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Old 06-20-2014, 08:54 AM   #11
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My only thought with the 14s is better tire options. The original tires were supposedly GY marathons with a loading of 1660#. I can't find that tire. Maxxis' are rated with the marathons I can find, radial and 1480#. Fully loaded and perfectly balanced we would be at 1500# on each tire.

So it looks like a Kenda Loadstar bias in the D range at 1725# is my only option.

What am I missing?

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Old 06-20-2014, 03:33 PM   #12
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Greobr, I don't believe you are missing anything. 1725 rating is AOK.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:08 PM   #13
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So, in my search for 13" load range D tires I basically found 3 sources. 14" load range C tires have may more options. I am worried about flatting somewhere and having to wait a day or two for a tire.

In checking I have found Pepboys has 14" Kenda loadstar K550 on a rim for $90. I called Jayco to find out the bolt pattern and customer service said that yes my unit did come with 14" tires as stated on the VIN tag. I will have to call my dealer back and ask what the hey. I asked Jayco guy what the stock tire was and he said they were an AJ8 or an AH8 brand. He was not supportive of the OEM tire choice. He was able to semi confirm that the bolt pattern is 5 on 4.5".

Could someone confirm the 5 on 4.5" BC. The documents I have do not reference any info for the hubs. I am leading to just go with the 14" Kendas for now.

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Old 06-23-2014, 05:38 PM   #14
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We just completed a 9700 mile trip with our 2012 X17Z. We started with the old 13 inch tires and replaced them halfway with the 13 inch D rated HiRun tires. No problem getting them in Holbrook AZ($69 ea. installed) and they lasted the next 5000 miles to home with the last three days of all day interstate speeds. Most important thing is keeping the tire pressure up to 65lbs. I would stay with the 13 inch OEM type tires.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:52 PM   #15
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I'm a dissenter, but I would go to 14-inch wheels if they'll fit. Sure, you can find 13-inch load range D tires online easily enough, but I don't know of any tire shops that carry them. Camping World doesn't. If they are difficult to find in Denver, imagine what it's like in a more rural area. I got rid of my 13s on my 2010 Jay Feather Sport 165 right after I bought it and I have no regrets. My ST215/75R14 tires are rated to carry more weight at a lower pressure (50 PSI), so they aren't as stressed as the 13s were.
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I put a new set of 14" rims and tires on our x17z. The tires are hankook 195r14 load range D and after two 3200 mile trips and several weekend trips the tires still look new. they fit the wheel well great and increased the height of the trailer slightly which improved the ground clearance and the water tank drain height. I really stressed over the extra money spent but after having done it I couldn't be happier. After one 3000 mile trip we wore out the original 13 inch tires, complete junk!
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I put a new set of 14" rims and tires on our x17z. The tires are hankook 195r14 load range D...
I'm just curious - what made you decide to go with LRD 195s instead of, say, LRC 205s? The ST205 in LRC is 200 pounds more carrying capacity than the stock ST185 LRD tire.
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I'm just curious - what made you decide to go with LRD 195s instead of, say, LRC 205s? The ST205 in LRC is 200 pounds more carrying capacity than the stock ST185 LRD tire.
I chose those over the ST 205s for several reasons.... not saying they are the right reasons but they were my reasons . They were about the same diameter (.2 inches larger). they had a speed rating and the LR D was a stiffer sidewall which at the time I was traveling over some pretty rough roads and felt more comfortable with a heavier sidewall. It seems to ride much smoother than with the originals and the increased sidewall stiffness seems to help decrease trailer sway as well.
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Replaced new worn out tires on our x17z after 3500 miles not overloaded and pressure checked frequently for accuracy. Went to st205/7514 rated 1760lbs. Back from 200 mile trip, fit and performed fine so far.
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