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Old 06-19-2012, 11:10 AM   #15
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Bob,
Since you have had the Vanco's now for several years now you comment on how they hold air, mileage towed, tread wear, etc.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:55 PM   #16
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Our last trip was in April. At that time the trailer had been dorment for about 3 months, sitting up on jacks. The tire pressure was still at 62 psi, which is what I keep them at. Tire wear in not noticable, they still look new, with only about 16,000 miles on them. I am getting ready to pull them off in the next few weeks to change out the brake assemblys. Will take a good look at them when off the trailer.
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From what I read on TireRack these are summer tires not intended to be used in freezing or near freezing weather. Is this new info, or does it not apply to a trailer use? I am in Georgia and it does freeze sometimes.
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I also found Goodyear makes a similar tire. That, according to the reviews on TireRack, is being happily used by an Airstreamer. Still wondering about the summer tire thing though.
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You can do a search and get all kinds of info on what you are asking. The jest of it all from what I understand is the summer tires are great for just about everything except snow and ice. I was up at Red Top Mountain State Park 2 yrs. ago at the end of the year. Got caught in a nice snow storm and was on the road with it coming down. Had no problem since no snow was sticking to the road. Now if you plan on driving in the snow a whole bunch, I would switch out both TV and trailer with winter tires. Only reason would be for the stopping and accelerating capability of them. Here is one article on it:
Tire Test: All-Season vs. Snow vs. Summer - Edmunds.com
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Trailer Tires

This is an interesting discussion of trailer tires.



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Old 09-16-2012, 06:30 PM   #21
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Non ST or LT tires

I have been interested in the Continental Vanco 2, but this article suggests a lowering of the load rating would be in order. Interesting. Tire Tech Information - Load Reduction of Euro- and P-Metric Tires on Light Trucks
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I might be wrong, but I do not believe the Vanco2 tires are in that catagory. These are commercial tires and as such, carry both ratings. One thing I found Very interesting when I did my brakes, Is that these Aluminum Alcoa wheels are only rated at 2,200 lbs. Now comes the almighty question. Which is more important, the load capacity of the tires or the wheels?? I was blown away when I saw the load capacity of these wheels
On the subject of ST/LT tires, there is a LOT of reading one can do. I for one, have never read anyone popping a tire off while turning and using an LT tire. I also know from my own experience, these tires track better than the Marathon ones did, ride smoother and I can cruise all day at 75 mph without having to worry about them. These are my own thoughts. Everyone has to make up there own minds which is better.
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Which is more important, the load capacity of the tires or the wheels?? I was blown away when I saw the load capacity of these wheels
Whichever is lower is the limiting component. In this case, your wheels.
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The Tire Rack has allot of info to browse through. I finally put together a summation of this tire load issue. The Michelin LTX tires are a euro spec tire and therefore require a 9% reduction of the max load rating. Using the 235x75x15 LTX MX/2 will yield about 1,985 lbs. max load at 50 psi. The Continental, however, has a D load rating, just like the GYM ST tires that I have now. The Vanco 2 is rated at load range D, or 2450 lbs. at 65 psi. They also have a speed rating over 100 mph like the Michelin's. So, IMHO, the Vanco 2 had substantially more load capacity than a LTX Michelin. My Airstream GVWR is 7,200. So, I plan to buy the Vanco 2.
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The Tire Rack has allot of info to browse through. I finally put together a summation of this tire load issue. The Michelin LTX tires are a euro spec tire and therefore require a 9% reduction of the max load rating. Using the 235x75x15 LTX MX/2 will yield about 1,985 lbs. max load at 50 psi. The Continental, however, has a D load rating, just like the GYM ST tires that I have now. The Vanco 2 is rated at load range D, or 2450 lbs. at 65 psi. They also have a speed rating over 100 mph like the Michelin's. So, IMHO, the Vanco 2 had substantially more load capacity than a LTX Michelin. My Airstream GVWR is 7,200. So, I plan to buy the Vanco 2.
Please give us updates on your new tires. I am trying to decide what is next for my AS tires. I hate to give up any ground clearance but the Vanco 2 really is getting my attention.
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rp709,
Can you comment why the Michelin load rating was calculated @ 50 psi Vs. running them @ 65 psi - which is the psi used to rate the Goodyear's?
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PS We have Michelin MX/2's on our Yukon XL 496 cu in @ 45 psi front & 70 psi rear. VERY pleased with the MX/2's!
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I believe the difference is in how a tire is constructed. A tire that has a lower load capacity, does not have the strength to hold more air than what is on the sidewall. A "C" rated tire only can hold 50 psi while a "D" rated tire holds 65 psi and more load capcity. The more load capacity, the more air is needed to hold it up. JMHO
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Perhaps a little clarification

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I believe the difference is in how a tire is constructed. A tire that has a lower load capacity, does not have the strength to hold more air than what is on the sidewall. A "C" rated tire only can hold 50 psi while a "D" rated tire holds 65 psi and more load capcity. The more load capacity, the more air is needed to hold it up. JMHO
Perhaps a bit of clarification will help.

A tire's load carrying capacity is affected by inflation pressure: More pressure = more capacity.

But the load carrying capacity is limited by the strength of the casing - so they produce tires in "Load Ranges": More load range = higher inflation pressure (and higher load capacity)
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