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Old 01-10-2011, 12:07 AM   #11
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I am glad to see that our new trailer at least has six lug wheels. I am not a fan of 15" trailer tires on a heavy trailer so by just buying wheels I can go with 16" tires and get load range E. I think our trailer has Good Years and I won't know if that is good or bad until I can read the writing on the sidewall.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:12 AM   #12
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My camper is an 04 designer it came with the goodyear marathon radials. They are still on there, so they must not be too bad. Ive pulled all over the country, even on plenty of gravel. Keep tire pressure correct and they last forever,imo.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:05 AM   #13
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My Designer came with Good Year Marathons load range E. They were made in China and I'm not happy about that. My dealer agreed to switch them with USA made, but after checking every unit they had in stock, all Good Year tires were China made. I haven't looked at the date codes yet, but plan to do that in the next week or two.
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:14 PM   #14
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I just hope everyone remembers that the speed rating on all ST tires is 60 mph.
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:41 PM   #15
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A minor piece of information. Actually, the usual "speed rating" on ST tires is 65mph: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2355013:

"Trailer tires have no speed rating. Unlike automotive tires, which may be H (130 mph) or V (149 mph), for example, trailer tires do not have to pass the same high-speed tests that passenger-car tires must. All ST tires are rated at 65 mph — so pulling a trailer faster than that, especially when you don’t know if your tires are properly inflated and/or loaded, is inviting disaster."
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:57 PM   #16
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the goodyear marathon ST load range E tires on my 2010 designer are made in china. I put 4500 mi. on them last summer . I will consider 17.5 wheels and tires when i am ready for new tires. Never having a failure ,Priceless.
A lot of people who will not use china made tires also install TPMS systems on their tires which are also made in china . Kind of humorious.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:05 PM   #17
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Well I hate to say it (without hi jacking a thread) but most everything today is made over seas...

I've got no problem with running foreign goods on my vehicles. It just that I've always had a tight maintenance schedule I stick too... So far I've never had a blow out in 25 years. I've only called for a tow truck once in 25 years of driving. So that got to speak highly of my vehicles.
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Glad to hear 65mph is good. We usually travel that on the Interstates now that we have the truck pulling a tt
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:21 AM   #19
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With the pure size of travel trailers and 5th wheels and wind resistance it plain foolish to faster than 65 MPH ever... I don't care if the speed limit is 80 MPH...

Like in all my reading any speed above 55 MPH requires aerodymanic changes to aid MPG numbers. Well it rather hard to do that with a 30 foot long box that is 8 foot wide tied to the rear of the TV.

Also if something to go wrong say a blow out, sway, etc... At highier speeds it goes wrong quicker and give you much less time to react ot the problem at hand...

Towing fast or at a greater speed than needed is just plain foolish...
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My daughter says the way I drive she will die of old age before we arrive, but I tow at 60mph on interstates and less than that on 2 lane. I will pull off on 2 lane when I can to let faster vehicles pass, but I'm simply not in a hurry. I'm retired. I will get there when I get there and I intend to do it safely.
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