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Old 04-25-2016, 09:42 AM   #1
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Need to replace tires... Looking for advicd

Hey everyone,

I'm approaching our 2nd camping season as a hybrid TT owner (2007 23b) so I still consider myself a newbie. We pulled the HTT from the yard to the driveway and noticed 2 tires (one on each side) are totally flat.

1) I'd rather replace them all just so I know they're good and I can monitor their age and quality. Recommendations on a brand?

2) My plan is to take the wheels off the trailer (maybe one side at a time)... And have the new tires mounted down at Town Fair Tire... Then put them back on the trailer. Any better ideas? I can't imagine towing the whole camper somewhere...

3) (possibly stupid question) Should I buy 5 tires so I can replace the spare? I have no clue how old the spare currently is.


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Old 04-25-2016, 10:20 AM   #2
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As long as you are in the mood, why not replace all 5? Starting fresh, and you can keep track. I would only advise to buy tires specific to trailers. They tend to track straighter than automobile tires, and are usually offered in a load rating to carry heavy trailers without overheating. What you don't want is a blowout due to overloaded or underinflated tires.
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Hi SomerIsles-

Your tires are a very important part of your travels to insure the safety of you and your family. Go with the best trailer tires you can afford. On this forum there are many opinions about which brand is best so read thru all this (do a tire search) and come to your own conclusion. I replaced mine this year even tho they were only a year old....they were Towmax brand and I read a lot of negative comments about "BLOWMAX". Eventually, after a lot of research, I ordered 4 Maxxis 8008 ST tires from Discount Tire. Had them installed at a local tire shop. Very satisfied and I moved up one grade also. Good luck.

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Thanks for the tips!

By the way, since I can't tow the trailer to get the tires put on at the tire shop.... will I regret not having the option of them being able to balance the tires? (I'm assuming you can't do that without the entire trailer... right?)
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SomersIsles; You can do a search on the forum and i think you will find most people don't get trailer tires balanced. Its a debatable point. I spoke with my dealer and he said they don't require balancing
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For balancing I added some tyre beads in mine. Look them up on Amazon they are pretty cheap.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:32 AM   #7
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have always balanced mine. If not for tire wear then for reduction of vibrations on the camper.
I am amazed at how much counter weight it takes to balance them.
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Thanks for the tips!

By the way, since I can't tow the trailer to get the tires put on at the tire shop.... will I regret not having the option of them being able to balance the tires? (I'm assuming you can't do that without the entire trailer... right?)
They can spin balance your tires off the trailer. I had my trailer tires balanced when I replaced mine last year. The cost was minimal for balancing. Trailer tires are not inherently balanced as they are made any better than car tires. Although you won't be riding in the trailer, balancing will cut down the vibration caused by out of balance tires.
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And unbalanced rims.
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I prefer to have the tires balanced. Just my crazy thinking is the more balanced a tire is, the better it will roll down the road: better tire wear, better for the tt, etc. it would be interesting to see a true test of this....

As for balancing without having the trailer there, there isn't any reason they can't balance them.as long as the tire/rim combo is balanced using the proper way (hub centric or lug centric) they should balance just fine.

Replace all 5!!!

I would suggest either the Carlisle RH mode or the Maxxis. Carlisle is suppose to be having a new tire released soon per what I was told last Fall. Though maybe the release has been delayed.

If you know your loaded tt weight, compare it to the total weight rating of the tires. If the rims allow, consider stepping up a weight ratin for more reserve cushion of the loaded vs total weight rating.

Good luck!!!
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