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Old 06-04-2016, 07:49 PM   #1
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New Tires - got Load Range E instead of Load Range D

Quick question - have a 2012 Flying Cloud 25 FB Twin. Just replaced the tires (over 5 years old) and wound up with Carlisle Load Range E to replace the original Goodyear Marathons, which were Load Range D.

Did I goof? The Carlisle tires were the top rated tires at Discount Tire in the correct size.

Did notice that top speed stamped on the tire is 80 mph vs. the 65 mph I've always been told is the top speed for the Marathons. Not that I drive that fast towing...

Also see the the inflation is 80 psi vs. 60 (or was it 65?) on the Marathons. Do I inflate to 80?

So E will handle a heavier load than D, I get that. But will the E's beat the crud out of the trailer?

Average 5,000 or so miles per year, mostly in the summer when it's hot. Mostly mountain driving in the west. Crossing Nevada in July.

Tow vehicle is a 5.7 4x4 Sequoia.

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Old 06-04-2016, 08:47 PM   #2
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Quick question - have a 2012 Flying Cloud 25 FB Twin. Just replaced the tires (over 5 years old) and wound up with Carlisle Load Range E to replace the original Goodyear Marathons, which were Load Range D.

Did I goof? The Carlisle tires were the top rated tires at Discount Tire in the correct size.

Did notice that top speed stamped on the tire is 80 mph vs. the 65 mph I've always been told is the top speed for the Marathons. Not that I drive that fast towing... I consider this a plus as the tire should be able to tolerate higher heat better.

Also see the the inflation is 80 psi vs. 60 (or was it 65?) on the Marathons. Do I inflate to 80? If you want increased load capacity you will nee to run higher pressure. More load capacity in tires without increasing the actual load on the tire means more margin.

So E will handle a load than D, I get that. But will the E's beat the crud out of the trailer? Harder ride is dependent on higher inflation. See above about increased laod capacity.

Average 5,000 or so miles per year, mostly in the summer when it's hot. Mostly mountain driving in the west. Crossing Nevada in July.

Tow vehicle is a 5.7 4x4 Sequoia.

Thoughts?

Thanks for any insight.
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:48 PM   #3
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E rated tires are often given a bad rap on this forum as are HD trucks. I'm in the process of a X country trip. My AS is almost new, it came with tha usual GMT & I changed for out this trip to Maxxis E rated 10 ply tires. 3000 miles so far & I haven't popped a rivet or had any other issues and over some very rough highway I might add. I inflate to 75p and keep my speed at 65mph or less. Also, my tires are filled with nitrogen Vs air.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:39 PM   #4
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Im running the same tires mine are set to 80 and they do great. Im going to chalk them soon just to check. But the empty dog water dish in the middle of the floor hasn't moved but maybe an inch. So It must be riding very well.
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:52 PM   #5
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Changing to 16" Michelin tires we had some concerns about roughing our Airstream as well, so we have now traveled many cross country trips around the country at 65 to 68 psi, our trailer rides smoothly. Maybe this is also part of using flexible weight distribution bars and a lightly suspended truck. The lower tire pressure from the 80 maximum most probably gives us better wet surface trailer braking.
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:00 PM   #6
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My 25 came with C range when new. I am using the D range Carlisles at 65 psi. I can tell from how things stay put in the trailer that it is riding fairly smoothly.
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Old 06-04-2016, 11:32 PM   #7
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Hi, maybe Tireman9 will answer to the way I understand what you have done.

(1.) Will your wheels handle 80 lbs pressure?

(2.) If you run 65 lbs, will you have the same as load range D capabilities?

(3.) At 80 lbs, with a thicker/heavier tire, it has to ride rougher.

(4.) Example: Tires are not actually 10 ply, but rather 10 ply rated. Could be 6 plies that are stronger than the smaller/less strong 10 plies of yesteryear.


I changed out my Marathons for Carlisle load range D just before my cross country trip last year of more than 13,000 miles.
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Hi, maybe Tireman9 will answer to the way I understand what you have done.

(1.) Will your wheels handle 80 lbs pressure?

(2.) If you run 65 lbs, will you have the same as load range D capabilities?

(3.) At 80 lbs, with a thicker/heavier tire, it has to ride rougher.

(4.) Example: Tires are not actually 10 ply, but rather 10 ply rated. Could be 6 plies that are stronger than the smaller/less strong 10 plies of yesteryear.

I changed out my Marathons for Carlisle load range D just before my cross country trip last year of more than 13,000 miles.
Perhaps I can answer those questions: (Roger, feel free to correct, augment, or contradict me!)

(1.) Will your wheels handle 80 lbs pressure?

Very, very likely. My research indicates that even if the wheel is marked otherwise, inflation pressure plays such a small role in wheel stresses that it is basically a non-issue. Note: Load is PRIMARY issue and should not be ignored.

(2.) If you run 65 lbs, will you have the same as load range D capabilities?

Yes.

(3.) At 80 lbs, with a thicker/heavier tire, it has to ride rougher.

True, but the amount is only 80/65 = 1.23 or 23% more.

(4.) Example: Tires are not actually 10 ply, but rather 10 ply rated. Could be 6 plies that are stronger than the smaller/less strong 10 plies of yesteryear.

First, that is the reason I prefer to use "Load Range" as it eliminates this confusion.

Second, you have to go way, way back to the era when they were 10 actual plies - and even then I don't think they were doing that. BTW, we are talking the 1910's, 1920's, 1930's - something like that. Certainly within our lifetimes, no one was using 10 actual plies.

But even back at the origins of pneumatic tires, it is very very likely that tire engineers understood that strength could be increased by using a larger cord, but less plies, rather than just by using more plies.
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My next set of AS tires will be E rated.

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I thought going to E's would be the answer for me but on the first trip of year 4 of use, I experienced two belt separations on my E rated Maxxis tires. I kept those at 80 psi due to the weight of my Classic slide out. Bottom line ST tires for those of us with heavy loads probably need to be replaced on a 3 year cycle rather than a 5 like we have been accustomed to in the past. My belt separation occurred with my Marathon's at the end of year 3 of use.

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Old 06-05-2016, 12:01 PM   #11
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I to just had the Carlisle tires on my 25 RB I think they were the best bet. I am getting ready for a cross country trip.
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I understand the urge to "over-engineer." I've been known to do that myself. However, did anyone tell you that tires are an integral part of your suspension?? If tires fail to perform (flex) as engineers intended, like it or not, other components will hafta pick up the slack (if that's possible).

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We had the GYM tires replaced in Oregon. Recommended by Les Schwab were the Carlisle tires. 4700 miles later across the country we are very pleased.

Additionally, East Bound on I 80 a vehicle entering the highway collided with the right front of a vehicle in the 1st lane slightly ahead of me forcing him into my position in the number two lane where by I had to steer rapidly to the left to avoid another collision. Talking about serious sway control. I was happy the tires were strong and a higher pressure.
We were in the second lane only for a short time to allow space for traffic entering the highway
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OK to add to the questioning...I have a 16'Bambi running Marathons Load C. Would it be a wise move to move up to Carlisle Load D tires? Already had one flat with the Marathons? (So want new tires.) Or will that make my ride too rough?
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