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Old 10-21-2005, 08:36 PM   #71
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Action, to get LT's with a proper load rating ( D), you will have to go to 16" size.
LT 15's only go to load range XL or C, which is low borderline for an Overlander.
ST tires are made in load range D, in a 15"size.
Just an innocent observation.....
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I just came from the Yokohama website
http://www.yokohamatire.com/tbs_detail.asp?id=SBRB

and the RY215 Commerical Light Truck (part number 21501) is available in a 7.00 x 15 in Load Range D, rated at 2040 pounds at 65 psi.

I provide this not to be controversial, but to let people know there is a quality tire manufacturer making commercial light truck 15" tires. Note, you must use wheels rated for the 65 PSI.
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:33 PM   #73
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I just came from the Yokohama website
http://www.yokohamatire.com/tbs_detail.asp?id=SBRB

and the RY215 Commerical Light Truck (part number 21501) is available in a 7.00 x 15 in Load Range D, rated at 2040 pounds at 65 psi.

I provide this not to be controversial, but to let people know there is a quality tire manufacturer making commercial light truck 15" tires. Note, you must use wheels rated for the 65 PSI.
Bob, no harm done - I'm not in the tire business...
I was referring to Radial tires. The 7.00x15 are most likely bias ply tires.
Before ST tires became available, all Airstreams ( or other trailers, for that matter) were rolling on Lt bias ply tires, I agree with your analogy.
I further maintain that LT tires are made in a better quality range, with better balancing properties than ST tires.
Having said this, I really like my 2nd set of Marathons in LR D.....
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:46 PM   #74
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The Yokohama RY215's are steel belted radials. The TIRERACK has them for $88 each. http://tirerack.com/tires/Sizes.jsp?...ma&model=RY215
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Old 10-22-2005, 01:29 AM   #75
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hi guys
yep the yokos are 2steel belts and with a tread pattern that works well for towing. load d rating and no speed max is under that load....

i might give them a try some day. so far i've been please with the stock marathons....5-6 months, 10k+ miles triple axle. rotated once. pressure checked weekly at a min.

i see no visible signs of wear or difference in tires at positions 1.2.3 either side.

so it's good to read your earlyexpericen with a different set up and alternate well balancing method. if you wanted to really learnd what if any thing they do.......balance half the tires the regular way and use the rings on the others........

now look for changes over 10-15k....

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Old 10-23-2005, 10:48 PM   #76
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I have not weighed my trailer in it's current configuration. My guess is it weighs 5000 pounds. That would be 1250 a tire plus 10% more for a cushion. And my current LTs are bias ply tires. Not sure I would go that direction. I like radials.

However for me this is all good banter cause in the final analysis I will weigh my trailer 1st to verify the load then plan my tire purchase from there.

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The Outlaw II is avail. in a 16x5 #62-5765,& 16x8 362-6865.Their # 1-800-959-1969. I spoke to Jason Mansfield out of Sacramento Ca.He was very informed about this rim as well as to what tires should be safe.You must however know your Max weight when you talk with them.
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Okay... very interesting thread, but I've got a newbie question. I see a lot of mention about "getting running gear balanced", but what does that mean? Is there more information on how to do that, or where to go to get it done? I'm assuming that inland RV does it (but they're 500 miles from me). Is it something that is easy to do, or does it require a towing guru? Any suggestions in the Phoenix area?

Oh, and thanks to everyone for all of the great tire advice!
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Essencially, it means balancing the wheel and tire on the vehicle so that the hub assembly is balanced at the same time. The Centramatic balancers take care of this automatically and for as long as they remain on the vehicle. Because they balance as the vehicle wheel rotates, they automatically adjust to even the slightest changes.
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I'm assuming that inland RV does it (but they're 500 miles from me).
We have an Airstream dealer with a highly rated service department here in Arizona, it's Oasis RV in Tucson. I personally have not have any service done at Oasis, but the PO of my trailer did. I was in Tucson last week and stopped by to pick up a part for my trailer. It's not much to look at, but it's only 120 miles away.
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:14 PM   #81
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WE have about discussed this to death. However the Marathons keep letting us down. I have a couple of questions for every one on tires. I know that Mr Thompson upgraded to the Goodrich Commercial T/A's. His reports of their performance thus far are excellent. How ever I would like to know if any one else has upgraded to the Goodrich Commercial T/A (LT225/75R16 D or E) the Michelin XPS Rib (LT225/75R16E) or the Cooper Custom Trailer Plus (ST225/75R15D). The Cooper Custom Trailer Plus has only been out a couple of years. I under stand that it replaced the Custom trailer in this size. I have been emailing every tire manufacturer of ST and LT tire that I could find on the internet and asking all the same questions. Now I would like to know what has been the communities experience this these three tires. If there have been failures please indicate whether or not you had a Tire Pressure Monitering System installed and the conditions just prior to the tire failure.
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Let's not forget the ratio of sales from GoodYear to the other brands.
The Marathons are being sold by the thousands, so clearly there's more feedback, both good and bad.
I have been running Marathons in a D load rating on both my trailers, and have nothing but good things to report. I do understand that many owners had trouble with them. However, I have trailering friends that had trouble with other brands as well.
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We have an Airstream dealer with a highly rated service department here in Arizona, it's Oasis RV in Tucson. I personally have not have any service done at Oasis, but the PO of my trailer did. I was in Tucson last week and stopped by to pick up a part for my trailer. It's not much to look at, but it's only 120 miles away.

Just a side note concerning Oasis . We just traded our 25'classic for a 30' with them. Having worked in the service busness most of my life I was very impressed with the way they run their busness. Don't let their appearence fool you. ------Pieman
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