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Old 10-15-2013, 02:59 AM   #43
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I bought two Maxxis 8008, 225/75x15, ST tires, load range E (10 ply rated, 80 psi max), in October 2008. Two years and about 5-6,000 miles later, one failed with a slipped belt. That's when I replaced the ST tires on our 2005, 19-foot Bambi with Michelin XPS Ribs, 225/75x16 LT tires (made in Germany). I bought the Ribs because they are all steel construction, including sidewalls; and they are among the toughest tires made in a size that fits on Airstreams. Many think they are overkill for trailer use, but I have had no problems at all with them since January 2011 when I put them on.

I would like to say Maxxis ST tires are better than GYMs, but in my experience, they are not. Two of the three OEM GYMs failed in three years, and one of two Maxxis tires failed in two; so I don't see much difference in reliability.

I have almost three years on the XPS Ribs with absolutely no problems, and all I have done is add 1-2 pounds of air to them about once a year. If I replace them after seven years with most of their tread still remaining, I will consider that money well spent. The $600 I spent on the Ribs is a welcome alternative to the $550 I spent on three replacement ST tires, the $450 towing charge for our GYM blowout, and the estimated $500 in wheel damage repairs that still need to be done on our Airstream; not to mention the 4.5 hours we spent waiting in 110+ degree heat waiting for the tow truck to arrive. -- No more ST tires for me!

Note: For those unfamiliar with our tire saga, see link below:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f465...tml#post944334
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #44
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Would one of you 16 inch light truck tire guys explain the reasons you are switching. I can understand getting rid of the Goodyear Marathons but do you think it best to go to a LT tire really designed for that, light truck, with a secondary use as a trailer tire for very heavy loads. The trailer tire is designed exclusively for trailers, giving a soft ride, good traction and tread design, tougher sidewalls--hitting curbs, etc. Why not stay with your 15 rims and put on a very well respected tire like the E rated Maxxis 8008. That gets you 10 ply, 80# and what? I think 2800+ lbs of muscle each. ???? Howard
2 belt failures at the beginning of season 4 of use on my Maxxis 8008's. Caught the failure after returning from the first camp out of the year. Two front axle tires ballooned in center tread area. Air got between the belts and tread. After a Marathon throwing tread at the end of season 3 of use, I came to the conclusion that ST's just don't cut it on my heavy Classic slide out.

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Old 10-15-2013, 11:04 PM   #45
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2 belt failures at the beginning of season 4 of use on my Maxxis 8008's. Caught the failure after returning from the first camp out of the year. Two front axle tires ballooned in center tread area. Air got between the belts and tread. After a Marathon throwing tread at the end of season 3 of use, I came to the conclusion that ST's just don't cut it on my heavy Classic slide out.

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What tires did you go with jack? The XPS RIBs like Phoenix?
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:05 AM   #46
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Hard to say for sure if the "country of origin" is actually the country of manufacture...but makes for good reading nonetheless.
List of tire companies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I can say for sure - they aren't the same. There's a single country listed and any tire manufacturer of any substantial size has multiple factories in various countries.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:24 AM   #47
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I noticed that....you have to click on some of the footnotes to get any detail, and remember...it's Wikipeedonya, so believe it like a politician.

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I have followed the tire threads for awhile now and it would seem the single axle trailers could benefit from the stouter Michelin Rib tire.

Since I have two axles, I will install the Michelin LT 225/75R16E LTX M/S2 tires for the softer ride and traction ratings and all season rating.
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Seems the best way to go and save a bit of money is getting the rims and wheels from a tire shop , I called a AS dealer today and the price they'd told me to go up to what the Eddie Bauer has in tires and rims was $3600 , crazy price

I need or better I"d like to find good 15 inch tires and just keep my rims ,


or sell the new rims and tires on my trailer now

and then get the 16 inch rims and tires from a shop direct , I can live with spending $1500 , but no way would I pay that $3600 for a upgrade

Anyone want to buy a brand new set of rims and tires , 0 miles on them , trailer is 2013 and still on showroom floor , I got 4 days till I arrive at my trailers location to get this figured out
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What tires did you go with jack? The XPS RIBs like Phoenix?
No I went with the LTX M/S 2 tires. If I follow my past history, I replace every every 5 years. If I was going to try to stretch that widow, the Rib might be better. I'm just over 14 months with the new tires. I think by the time we hit year 5, the jury will be back from a lot of folks about their experiences with going LT. So in about 2-3 years the early adopters will be approaching year 5 with their Michelins. It will be interesting if we will all be singing the same song as we approach that timeframe. The Rib is an outstanding tire, but probably more of an overkill based on how I use my trailer.

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Seems the best way to go and save a bit of money is getting the rims and wheels from a tire shop , I called a AS dealer today and the price they'd told me to go up to what the Eddie Bauer has in tires and rims was $3600 , crazy price

I need or better I"d like to find good 15 inch tires and just keep my rims ,


or sell the new rims and tires on my trailer now

and then get the 16 inch rims and tires from a shop direct , I can live with spending $1500 , but no way would I pay that $3600 for a upgrade

Anyone want to buy a brand new set of rims and tires , 0 miles on them , trailer is 2013 and still on showroom floor , I got 4 days till I arrive at my trailers location to get this figured out

Here is a price for suitable tires from Canadian Tire , Just up the road from
you in Calgary , Alberta--------not familiar with what a load range of 108 is , must be a metric thing or something ?
Michelin LTX M/S

  • Product Number:0088063
  • Manufacturer Part #:36210
  • Size:P235/75R15 108T
  • Category: Light Truck Tires
  • Availability: Limited Stock
  • All-season tire designed for pick-ups/SUVs and vans
  • Exceptional wet traction, with deep circumferential grooves that channel water away
  • Mileage Rating:115000 km
  • Sidewall Style:ORWL
  • Load Index:108
  • Load Range:XL
  • Speed Rating:T
  • UTQG:720 A A
  • Mud + Snow Rated

$156.99 * (each)

Save $70 when you purchase a set of four (4) qualifying tires.

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Here is a price for suitable tires from Canadian Tire , Just up the road from you in Calgary , Alberta--------not familiar with what a load range of 108 is , must be a metric thing or something ? Michelin LTX M/S [*]Product Number:0088063[*]Manufacturer Part #:36210[*]Size:P235/75R15 108T[*]Category: Light Truck Tires[*]Availability: Limited Stock[*]All-season tire designed for pick-ups/SUVs and vans[*]Exceptional wet traction, with deep circumferential grooves that channel water away[*]Mileage Rating:115000 km[*]Sidewall Style:ORWL[*]Load Index:108[*]Load Range:XL[*]Speed Rating:T[*]UTQG:720 A A[*]Mud + Snow Rated $156.99 * (each) Save $70 when you purchase a set of four (4) qualifying tires. Read reviews Qty: Select store to purchase item

Not sure what the 108 is , but I think that this is not the same class of tires as it has the ""P"" My guess not as strong as the LTX
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Not sure what the 108 is , but I think that this is not the same class of tires as it has the ""P"" My guess not as strong as the LTX
I believe that Michelin tire is a "Extended load" P tire. 50 psi is it's max pressure, which is higher than a typical P tire.

Another choice is the Contenental Vanco2, which in a 215/70-15, is a load range D ( 65 psi ), and 2271 pounds.
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I believe that Michelin tire is a "Extended load" P tire.......
I think you mean "Extra Load"

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........ 50 psi is it's max pressure, which is higher than a typical P tire.........
Ah ...... be careful here. This whole area of "Max Pressure" is a bit tricky - and it turns out Michelin has made a mistake on their website, which further complicates things.
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it turns out Michelin has made a mistake on their website, which further complicates things.
I must have missed this - what was the mistake?
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I must have missed this - what was the mistake?
Weight capacity on Michelin website lists derated weight rating for P235 75 15XL tires. Probably left over from when the 235 75 15 was an LT tire
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