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Timmo!

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I second the emotion---Goodyear Wrangler LT tires purchased and installed at a Goodyear dealer. If I remember correctly, there was a special sale going on--buy 4 tires for the price of 3. Funny though, as I bought 5 (spare).

Do have the stems replaced when having them balanced.

And each spring I lube the bearings (and check the brakes) and a few years ago I also started rotating the tires (putting the spare in play).


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#1 don,t go to your rv dealer. if you can,t do the labor on remove and install? call a trailer shop .

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That's an insane selling price for the tires and their extra "fees" to mount and install them.

I had Goodyear Endurance install on my cargo trailer at Discount Tire. The jacked up the rig in the parking lot and swapped the tires in the same amount of time it would take to do the job on a car.


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Timmo! wrote:

I second the emotion---Goodyear Wrangler LT tires


This is not sound advice unless the OP's trailer has 16" or larger wheels, which it most likely doesn't, since it's a TT.
Available ST tires far exceed the capacity of 14" and 15" "LT" tires.


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If doable for you, take off two at a time and take them for mounting/balancing.


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somebody is planning on you paying for their trip to hawaii?
paid $80 a tire for the new hercules st2 load range c including installation. for an emergency in the middle of south dakota on a sunday morning, i thought it was a great deal.

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you could order tires online from tire rack, have the sent to your house and, like the others have said, take 2 off and have them mounted and balanced. and then the other 2. i got my gy endurance at a truck tire place that also services cars. they had plenty of room.


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Grit dog wrote:

Timmo! wrote:

I second the emotion---Goodyear Wrangler LT tires


This is not sound advice unless the OP's trailer has 16" or larger wheels, which it most likely doesn't, since it's a TT.
Available ST tires far exceed the capacity of 14" and 15" "LT" tires.


Whoooa Nelly...."not sound advice"? "far exceed capacity"? Let's not exaggerate. A tire that has 2.6% greater load capacity--isn't much of an increase in load capacity (period).

Granted I replaced GY Marathon ST205/75R15 (load range C for 1870 lbs) with GY Wrangler HT215/75R15 (load range D for 2095 lbs), providing me a tire with 255 lb greater load capacity. Now my friend, increasing a tire load capacity of 225 pounds (10.6%) is rather significant

About 4 years ago, ST Marathons were replaced with ST Endurance. So, let's compare those (even though Marathons are still being sold), GY Endurance ST205/75R15 has a load range D for 2150 lbs. I agree the Endurance tire has a greater load capacity of a mere 55 lbs than HT Wrangler, but that is only a 2.6% greater load capacity. Not very much and certainly does NOT "far exceed capacity".

The Endurance has a shallow tire tread depth of 8/32" (0.25"), while the Wrangler has a deeper tire tread of 14/32 (0.4375"), has a wider width and larger diameter, and higher speed rating.

At the time of my tire purchase, the HT Wranglers were only $5 more, and well worth the extra rubber.

Gotta look at the facts.

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Not exaggerating Timmy!

First, you don’t know if the OP has 14s or 15s. 14s don’t have squat in LT tires. Not even an option really. And since you didn’t specify your were speaking exclusively about 15s then yes it was horrible advice.
15s, about the best you can do is the 2150 lb cap in a LT tire.
Your Endurance’s are a smaller tire with a little more capacity. 55lbs per your post.
But you can get 225 size (1/2” larger diameter) up to 2800+ pound capacity.
So yes you can get a truck tire that is decent I suppose in a 15” size but you can get a ST tire that has almost 700lbs more capacity per tire.
And if the OP has 15s on a trailer with 5200lb axles the truck tires can’t do the job up to the max weight that could be on the trailer.

Next time check all your facts.

By the way speed rating is a non issue. Unless you’re comparing to the cheapest trailer tires on the market. And tread depth/tread wear isn’t either, unless you happen to be the one person out of most who actually puts, say 30-40k miles on your trailer tires before they age out.
AND deeper tread depth is NOT preferable unless off road or in snow for a trailer. Creates more (insignificant amount likely, but it’s there) instability and more tire scrub in tight turns.

Btw, the LT tire bandwagon for small trailer tires lost its wheels a decade or 2 ago, so it might be time to get off the ride!

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Don't go to the RV dealer. use a tire store. And I recommend Carlisle Radial Trail HD`s. one of the best tires out there. make sure to get it in a load range E.


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