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Old 02-09-2015, 02:26 PM   #1
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8 Ply v. 10 Ply Tires

I finally located a local Maxxis dealer with my size, ST225/75/R15 in stock. He has 8 plies and also 10 plys for about $20.00 per tire more. My 5er is a 2008 30.5 BHS, 7650 dry & 9900 GVWR. I know more is better but does anyone have thoughts on whether I really need 10 plys? I hardly ever reach half the GVWR and I pull it less than 2000 miles a year. Time to swap the elderly 7 year old USA made Marathons, which still have plenty of tread and never gave me any problems whatsoever.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:39 PM   #2
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I like the 10 ply just for the heavier duty side walls. 8 ply are still very good, but you may notice a bit more "squat" from them than a fully inflated 10 ply.
That is probably the biggest thing, keep the tires fully inflated and check often. Heat from running soft, is the number one killer of tires...
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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When I bought new tires for my current trailer I paid a little extra per tire and upgraded from load range C to load range D. The load range D tires are rated for something like 9000+ lbs, my trailer's GVWR is 7500 lbs and the average weight is under 6500 lbs most of the time.


Personally I believe that a lot of the tire failures that happen on RV's are because tires are right at the maximum edge of their weight rating. I enjoy having substantially heavier tires than I need, because I figure they will hold the weight better. They will flex less, which generates less heat, which should hopefully prevent tire damage.


For $80 you get a much better tire. If your rim can handle the higher pressure of the 10 ply, I would get them and run them at max pressure. Less flex, less heat.
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If it were me then I would do the extra $80 for the more capable tire and greater peace of mind. I don't like parting with my hard-earned cash, but safety is a good place to spend, IMHO.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:22 PM   #5
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I would rather have the 10 ply if the rims can handle them
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:17 PM   #6
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Agree. Extra capacity if the rims will handle it are cheap insurance for $80.

I would go for it.
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Worth the $$$
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:20 PM   #8
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Thanks plowtoy, spoon, Russell, fielro, norty and Seann, I really appreciate your input. I plan to make sure my rims will stand up to the 10 plys and go with them. I agree safety is a bigger concern than money, especially when you haul grandkids to the campground as much as I do. The members are what makes this forum great. Thanks again.
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One other thought: If I'm not mistaken a "D" tire is rated for a maximum 65 mph while the "E" tire is rated for something like 80 mph (or higher). You may not want to go over 65 mph but their is a peace of mind when you want to get around that semi at 70+ mph. HAPPY TRAVELING!
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:00 AM   #10
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Good point, Skip.
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