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Old 10-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #29
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The Conti's look like a nice tire. I decided not to loose the .6 inch of ground clearance with a 225/70/15. My dealer obtained Maxxis 225/75/15 E load range tires. I have gone with these. The Maxxis website shows the load rating at different tire inflation pressures. I'll go with 60-65 Psi max on my 7200# gross Safari which will give me a D load rating, which is what Airstream outfitted the trailer with. I replace 8 year old Goodyear Marathon D rated tires. I always inflated them to 60 psi I they have been flawless. I did notice they were made in Canada. All the bad luck out there with GYM tires convinced me to give something else a try. But, they were great for me. Anyway, an E load rated tire is stronger and I hope this continues the good luck I have had.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #30
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I have had Maxxis 225/75/15 D load range tires on my 6300# Safari 25 for 12 months. I have 10,000 miles on them. I run them at 65 psig. No signs of abnormal wear, no problems. They hold air very well. I am getting ready to add a few pounds of air to them in the morning as the ambient temperature has dropped many degrees. They were made in Thailand. I bought them from Discount Tire Direct. I don't go over 65mph.

ST tires still concern me. I am studying my options for my next set of tires. Early failure of my Maxxis tires will seal the deal on LT tires for my next set of tires.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:46 PM   #31
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The Conti's look like a nice tire. I decided not to loose the .6 inch of ground clearance with a 225/70/15.
Just to let others know, the .6 is just a tad off. The Marathons have a diameter of 28.3" and the Vanco2 are 27.4". That means you lose 0.45" ground clearance

That being said, I think a person should get whatever they feel comfortable and safe with. I hope all stays good with them.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:25 AM   #32
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The Conti's look like a nice tire. I decided not to loose the .6 inch of ground clearance with a 225/70/15. My dealer obtained Maxxis 225/75/15 E load range tires. I have gone with these. The Maxxis website shows the load rating at different tire inflation pressures. I'll go with 60-65 Psi max on my 7200# gross Safari which will give me a D load rating, which is what Airstream outfitted the trailer with. I replace 8 year old Goodyear Marathon D rated tires. I always inflated them to 60 psi I they have been flawless. I did notice they were made in Canada. All the bad luck out there with GYM tires convinced me to give something else a try. But, they were great for me. Anyway, an E load rated tire is stronger and I hope this continues the good luck I have had.
A couple of thoughts:

The 225/70R15 Load Range D should NOT be a replacement for an ST225/75R15 (except for the Load Range C). That's the wrong direction for load carrying capacity. The 225/70R15 Load Range D CAN be a replacement for ST205/75R15 provided there is enough room under the fenders.

Second, given that there have been many reports of tire failures with 15" tires, my standard recommendation is to go UP in load carrying capacity. That means if your trailer came with Load Range D, go with Load Range E (and use the higher pressure). I think it is wishful thinking that using a Load Range E tire and inflating it to Load Range D pressures is somehow better.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:10 AM   #33
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I sent an email to Continental tire corporate to get their recommendations for using Vanco2 tires on a travel trailer. Here is their response:

"Thank you for contacting Customer Relations at Continental Tire the Americas, LLC

The Vanco 2 tires are suitable for trailers. Thank you for your interest in our products and we appreciate your business.


Sincerely,

Continental Tire the Americas, LLC."
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:22 AM   #34
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The continental really seems like a good option for replacing GYM's. I looked into using them and found them hard to come by. I suppose they could have been ordered, but I was concerned about future availability especially if I had failure somewhere remote that my one spare wouldn't be sufficient. I suppose that makes me paranoid.
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Spare Tire Fit

Have any of you with 225 70R 15 D Vanco2 tires installed one these tires on your spare wheel and fit it into your spare tire carrier. Will it fit without modification of the spare tire rack?
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