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Old 06-01-2012, 10:32 AM   #99
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I bought a 1970 A/S and it had 5 Chinese bias ply, 8 ply tires on it (including a spare), I have put over 7000 miles on it and just got back from another 912 mi trip. I am towing it with a Burban with radials on it. "SO FAR" , I don't see understand all of the whining about chinese tires. Mine are working very well. I will run them down a bit and probably purchase some Michelin Radials.
I also hear about not mixing radials with bias on the A/S, mine tracks very well, no complaints.
Aren't there some decent tires coming out of China?
Just saying....
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:42 PM   #100
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I think most of the carping about tires is about "st" or "trailer" tires , whether made in China or not. That is the issue here and on many other forums where folks talk about trailer tires.
Many have switched to LT or light truck tires that dont suffer from the types of failures common to ST tires.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #101
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Just put Michelin 15" on my trailer yesterday. Went with LTX M/S2 235/75R15. Rated at 2185 lbs per tire.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:20 PM   #102
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I went with the same tire after reading the huge comparison thread here. I have always had great luck with Michelins and so far so good! They ride like a dream! I just didn't want the nightmare of the Marathon blowouts that everyone seems to have. I think you will be very happy with them.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #103
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I spent most of the winter pondering what to get, reading reviews, reading threads here, etc. I have been using Michelin's on all my cars since my 1970 Saab 95. Never have had a problem with a Michelin tire...ever.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:58 PM   #104
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Does anyone know if there has been a tire survey taken? It might be interesting to see what is the most popular brand.

I have used Goodyear Marathons and Carlisle Radials 225 x 75 x 15 never experienced problems (my luck might change now that I made such statement)

I soon will have to purchase replacements and would like to know which brands hold up best.

I use Michelins only on my other vehicles with good experience.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:03 PM   #105
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The tires I replaced were Goodyear Marathons. Ran them for 10 years almost to the day with no problems. However, I think that is the exception to the rule. That's why I went with Michelin's.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:19 AM   #106
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235 75 15 on1971 as 29 ft cooper pulls good .
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:26 PM   #107
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Does anyone know if there has been a tire survey taken? It might be interesting to see what is the most popular brand.

I have used Goodyear Marathons and Carlisle Radials 225 x 75 x 15 never experienced problems (my luck might change now that I made such statement)

I soon will have to purchase replacements and would like to know which brands hold up best.

I use Michelins only on my other vehicles with good experience.
Popular as far as number of tires on the road has to be the ST rated Marathon. It is probably standard equipment for most trailer brands. Popular as far as likes goes on this forum seems to be trending towards the Michelin LT 16" tires as replacements for the various branded ST rated tires.

Here is the link to the tire failure thread that provides some statistics relative to tire failures. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...oll-76867.html
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #108
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Any tire of this size is a good choice. I am running the BF Goodrich version. I will probably buy the Michelins in that size when these need replacing.

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Old 07-04-2012, 10:25 PM   #109
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New Michelin LTX 235/75-15 Extra Load's installed

Had them installed yesterday on my 2005 25' Safari. I can't help but believe they will provide superior service over the original (and replacement) "trailer" tires. I'll be running them at 45# cold; it was a challenge to find accurate information on load ratings for the various psi. NOTE: I did find a couple of links via this forum which led me to choose the 45# - Thanks!

The original tires (225/75-15 trailer only) were specified to run at 65# cold - meaning they would support 10,000# - way above the 6300# gvr for the trailer. Going to a lower SAFE pressure should enable greater longevity for all the components.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:36 AM   #110
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Bias ply tires were prone to overheating and failure even when they were used on cars. The design is such that there is more internal friction and less traction to the road. I remember them being a pain compared to modern radials. When folks did not drive 1000 miles in a day going 90MPH it was not as big of an issue. I expect there is NO testing of ST tires now days and they are just using existing designs for construction. There is probably little or no quality control in China for ST tires because no one cares about them. The Chinese are capable of making good stuff but you don't know what is good and what is bad because of the above issues.

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Old 07-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #111
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I have my AS scheduled for 4 new Michelin LTX 235/75R MS/2 XLs to be installed on Wednesday morning by what must be the only "independent thinking" tire guy at my big box membership store! Only question from the tire manager was if I knew what the torque values were for the aluminum AS wheels and my only question was whether to install with the white lettering inside or out.... But, I think this thread was helpful to me in deciding on the Michelins - and that so many have done so without a problem, including Xeno who has the same year and model. The PO had Toyo 225/75 STs (running at 50psi) and this is the "6th or 7th year" he said when I got it 3 weeks ago. They have lots of tread but are wearing as if they are toed-in so that outside-edge wear, plus their age (especially the "unknown" aspect of their true age), lead me to look at all these threads. Thanks to all who have helped educate the rest of us.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #112
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I have my AS scheduled for 4 new Michelin LTX 235/75R MS/2 XLs to be installed on Wednesday morning by what must be the only "independent thinking" tire guy at my big box membership store!
I am going to have my LTXs mounted by Thursday. I am planning on keeping a specific tire log for the life of these tires. I will keep track of miles, conditions, pressures and of course any failures that might occur. I would like to encourage others to keep similar tire logs on AS trailers in order to build a database that can be used by others when evaluating trailer tires. The more data that is collected, the more difficult it will become to argue against reason with hope and faith and wishes. Good solid data should put this issue to rest.
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