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Old 05-15-2014, 03:34 PM   #1
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Best tires for 1993 25 foot Excella

WHat is the best brand (ST 225-75-15) for my 1993 Excella? Reading the threads and the answers are all over the place!

I talked with a near neighbor of mine who has a 29 foor Excella and she had bought Marathon tires and she wishes she had read these forums first. Not sure why Marathons are "bad".
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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Buy the LT rated Michelins and you'll never have to worry about tires again.

Just my humble opinion.
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Oh no, not again.

Because your 1993 25' Excella is quite light but has tandem axles, your tires will have an easy life, so you can take your pick of the 100 or so non-evidence-based suggestions you're about to receive.
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I had good service from MAXXIS tires on my first 30' Airstream. Second one came with GYM's and after 4 yrs. one showed the beginnings of tread separation when I removed them to put the new 16" Michelins on. If you plan to stay with the ST's I would stay away from the GYM's and see what other options you have.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:46 AM   #5
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Buy the LT rated Michelins and you'll never have to worry about tires again.

Just my humble opinion.
Are LT sturdier than ST? A step up?
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:01 AM   #6
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The topic is controversial and there are many threads covering it in detail. Do your homework.
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Let's see how my memory is doing today. (The good part about this board is that any mistakes will be noted and corrected immediately!)

"ST" stands for "Special Trailer." These are purported to be made specifically for trailers.

"LT" stands for Light Truck, made especially for trucks with a higher load carrying capacity than P (for "Passenger") rated tires.

You will find 1.39 m-m-m-million links on both sides for your viewing pleasure on Google.


IMHO, the most important factors on a tire (aside from the correct size) are the load carrying capacity vs your trailer weight, and the manufacturer's reputation. For me personally, my positive experience with Michelins over the last 40+ years far outweighs any minor disadvantages the ST ties might (or might not) have in an Airstream application.

Just make sure you start out with them inflated to the rating on the sidewall.
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:14 PM   #8
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Two different questions in the post.

1) Best brand 225-15-75 tire? I would go with the Goodyear Marathons.

2) Best tires for a 93, 25'? My choice for my 1988 25' is the Michelin P235-15 XL tires. Pulls like a dream. 1985 lbsl load rating for a trailer at 50 psi.

If you want LT tires there are some 15 inchers. Goodyear is one. I think Yokohma is another.
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Are LT sturdier than ST? A step up?
YES, by FAR!!!! Don't let anyone tell you different!!!!
They run hotter than other tires because of their design.
ST tires are for hay wagons. Piss poor design for a highway tire.
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Best tires for a 93, 25'? My choice for my 1988 25' is the Michelin P235-15 XL tires. Pulls like a dream. 1985 lbsl load rating for a trailer at 50 psi.
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Don't put an ST tire on anything you care about. Go with a 235/75 XL15. The Michelins are the best but the BF Goodrich TA Longtrail is a good tire as well. Any P, or LT tire is going to have a higher speed rating and won't overheat and explode at highway speeds in the summer. These tires carry people so they are made better for liability purposes. ST tires are for manure wagons.

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Don't put an ST tire on anything you care about. Go with a 235/75 XL15. The Michelins are the best but the BF Goodrich TA Longtrail is a good tire as well. Any P, or LT tire is going to have a higher speed rating and won't overheat and explode at highway speeds in the summer. These tires carry people so they are made better for liability purposes. ST tires are for manure wagons.

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So, I will have no problem with my rims if I use 235 LT's vs 215 ST's?
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So, I will have no problem with my rims if I use 235 LT's vs 215 ST's?
Sorry, I meant 225 (not 215).
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There is only 10 mm difference in width which is a good thing and the tire is slightly bigger in diameter which is also good. This tire can handle more load without having really high pressures. It will ride better and have better traction than a high pressure ST tire. If you had an SOB trailer that had a higher center of gravity there might be an advantage to ST tires as far as roll stability. You Airstream is more like a car as far as center of gravity.

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