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Old 05-23-2016, 02:30 PM   #1
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New Trailer Tires

Okay, so recently bought a new to me 2010 26bh from a buddy. In immaculate condition. The tires look great, but are the originals and I want to change them before I take them on the next outing. I believe they are supposed to be changed about every 5 years or so.

Anyhow, I haven't bought trailer tires before and would like to know some of the brands you might recommend. I have read the guide and know I need ST tires and 65mph is top speed, inflate to max psi (usually 65), etc.

There is a Discount Tire near my house that can do the install for me. I called earlier and can get Maxxis for $626 out the door including taxes, mount, balance, etc. I'd also get $160 cash back through some other incentives they are currently have going.

Are there any better tires than the Maxxis?
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Old 05-23-2016, 03:04 PM   #2
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Not sure what size tire you have but I bought Carlisles at Discount Tire for my former Forrest River 2601. They are priced at about $500 OTD. You are right about replacing the tires even though there's probably more than enough tread. I read somewhere they should be replaced every 6-7 years regardless, unless you are on the road full time
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Old 05-23-2016, 03:11 PM   #3
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Go up a load range and go with the Maxxis. That price is a bit on the high side though unless you are also replacing the spare.
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Here's my opinion on ST tires: Click Here.
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Thanks for the input. The pricing was only for 4 tires. Speaking of spares, I need to pick up a rim and extra tire as well. Right now nothing exists, and I don't like the idea of being stranded if a flat occurs.

I appreciate the review on the Carlisle's. Those are readily available from multiple sources and quite a bit cheaper. I noticed Tread Depot had them for $55/each. If push comes to shove I can have one of my buddies at the GMC dealership mount & balance the tires on the trailer. That is where the guy works that I bought the TT from anyhow.
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One other thing that many do is to up the load rating of new tires that are bought. For example, my new trailer came with load range "D" tires and when I bought new tires I went to load range "E" tires. Upping the load range also would mean upping the air pressure in the tires so it's important to check to see if the tire rims can handle the increased air pressure. Also, not all diameter tires will have available increased load ranges.
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Take it from a guy that has been there. Tires are not where you want to cut corners. Buy the best tire you can. Before you buy them, check the build date on the tires to make sure they haven't been setting in a warehouse somewhere aging. Crabman is correct. Upgrade to the next higher load range when you buy. It will increase the load bearing ability and keep you further away from the tires load capacity. Most folks seem to like Maxxis but it really has to do with what your dealer has access too. If you have 15 inch rims, Carlisle does make an E rated tire for that size. Something other makers don't have.
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When I made a suggestion to go up a load range, I had not noticed that Crabman also suggested that. But what does Nambarc think?
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Nambarc's thinking seems to be a bit backwards, maybe it's just me.
2of my TowMax tires gave it up in a 75 mile stretch. I replaced them with Goodyeay 614's. They're $$$ but made in the USA.
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I need to double check, but I thought the tires on my 26bh were 205/75/15. If that's the case, and I match exactly then I don't see an E load option. However, if I jump up to the 225/75/15 then I can get E load and the price isn't that much more ($10+/- per tire).

Mathematical (nominal) differences are minimal. Carlisle's website confirms the math is within a tenth or so of actual dimensions:

205/75/15 = 8.071" wide x 27.106" tall
225/75/15 = 8.858" wide x 28.287" tall

I wouldn't blink an eye if I were doing this for my vehicle. Just a simple recalibration of the speedometer and all would be okay. However, this is my first TT and I'm not quite sure what adjustments (if any) I should be making for installing larger tires.

Anyone order trailer tires from Tread Depot? I ordered a set of normal truck tires a few years back and I had no complaints. I was just concerned with getting old stock since trailer tires are more sensitive to age vs mileage.
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