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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hannda, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. CamoGreg

    CamoGreg aka Camorpheus

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    Right now, if I were to change tires, I'd go with Goodyear Endurance.

    I'm on triple axles and close to 18k.
    16" wheel.

    These tires are made in USA. E load rated. And a 87mph (N) speed rating. Roughly $150 p/tire.
    I've read some good reviews and the specs look good too.

    https://simpletire.com/goodyear-235-80r16-724858519-tires
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  2. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    You'll pay about $2.25/mile I'd guess.
    Try these guys
    https://www.a1autotransport.com/rvs/
  3. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    :nod

    I’m up in the air about replacing the China bombs. I feel like proper inflation, keeping the speeds down, and avoiding overloading means they’ll be fine. If they were really so horrible I can’t imagine how they would get DOT approval. My theory is they simply don’t hold up to abusive practices as well as a Goodyear, for example, hence the bad reputation.
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  4. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    The stock tires on my moto trailer lasted about 6K miles.
    I replaced them with Maxxis, not interested in buying anything else.

    I'd take the stock tires off your trailer and give them to someone you don't like. They are junk, and when one blows it's going to tear up the side of your trailer.
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  5. bobfab

    bobfab Long timer

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    I just found out that uship does travel trailers and made a reverse auction. Lets see what they say!
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  6. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    I am well aware of the damage they do. But I also know they don’t all fail. I wonder what the failure rates really are.
  7. farmerstu

    farmerstu Been here awhile

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    they are beyond bad. trust me i see them all the time. I have started only selling the goodyear endurance trailer tires. (BTW normally i never sell goodyear car tires unless the customer insists on them )
    not all china made tire are china bombs however. Carlise ,advance and a few others are O.K.
    whats the trick to knowing if you have china bombs? goggle the name on the side of the tire. i swear they make a 2 week production run and then change the name.
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  8. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    IMHO MHs are better to travel in, stop here or there for a night and move on. But TT/FW are better to camp/live in, set up for a month and you have your tow vehicle to run around in. Of course you can tow a small car behind the MH, but that seems like a PIA. (I would personally never flat tow, if I had to I'd trailer the toad.)


    As someone else said the TT movers are always looking for a back haul. And they know how to tow TTs.



    Speaking of tires, a trailer supply guy that I know and has been the business for years told me to get new trailer tires every 5 years max. That made sense to me because our pervious TT had a blowout at 6 years, so I replaced all 4. Then again at 12 years a blow out, I replaced all 4 then. Maybe he was onto to something. On our new FW that has the tires loaded near the max. I replaced the originals after one year. And I'll get new ones every 3 to 4 year max. We travel enough now that we're retired that the tread will be well worn by then anyway. Sell the old ones on Craig's List.

    As for running over the rated speed. I've been told that heat is the issue, and to overinflate them so they flex less and heat less, if you run faster than their rating. :dunno
  9. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    man o man - trailer tires! I have, believe it or not 9 trailers, had my fill of Chinese trailer tires- my 14,400 lb gross dump trailer had chinese tires that one by one went to hell, didn't blow but got big bulges in odd spots, sometimes on the tread sometimes on the sidewalls.
    Got fed up and replaced them with Michelin XPS Rib truck tires- problem solved but they are expensive tires.
    Have two trailers, one a open car trailer and one an enclosed trailer. One had Carlisles one had Goodyear Marathons.
    Carlisle's got all cracked in just a few years when the Goodyears sitting beside them still looked good.

    But my all time favorite has been Maxxis since putting them on my RPod and the car trailer that had the Carlisles.
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  10. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat

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    My real life experience with two sets of 16"ers, good for five years then they get bulgy when belts break. Only had one throw a tread and got luck with very minimal damage trying to push a year :amazon :dirtdog :whip:bash :fpalm . So it is new tires every five years on a 13K 5th wheel. 63mph and set the cruise, sometimes it will get above 65 downhill but I don't go fast.
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  11. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Blew a tire on a badly designed trailer. It was poorly balanced. Not enough tongue weight. Anyway, blowing atrailer tire is NOT something I ever want to repeat!
  12. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I talked to my local tire guy who I know and trust when we bought our trailer last fall, specifically about Chinese trailer tire and he laughed and said he just had an argument with another customer who demanded non Chinese trailer tires. He said there weren't any, all trailer tires were made in China. Now we're in Canada and this was last fall so not sure when Goodyear started making their trailer tires but he said there were good Chinese trailer tires and his take was a lot of failures are simply due to under inflation and over loading.

    I'll keep an eye on my OEM tires but will keep them on and I make sure to check pressures before each trip.
  13. FatChance

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    Whatever tire you get for your trailer, definitely get a good TPMS. We use the EEZ system on our motor coach. Having real-time tire pressure and temperature information is critical for safety. Money well spent. :nod
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  14. TexasRT

    TexasRT Dual Sport RT

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    The Goodyear Marathons on my trailer are L rated for 75 mph. There are others available that are rated higher.
  15. CamoGreg

    CamoGreg aka Camorpheus

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    I'm not moving much for awhile, but I'll be keeping mine on for a bit. Ranier brand...chinese. I've read mixed reviews. And a neighbor who does a fair bit of hauling claims to have had good luck with that Chinese brand.

    I've got a TPMS and will do my best to keep an eye on them. I'd like to get a few years before replacing too.
  16. AlH

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    He is wrong about that.
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  17. zedx9

    zedx9 Been here awhile

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    Seeing as the subject has wandered to tires and I have not seen any comments on TPMS for your trailers, might give it some thought. It was the second "toy" I purchased for my fifth wheel. https://tsttruck.com/, mine is a TST 507. Plenty of them out there and I like the idea of knowing what my tire pressures and temps are. Set the high temp, low pressure and high pressure alarm parameters and off you go. Obviously a sudden catastrophic blow out would be sort of hard to warn of but likely most of those events would be preceded by a high temp or low pressure issue prior to the blow out.

    Oh, the first toy I bought for it is a Progressive Industries Electrical Management System (EMS)"}: http://www.progressiveindustries.net/our-products. It protects against high and low voltage when plugged in to shore power. It also will tell you how many amps a particular device is using, i'e the furnace, toaster, etc. which is handy if you are considering adding an inverter and running appliances off the batteries. The only issue I've run into is when using my Honda 2000 generator is that is has a floating neutral. The EMS won't let the generator power the trailer unless you have a plug that ties neutral and ground together on the generator (or somewhere prior to the power getting to the EMS).
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  18. HeliMark

    HeliMark Been here awhile

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    I just replaced my trailer tires with the Goodyear endurance. Went up one load rating also. They are rated at 81 mph, although I cruise at 65 all the time. The original tires were no name Chinese tires, and I ran them for 14K miles.

    I have read the Goodyear marathons are made somewhere overseas, but the endurance is made here in the USA.

    One thing I do suggest is put on the metal valve steams. Even if you are not running the higher pressure tires. Mine rotted out in less then a year, and luckily I saw when they went with the TPMS. Of course I was an idiot to let them get that bad....

    Mark

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    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    I put metal valve stems on the first tire change on my 1980 pick up. They were still good when I got rid of the truck 30 years later. :dj
  20. TexasRT

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    I agree CG. I’m only half that weight but that will also be my next tire also.
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