just got our new 06 Zeppelin 291 in July and wondering if nanco tires on it are any good? Got the tire plan with purchase or should I dump the plan and just get different tires? Thanks for your reply's
IMO check the DOT code to see where they were made. Then decide.
Personally I do not use Chinese tires.
DOT Code, Tires
Example from a tire: DOT MA L9 ABCD 036
DOT is Dept of Transportation,
MA is Mfg Plant Code (see http://www.harriger.com/exptire.htm),
L9 is a tire size code,
ABCD is optional manufacturer info,
036 is mfg date (in this case third week of some year ending in 6, but not 2006)
The newer tires are using 4 digits, the first 2 = the week and the last 2 = the year,
For example 4202 = 42nd week of 2002.
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My Goodyear Marathon tires have been reliable, but they aren't very round. If you get some, let the tire shop know that you will be watching. I'm an engineer, and I want everything that rotates to be balanced. Trailer tires usually aren't balanced, 'cuz no body rides there so nobody squawks about the shake. Most trailer wheels are cheaply made with the center pilot hole punched out somewhere near the true center, not machined in the actual center. These wheels need to be balanced using a lug-centric adapter on the balancing machine.
If the tire shop gives you any guff, take your business elsewhere. I also prefer metal valve stems...I've had cheapo rubber valve stems crack and leak.
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I prefer to buy American if the quality is there, but there are some top quality tires from China these days. Toyo's #2 passenger car tire is from a Chinese factory, and I trust Toyo. There are also some tires from China where the importer ordered cheap tires...and got cheap tires of comensurate quality.
I had/have a set of four Nanco tires. They came on the used TT I now have in the signature. The last four years prior to our purchase, the trailer sat parked in the back yard along the garage on a rather clean, nice location on concrete on those Nanco tires covered from the elements.
The tires seemed just fine for the first season. When we planned a trip over 50 miles, I started looking for a spare. The spare tire size needed to match the load, tire size and have parallel tread design, but the OD tire size was critical too. If tires are mis-matched beyond 0.2" in OD of tire size, irregular wear and trailer tracking would occur. An industrial/product engineer at my work, who once worked for Dunlop Tire Co on Grand Island, NY, pointed out many of the things a person should look out for in a trailer tire.
Currently, I have Duro's on the TT and use the China made Nanco tires as the spares. Tires are not cheap, so this seems to be a good use for them. I have read pro's and con's about the Nanco tires in these and other forums. Mostly not good news either. However, people will write about a problem first than comment often about something good.
If you want peace of mind and a very good trailer tire, opt for the Michelin's. I would have done that myself, but they do not make a 13" trailer tire. Only 14-15-16" sizes are offered. Pass on the Nanco's tire plan.
In a few instances, I have read here on the fourms, a person would not take delivery of their TT unless the new Carilse tires were replaced with another major brand trailer tire. Of course in both cases, the people payed the difference in the tire price. This could be an option for you if you can inquire at the place of purchase.
Hope this helps.
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Anyone have any comments on General Tire's , American Series Trailer tires? Thats whats on my new trailer, I'm dissapointed that there load range "C", Planning on replacing them with Load Range "D".
General Tire has a fairly long and not too distinguished reputation for making tires that separate and fall apart long before their time. I used to work for a Tire Company that had their House Brand made by General because, at the time, nobody else had manufacturing capacity. Try warranty rates in excess of 20%. Finally ended up with a total recall of some models and a multi-million $$ settlement. Is this enough on the subject of General Tire.
BTW, they are now owned by Continental but the product quality has not changed a great deal. Still a so-so tire. Personally, I'd buy Chinese made before General.