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Old 04-08-2015, 09:05 AM   #11
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I have 2008 Jayco17c ex-port that came with ST185 13 D tires. I replaced them with ST205 14 R tires with a 1740 lb rating. The 185 13 D tire did not exist at any dealer and had to be ordered if replaced. The 185 13 R cousin is rated 1,440 lb, too little for the 3,500 Gross weight camper, and throws radial treads off tire bodies within about 2,000 miles of interstate driving so I went to the larger tire after much, much research. Jayco is using the 205 tire on similar campers now, I've observed. Brand wise the tire I specified was Carlyle after research.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:46 PM   #12
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I think its the load range C when you should be using a load range D. I'm glad to here your doing well. Keep us up to date on your stay.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:57 PM   #13
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A thing we learned as we through off tread was to inspect our tires every stop using a heavy gloved hand trying to keep broken steel wires from poking into hand. We caught tires twice in the process of separating. The tire issues irritate me because they are unnecessary. Factory should not use a hard to find tire like OM on mine. It cost us Great Bend National Park & Greenfield Village and me the Memphis Zoo among other places as we spent time buying and mounting tires we knew would not hold up (ST185/80/R13) while on trips.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:29 AM   #14
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Hows it going tugboat? Enjoying Florida?
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:45 PM   #15
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Made it home last night. 966 miles each way. Lots of traffic. With several delays including sitting still for 2 hours in J'ville Florida. Had a great time. Tires did awesome. When I could I see the cruise at 65 and away we went.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:02 AM   #16
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2008 Jayco 17c. I've had 3 brands of 13" wheels/tires. OEMs were bias and replacements replacement radials. I had bias sidewall blowout at 50 mph climbing Arkansas river route in CO. 13" radial replacements are under strength and throw radial belts off damaging the camper. One brand of radial was Maxxis.

I replaced with 14" Carlisle bought through Discount Tire. I have not have them on a long trip to report performance, but short trip performance feels better than 13".

I was talking with a neighbor who wants to purchase a camper with 13" tires and told him to require wheels and tires be replaced with 14" or 15" before he'd consider a purchase, or find out what that costs (about $525 locally for 3 14') and reduce his price by that amount.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:22 PM   #17
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Frank I'd have to say you have had some bad luck with tires. I went with the OEM's "H188ST" brand 13" bias 185D 8 ply for my 13" single axle Jayco 165. I feel tires don't blow out because they're 13" ers. They blow out because they are under inflated or the rubber is cracked. After hours of research I'm good with my choice and just completed a 175 mile trip. I air up to 65lbs. There is nothing like fresh rubber no matter the size or brand. When my tires came in I had to remove them from the house cause the smell of the fresh rubber compound was too much. I prefer bias and would never go with radials. For me radials belong on cars because they flex for cornering and trailer tires are not for such use hence I like a good "stout" firm wall bias helps to keep away sway and better disperses heat. I order my tires from "treditt" out of Ga. and it's the same place Jayco gets them from. I figured if Jayco is going to warrenty the trailer for 2 years they aren't goin to send it down the road with tires that are going to fly apart. I bought it used with 5 year old "H188ST" tires that had been sitting for 3 years with 45lbs in them. I aired them up to 65lbs. and drove home 60 miles no problem. I noticed small cracks where they had been sitting so I bought new ones and had my dealer mount and balance. Balance is important to keep vibration down, helps keeps plumbing fittings tight and frame welds good. Important on an ultra-lite. Tire dealer said," why you changing these tires they don't have any miles on them." I said because they are 4 1/2 years old and have slight cracks. He just shook his head. I told him to air them up to 65. I checked them when i got home they were at 52. Bad news must be at 65 like specs say. Any way I hope this helps and thanks for your input. Happy camping mate!
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Just towed mine with brand new 13" tires 1800 miles. Nothing wrong with my old ones, I just didn't know their history. Dealer asked me the same question, why? Properly inflated and balanced. I checked them every time we stopped along with wheel hub temps. No problems what so ever.
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