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Posted: 07/31/21 05:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Friend of mine bought goodyear endurance and loves them. 3 years and no problems. He pulls a 35 ft cougar pull trailer.


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mileshuff wrote:

Currently have XPS Ribs on my 5th wheel. Great tire but they are now 7 years old. Tons of tread left but feel 7 years is pushing my luck.

Looking to replace but XPS Ribs are costly. Are there cheaper alternatives that are just as reliable? Have had blow outs with factory china bombs. They don't last long here in the hot desert southwest.

What about Bridgestone Duravis (not sure which model), or possibly Maxxis? What else?


The Bridgestone Duravis R-238 is as good a tire, but won't be much if any cheaper. With a 10.5K GVWR I'd likely go with the the poly LT, or just spend the coin. We run about 12K with 14.4K GVWR. When we replaced the Bridgestone Duravis R-250's I went to Sailuns. Still overkill, but after 3 year I'd do it again.


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jjj wrote:

Friend of mine bought goodyear endurance and loves them. 3 years and no problems. He pulls a 35 ft cougar pull trailer.


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I'm running a Goodyear Wrangler LT E Truck tire on both my trailers. Plenty of weight capability for a trailer of your size. No need to get a G rated tire. Similar to the XPS, a truck tire is a great tire for trailers with more testing and more capability than most trailer tires. ST tires don't go through the manufacturer testing like the LT tires.

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I have a 2006 Carriage 5th wheel I bought new. The china tires lasted 7000 miles. I was lucky and caught them before a blow out. I have been using the XPS Ribs ever since. Yes they are costly , but are good tires. What ever you pay for the tires is cheaper then fixing your RV after a blow out. And you still have to buy a new tire.

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mileshuff wrote:

Currently have XPS Ribs on my 5th wheel. Great tire but they are now 7 years old. Tons of tread left but feel 7 years is pushing my luck.

Looking to replace but XPS Ribs are costly. Are there cheaper alternatives that are just as reliable? Have had blow outs with factory china bombs. They don't last long here in the hot desert southwest.

What about Bridgestone Duravis (not sure which model), or possibly Maxxis? What else?


Your trailer's OE tire size was ST225/75R15. Many of the ST tire manufacturers now provide that size with a steel cased LRF.

Carlisle is one of them.

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I took my sole 7 year old XPS Rib to a tire dealer as is had very slight cracking this Spring
His inspection did NOT leave him wanting to sell me a new tire!
So I put it back on the Fiver…..
I’m running Bridgestone Duravis on the other axle
I lost one XPS Rib to a nail on a IL Tollway Tollbooth ramp! Thanks IL Tollway??


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Posted: 08/26/21 10:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CALandLIN wrote:

Your trailer's OE tire size was ST225/75R15. Many of the ST tire manufacturers now provide that size with a steel cased LRF.


OE tire is 16" on the 2014 26FWRKS. I believe they changed to 15" in 2015 and later along with a lower rated axle. Glad I got the 2014!


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CALandLIN wrote:

mileshuff wrote:

Currently have XPS Ribs on my 5th wheel. Great tire but they are now 7 years old. Tons of tread left but feel 7 years is pushing my luck.

Looking to replace but XPS Ribs are costly. Are there cheaper alternatives that are just as reliable? Have had blow outs with factory china bombs. They don't last long here in the hot desert southwest.

What about Bridgestone Duravis (not sure which model), or possibly Maxxis? What else?


Your trailer's OE tire size was ST225/75R15. Many of the ST tire manufacturers now provide that size with a steel cased LRF.

Carlisle is one of them.

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That's a 16" tire, not 15".

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I ended up getting Endurance E's because the Carlisle HDs were not available at Discount Tire and I needed tires within 48 hours due to a semi-unplanned trip. So far, they're OK, but it was only 130 miles. FWIW, Discount refused to air my tires below the rated 80 psi. I wanted 70.

Lyle

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