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Old 04-26-2012, 10:24 PM   #11
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No problem on this end, and I view all replies/experiences as a contribution to the discussion. Your correct that my loaded TT weight is below the "E" tire weight capacity, and even a "D" load range tire would have given me a "little" weight buffer as well.

As you mentioned, I also adjust my TV's LT tire pressure below the tire's 80psi maximum, especially when unloaded and not towing my TT.

The one thing that I found different with TV and TT manufacturer's posted tire psi stickers, is that on TT's it seems to always reference the OEM tire's maximum psi based on the load range supplied with the TT. I wonder if trailers/tires are looked at differently than a TV? Might also have something to do withe fact that RV manufactures tend to size the load range of the tire supplied with that of the TT's potential loaded weight

But your right, running at maximum psi will give my TT a stiffer ride.

I agree, the wheels/tires look good in the photo, I just hope that I can say the same in three years

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My 5er came with D rated tires which is just enough if I am at max weight. I probably wont be maxed out but maybe close so I'm going to an LT load range E tire. My wheels are rated a 3500 pounds so they should be fine. I'm just wondering why they put tires on tt that just barely will carry the weight and are only rated at 65mph? When there is a blow-out and the tread rips the side off the tt then it will cost more than tires
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I'm just wondering why they put tires on tt that just barely will carry the weight and are only rated at 65mph?

Possibly because when the trailer is hitched to the tv, some of the weight is offloaded. They use this as their buffer. As far as the speed goes I'm not too sure. Could it be that there are legal speed limitations and any excess would not make them liable.
It would be interesting to know what the rest of the drivers on the road would think if they knew that a lot of the RVs coming at them were just barely within the margins of safety. I know sometimes I see very large 5ers going down the road pulled by what looks like a undersized tv.

Bob, the wheels and tires look great. Didn't this company recently start making their tires in the states again? I agree with your logic of having a larger buffer. Sometimes it's too easy to get pigeon holed into thinking only one product is good enough.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:18 AM   #13
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snip......I probably wont be maxed out but maybe close so I'm going to an LT load range E tire ........snip..... When there is a blow-out and the tread rips the side off the tt then it will cost more than tires
Rwilley,

I wish I could go to an "LT" tire, but I don't have the room in my wheel-wells. When my TT is fully loaded (no fluids) for a long trip I have 2 3/4" clearance above the top of my tires, and Dexter Axle recommends 3" to accommodate the movement of the suspension.

Speaking of blowout, I had one back in 1975 with my first single axle Nomad TT. The blown tire took out the top portion of the wheel well and went clear into the inside of the TT (cabinet below the kitchen sink), what a mess.

Murphie,

Your dead-on that the RV manufactures exclude the tongue weight when sizing the OEM tires. If the tongue weight was include IMO just about every OEM "ST" tire going down the highway would be undersized! It's all about cost.

On the subject of the 65mph rating on "ST" tires, I found this as an interesting read: http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires...plications.pdf What I found interesting is the statement about exceeding the manufacturer's maximum cold psi of the tire by 10psi at speeds 66mph to 75mph.

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I'm just wondering why they put tires on tt that just barely will carry the weight and are only rated at 65mph?....
It all comes down to money.
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I'm just wondering why they put tires on tt that just barely will carry the weight and are only rated at 65mph?

Possibly because when the trailer is hitched to the tv, some of the weight is offloaded. They use this as their buffer. As far as the speed goes I'm not too sure. Could it be that there are legal speed limitations and any excess would not make them liable.
It would be interesting to know what the rest of the drivers on the road would think if they knew that a lot of the RVs coming at them were just barely within the margins of safety. I know sometimes I see very large 5ers going down the road pulled by what looks like a undersized tv.
tt GVWR- 14,500 #

tt Gross axle rating 6,000 # ( I have 2 of these )

tt load range D tires rated at 3,000 # ( I got 4 of these )

tt recommended hitch weight 2,500 # ( Only 1 of these. I could over load this cause the truck can handle it but I would rather have a tire blow out than brake a hitch.)


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It all comes down to money.
Load range E tires cost about $10 more. I would rather have good tires than a 40 inch tv or a remote that operates the electric jacks, slide-outs, awning, porch light etc.
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rwilley,

Wow, those are tight numbers. You got me thinking about my brother in-laws new (two-weeks) Jayco Eagle 351MKTS...., so I walked over to his campsite to see what his tires were (yep, we are camping).

FW GVWR ............... 15,250lbs

FW "Dry" Pin Weight .. 2,225lbs

FW Axle Rating ........ Unknown (8-bolt pattern)

FW OEM Tires ........... ST235/80R16 LRE = 3,420lbs each (13,680lbs total)

I do know my brother in-law intends on hitting the CAT scale to confirm his loaded FW weight, then re-visit the OEM tire capacity.

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You all make valid points here. I agree with Rwilley, rather spend the extra money on a quality product than worry about it. Ironically, by twisted logic, they would have you spend an extra 300 dollars on buying a gadget that monitors those tires that barely pass spec.
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Hi Rustic Eagle,
I am about to purchase the same set up and was curious how the past two years have fared for you.

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Well, one more task to cross off my to-do list on the TT

I was still running the original Maxxis tires that came with my 2005 Eagle, but I noticed last fall that one tire was starting to show signs of sidewall cracking, so it was time to replace them.

My TT came with Maxxis ST225/75R15, "C" Load Range, tires that were "just enough" for my loaded TT weight, excluding my 1,250lb loaded tongue weight, so I was always a little nervous running with a tire that was spec'd so close to my TT weight (all RV manufactures do it).

I know I may incur a little flak on this, but in lieu of a new set of Maxxis I went with the newer Carlisle "RH" Radial ST225/75R15, "E" Load Range: http://www.tirebusiness.com/subscrib...&id=1308762257 & http://www.carlisletire.com/products...ail/index.html

With the "E" Load Range I will have plenty of "weight" cushion, and I'm hoping that this alone will eliminate any potential tire issues that some folks have reported with some Carlisle trailer tires. I also confirmed the date code on the new tires..., manufactured two months ago. Also, based on positive feedback from a couple of friends that have been running the Carlisle RH "E" Load Range tire also provided me with some confidence in the tire as well.

The Maxxis "D" tires aren't available, and the "E"'s start to get a little pricey (wasn't a factor for not going with them), but they can be difficult to get if I should need a replacement while traveling.

Anyway, since I went with the "E" Load Range tires my existing OEM steel rims fell short of the 80 PSI requirement for the new tires. Looked into a number of different aluminum rims that met the tire specifications, and decided to go with the MB-72, 15X6 6-139.7 0MMS, steel stem.., aluminum rim sold by Discount Tire: http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/whe...il.do?pc=69244





If I was asked to make a trailer tire recommendation, I would still respond with "Maxxis"..., so I'll wait until I get some history with my Carlisle's before I offer them to anyones short list.

Bob
Let's try this again, sorry this is my first post. I am interested to know how the rims and tire setup worked for you over the last two years. I am looking at the same exact set up from Discount Tire. Appreciate any input you have.

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