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Posted: 02/19/21 07:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Notice how many comments mention “load”. Upgrade to a higher load range tires and you’ll notice a big difference. I have G rated tires on my 5th wheel and have had great luck with them.

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Yeah, but with less than 3,000 lbs. on a tire, a tire with a load rating of over 4,000 lbs. is not needed, and, in fact, may give a much rougher ride. More is not always better.

In fact when I get new tires I may go to LT E-rated tires. I have 12,000 lbs. on 6 tires, and have weighed all tires, and my heaviest load is 2,500 lbs. on two tires. Tell me why I need G-rated tires on my toyhauler.


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I found information about the Bridgestone R500HD. I had 5 installed, my weight on the axles is correct for these tires. I had rig weighted when I was going on a trip with all loaded. These are commercial rated tires for work vehicles. Good tread for a trailer tire.

The R500 Bridgestones LT E at 3042 lbs per tire have been around for years and have always been one of the better choices for rv trailers and commercial work trailers with 5.2k and 6k axles. Commercial haulers find with a LT tire we don't need a huge amount of reserve capacity like ST E tires require.
If you do a lot of road miles per year you will find more miles of service with a LT E with 14 to 16/32nds of tread depth than any ST E tire like a Endurance with just 9/32nds tread depth. Big deal for those of us that see high miles of road service.
Keep those R500 Bridgestones pumped to the max for max service


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Good Year Endurance


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Yeah, but with less than 3,000 lbs. on a tire, a tire with a load rating of over 4,000 lbs. is not needed, and, in fact, may give a much rougher ride. More is not always better.

In fact when I get new tires I may go to LT E-rated tires. I have 12,000 lbs. on 6 tires, and have weighed all tires, and my heaviest load is 2,500 lbs. on two tires. Tell me why I need G-rated tires on my toyhauler.


Quality tires there is no need to up Load range unless you are on the edge.


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Good Year Endurance


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I did a similar amount of research before buying tires for my 5th wheel this past year. Based on the weight of my trailer the LT-E tire made more sense than the ST-E tire. I don't need a G rated tire so no reason to spend the extra money. Tires wear out over time before they wear out, so the G doesn't do anything for you unless you need the weight rating. Most dealers want to sell you an ST tire for a trailer, but when you get to talking to them and discussing the differences between an ST and LT tire, the LT tire wins every time. A tire that is designed for a truck has to go through a much more rigorous design and build process, so it is built better. An ST tire is for going straight and they claim stiffer sidewalls, but take a couple tires that are not mounted, the LT tire is much stiffer. Think about the stress of taking a truck off road, a stronger tire is necessary. I went with a Goodyear Wrangler which is the same tire I have on my horse trailer which weighs 8K LBS, not as much as the 5th wheel, but both within the load limits. For reference, my horse trailer tires are 5 years old, the last set went 10 before replacing. I won't wait that long, probably change this year, but I can sell the old tires to someone with a ford truck as the tire size is the same. Can't do that with an ST tire.

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Actually price doesn't even enter into it. The LT E-rated tires cost more than the G-rated ST tires. The Bridgestone from SimpleTire is over $192, and the Sailun, same size, G-rated ST tire is $162.

That's probably why I'll stick to the Sailun, superior performance, low cost, and low maintenance.

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I paid $141 each for Goodyear Wrangler HT. Seemed like a good price at the time. I don't recall seeing Sailun for $162 even from Walmart. I do recall the Wranglers were less than the Endurance but close in price.

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Yeah, quite a few places have the Sailun for around $160, including Amazon. Walmart was showing about $163. $141 sounds good for the Goodyear Wrangler, though.

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