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What are your preferred trailer tires?
Most are China made now; a select few are still U.S. made.

I have (had?) 4 brand new (ST225/75R-15) made in America Denmans on my 5er…checked all four for max pressure before setting out. Less than 2 miles away, some guy beside me is wavein’ and gesturing, and when I look back there’s a cloud of smoke…the whole sidewall’s gone. :fan

Unfortunately, it was the left rear (70mph traffic 8 inches away). But fortunately, being on a rear axle I was able to limp on down the road and pull off the freeway (blocking miles of traffic at rush hour with a LEO escort :scooter12 …fun stuff!) and throw on the spare.

That’s a Goodyear with cracks in the sidewall. So I grabbed the only thing Discount stocks and now I have a new Carlisle in the mix.

So much for made in America…Ohio’s best? :idkidk

For years, I’ve been running those 10-ply Carlisle 15’s from Discount on other trailers because (1) there’s always a Discount nearby, wherever you are when they blow, and (2) they have the hazard warranty. I hate that they come new with only 9/32” thread but I usually end up only buying a new one out of every 10 I go through. They always blow or separate before the tread ever wears out. :rolleyes:

On with the search. LT’s are out of the question, not enough weight capacity. I think I’ve probably run through every off brand of China trailer tire in the 16” sizes on my GN. Leaking sidewall on one last week, and two days later I've got a bubble tread separation on another. ST tires are only rated for 65mph; however, I see that Maxxis has a radial ST rated for 99mph. Still M.I.C., but I like the higher speed rating (since I never much run at 65:D).

So there it is, thrown out there.
It’s the beginning of RV season and time to beotch about how crappy our trailer tires are.

What are ya’ll runnin’? Or Fixin’ to run?
Or Fixin’ to Blow-Out? :rof
 

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I really like Carlisle as well. We sell them at our shop and had good luck with them. We dont have many people that buy trailer tires. But, every time we do they come back for them the next time. I only have a 7k car trailer. I dont use it alot but its 3 years old so Ill probably buy new Carlisles next time I have to use it. :cool:



 

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one of our 5ers went through 8 sets of tires within 5 years thats towing about 2k miles a year if that
we kept on blowing them out..those were all american brands i dont remember what they were
and now on our new camper we got 4 free tires those are foreign they are wearing ok
 

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my vote goes to Trail King :D
 

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I pull a 9k lb pull-behind work trailer and I won't put anything but Carlisle (10 ply, 15 in) on it. They always wear more on the inside of the tread, but that's probably because there is too much weight in the trailer for the axles. We haven't had a blowout in 5 yrs of using Carlisle's and we pull that trailer about 30k miles a year. I'm waiting for the original tires on my camper to wear out and I will be putting Carlisle's on it too!
 

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I do not know if they make heavy trailer tires but I have kendas on my 16ft trailer and they seem to do well. I did have a blow out and called the warranty number on the side of the tire. They sent me a new tire, which i thought was cool since the tire I sent was 3 years old. It only had about 1000miles on it though. They were made in america
 

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I have blown a few Carlisle's as well, heck on our first trip we blew 2 in 250miles:mad:

I ended up putting Load Range E Carlisle's "came with load range C's from factory" on a 8.5k 5th wheel. I know they are over kill, but so far they have 3500miles on them with no problems "knock on wood"
 

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I have blown 2 Carlisle tires on a 30' 5er with 15" wheels. Finally found Titan tire made a 10 ply tire for a 15" wheel, made in USA. They worked well for 3 years pulling to Fl and all around TN. Bought a 38' Everest with chinese mission tires. Coming back from FL last spring blew one and bought a LT e range to get home. I went to Goodyear and bought 4 LT 235/85r16G G614 tires. Load rating is 3800 lbs at 110 psi. Have pulled about 2000 mile since with no problems whatsoever.
 

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Let me correct myself…when I say ‘blown’, I’m lumping all the failed tires together. I inspect the tires so much that I usually find the bubble/separation on ‘em before they actually pop and leave me changing to the spare…I really hate manual tire/wheel work, especially when I’ve got a load on.

I found these last August, branded as ‘Signet’ with an unusual tread pattern with small square dimples down in the tread.





They’ve been running trouble free for eight months now (not even a puncture), but starting to run thin on tread. I picked up the last one in the warehouse from that source the other day.

I found that same unusual tread on one branded as ‘Gladiator’, might try those. However, there’s another with a high speed rating and much cheaper than the Maxxis tire, branded as ‘Unicorn’ YTR06.

Where do these people come up with such strength and confidence inspiring tire names? :confused: Unicorn...:rolleyes:
 

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My favorite tires are the ones that don't blow out! Other than that, I have been running the BFG's and Mich's that come off of both of our dually's on our GN. I have a 45' GN that I haul round bales with. I usually load 25 rolls and off I go. Had some of those China may pops the first season (came on the trailer) and they started getting cord seperations within the first week. I have been thinking of running the donut tires off of big truck lowboy trailers, you can get them in a 16" 10 ply and they last for ever. Trail King and Load King use them on equipment lowboys and Ultra Low step decks.
 

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Placed an order today...trying a new brand out.

Unicorn Mastertrak YTR06
10-ply 16" ST tire with a speed rating of 99mph!. :D
Cheaper than what I've been paying...let's see how the higher speed rating does.
This'll be my 1st high speed ST radial tire:D....I'm all giddy inside. :rolleyes:
 

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put a set of 4 Denmans steel belted on the car hauler last season. I've already replaced 2.
 

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put a set of 4 Denmans steel belted on the car hauler last season. I've already replaced 2.
Ewww....that makes me want to pull the other 3 and replace with these high speed STs instead.

UPS just dropped the new YTR06 tires…I like the looks of ‘em, let’s see how they hold up.

 

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I have a set of linglongs on my 18' cargo trailer and so far they have done pretty well....I probably have 2500 miles on them in 2 years or so. I keep em nice and greasy with tire shiny to keep the sun from eating them up, and it works very well.
 

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The ST, rated at 500lbs more than the comparable LT, is not much extra by itself but times 6 it’s an extra 3k lbs overall trailer capacity.

Even on a Fiver RV, most are running near max on tire capacity and dropping off another (x4) 2k lbs going with LTs can be a problem too. If you're running 15" the difference is even greater, and most don't have enough wheel well room to bump up to the 16s.
 

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I knew it wasn’t long ago...so I did a search. I left the beach/coast yesterday and headed home. About an hour into the journey, my 6th sense was tingling, so I pulled ‘er over to do a walk-around look-see on the rig.

Whoa! :eek:

The front left Denman had a 4” bubble swelled up where the sidewall meets the tread. The Carlisle behind it was fine. Walked around to the other side and the rear had a large zig-zag in the tread bowing out and the front had a peaked/pointed center tread (instead of lying flat). All 3 remaining Denman tires from the set of 4 were ready to blow from separation.

Small town, holiday, late in the day…WallyWorld was the only choice. So now I have 3 new 8-ply 15” Marathons running with the single 10-ply Carlisle, and $460 lighter in the wallet. fuck

Oh yeah…no worries here. rip:
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load range E LT's on my G/N and goodyear ST's on my new race trailer...never had a LT blow out, separate, bubble...but sure have had a lot of ST do it.

Like you said there all MIC junk now a days!
 
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