Well, was hoping to wait until fall before putting a new set of tires on the TV, but driving along the freeway yesterday an immediate vibration and shimmy surfaced originating from my front suspension. My TT was back at the campground which was good, so I pulled off the highway and a brief inspection showed signs of belt separation on the drivers front tire. I guess I can't complain, the tires are 9 years old and getting close to the wear bar with 52K miles (TV used only for towing). I think the tire age and the 96 degree heat did this tire in. The tire was drivable, just not at freeway speeds.
Anyways, I have been running this particular BFGoodrich "LT" Radial Long Trails on my past three TV's with great reliability, but found out BFG discontinued this particular tire line in the "LT".
So I'm now "testing" a new set of Mastercraft Courser HTR LT245/75R16 10E tires, rated for 60K miles. I found that Mastercraft tires are manufactured by Cooper, and are one of the few remaining tires manufactured in the US.
The Mastercraft tire has a highway tread, where my BFG's were a little more aggressive in their tread design. The Mastercraft has a little more tread on the road surface than my BFG's did, so this should be a plus. I only have about 60 miles on the new tires, but they seem to be just a 'tad' quieter than my past BFG's.
The tire dealer knows that I can be there worst nightmare
, but they seem confident that I will like the tire for towing my TT.
ps: Set of (4) $680 out the door with all the normal bells & whistles, includes $50 rebate.