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Old 09-08-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Radial vs. bias

I can probably answer my own question , but, how much smoother ride do radial tires have over bias ply on an airstream ( 1965 overlander)?
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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Oh boy, a tire question
the only thing we like better is a hitch question!
You will get a lot of differing opinions on this and other qualities including ST/LT, running temps and blowouts
lots of other threads on this, do some searching and LOTS of reading
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:44 AM   #3
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I can probably answer my own question , but, how much smoother ride do radial tires have over bias ply on an airstream ( 1965 overlander)?
I doubt the trailer will know the difference...
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Probably have better luck finding a radial tire if you need one when on the road than an old bias ply tire.
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I can probably answer my own question , but, how much smoother ride do radial tires have over bias ply on an airstream ( 1965 overlander)?
Bias ply tires have a smoother ride. The need for more effective suspension designs was one of the main barriers to the adoption of radial tires in the U.S. in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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I actually ordered my tires and wheels today. 225/75b15 8 ply bias.
went to 4 different tire and trailer stores for quotes and every one had the bias plys in stock, had to order the rims I really expected the reverse. (BTW not one of them stocked or recommended GYM's).
The selling point for me was the fact that I still have 40 year old 6.70x15 bias plys on split rims on my 55fc and it was towed from Oregon on them 3 years ago. Plus if they fail they just split and go flat, don't go through the floor of your trailer like a buzz saw like radials can.
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Good Choice

I went through the same dilemma about a year ago. Bias vs. radial. I heard a lot about radials riding smoother, but the whole notion of having a blowout (which happens all the time) and causing major damage made it an easier decision.
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If you run trailer tires you are probably better off with bias ply. I run car/truck radials and don't expect to have any problems with blowouts. Radials have much better traction than bias ply tires because they have a wider contact patch. They also tend to have less problems with getting too hot and they have lower rolling resistance. Radials have a much more cushy ride than bias ply tires. My impression of trailer tires is that they are a light weight car tire with way too much pressure (to handle higher loads) in them so when they blow it is ugly.

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