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Old 04-26-2016, 11:58 AM   #15
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Quick question: I am in the process of buying a new trailer. in theory the tire life on the stock trailers is 2 to 3 years, seems consistent with the thread here. right off the show room floor, would you swap out the unused 15" tires and wheels for 16"? would it help with towing? is it worth $1,500? is there a resale market for never used 15" tires and wheels? or would you wait a season or two?
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:00 PM   #16
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I have done a lot of research lately and Maxxus keeps coming up as the best for 15" rims
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:10 PM   #17
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It is almost unanimous.
16" wheels and LT tires is the way to go.
I've heard complaints on every brand and load range of ST tire, but never a complaint on LT tires.
In my personal experience I have had way more ST tire failures than even P-rated tire failures.
ST tires are short life tires anyway. They are really designed for 3 years' use. P-rated and LT tires will last 5-7 years.
ST tires will fail even if properly inflated, balanced, rotated, and never driven over 65 mph or never hit a curb.
My conclusion:
I will never buy another ST tire.
I am the opposite, I still run GYM on our 31' AS. The only michelin tires I have ever had were LT tires on an S10 Chevy and I had 2 blow outs on the interstate and the first one blew with 60% tread life left and the other with 50%. IMO I will never own another set of michelins. I just don't trust them.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:17 PM   #18
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I know this is a loaded question but I have the original Goodyear Marathon tires on my AS that I bought used. They look like new but I've heard that they should be replaced because of time and poor quality. Now for the loaded question, should I replace them and with what tire? I haven't been able to find a Michelin in the size ST225/75R-15. I have found Towmaster at Costco, Maxiss at Discount Tire and Carlisle at Tirerack. Recommendations?
You will read a complete range of opinions about every tire make on this forum. I have run GYM's on my '67 for 15 years. one set longer than is safe, but with no problems whatsoever. My current set was made in China and the set I ran the longest was made in Canada. I run pressure as indicated on the GoodYear chart for my load, check pressure before every launch and almost never have to add air from day to day....except sometimes when there are large overnight changes in ambient temperature. I keep them covered when stored and outer walls sprayed monthly with Armor All Tire Foam. I also run Good Year Wrangler Lt's on my TV, with no problems to date. Some folks criticize ST tires for their 65 mph speed limit. I have absolutely no intention of driving that fast pulling a trailer.
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:23 PM   #19
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I ran the OE Marathons until I had trouble.
If I had more money I would have done the upgrade sooner.
If I was aware when I bought the trailer new I would have had the 16" wheels and tires from the beginning.
I'm sure you will find more happy Michelin customers than happy Marathon customers or Maxxis customers.
I've had Michelins blow out, as well as other brands, but I have gotten 130,000 miles out of a set of Michelins. No other tire brand has ever lasted that long for me.


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Old 04-26-2016, 02:14 PM   #20
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we were sure happy with our Michelin 15" tires on our 25' Classic. They improved the ride 100%, always maintained their pressure, checked for excessive heat and was always cooler than the Goodyear Marathons, and they weren't made in CHINA. As you travel you start to notice how many trailers are sitting on the side of the road with blown tires, and I'd be willing to wager most, if not all, are built in China. My previous experience with Chinese tires made the decision very easy.
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Old 04-26-2016, 02:35 PM   #21
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We have Bridgestone on our TV & are going to replace GYMs with 15" Bridgestone on our TT.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:32 PM   #22
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A S tire replacement

I'm with PACK RATT above. Just replaced original 700x15 inch size on a newly
Engineered Carlisle 225x90x15 8ply.Fitted my 1970 25 ft. Trade wind perfectly
Have used on two short trips and they ran smooth. Took off Carlisles 14 years
Old that were perfect. Changed because of age only. Your decision. With best
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:44 PM   #23
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We kept our GYM's for two years, extensive travel and consider ourselves lucky after doing the research. We sold them and the wheels for $500 to someone who towed locally only, and bought four 16" Michelin and Sendel wheels for $1500.

Sometimes your own experience or another poster's experience is a really small sampling of reliability. Look at the broader experience and it will lead you to Michelin.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:48 PM   #24
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I have had Carlisle tires fail in 3-4 years, too.
We actually travel.
Hard core weekend warriors and 3-4 week long trips each year-
We need good tires.
The 16" wheel/tire upgrade gave me extreme peace of mind to go and do.
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Chuck,

As you can see everyone has an opinion. I am not sure if any one opinion is the best for everyone in all situations. My opinion would be a tire that matches the load plus a cushion.

Likely you have 4 year old tires. (There are date codes on the side walls) In my opinion there is some life left in those tire based on the age. Part of the answer is going to depend on how you treat your tires. Such as .....

All highway only a few trips a year
Off road only
Lots of miles on pavement every year
Fully loaded trailer all of the time
Mostly parked

More use and you may want to consider higher end tires.

Suggest you weigh the trailer at the max load that you will use it and then get tires that can handle that load plus 110% to 125%.

Then buy what you want and have your own opinion.

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Old 04-26-2016, 07:31 PM   #26
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I have traveled up and down mountains, in heat and cold and I'm impressed with these tires. 20,000 on the AS set. I also had these on a SOB trailer prior to my AS.
This is a special order heavy duty tire.. Most dealers do not stock this tire.
Carlisle Tire
Radial Trail RH equipped with Dura Trail & Heat Shield

Size: ST225/75R15
Product Code: 5151411 (This number is very important when ordering)
Load Range: LRE
Max Capacity: 2830
Tire PSI: 80
Tire WT: 35.2
Tread Depth: 10



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I have done a lot of research lately and Maxxus keeps coming up as the best for 15" rims
You should read about them on the other treads, they are twainese.....
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:47 PM   #28
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I have traveled up and down mountains, in heat and cold and I'm impressed with these tires. 20,000 on the AS set. I also had these on a SOB trailer prior to my AS.
This is a special order heavy duty tire.. Most dealers do not stock this tire.
Carlisle Tire
Radial Trail RH equipped with Dura Trail & Heat Shield

Size: ST225/75R15
Product Code: 5151411 (This number is very important when ordering)
Load Range: LRE
Max Capacity: 2830
Tire PSI: 80
Tire WT: 35.2
Tread Depth: 10



Just where are they made?......I will stick to my michelins...
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