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Old 06-18-2007, 11:33 PM   #1
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2 times the charm!

Just got back from our trip from the Coast..stopped for breakfast in Bodega Bay..btw, Tippi Hedren (star of The Birds) will be at the Tides June 30-July 1..

On our way back to the truck and safari, Steve glanced at the tires..would you believe the left side tire had a chunk missing!..we got back into the truck and found the boat launch parking lot, stopped and replaced the bad tire w/the spare..I think we're going to try radials next time..
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:49 PM   #2
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I sure am glad you saw the damage before the tire let go.
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:57 PM   #3
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Just got back from our trip from the Coast..stopped for breakfast in Bodega Bay..btw, Tippi Hedren (star of The Birds) will be at the Tides June 30-July 1..

On our way back to the truck and safari, Steve glanced at the tires..would you believe the left side tire had a chunk missing!..we got back into the truck and found the boat launch parking lot, stopped and replaced the bad tire w/the spare..I think we're going to try radials next time..
Was the bad tire on the Safari? If so I would ask a tire person but I don't think you should put radials on a trailer...any trailer.

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Old 06-19-2007, 12:17 AM   #4
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Smile Hi,

I do not understand. Why no radials on the trailer? Since I put my radials on our AS I gained a 1 mille per gallon and the trailer wants to roll.
Waiting for an good answere.
Regards from Russell in sunny and hot Tucson Az.
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I've always heard 'no radials.' Check this post out: http://www.airforums.com/forums/402431-post175.html
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:55 AM   #6
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Here's a pic of it..we had used bias w/split rims on the '64 safari. Anyone have any recommendations?
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Still using split rims? Some people do report finding shops that will still work with those -- not for the inexperienced! It will take some care to get high capacity wheels and the right bolt pattern if you ever replace the split rims.

How many years were on those tires?

[On edit: Tim Shephard found a good supplier in Trailer Tire & Wheel Supermarket on theVAP.]
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:38 AM   #8
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Still using split rims? Some people do report finding shops that will still work with those -- not for the inexperienced! It will take some care to get high capacity wheels and the right bolt pattern if you ever replace the split rims.

How many years were on those tires?

[On edit: Tim Shephard found a good supplier in Trailer Tire & Wheel Supermarket on theVAP.]
Hi Bob,

Thnx for the tip: the split rim is the old spare tire..he's using regular rims now.
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:21 AM   #9
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update:

We've got new tires to try now and will see how long they last: Transmaster st Radials, 80 pounds cold pressure 10 ply..steel belted..I asked the tire guy how long he thought they'd last us..he said jokingly, about 20 minutes..

I asked him what caused the tire to fall apart: he suggested: over/under inflation, going from hot to colder temperatures (you lose a pound of pressure with every 10 degrees), rough roads, and other possible factors..
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10 ply may be a bit of overkill. And if the insides are not shook up after you travel I would say kool!

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Hi Moderator Dude!!!..well, they're on and ready to go another couple thousand miles ( time will tell, huh?) through CA then Oregon, Washington, Canada and back..will report on the hefty tires!!!
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We were told that we couldnt use 10 ply tires. We went through a bunch hassle just to trade them for 8 ply! Is this not true?
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:44 PM   #13
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Hi John, Tammy, We had 8 ply and went to 10 ply...so we'll see how good they hold up!
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:51 PM   #14
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Single axle trailers can get away with a heavier-duty tire, because more of their weight is concentrated on each tire. You still should not exceeed the D load inflation pressure, it will shake the trailer up more if you go over that. You may also have an issue with the wheels if you overinflate.
There is no reason not to use radial tires on trailers, that, after all, is what Goodyear Marathons are. ST=Special Trailer 225= size of tire, in millimeters 75=aspect ratio, aka tire width R= Radial 15= diameter.
If you have a problem getting tires inside the wheelwells, you may ant to deflate the tires to gain a little more room to manuever tham. 700x15 tires are slowly going away, we may as well go with the "new" technology.
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