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Old 01-04-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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I have a Eagle 5th wheel 371RLQS scaled weight of 10,300 lbs. on the axles. I want to replace the tires and I am thinking of using Tow-Max
ST235/80R16 with 3520lbs.@80psi. Does anybody have any input on these tires. Thank You.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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Howdy Jayhay. I have no experience with the tires (Tow-Max) you mention. Have you considered putting LT tires on your rig? I have a 35 foot Designer and I have LT tires on it. I lost all confidence in the ST tires, and have not regretted the LT's. They have taken me to NE, IA, MO, KS, TX, MS, LA, NM and AZ without a single issue. Some manufacturers are now putting LT tires on their rigs as an upgrade before they even leave the factory. I don't think I'll ever put ST tires on a heavy RV again.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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If you have 16" wheels, definitely get LT, NOT ST tires.

Michelin XPS Ribs or Goodyear G614 would be my recommendation for 16".

Not cheap, but you get what you pay for with tires.
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I have a Eagle 5th wheel 371RLQS scaled weight of 10,300 lbs. on the axles. I want to replace the tires and I am thinking of using Tow-Max
ST235/80R16 with 3520lbs.@80psi. Does anybody have any input on these tires. Thank You.
TowMax is a common "OEM" tire used in the towable industry; generally sold to manufacturers by Tredit Tire in Eklhart, IN. They are made in China, take that for what it's worth. There are alternatives in LT tires available as posted by others. Be careful though not to "de-rate" the load carrying capacity of your trailer axles by installing a tire that has less capacity than the ST tires you are replacing. I personally think country of origin aside, the problem with trailer tires is the size tire installed by the manufacturers is generally barely over the axle's weight rating, followed by how the trailer is loaded/overloaded by the owner and proper maintenance. Knowing your trailer's axle rating is a good first step to guide your tire purchase decision. Word of caution: Make sure the rims are rated for the maximum inflation pressure of any tire you buy. That information is typically stamped on the backside of the rim. For example, the Goodyear RST 614 tire mentioned in another post is a 16 inch tire, but has a max. load capacity of 3750 lbs. @ 110 psi. Your existing rims may only be rated for a max inflation pressure of 80 psi.
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I replace the goodyear marthron in less than 2 years with Maxxix 880 tires. on my 321RLTS Jayco Eagle.
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Remember you get what you pay for... cheap tires on my TT no way...
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Maxxis for me, every time. Due to very bad experience with GY Marathons, would never have them again.
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Maxxis for me, every time. Due to very bad experience with GY Marathons, would never have them again.
I never had a Maxxis ST failure. I did have 6 Goodyear Marathon ad 2 Carlsile failures 225 75R15 (7 D.
'S 1 E). In hindsight I should have gone to 16" and LT tires. I no longer own that trailer. Now I have a 5th wheel with 17.5" load range J tires LT commercial truck tires.
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