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Old 08-14-2009, 04:15 PM   #29
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The benefits page does mention the truck tires but the ones i am concidering are ST trailer tires. i assume with the same features but the benefits page does specify truck... As for the wheel well i am wondering the same thing. Great feature, IF they fit~!


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Just curious. Your opening post in the thread said that these were trailer tires but what I'm reading from Gladiator's info above shows this to be a truck tire. It also notes wider tread width and square shoulders. I'm assuming that this tire can run within the existing clearances within the wheel well, especially when that axle starts to move up and down within the well.

While many folks who have Airstreams have gone to LT (truck tires) successfully, there are a couple of differences in the ST tires that the LT's don't possess (as far as I know). One item is that the sidewall in an ST supposedly has more flex. The benefit of this is to keep the sidewall bead on the wheel rim. During a hard turn its not uncommon for either the front or rear axle tires to pivot. In essance the tire isn't rolling but instead is being twisted by the contact with the ground. I see this when I back into my drive when the tire leaves a black mark on the ground as it pivots. There are some big forces being applied at that point. The other issue is UV protection. Most trailers sit in one spot for longer periods of time thus being exposed to UV. ST tires are supposed to contain additional compounds to resist the effect of UV. Those compounds work their way to the surface of the tire when the tire is rolling. UV normally isn't an issue on cars or trucks since you roll much more and the vehicle is changing orientation much more frequently. Obviously if you aren't into frequent trips you need to make sure you cover the tires (even if you have ST's).

Anybody have any other traits that the ST has that LT's don't? (Speed ratings are obvious)

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Old 08-14-2009, 05:21 PM   #30
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The benefits page does mention the truck tires but the ones i am concidering are ST trailer tires. i assume with the same features but the benefits page does specify truck... As for the wheel well i am wondering the same thing. Great feature, IF they fit~!
You really can't make that assumption. A truck and ST tire are two different animals. Not that their ST tire isn't any good.....but you are using the truck tire benefits as things that are influential in considering the ST.

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Old 08-14-2009, 05:29 PM   #31
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Just look at Goodyear. They make some great car and truck tires, yet they make really crummy trailer tires.

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you are right about this, they said that the trailer tire is different doesnt have the wider footprint and only has better heat dissapation than a D because it is an E...

i am having so much trouble deciding, the gladiators are there now could put em on tomorrow, maaxis are 3-5 days out and 95 bucks less. but i do still have an ac unit to put on and a new water pump has to go in the tow vehicle, time is an issue...


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You really can't make that assumption. A truck and ST tire are two different animals. Not that their ST tire isn't any good.....but you are using the truck tire benefits as things that are influential in considering the ST.

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i dont take my trailer faster than 50, so i guess im worrying WAY too much

im going with the D Maxxis just never heard of gladiators and it saves me $100.

i appriciate everyones help!
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i dont take my trailer faster than 50, so i guess im worrying WAY too much

im going with the D Maxxis just never heard of gladiators and it saves me $100.

i appriciate everyones help!
I think you will be fine. Thanks for the update.

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I have Gladiators on my 73. At 75mph I hardly know she is back there(unless I look).Gladiator only makes truck and trailer tires(hello). They are 10ply and Speed rated. I looked at the Maxxis also. In the Harley world, the tire is the only thing between your Butt and the pavement.If you don't pull your trailer around(use it as a camp) buy the Maxxis. If you like to roll without the worry of tires,buy the Gladiator. If $100.00 bucks savings for the most important purchase of the whole trailer you will drag down the interstate hurts? Maybe you should have got the pop-up camper?
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