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Old 04-01-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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New Tires

I have read many of these threads. I am posting anyway, I see the tidal wave coming, to get opinion and experience.

We have a 34' classic Limited. The dealer recommends Les Schwab, they recommend a 10 ply TOMAX STR E rated tire 225/75R15. We have 3 axles.

I see some like a softer tire, some like 16" tires, some C and others D rated.

Short of changing all the rims out to 16" I want the best tire money can buy.

We would appreciate all comments, experiences and advice.

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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Michelin LTX 235/75R15


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Old 04-01-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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I run the above mentioned Michelin on my 25'. They are a XL tire and inflate to 50 psi. I would be very leary of running them on a 34 foot because the overall load is too high and because the load may not be distributed evenly making one tire on a side overloaded. I think Goodyear makes a load range D wrangler, 15" tire that inflates to 65 psi. Wish Michelin made one. I would buy almost any brand truck or SUV tire over the ST tire. If I did buy ST tires I would just stick to GYM. I can not see why there would be a "magic brand" of ST tires that is better than all the rest.
Your wheels are probably 65 psi Aluminum? I would think putting 10 ply tires on and underinflating them to 65 psi would not be a good thing to do.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:27 PM   #4
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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I have had the Power King Tow Max tires on my Safari for two years with no problems.
Before that I ran US made GYMs, for more than 20 years, without any problems.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:33 AM   #6
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I bought some Kumho tires rated at 2270 lbs capacity at 65 psi. They'll only be carrying 1550 lbs each. How much pressure should I carry in them. My old Marathons were 50 psi.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:46 AM   #7
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I second that. That would get you 12,000lb total capacity. Whatever tires your run it would be a good idea to rotate them often. 3 axel trailers tend to scrub tires pretty bad when turning. Since these are speed rated tires they are good for speeds way above what most sane people tow at.


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Old 05-14-2013, 08:06 AM   #8
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We havent tried the tires you asked about but I can relate our experiance with another brand that we bought due to reccomendations from folks on this board.
In 2008 we bought a set of Maxxis E rated tires as replacements for the factory supplied goodyears on our tri-axle ltd. They have served well under some harsh use, we run a little over 10,000 lbs loaded up and I'm not known for driving under 65 much. Traveled quite a bit in the west with air temps above 105, (tires at 80 lbs hot) and 70 + with no issues so far, this year they will probably be replaced due to age but they arn't showing any side wall checking and just normal wear, rotated every year. Color me satisfied and likely to re-purchase the same.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:24 AM   #9
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We changed the five OEM GYM ST tires as soon as I got the trailer home for five Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires running at 50psi. We are contemplating moving to a 31' International Serenity or Classic and will order it with the Michelin LT225/75R16E tires and 16" wheels. The Michelins take the tire worries off the table for me. If I had a 34' tri-axle Classic, if at all possible, I would use the 16" Michelins.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #10
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We put some 205C 14 Kumho 857 tires on the trailer. They have a load rating of 2270 lbs each at 65 psi. They will only be carrying 1550 lbs each. What pressure should I carry in the tires? The original Marathons were inflated to 50 psi.

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