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Old 10-22-2014, 10:35 AM   #15
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It has been my observation that tire shops ALWAYS recommend the brand of tires they have in stock, and the tires they have in stock are ALWAYS the best available.
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:10 AM   #16
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It has been my observation that tire shops ALWAYS recommend the brand of tires they have in stock, and the tires they have in stock are ALWAYS the best available. :roll eyes:

I would second that opinion.
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:11 AM   #17
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my Serenity 30' has a total allowable weight of 8800 lbs dry weight around 6500. So with the Michelin 15" LTX tires it looks like if I don't load the trailer to the max (which is unlikely any way) I should be OK I don't want to go the 16" wheel route. Does this sound reasonable?
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:25 AM   #18
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One thing you need to look at is the gross axle rating. The tires have to be rated to carry that weight, at least in my state. The P235 XL Michelins de-rate for trailer use to approximately 1985 lbs. So your axles need to be rated a bit less than 4000 lbs each.

My rig has a listed gross wt of 6800 lbs and a gross axle rating of 3200 each. When loaded and hitched the total weight on the axles is 5600 -5800.
A pass through the CAT scales when hitched costs $10 bucks, takes not much time, and provides a lot of peace of mind on loading.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:34 PM   #19
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Discount Tire recommended Carlisle instead of Maxxis when I needed to replace the Marathons two years ago. They commented the Carlisle's were made in a new US plant and were specifically designed for the temperatures of the Southwest. They do seem to run cooler. I've got close to 10k miles on them with no problems and will buy them again.
I hope your luck holds out.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:51 PM   #20
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Had Discount Tire put a new set of Carlisle radial trail RH tires on my 2008 Safari 23 this past summer and drove across the country (>3000 miles) in the heat of the summer and through several construction zones along the way. They performed very well and kept their air pressure well. I maintain my tires to spec and they seem to hold up well. No complaints.

Discount Tire was very helpful and had a special bay that I could back up to. I went over the jack position and torquing specs with the tech before he got started. Great service. The tires were my choice having researched many brands. I have used Americas Tire/Discount Tire for my auto tires for decades now and am very happy with their service.

Full disclosure. I still had the GYMs on my trailer and after 7 years, the sidewalls were getting pretty cracked up, but I never had a blowout.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #21
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In checking out Discount Tires I noticed Carlyle tires with a higher speed rating than the Marathons and a higher load rating. Has anyone used these. I would appreciate feedback! Thanks
I had them on my 07 25' Safari, I only run tires three years, I had no problems with them. I just put MAXXIS (I think) they are top of the line, and all of the reviews I have read about them is positive. I don't want bargain tires on my Airstream it is not worth it.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:28 PM   #22
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In checking out Discount Tires I noticed Carlyle tires with a higher speed rating than the Marathons and a higher load rating. Has anyone used these. I would appreciate feedback! Thanks
My 34' Excella (GVWR 9,800) had six D rated 15" Carlisle tires on it when I bought it. The prior owner used Carlisle, these and a prior set of tires, without any issues. I've only towed it about 1,000 miles since owning it. No complaints so far!
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:03 PM   #23
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My classic excella (98 model) came with 15 inch Carlisle tires D rated. The PO told me that they were new before he made a trip to Alaska and back. Since then, 2 years ago, I've put on approx. 4,000 miles. They still look like new and never been flat. I have to admit I've not kept them covered like I promised I would while in outdoor storage. I do follow the plate on the side of the AS. It says for my trailer 50 psi, 60 mph. I believe the lower speed also helps keep them cooler. So they have approx. 14,000 miles with no issues. I will replace them next summer. We are planning a trip this fall and early winter of approx. 2500 to 3,000 miles. I had never heard of Carlisle brand before buying my used AS.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:25 PM   #24
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Have 2 on my Bambi that a friend who sells tires highly recommended. Just to make sure, I called Carlisle to get more input. Rep said factory changed method of making trailer tires and they were now one of the best on the road. I hope friend and tire rep were correct, but, I have had no problems (yet). (8 months).
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:58 PM   #25
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I have had mixed results with the Carlisle trailer tires. Unless they have changed their manufacturing methods they are probably not much different than any other ST tire - roll the dice with Chinese manufactured tires.
One thing good I can say about the company is that they sent me 4 brand new tires because I called the tech support and asked if they could help me identify if the tires on my Airstream were having tread separation issues. The next thing I knew there were 4 new tires on my doorstep.
Here is my story from 2013.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...is-108403.html

One thing funny about the Carlisle's is the wear pattern. The wear pattern always seems to be on both the inner and outer edges of the tires vs. evenly across the tread on both the Airstream and a tandem axle utility trailer. Tire pressure is always at max sidewall pressure.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:53 PM   #26
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I have use the Carlisle's on three different trailers. I just purchased the Carlisle Radial Trail RH ST225/75R15 : Product Code #5151411. Placed them on a '83 Excella 31'. Went on a two month and 6,000 mile trip thru WY, CO, KY, OK and Texas. Up and down, hot and cold, smooth and rough roads and no problems. I also have them on a popup trailer and a car trailer.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:57 PM   #27
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I had CARLISLE tires on my Forest River Wildwood 28RLSS. They were the worst tires I've ever had. The trailer was possibly 4 years old and the tires had possibly 20,000 miles on them and they were absolutely shot.
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I have about 20,000 miles on my Good Year Marathons now. They are showing some tread wear, but the tread wear is even and the tires still have lots of life left in them.
The Carlisles on my previous trailer were all cupped, pitted, and worn all the way through. I got new better tires, balanced them, snugged the bearings a little on the curb side and never had any more trouble. Then I traded the trailer in on my Airstream...
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