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Old 10-06-2013, 04:23 AM   #1
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I am looking for some advice about tires.I have bought a 2008 Eagle 30.5 with 2010 GY marathon 225/75/14 and I have read horror stories about ST tires ,so I am going to change to a 225/75/16 E load LT tire. My question is has anyone with the same RV gone from 15 to 16 inch wheels and did it work ok without any rubbing.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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The horror stories about ST tires are greatly exaggerated, IMO. Get some quality ST tires in the appropriate weight rating, keep them inflated, and you'll be fine. Maxxis are a good brand and available at Discount Tire, etc. I've had them on my fiver for over 15000 mi with no problems.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the information that would definitely be cheaper and also they talk about the limitations on the speed,keep it under 65 MPH.Thanks
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:37 PM   #4
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ST tires are rated for 65 mph max, at least all that I'm aware of. LT tires are usually rated higher. However, your fuel mileage will probably drop very quickly the further over 65 you drive.

I've heard/read of lots of people who go to LT tires on fivers and on bigger, heavier trailers it might make some sense but for trailers the size of yours & mine, I think a good ST tire is sufficient. I'd stay away from the Chinese tires, like Towmax, Carlisle, and others, tho. It's important to keep them properly inflated and to not exceed the weight rating. But then, that's true for any tire.

Anyway, that's my opinion. You'll run into others who say all ST tires are junk, and all LT's are great. You just gotta do your research and make your decision based on that.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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snip...... Get some quality ST tires in the appropriate weight rating, keep them inflated, and you'll be fine.....snip
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I second the Maxxis brand ST tires. IMHO, you can not go wrong with Maxxis tires if you keep them properly inflated. I've got load Es on my 5er now with hundreds of miles on them...no issues; just keep them at full pressure. Also, my oppinion...I considered the same thing you are (switching to 16" LTs) but I found out that this can be dangerous as well. The LT tires aren't designed for and don't handle the higher loads of a RV not to mention the tandem axle twist during a turn. The ST tires are better suited.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the information I've decided to go with the Maxxis E load 225/75/15 and just keep the speed at or below 65!This is a great site!
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