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Old 10-09-2014, 07:40 PM   #29
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I have no dog in the race. My credentials are meaningless. Run a proper size tire for the weight, a tire designed for trailer use, at proper inflation pressure for the load, at no more than maximum speed for the tires. Period. This is more important than the brand or the country they were manufactured in. The last thing you want is to be found negligent in an injury accident with a "contributing factor" being improper tires for the appliction.
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:05 PM   #30
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I have no dog in the race. My credentials are meaningless. Run a proper size tire for the weight, a tire designed for trailer use, at proper inflation pressure for the load, at no more than maximum speed for the tires. Period. This is more important than the brand or the country they were manufactured in. The last thing you want is to be found negligent in an injury accident with a "contributing factor" being improper tires for the appliction.
I'm about to switch to 15" Michelin LT tires on my trailer. Are there legalities to be concerned about using LT tires on a travel trailer?
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I think there might be in Alberta. In the states I think it is generally fine. DOT here gives a recommendation on how to reduce the load for that application.
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Googling doesn't indicate any difference between Canada and US in this regard. As long as the load rating of the tire is not exceeded, both LT and ST tires are acceptable (i.e. legal) for use on travel trailers.
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:56 PM   #33
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LT tires give a little more "headroom".
ST tires are limited to 65 mph (not that I would go any faster).
LT tires are capable of holding more weight and higher speeds.
LT tires provide a little safety and peace of mind.
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Since we're switching to add a margin of safety, it's good to know we're legal as well !!
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I'm not going to suggest a tire, because I am highly biased. I worked for Michelin Tire Corp for 17 years.

Action is spot on that it really does depend on your usage. If you are a full timer who puts a lot of miles on your trailer, a more expensive tire may actually save you money by both extended wear and gas savings. Many higher end tires have decreased rolling resistance, which can improve fuel economy. Many Michelin tires have warranties extending from 60k to 80k. If you plan on putting those kinds of miles over say, a five year period, then that might warrant consideration.

The five year rule though isn't hard and fast. Both Michelin and Bridgestone recommend careful inspection at five years and replacement after ten. The caveat is this is for tires that are regularly used.

The problem is ozone, and tires have wax blends to combat the effects of ozone, but if the tires rarely move this wax doesn't work its way out, and the outer wax gets depleted and the tire becomes damaged over time. You can help preserve the long sitting tire by applying something like 303 Aerospace Protectant and using a cover to protect from UV radiation if they sit in the sun.

If the tire does sit a lot, you may be wasting money on a higher end tire. The margins are slim in the tire industry and tires are priced based on the materials and costs to construct them. The old adage "You get what you pay for" really does apply in the tire industry, but there's no need to waste money on something you aren't going to take advantage of, like extended milage, or economy. You don't want to spend a hundred to save ten. Just don't go so cheap you endanger your AS and your family.

Michelin is a French family owned company and carries the family name. Édouard Michelin, former CEO and grandson of one of the founding brothers once said, "Product quality is corporate pride." Michelin also owns BF Goodrich, where you can expect similar quality. Most tires for the North American market are made at plants in SC and Canada.

Bridgestone is a Japanese company and owns Firestone. Japanese attention to quality is well known. Most of their production for the North American market is also produced in the US and Canada.

Hope this helps.
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What he said...
He just said in a more educated and experienced way.
thank you.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:19 AM   #37
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I'm about to switch to 15" Michelin LT tires on my trailer. Are there legalities to be concerned about using LT tires on a travel trailer?
Airstream puts LT tires on many if not most of it's 2015 models as well as on earlier Eddie Bauer models. I presume that they have done the research regarding the legality of using LT tires on trailers.
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Thanks Bob. I didn't know that AS had switched to LT tires!

I remember reading that some tire dealers were uncomfortable putting LT tires on trailers, but this may have been posts from some years back.
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Thanks Bob. I didn't know that AS had switched to LT tires!

I remember reading that some tire dealers were uncomfortable putting LT tires on trailers, but this may have been posts from some years back.
Hi Bob & Nancy, I haven't done any exhaustive research, but I am not aware of any other brand of TT that comes from the factory with LT tires. When you sell a 28' white box for $30,000 (vs. $70,000) I suppose that you've got to economize at every opportunity!

Class A, B & C motor-homes usually come with LT tires.

I am not surprised that many automotive oriented tire dealers have little if any experience with TT's and would thus be reluctant to deviate from the label on the tire.
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This thread is a rehash of several threads on these forums. All of them and this one make a reader come to different conclusions based on their personality traits.

If you are an optimist who believes bad things only happen to other people (and its probably their fault when they do), you will stick with ST tires. If you are also stubborn, you will continue that line of reasoning even after you experience your first and subsequent ST tire failures. There may be no hope for you.

If you are a pessimist, who believes that bad things will always happen to you, you probably don't own a travel trailer in the first place. Everyone knows they are a death trap.

If you are an intelligent reasoning person, who likes to benefit from the experiences of others, you will read all the other threads and then pick the same type of LT tires they use. I would go so far as to say it will be manufactured by Michelin.

My recommendation is to fall in line behind all those here who have switched to the same Michelin tires with great success, so far.

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This thread is a rehash of several threads on these forums. All of them and this one make a reader come to different conclusions based on their personality traits.

If you are an optimist who believes bad things only happen to other people (and its probably their fault when they do), you will stick with ST tires. If you are also stubborn, you will continue that line of reasoning even after you experience your first and subsequent ST tire failures. There may be no hope for you.

If you are a pessimist, who believes that bad things will always happen to you, you probably don't own a travel trailer in the first place. Everyone knows they are a death trap.

If you are an intelligent reasoning person, who likes to benefit from the experiences of others, you will read all the other threads and then pick the same type of LT tires they use. I would go so far as to say it will be manufactured by Michelin.

My recommendation is to fall in line behind all those here who have switched to the same Michelin tires with great success, so far.

Ken

P.S. There are many other types of personality. There's no telling what those goofy guys will do.
Or you could be a realist and understand there are a lot of tire choices for a lot of different usages. You would need to understand your specific usage and choose a tire/wheel combination that fits your specific application and not necessarily follow any one with a tire/wheel combination just because they said so.

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Or you could be a realist and understand there are a lot of tire choices for a lot of different usages. You would need to understand your specific usage and choose a tire/wheel combination that fits your specific application and not necessarily follow any one with a tire/wheel combination just because they said so.

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Yeah, that's one of those other guys I mentioned. There's no predicting what they're going to do.
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