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Old 06-16-2016, 02:03 PM   #29
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:04 PM   #30
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I am scratching my head over the 2017 owners manual recommendations.

'The maximum speed rating on the tires installed
on your trailer is 106 MPH. Do not exceed this
rating. Failure to heed this warning could cause
catastrophic tire failure resulting in property
damage, personal injury, and/or death."

Really? 106 MPH"

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Old 06-16-2016, 02:06 PM   #31
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Mark's info above is correct. Several manufacturers allow this, Maxxis and a couple others in writing. For example, I run Maxxis "E" rated ST tires on my 30 FC. Without looking at the charts, I believe the weight of my 30 requires somewhere close to 50 psi to carry the load. I keep the 4 tires at 75 psi so, when doing 70 to 75 mph downhill, I'm not concerned.
With the LT tires that many have gone to, the speed restriction is not a factor. But they have given up sidewall strength and thus some protection against side shearing forces. Take a look at your tandem tires during a sharp backing turn. That's one reason why ST tires are recommended for twin axle trailers. However, if you want to drive fast, buy LT tires.
Have you personally looked at these tires during sharp turns on tandem axles.? A lot of tnis info is just being repeated from one poster who couldn't or wouldn't verify it.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:16 PM   #32
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I have a copy of the statement from Tire Rack re the GYM tires. I just finished a 5000 mile trip with a 28 FC running 72 psi cold and travel speeds 65 to 80mph, I run 74 on cruise control where I can. I also monitor tire temp with a laser thermometer, TV Temps averaged 99f, trailer averaged 101 with max temp 102.8 on passenger side, but never more than 1.5 degrees above driver side.
The trip was meandering from Virginia to Texas, then Missouri and back. Ambient temp range traveling from 78 to 98 degrees.
In the mountains I travel 50 to 65 mostly, but 72-75 if hiway conditions are conducive.
I never start driving without tire check. I do not run overloaded, my trailer runs level to insure balanced load on trailer axles.
All said I will replace the GYM with Maxxis soon enough.
I have 45 years towing trailers in construction with various rigs and loads, tires play a role, but loading responsibly is the greatest safeguard against disaster.
It is largely immaterial, but I also own and operate a tire store.
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Old 06-16-2016, 02:30 PM   #33
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:34 PM   #34
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The gym already comes equipped with an auto explode feature why help accellerste that function by puffing it up more and then making it spin faster?

Good post, Will.....another thought on this would be if he would inflate the GYM''s to 115 psi, and if he has a Ford F-150, equipped with either a Hensley or PP hitch, he should be able to safely tow at somewhere around 105 to 115 mph...(am I being sarcastic er whut)

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Old 06-16-2016, 04:50 PM   #35
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E rated Maxxis

I'm planning to purchase 4 Maxxis 15" tires but I only see D rating. Are the E rated only available in 16"?
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Yes 15" Maxxis are available in E rating. Good for over 2800# at 80 psi.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:50 PM   #37
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Have you personally looked at these tires during sharp turns on tandem axles.? A lot of tnis info is just being repeated from one poster who couldn't or wouldn't verify it.
I have no idea what you are trying to say there Avion. Not sure why you would think I would say ". Take a look at your tandem tires during a sharp backing turn. ". and not have done so myself. But listen, you don't have to believe any statement posted here. Why don't you set up a sharp backup turn, get out and check for yourself.
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:07 AM   #38
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I'm planning to purchase 4 Maxxis 15" tires but I only see D rating. Are the E rated only available in 16"?
My AS is an 11 months old (2016) 25ft model. We are currently on a X country trip having left Fl on 5/14 heading to Buffalo, NY then onto California, currently in Las Vegas. I'm running on Maxxis E rated (10 ply) tires inflated to 75psi & filled with nitrogen. So far I'm extremely satisfied with these tires after 5000 miles of all kinds of temperatures, all kinds of highway conditions & just plain hard use. There has been no variation or loss of pressure & seem to be running reasonably cool to the touch as I check at every stop.
I stand by my previous comment that over inflating GYM tires is just plain stupid & totally agree with some of the above comments regarding what Goodyear says vs what AS says regarding inflation as most double axel trailers regardless of size & weight have 225/75 15 R GYM Tires, so what Airstream puts on that sticker for each individual trailer should be considered gospel if your using GYM tires.
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Old 06-17-2016, 03:54 AM   #39
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My Marathons have about 18,000 miles on them now after 3 1/2 years. No problems of any kind. I run TPMS, keep them inflated to 65psi and rotate them front to back annually. Will age out late 2017.

I confess to never towing past 65 mph and I avoid curbs and potholes as best as I am able.

I guess I am the lucky outlier who proves the exception to the rule.

With prudent care and use most tires will do the job and handle the load they were designed for.

Use the tire outside of the designed limit and premature failure increases.

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I have no idea what you are trying to say there Avion. Not sure why you would think I would say ". Take a look at your tandem tires during a sharp backing turn. ". and not have done so myself. But listen, you don't have to believe any statement posted here. Why don't you set up a sharp backup turn, get out and check for yourself.
Good, so you do have experience and are not just repeating. Answers my question. Thanks
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:47 AM   #41
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Third time is charm, trying to reply to this topic. The "checking your browser" just keeps giving me a blank screen. On another post I found that using the back button and pasting my reply AGAIN seems to work.

I have GYMs on my boat and AS and I add 10+ lbs. to the maximum per the GY memo. I travel at 60-70 mph, going to 75 only if I happen to go downhill and not pay attention to my speed, which is rare.

I take an annual trip with the boat up to northern Wisconsin, 900+ miles each way. This past winter we took the AS down to central Florida, back up through the panhandle to Louisiana, then up north through Mississippi, across Arkansas to Texas, then returning to Kentucky through western Tennessee. That trip was 3,360 miles over all sorts of roads, a memorable drive across Arkansas on US 82 (not recommended) and some bouncy Interstates. I never noticed any difference in handling.

The GYMs on my AS are now 6 years old and look great, like new. I just don't seem to have the luck that others are having. My tires are 14" (boat too) and the max inflation is 50 lbs. which I push to 60. Maybe it's just the larger tires that have the problem???
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:42 AM   #42
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Hmm...
I wish you had asked me about Hwy 82...
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