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Old 12-25-2013, 06:21 PM   #15
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Yeah that is what I was thinking... I was wondering if I could bargain with them...

I did find an America's Tire location 20 miles from me that has 4 GYM's in stock...

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Should I just tow the trailer over there or take the wheel 2 at a time? I only have 4 jack stands. Can I leave the trailer sitting on just 4 stands?
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:24 PM   #16
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Also, does anyone have any experience with America's Tires Certificates for Tire Protection? This is what their site says:

In the event one or more of your tires with certificates fail due to defect, or incurs road hazard damage that cannot be repaired, America's Tire will replace it at no additional charge. Regardless of the number of miles you put on the tires, you will be covered for the life of the original tread down to 3/32" remaining, or 3 years from the date of purchase, whichever occurs first. We have offered certificates for over 30 years; they are unbeatable in the tire industry!

Sounds good but am I not covered under the manufacturers warranty? At $15 per tire does this seem worth it?
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:29 PM   #17
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You can support that trailer on 4 jackstands just fine. Two at the tongue and two behind the wheels. Do NOT jack on the axle.. only the frame.

You have a nice, rare trailer. I would not skimp on tires. The Michelins are what I run on all my trailers. Especially the one I transport my dogs in.
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #18
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I also found these locally but they were manufactured in 2009.

ST225/75R15 Carlisle Radial Trailer Tire LR C 2,150 lb Capacity 2009 Date Code Stored Indoors

What do you guys think of a tire that has been stored since manufacture date?
I would not trust tires that have been sitting in storage that long, nearly 5 years old already.

You could try these, they have the same capacity as the 15" Michelin tires people have been using, much cheaper though.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....XLV2&tab=Specs

My brother has a set of Kumho tires on his truck that have been good, haven't tried them on a trailer though.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:46 PM   #19
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OK. I think I am going with the GYM's because I found a local place that has a great price and I can pick them up in their warehouse. I hope they are open in the AM. Next I need to find a place to mount and balance the tires... It never ends.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:21 AM   #20
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OK, I am heading out in a few to get some new tires. I had one last thought in my head before I stepped out the door. Is there a difference in the lifespan of the GYM vs. the Michelins? Meaning can the Michelin safely be in service past the 5 year date or do any tires need replaced at that time period? I would gladly pay the extra cost if that was the case....
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Not really. The problem with tire aging is from the physical and chemical properties of rubber, not so much from different qualities of tires. I'm sure that a tire that's better when new is likely to be better at a given age, but it will still have suffered from the effects of time.
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Thanks for the heads up. After reading bunch of threads on the subject, I think I will stick with the GYMs, simply to save a couple hundred bucks...
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OK so I pulled the trigger on the GYMs ST 225/75R15 C Rating.

Now I currently have the pressure set at 45 PSI on the trailer (50 psi MAX) and the truck set to 42 psi (44 psi MAX on tire and 35 psi MAX on the door tag).

Should I increase the trailer to 50 psi and decrease the truck to 35 psi?
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It's 35 on the door tag the recommendation, or the max? I'm guessing it's the normal operation recommendation.

Generally I think ST tires are supposed to be run at their side wall max, especially if you're anywhere close to their rated capacity. You have plenty of room with the LRC tires, but I'd run them at 50 if they were on my trailer.
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Well the door tag is the recommendation for normal driving but nowhere in the manual does it tell me what to do under a towing situation...
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My brother has a set of Kumho tires on his truck that have been good, haven't tried them on a trailer though.
I'm using general tire grabber hts LT 245/75R16 on the sequoia and kumho lt 225/75R16 on the streamline. I love the general tire and the kumho have about 4000 miles on them and seem just fine.
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Well the door tag is the recommendation for normal driving but nowhere in the manual does it tell me what to do under a towing situation...
Most people here seem to tow at max psi on rear tv and tt, in order to minimize sway and heat build up in the tires. The greater psi the less the tires flex, and more the tires flex the hotter they get.
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Well the door tag is the recommendation for normal driving but nowhere in the manual does it tell me what to do under a towing situation...
Ah, but the placard is the worst case - and towing would be covered by that worst case.

The fact that the manual doesn't explicitly delineate towing also tells you that the placard pressure is what they are recommending for ALL cases - including towing..
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