Quality trailer tires

Discussion in 'The Choo-Choo shop' started by mikehurd, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. mikehurd

    mikehurd Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know of a good U.S. made trailer tire. I used to run Goodyear Marathon but those are Chinese made. Thinking of going to a light truck tire on the flat bed. waddaya think?:Do No:
     
  2. buick64203

    buick64203 Just plum crazy Staff Member

    You could try Carlisle tires. :Do No:
     
  3. Chris Lance

    Chris Lance Platinum Level Contributor

    Exactly what I was gonna suggest...I have carlisle tires on my trailer and have been completely satisfied. You won't regret :TU:
     
  4. JZRIV

    JZRIV Platinum Level Contributor

    Here is a little good reading for you.
    http://forums.aaca.org/f196/best-trailer-tires-258950.html

    http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/f32/carlisle-tires-usa-china-help-50412/ (if you search more on the subject of trailer tires in this forum there is more info. Some of these guys seem like serious towing people

    I'd definitely stick with a an ST (special trailer) radial for sure. As far as the best brand, after reading up on trailer tires from various forums the variation in opinion on what is best made my head spin so I just went to my local Delta dealer and bought Akurats. It seems for whatever reason, Carlisle probably has the worst reputation as far as reviews although there are others that have had no problems with them. :Do No:. Maybe there's more of those on the road than anything so it simply the rule of statistics. I don't know. I think some of their tires are made in the US and some in China.

    I do recall some guys changing their rims and going with a high quality LT tire and have had no problems. If I did that I'd aire on the heavier side with the load range.
     
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2010
  5. covertolds

    covertolds Member

    I put new Goodyear Marathons on my enclosed trailer last Summer. They are American made.

    Maybe physically inspect them to insure that they are made in the good 'ol USA prior purchasing them. That is what I did. :TU:
     
  6. avc1966

    avc1966 Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind that I found everyone will have a completely different opinion on this subject. But after alot of research, reading. and talking with tire reps from Firestone, BFG, Goodyear, and Kumo at SEMA, this is what I did.

    I went with an E rated 10 ply LT truck tire on my 24 foot enclosed. Had issues with my carlisles but it was due to age (4 years old) which seems to happen within 5 years of their birthing date. The actual st trailer tires I looked at were not rated for speeds over 60mph which scared me a little since I do pull at 70 or so. They were definately not cheaper than st tires, but have been an awesome trouble free choice.
     
  7. SmallHurst

    SmallHurst The Polyglas Pimp!

    All of the trailer tires are rated for the # on the sidewall running at 60mph. This in an industry standard. All 4 of my original tires expired at or before the 5 year mark. 2 had belts seperating and 2 were blowouts. I believe the blowouts were due to the tires picking up something to have the tire lose air pressure. One of the tires blew out 5 miles after I left my house!!!

    Always run your tires at max pressure. I have a temperature gun that I check the bearings and tires at every fuel stop. The tires on the sunny side of the trailer run about 20 degrees hotter than the shade side. The side in which the exhaust dumps out will run hotter than the other side. Aluminium rims will help you disapate the heat better and will help you from having blowouts.
     
  8. rmstg2

    rmstg2 Gold Level Contributor

    I wouldn't put Carlisles on a Tonka toy.I had Carlisle tires on my 5th wheel.
    Not only did I have three blowouts but there was over $1200.00 damage to my trailer. I replaced the first Carlisle that blew with another Carlisle. After two more blow outs I pulled all four and went to Coopers. Last summer was our first vacation with no blowouts.:blast: Carlisle.

    Bob H.
     
  9. mikehurd

    mikehurd Well-Known Member

    Your right Bob. My experience with most tires made in asia is that they dry rot before you can wear them out. It got to the point I was hauling 2 spares.
     
  10. bigdawg70

    bigdawg70 1984 Buick Regal

  11. mikehurd

    mikehurd Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. Checked them out & prices seem reasonable. A little more leg work to find country of origin and I'll have some new tires.


    Thanks again.
    Mike.:Smarty:
     

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