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Old 10-19-2012, 06:46 AM   #267
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Mastercraft is made by Cooper Tire. I had some on my previous truck and they did a great job. Balanced well and held the road in the rain.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:58 AM   #268
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I have run Coopers on many of my trailers and trucks for years. They are a little noisier than others, but I have not problems with them.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:13 AM   #269
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I did a little snooping. I was surprised to see Cooper sells tires under several different brands. I don't know why they'd do this? I had good impressions back in the day with the Cooper Discoverer radials on my old Bronco. Then a really bad experience with the Cooper Aquatread copy rain tire. I'd be willing to give them another shot but all the weird branding? I understand Avon (England) was acquired so you keep an established brand. Kenda too was an acquisition which makes me believe the rest of the "brands" might actually be Chinese tires they want to "look" american.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:07 AM   #270
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To my knowledge, Cooper makes only one tire that passes the tests by automakers for use as OEM tires. I have had numerous Coopers on many vehicles and just assumed the poor performance was my living on a dirt road. My son owns a 2001 Buick Century which still has the original tires (Generals) on the front end but is on a third set (Coopers) on the rear. I'll never own another Cooper if I can help it.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #271
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I believe all major branded tire companies sell tires under different names for different markets (not everyone needs a premium tire or wants to pay for the name). For example Cooper makes tires for Mickey Thompson and Pep Boys. Goodyear owns the Kelly Springfield name. I have seen various tire co-branded with Sears, Etc.. You can probably back your way into figuring out who manufactures an off brand tire by using the DOT code.
Our company work trucks ran Cooper Discoverer Tires for years with good service. Now we are getting Firestone Transforce because of price which are performing well.
The only good rule of thumb is to stay away from Chinese tires.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:38 AM   #272
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I believe all major branded tire companies sell tires under different names for different markets
The only good rule of thumb is to stay away from Chinese tires.
Yes, in general I agree. But brands when it comes to tires seem to often center on deception. Like "Goodyear" Marathon tires made in China. Cooper choose to keep the Kenda brand which is made in china but has a good reputation. Mastercraft I found out with a little internet research dates back to when Cooper bought out another Ohio company in the 1920s. Master Craft was used subcontracting US government rubber products contracts during WWII. Yes the Cooper Discoverer was a great tire. I guess you want to keep your brand name options open for when you have a stinker .

General Tire (another Ohio company) was bought by German tire maker Continental AG in 1987. Of course that doesn't mean your tires are "generally" made in Ohio or German.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:35 PM   #273
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I'm sold on the 16", cant find the right wheel

I read thru all the threads on the tires and wheels and need some help. I just purchased a 1986 29' Sovereign and need a wheel recommendation. I believe I need a 16" x 6 - 7", 6 bolt at 5.5" with a zero to slight negative (-0.25") offset.

I like a more retro wheel like the American Racing Outlaw II as Bob used however can't find the specific one

Outlaw II - cant find a 6 - 7" wide model with a 6 bolt pattern

Sendel ST20T - 6 bolt only in a 15"

TR466084 - Trailer Part brand but expensive at $138

AW1603 - Trailer Tires & Wheels = $95 but a -8mm offset and don't know who stands behind this brand.

Any recommendations? Was planning either a Michelin LTX or BFG Commercial T/A
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:26 AM   #274
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I read thru all the threads on the tires and wheels and need some help. I just purchased a 1986 29' Sovereign and need a wheel recommendation. I believe I need a 16" x 6 - 7", 6 bolt at 5.5" with a zero to slight negative (-0.25") offset.

I like a more retro wheel like the American Racing Outlaw II as Bob used however can't find the specific one

Outlaw II - cant find a 6 - 7" wide model with a 6 bolt pattern

Sendel ST20T - 6 bolt only in a 15"

TR466084 - Trailer Part brand but expensive at $138

AW1603 - Trailer Tires & Wheels = $95 but a -8mm offset and don't know who stands behind this brand.

Any recommendations? Was planning either a Michelin LTX or BFG Commercial T/A
I would go retro with 16" Dexstar steel wheels and stainless baby moon caps along with stainless trim rings. No rust, low maintenance. Paint the rims to match your trailer. I bought my rims from Redneck Trailer Supply; very cheap: Dexstar 16" steel wheels, 6" wide, 6x5.5 bolt circle, model number WH166-60E. I also bought Centramatic model 13150 balancers from Andy.

Again, I too went with 16" wheels for my 75th Winick Prototype but I went with the best tires I could...Michelin XPS Ribs. Very pricey, but they have a full steel sidewall. I had a previous blowout with a Bad-Year on my Scamp that ripped a hole in the wheelwell. Didn't want to chance that on my Airstream...so I replaced essentially brand new tires.

I painted my rims with Duplicolor Ford Blue high temperature engine enamel. I love the way they look. I am REALLY happy. The tires, again are Michelin XPS Ribs in a 225/75/16, customized by DiamondBack Tires with a 1.5" whitewall and dual blue lines. The blue lines are the exact same color as my pinstripes (and vintage logos) and match the color of my rims (the lettering I used for "Airstream" is a bit lighter in color). The stripes on the tires take away some of the HUGENESS of these tires. They increase the ride height over my old Bad-Year Explodathons by about 1/2". Not enough to worry about.

The trim rings are stainless steel, ribbed, purchased brand new from eBay. The hubcaps are PhoenixUSA 1309SS also in stainless steel. They fit the 16" Dexstar rims with ease...no denting, no forcing. But, it is wise to put a dab of clear RTV on at least two spots of the hubcaps to make sure they stay on...they fit snugly, but you don't want to lose one.

Here are some pics of the rims and tires. Talk about POP!!!











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Old 05-24-2013, 04:44 AM   #275
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Very classy look!
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:59 PM   #276
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Several years ago I went with the Goodrich Commercial T/A. My 84 excella came with Michelin XCA 7.00-15s which of course are no longer made. When I bought the trailer it had ST22575R15 on it. The Goodrich Commercial T/A has the same max width as the ST22575R15 and the same outside diameter as the XCA. By the was Michelin owns Goodrich. I also have a TPMS left over from the days of the ST tire which I will replace when the sensor batteries go bad. I have not had a moments problem with the T/As.
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:23 PM   #277
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How are those Carlisle tires working out? I'm considering changing from GY Marathons D rated to Carlisle E rated on my 34' Airstream (10,500 lbs).

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Old 07-30-2015, 02:30 PM   #278
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I am using them and I like them!
Even in very hot weather they seem cooler than the Hercules I tea prior. They seem to leave less behind from the third axle if you know what mean!
Running at 55 psi on a 10000 trailer. It seems happiest here.
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