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Old 02-28-2013, 07:36 PM
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Need new tires for the bumper pull

We have a 1988 18' bumper pull trailer that we bought in 2006, with a tandem axle. The trailer was in like new condition, as were the tires, and the tires had been raised up off the ground. One of the tires split today when I was adding air to them.

After looking at the tires, the tires on the front axle are Goodyear F78-15(ancient tires) and the back tires are Titan 205 75 D15.

Titan still makes the 205 75 D15, which is a bias ply, and they also offer a radial version, but not in that size.

What are the advantages, disadvantages of going to a radial tire, versus buying new bias ply tires? The radials cost more(about $40 more per tire)

We've been using the trailer during the summer for 6 years with no issues on the tires.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:50 PM
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On a trailer that you only occasionally use, I'd just stick with the bias ply...

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The radials will track better and offer less rolling resistance....trailers generally come with ST rated rubber (special trailer) that have softer sidewalls for less stress on the axles when turning tightly.
The downside of the ST's is the 65 mph rated speed.
From the reading I've done, LT type tires seem to be the way to go.
Doug....you are keeping the tires covered from the elements and sun right?
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The local guys hauling their trail rigs are all going to truck tires, construction and variety seem to be the main reason...doesn't seem to be much of a preference radial or bias though.
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LT tires all the way, as almost all ST tires are now made in China and are pure T Crap. Maxxis, BFG, and Michelin are top favorites to upgrade to on an RV. I will be changing mine to Michelin XPS ribs before the end of the year this year.
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Kinda what I was thinking. Thanks.

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The radials will track better and offer less rolling resistance....trailers generally come with ST rated rubber (special trailer) that have softer sidewalls for less stress on the axles when turning tightly.
The downside of the ST's is the 65 mph rated speed.
From the reading I've done, LT type tires seem to be the way to go.
Doug....you are keeping the tires covered from the elements and sun right?
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The local guys hauling their trail rigs are all going to truck tires, construction and variety seem to be the main reason...doesn't seem to be much of a preference radial or bias though.

That's what I'm hearing.


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LT tires all the way, as almost all ST tires are now made in China and are pure T Crap. Maxxis, BFG, and Michelin are top favorites to upgrade to on an RV. I will be changing mine to Michelin XPS ribs before the end of the year this year.
Didn't know that. Thank You.

I guess the consensus is radial. Since the trailer is about 3500 lbs empty, Range "C" tires are adequate?
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Without looking..I think C is around 1750 per tire...so 3500 for a single axle and 7000 for a tandem.
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Doug, I could send you a link that would net you about 3 weeks shy of a year's worth of reading on ST vs LT tires and actual ratings and such all on campers. Figured I would give you the condensed version.
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They're covered already!!!!!!!!!
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