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Old 08-07-2014, 10:20 AM   #29
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I hate to hijack...but if I may drop a quick question...Ive read about this only to confusion...but how do I choose my tire pressure on my 16inch mich's - 30foot 2014 bunkhouse...Have not been able to weigh on cat scales yet...I run 72 psi in all 4 tires right now....no idea.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:56 AM   #30
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Anyone have experience with TowMax tires, either load range D or E?

MAX51 ST225/75R15* D/8 10 2200@65
MAX53 ST225/75R15* E/10 10 2490@80
I have TowMax ST225 75R15" E rated on my Safari. I saw these tires at the Airstream factory store when I visited in 2010. My local dealer recommended them. My tires are 4+ years old and have around 9,000-10,000 miles on them. I'm happy and so far no problems. Wear pattern is fairly even. I bought one new one last May for a spare, since my spare GYM was pushing 10 years. I will replace the tires with the same TowMax tire when it's time. I have recently been running them at 60psi since my wheels are limited to 65psi. I figure capacity is ~2,200 lbs at 60psi. TowMax does not have a chart, that I have found, for varying inflations pressures, so I looked at other manufactures' charts.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:11 AM   #31
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I hate to hijack...but if I may drop a quick question...Ive read about this only to confusion...but how do I choose my tire pressure on my 16inch mich's - 30foot 2014 bunkhouse...Have not been able to weigh on cat scales yet...I run 72 psi in all 4 tires right now....no idea.
The placard on the side of your trailer tells you what Airstream recommends. It should be at or somewhere between that and the max pressure written on the tire sidewall.
Some people say more pressure is better, runs cooler, less likely to come loose during a U-turn, etc. (not exceeding the max)
Some people say less pressure gives the trailer a softer ride, saves the trailer.
It's your choice !
I'm somewhere in the middle. With my earlier trailers I ran pressure the placard recommended. As I've gained experience I've increased pressure above the placard recommendations on my tow vehicle and my trailers. I find stability and steering, especially handling in curves, is slightly better with higher pressure (when the road is dry). YMMV
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:19 PM   #32
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And that summarizes my feeling of uncertainty

I am in the ballpark for what is stated in the sidewall
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:35 PM   #33
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My experience with a Canada shop is that they always carefully torque the nuts but do not ever balance trailer tires. No matter whether I wanted them to or not.

I now have Centramatics.

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Don't think you can generalize like that. Fountain Tire in Kelowna BC balanced mine.


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Thanks all for replies and advice. I bought the MAX53 ST225/75R15* E/10 10 2490@80.
As mentioned by others....I had to watch like a hawk....They seemed puzzled why I wanted the tires balanced for a trailer, even though balancing was included. Had to advise where to put the jack, and remind them on two tires to remember the chrome hub insert. Also had to have them adjust the torque wrench to the correct setting. In the end I also replaced the spare as it was an original with the trailer...'98...when removing the tire the valve stem basically fell off it was so rotten. Lucky that tire did not fail on the 300 or so km.

Once again thanks all
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