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Old 06-24-2013, 06:46 AM   #15
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Also I know you get the discount but what can I expect for repacking the bearings.... They will need to do this.... And are new bearings something I should consider on a 40+ old trailer
I recently went with LTX M/S2 P235 75 15 XL on my 6300# gross weight trailer. I decided I did not need all of the load capacity of the 16" tires for a 6300# max trailer.

When you pull the brake drums for repacking the bearings you may run into an issue that I ran into when I repacked my 10 year old (new to me) bearings.... the brakes shoes and magnets were worn out. I also had a brake drum that was damaged beyond repair.

You can buy (for a very low price) trailer brake backing plates fully assembled with shoes, springs, magnets and all ready to bolt onto your trailer axle with 4 or 5 bolts. This is a very simple job. I think I paid $39 per assembly. New brake drums come with bearings and seals.

Have you checked your axles to make sure they are in reasonable condition? Here is a link to an article on axles.

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:47 AM   #16
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Thanks.... At the firestone store now and I am ordering the transforce 15" ht .... They do not have someone here that will repack my bearings so I am going to have to make a pit stop somewhere else
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Just two follow up, the tires are ordered and will be installed on my soveriegn later this week... Here is the promo paragraph for what I ordered
Transforce HT All Season / All Terrain Tires (189-837) by Firestone®. 235/75R15, Speed Index 106 mph, Max Load 1985 lbs, Max Inflation Pressure 50 psi, Tire Weight 32 lbs, Overall Diameter 28.9". This modern tire is packed with features to make it a driving force for light truck and commercial vehicles. UNI-T technology along with deep shoulder slots and circumferential grooves gives traction in wet conditions. The polyester and steel construction plus a high modulus tread compound help resist the rigors of heavy-duty work. With a modern, all-season tread design and noise reduction technology, the Transforce HT also provides a comfortable ride.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:47 PM   #18
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:25 PM   #19
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Just wondering, what did they tell you about warranty?
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:38 AM   #20
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I did not ask and he did not say anything either.... Perhaps installation day . ... Made a successful trip last night up the road.... Dropped it off to have the bearings packed.... I then have a pretty long drive to the tire shop.... Just praying these hold up til I get there
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Thumbs up On your trip....

....to the tire store.

Stop at the CAT Scales to eliminate the 6000lb trailer weight anticipation.

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Old 06-25-2013, 06:13 AM   #22
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Btw.... Not exactly cheap.... These are 158 a piece..... Probably 140ish at a discount tire shop..... Still though it is nice to have a good option for those of us with 15" rims still
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We use Firestone TransForce HT 16" tires on our whole fleet of trucks and trailer. They are pretty good, not as good as Michelins, but less expensive than Michelins. We have a national fleet account with Firestone Complete Auto Care and get a discount on all services and it is direct billed. We do this because we have over 250 service technicians and tricks scattered all over the entire United States. These tires are the best compromise on price and quality.
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This is the experience in the oilfield where tires are rapidly chewed up on equipment trailers. Good price for good value. Would not be my choice as there are better tires. But one would be okay with them, overall.
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The company I work for uses firestone transforce tires on the pickup trucks and equipment trailers. They hold up well on the city streets and construction sites.
I have scaled my trailer with a full tank of water, groceries and clothes packed for a weekend and there is ~7400 on the axles. I have about two years to go on the current ST tires - hoping there will be another 15" tire option to choose from in the future. I hate the idea of purchasing new rims.
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I have been using Power King Tow Max 15" tires for more than 2 years. I like them. The Airstream factory offers them as replacement tires. I bought mine from a local tire guy for substantially less.
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It is obvious there is some subjectivity....although generally Michelin gets thumbs up for their 16" tire...... As far as 15" goes though it would seem my choice was the best one..... Not much trust these days across the board for ST tires
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15 " tires of the right weight ratios are also carried by Goodyear{cargo} Continantal {tradesman}
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:52 AM   #28
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Btw... Looks like I am only going to have enough money for two excursion tires.... Would you put the new ones on the rear.... The other two will have ok tread.... Just older
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