Are there any comparison studies of trailer tires? I have 6 year old Chinese Marathons on my single,5200 lb., axle trailer that I want to replace.
I would prefer info other than Carlisles are******or Marathons are bombs ready to go at any time. I was looking at new Marathons and Maxxis E rated 225/75/15.Thanks all.
I've never seen any long-term statistical reports on trailer tires. About the only thing you can give some weight to is anecdotal evidence provided here and on other RV sites. Based on what I've read over several years, Maxxis are the way to go.
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What size tires are on it now? You still need to watch rim ratings, usually stamped on rear or in valley UNDER the tire. Also if getting wider tire be sure rim WIDTH is ok, For example 225's take a 6" minimum rim width while stock 205's are usually on rims 5.5" wide max.
Maxxis worked great on my TT.
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I'll take anecdotal evidence from many different trailering website (not just RVs) full of folks that have pulled trailers of all types for 40-50 years and hundreds of thousands of miles over BS hype from a tire manufacturer or a tire store chain advertisement.
The end user (thats us) can always tell how the tire(s) actually worked vs what sure looked good on the drawing board or a ad on a tire dealers website.
Very unusual for a single axle boat trailer to have one 5200 lb axle. Is that a typo ?? What is the actual weight on the trailer axle ??
The problem with upgrading 15" D tires load range to a E is the wheels may not have the proper pressure capacity. Some 15" wheel have a 70-75 psi max which would be close enough to use most of the advantage of a E tire.
If upgrading to a 16" wheel/tire at 2680 lbs to 3042 lbs capacity is out then the Maxxis ST seems the most popular/reliable of the ST tires.
Maxxis also makes a commercial grade U-168 Bravo LT in several 15" sizes and load ranges
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I've never seen or read a study on the various Chinese made tires. I have a good friend that owns a few tire stores, he sells just about anything you want. Comes down to how much you want to pay and how you use/treat them. My boat tires are Marathons or Trail Master, can't recall between my flatbed and boat which has which. Both have been fine, but I'm also not loaded down like many Toy Haulers are. You may want to post over on iBoats or another boat forum so you can find out what other boat owners thinks, a boat and a toy hauler are very different beasts.