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Old 04-06-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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Local Tire Brands....

I shop local if I can...its how my neighbors make a living....sometimes its impossible to get exactly what you need...
My question is about tires.... I am replacing the tires on my 73 Ambassador and need your advice....

It has H78-15ST tire size on it now... I realize this is an old number and best I can figure it translates to a 225/75 15 in current tires..is that correct?

The only local tires I can find are:
Greenball Towmaster 8ply D load radials
King Trail d load
some other places had tires like a GT Radial and some others I have never heard of....

Is the Towmaster a good tire?....I can get four of them out the door for $485.00 and its right around the corner....

Thank you for any info I did some searching but not enough info was found....
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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It has H78-15ST tire size on it now... I realize this is an old number and best I can figure it translates to a 225/75 15 in current tires..is that correct?
Yes. You might need new rims, if your old ones are two piece.

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The only local tires I can find are:
Greenball Towmaster 8ply D load radials
King Trail d load
some other places had tires like a GT Radial and some others I have never heard of....

Is the Towmaster a good tire?....I can get four of them out the door for $485.00 and its right around the corner....
In general I have had good luck with unusual brands of tires from reputable local dealers. No idea on those specific ones, and I suspect that to an even greater extent than major brands they are produced in different factories at different times so you never know for sure what you really are getting.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:51 PM   #3
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Be sure to read the DOT date code on the tires the dealer wants to install for you. The code will be something like (DOT 0311) (this is only an example of numbers), meaning the tires were built in the 3rd week of 2011. You want NEW tires, not old dealer stock.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:51 PM   #4
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I have purchased trailer tires several times over the past 4 or 5 years for my two trailers. Each time I did some research. As to the Greenballs, I believe they are now made in China. Some folks seem to have great results with them, others complain about them. But that seems to be the rule for most trailer tires, even Goodyears. So, like the rest of us, I guess you will have to "spin the wheel" and hope for the best that you get a good set.

That said, what I have purchased and drug down the highway at 65- 70 mph, over a few curbs in tight spots (oops) etc. have been Maxxis M8008 ST tires. I purchased mine from Discount Tire Direct . Right now, other than running a Michelin LT (truck type) tire, they are the tire I tend to recommend based on my experience and research. I believe that they are a Taiwanese company. Some folks have problems with them too, but most seem to be like me, very happy with them.

I know you want to keep the money local and I respect that, however, I would do some research and make sure you are happy with what you are buying (and maybe that will be the Greenballs).

On topics like this I always suggest checking out RV.NET (same as Trailerlife Open Roads Forums, Woodalls Open Roads Forums and I think Good Sam forums that share the same forum under different names). Airforums is super, but RV.NET, has many more folks posting as it is a general RV / SOB site and is great for stuff like tires. Of course as always you need to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Good luck and safe travels no matter what you decide to do.
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From what I have read on the net, it appears that Towmasters are made by Greenball in China.
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Yes. You might need new rims, if your old ones are two piece.



In general I have had good luck with unusual brands of tires from reputable local dealers. No idea on those specific ones, and I suspect that to an even greater extent than major brands they are produced in different factories at different times so you never know for sure what you really are getting.

The 1973 trailer will not have split rims. Split rim usage on Airstreams stopped in the early 60s.

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