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Old 05-10-2006, 05:42 PM   #1
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Caravel Tires - Please confirm

I have a 1966 17" Caravel.

I have read all the threads about Caravel tires but the threads were not conclusive. This is what I understand

Goodyear Marathons are recommended
BIAS ply is better than radial for travel trailers
Load Range D

Last question? What's the exact size, so I can start looking and calling around.

Is it ST 225/75 R15? But doesn't the R15 stand for Radial. When I start calling around, I just drop the "R", correct?

Thanks for helping me out. I feel so stupid asking these questions but you guys are great and knowledgable.

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Old 05-10-2006, 06:12 PM   #2
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Mine is wearing ST205/75R15 Goodyear Marathon tires, and it has been wearing those for many trips to Alaska and across the country with the previous owner, and for the last four years jaunting around the country with us.

I give all my tire business to our local Tire Factory. It's family owned, and they actually treat us like family, answer questions, and do their best to get us set up right. I say if you can find a tire shop that will take care of you, give them your business.
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I think the bias ply size is 6.50x15LT. If you want metric radials, it should have ST205-75R15 tires.
The Caravel has a slightly smaller tire on it from the factory. Most other Airstreams use 7.00X15LT bias tires, or ST225 75R15 radials.
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I have a 1966 Caravel - they're the best......

I have Goodyear Marathons ST205/75R15 on mine now and have been pleased with my first long trip (1600 miles). But, I will soon be doing the axle change and going with fresh new rims and expect to up my comfort with a set of ST 225/75 R15 Marathons for the extra load capacity. I have the good fortune of having a very good Goodyear dealer near me and we went round and round on this topic. The ST205's are fine and are more than capable but I am the "OVEKILL KING". Good luck.
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My 65 Caravel owners manual calls for 6.50 x 15, but it came to me with 7.00 x 15s on it...that is what I put back on it.....from U-haul on sale. The size is 225 75R15s. Good luck.

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I have a 1966 Caravel - they're the best......

I have Goodyear Marathons ST205/75R15 on mine now and have been pleased with my first long trip (1600 miles). But, I will soon be doing the axle change and going with fresh new rims and expect to up my comfort with a set of ST 225/75 R15 Marathons for the extra load capacity. I have the good fortune of having a very good Goodyear dealer near me and we went round and round on this topic. The ST205's are fine and are more than capable but I am the "OVEKILL KING". Good luck.
Thank you ALL for your input. I think my RV tech is also an OVERKILL KING. I'll start calling around for prices.

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I have a 1966 17" Caravel.

I have read all the threads about Caravel tires but the threads were not conclusive. This is what I understand

Goodyear Marathons are recommended
BIAS ply is better than radial for travel trailers
Load Range D

Last question? What's the exact size, so I can start looking and calling around.

Is it ST 225/75 R15? But doesn't the R15 stand for Radial. When I start calling around, I just drop the "R", correct?

Thanks for helping me out. I feel so stupid asking these questions but you guys are great and knowledgable.

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Karen,

Don't feel stuid, Get data.

What you have listed are opinions. Nothing is absolutly correct for every situation.

R does equal radial.

You do want to get tires that are capable of handling the load. I would suggest you have your trailer weighed. And weight it with as much stuff that you think you will ever put in it when towing. Then add 10% to that figure. Divide that figure by the number of tires on the trailer (not the spare) and that is the rating you need for each tire as a minimum. You can go higher, I just would not go a lot higher.

There pros and cons to bias ply vs radial.

The tire seection you make will be there for 5 to 7 years. And they will likely not wear out, just crack. And I would also suggest tire covers for all tires to reduce the amount of cracking from UV. If you tow your trailer less than 5000 miles a year. (And that is very common) It's not if your tires will crack, it when. Either in the tread or the sidewall.

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