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Old 06-03-2008, 10:46 AM   #1
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Carlisle Tires

Does anyone use Carlisle tires? They have an E that is rated at 2830 lbs at 80 psi..........

Any feedback would be apprecicated as I need a set and am not gonna go with Marathons.


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Old 06-03-2008, 10:53 AM   #2
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Another alternative to Goodyear is Maxxis. We are running a set right now. I do not know if they have a distributor in Sugar Valley.

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Old 06-03-2008, 11:05 AM   #3
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After the problems I had with Carlisle on a SOB I wouldn't put one on a wheelbarrow.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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If you look around, you'll probably find hate threads for all of the major brands.

The Carlisle tires on my Ambassador put in 6 years of good service. They are a popular tire.

I think it is best to find a reputable dealer than worry about brand names.

Do you really need load range E for your Excella? I don't think the 'more is better' idea is a good one here. I figure tires that are rated for the GVWR divided by three makes for a good guide. On my Ambassador, that will be a load range C. The Carlisles I have had for the last 6 years were a load range D and tire wear indicates they were more than needed.

I do keep the tires at max sidewall PSI and make sure to check temperatures en route.
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:30 PM   #5
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I just put on my second set of Carlisle last week. The first set was installed on a 25' Safari and the most recent set was put on a 30' Classic w/SO. I like the E rated tires on the 30' because of the added safety factor for weight carrying capacity. The 30' weighs in around 9000# when loaded. Tires are a tough decision because someone has had a bad experience with every brand. Good luck..

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:35 PM   #6
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The "E" Carlisles have a 80 psi spooked about going with that stiff of a tire that it may cause problems for the trailer.......If I run at 60 psi would that cause a problem for the tire??..........Dennis
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Old 06-03-2008, 02:45 PM   #7
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hi dk'...

moving to an E rated tire isn't wise, except perhaps on a 30 slide or the heaviest single axle units...

OR if the unit is gonna be PARKED somewhere most of the time.

higher rated tires generate and retain MORE heat (especially when UNDER inflated) and can still fail...

but finding a replacement on the road is a BIGGER problem..

most replacement ST tires (regardless of brand) available while traveling will be d rated...

mixing ST brands isn't a problem, but running Es and Ds together is messy, messy, messy...

the Es inflated to 80 psi would be great for parking...

but for travel i'd want Ds ALL around and inflated to exactly 65 psi...

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

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Old 06-03-2008, 03:37 PM   #8
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Hate Carliles,took 2 tires to get car hauler to Ohio,loaded @ 5250#, then ended up with a brokn belt on another one on return trip with empty trailer.Came into home with 3 tires on ground.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:01 PM   #9
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Our first trip last summer across country on the return leg at Kerrville, Texas one Goodyear D rated on a 31 Classic 08 blew out due to over inflation. We replaced it with an E series Carlisle logically thinking E better load weight. I asked the service manager at the Sarasota Rally from AS and he said it should not be a problem. The trailer loaded certainly weighs over 9000.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:38 PM   #10
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:49 PM   #11
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i ran carlisle tires on my 21' boat dual axle trailer and only had 1 problem in 3 years and probably about 3000 miles... had a decent size peice of the tread peel off..looked like something hit it, however it held air and made it about 200 miles.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:25 AM   #12
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Frankly I dont know what to do. I thought that the E's would give me that extra bit of insurance; but several folks that I know and respect their advice say to go with the D's. All I really want is to PREVENT a blow out.

I ride old BMW motorcycles and seldom if ever go over 80 MPH, yet I buy tires that are rated for 130. Simple insurance to avoid problems. Is my thinking incorrect about the same philosophy for trailer tires. Am not one to throw away money as in buying premium gas when regular goes just as well.

So, if I run the E's down at a pressure that won't damage the trailer, like 65, I am causing problems with the tires?

A no win situation. The next thing is the brand of tires.......Have read 2Air's Marathon thread info and am really stumped.......I do know that I have had 3 blowouts in like 12k miles, check pressures and cruise at around 60.

Brand perhaps doesnt matter, purchase the grade of tire based upon weight rather than insurance of a stronger tire, run a high PSI (60), and replace every 3 years no matter what the mileage. Would this philosophy be the way to avoid blowouts?

So, what to do?...........thanks for your time and help......Dennis
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:35 AM   #13
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:37 AM   #14
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Hey Dennis, I know what you mean, it's a tough decision, because smart and respected friends/colleagues have had good and bad experiences with just about every brand of tire.

I've never owned a travel trailer, but for what it's worth, I've run Goodyear Marathon Ds on my boat trailer for over 10 years and never had a problem with them. It's a single axle trailer and the boat/motor/trailer weigh around 3500-4000 lbs.

There are certainly some smart and respected folks who appear to have had good experiences with Carlisle, so I don't think I'd just accept at face value the negative experiences that some might have had. And in general, like anything else, the preventive maintenance is the key-- maintaining proper tire pressures, regularly checking for signs of unusual wear and separation, and the like. And even then, sometimes blowouts just occur...


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