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Old 05-08-2014, 02:38 PM   #15
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OK well then how about these?
Continental Vanco 2 or GoodYear Cargo G26

I installed a pair of the Contis on the last Caravel I worked on. It was a new axle installation as well, so I changed the hubs to 6x5.5 pattern.
The new rims were from etrailer. Dexstar brand.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:42 PM   #16
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Very nice work! I looked through your pictures and it looks like there is plenty of room there. I'll take a look at these 195's. They look like they aren't much smaller than the 205 size, so this might be an option for me. I don't know why they don't make 205 size in truck tires, but maybe these will be a good replacement size. Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:36 PM   #17
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Well, today I finally installed new Michelin LTX M/S 2 P235/75 R 15 tires on new wheels from Andy (Part# 11147, 2600 pound rated, 15 x 6 steel, 6 lug on 5 1/2" bolt circle) on my '64 Safari. Seem to fit nice. Installed Centramatic balancers as well. Haven't hit the road yet.

The Michelin side wall says max inflation 50#. The old Marathons ran at 65#.

What should Michelin LTX tire pressure be for trailer use?

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If you weigh it sometime you can set your pressure to the weight you are carrying. In the mean time run them at 50 PSI to be on the safe side. You should notice a considerably better ride on the single axle.

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Well, today I finally installed new Michelin LTX M/S 2 P235/75 R 15 tires on new wheels from Andy (Part# 11147, 2600 pound rated, 15 x 6 steel, 6 lug on 5 1/2" bolt circle) on my '64 Safari. Seem to fit nice. Installed Centramatic balancers as well. Haven't hit the road yet.

The Michelin side wall says max inflation 50#. The old Marathons ran at 65#.

What should Michelin LTX tire pressure be for trailer use?

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Hi there. Where did you get the figure of 2600 pound rating on these tires? That sounds like a lot of capacity but I don't think these tires have that much.

Mine are stamped with 2183 on the sidewalls and that has to be derated 10% as they are a passenger tire being used on a trailer. So they actually have 1984 pounds of capacity per tire.

How much does your trailer weigh loaded for camping?

http://m.tirerack.com/tires/specification.jsp
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Oh and on the pressure, I asked the same question and got a full 50 psi answer from some of the tire experts on the forum.
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The 2,600lbs Safari 64 is referring to is for the new wheels.
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The 2,600lbs Safari 64 is referring to is for the new wheels.
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Thanks for the help.

Tires set at 50 PSI....will test them out soon.....awaiting good Alcan road conditions....happens on a Tuesday this year.
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Yoko/mich/GM

I did go with the Yokohama RY 215 replacing the Goodyear Marathons after going over the time limit a bit too far.

I stretched the life as we did not travel so much last year and they did not look so good on closer inspection after they were removed. One Chinese & one Canadian. The China GM had a strange dip in the sidewall.

The Yokohamas are expensive, made in Japan, radial steel belted D rated. They do look "Vintage" being tall and narrow like the old Goodyear Workhorse trailer tires. I like this look but it does increase work when removing them.

I will also have to adjust the setting on my Equilizer hitch as the trailer sits higher at the axle. Oh joy.

My guess is the new tires with ride firmer then the former GM's. I always felt they were soft and noticed extra bounce when slowly crossing rough areas inflated to 55 psi. The Yoko's being radials I hope there should be more give to go easier on the trailer itself.

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