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Replacing the tires on our Shadow Cruiser 260BHS. Going to go with Goodyear Endurance. I'm thinking of upsizing from ST205/75R14 to ST215/75R14 to get a little extra load carrying capacity (gain 640#). I think the rims are 5.5" wide and there is plenty of clearance. Any problems?

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dwightr8 wrote:

Replacing the tires on our Shadow Cruiser 260BHS. Going to go with Goodyear Endurance. I'm thinking of upsizing from ST205/75R14 to ST215/75R14 to get a little extra load carrying capacity (gain 640#). I think the rims are 5.5" wide and there is plenty of clearance. Any problems?

Thanks,


I'd stick with the 205's the 215's will add to the diameter and you may get closer to bottoming out the trailer on the tire.
I assume you have load range C now is that right? If you want to upgrade load range just stick with the same size and go to load D but make sure your wheels can handle the extra 15psi per tire too.


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Posted: 05/08/19 06:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the rims are indeed 5.5" then go for it. They both use the same air pressure and the diameter difference is very little.





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I'd stick with the 205's the 215's will add to the diameter and you may get closer to bottoming out the trailer on the tire.
I assume you have load range C now is that right? If you want to upgrade load range just stick with the same size and go to load D but make sure your wheels can handle the extra 15psi per tire too.

Good point on the extra 15psi. I hadn't thought about that. I'm trying to find out from Cruiser if it's a problem. I did find out my wheels are 5" instead of 5.5" so I will be staying with the 205's even though the diameter is the same for both.

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dwightr8 wrote:

Replacing the tires on our Shadow Cruiser 260BHS. Going to go with Goodyear Endurance. I'm thinking of upsizing from ST205/75R14 to ST215/75R14 to get a little extra load carrying capacity (gain 640#). I think the rims are 5.5" wide and there is plenty of clearance. Any problems?

Thanks,

Excellent choice.
26.1 vs 26.7 diameter ....or just over a 1/4" less space at the top of the wheel well to the top of the tire. Simply not enough to worry about.
I like a taller tire as it lets the vehicle ride a bit better. Going to a load D tire increases harsh ride ie; over RR tracks/potholes or just a rough road surface.

Now if I needed more load capacity in my tires to carry more weight then a load range uprate would be a good option.


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Increasing the tire load doesn't increase the axle rating. I switched to D rated tires after seven years on my C rated tires.

The new tires are rated C at 55 psi and D at 65 psi. I usually run about 60 psi to soften the ride.

A trip to the CAT scales when fully loaded for the road, showed the TT axle weight was only 5600#s on the 7000# axle pair rating.

Shortly after purchasing the new tires, I discovered that a rim bending road hazard or metal shard, does not care what the tire rating is or what they cost. [emoticon]


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I have a new cruiser Rv a different model. how did your tires hold up? If you don't mind telling what brad did they come from the factory. Just trying to decide if I should dump the factory tires. Thanks in advance.


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When we had got our Shadow cruiser they came with bias ply tires, and they were horrible, the trailer would just sway side to side, I put some Carlyle radials on an the trailer towed like a dream. and we put many miles on the unit, when I sold the trailer the tires still had atleast 50% tread left.


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bob2194 wrote:

I have a new cruiser Rv a different model. how did your tires hold up? If you don't mind telling what brad did they come from the factory. Just trying to decide if I should dump the factory tires. Thanks in advance.


These are tires that came on the trailer:

https://www.lionsheadtireandwheel.com/Vail-Sport-Radial-Tire

In doing some research into them, I think we got really lucky. We have had no problems in about 15,000 miles including a trip to Alaska and back via the Alaska Highway. If I had known then what I know now, I don't think I would have done that trip on them. Ignorance is bliss!

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Thanks for the reply My trailer is a Radiance by Cruiser RV
I don't think those tires are on My trailer, but the ones on my trailer is also some strange name, I had never heard of. I only have 1200 miles on mine, and am not sure if I will keep them after the first year.

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