, I also had trouble with "ST" tires until I switched to LT tires. Specifically, since putting on Michelin XPS (16 inch) and Michelin XTA (17.5 inch) tires I have never had a tire problem. I simply do not believe the "ST" tires are up to the challenge. There are too many threads about "ST" tire failures to believe that they are quality.
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