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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:20 AM   #21
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Regarding bias vs radial, the general rule of thumb is: Bias for non brake axles, Radial for brake axles.

Haven't had a problem with my Carlisle radials, but they are only about 2 years old.
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Old November 24th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #22
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carlisle bias are great bought trailer and put on 45,000 miles on my car hauler ran tires bald.
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Old November 27th, 2007, 09:14 PM   #23
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Not totally related, but my TT came with Milestar bias ply tires...225/??/15. One had a sidewall crack after only a couple trips. So I complained to the RV dealer I bought it from, and found out there was a recall for these tires. Keystone RV bought me some new Goodyear Marathon radials.

It didn't make any sense that the camper came with bias ply tires, but the spare they gave me was radial.

Not sure if this is true...but the tire shop that put my new Goodyears on told me bias ply are better for trailers like camper or car haulers. He mentioned stronger/stiffer sidewalls for hauling the heavy loads.
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Old November 28th, 2007, 10:16 AM   #24
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Not sure if this is true...but the tire shop that put my new Goodyears on told me bias ply are better for trailers like camper or car haulers. He mentioned stronger/stiffer sidewalls for hauling the heavy loads.

though also, as a general rule, bias plies generate more heat, which I'd think would be a bad thing. :dunno:
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Old December 4th, 2007, 07:40 AM   #25
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I have some small tires for my aluminun fishing boat that I take up to Canada every year. I have a blowout every time. I do load the boat pretty good but I don't think that is the prob. The tread seems to go away real quick and eventually bald then POOF. The first 3 times this happened I would drag it to the nearest Walmart and put another one of there junk tire/rim combos on it. These things are crap- i don't know what brand they are. I ended up putting some larger diameter carlisle tires on the trailer and they have held up to 2 up north trips so far, which is about 1 Canada trip. I'll have to go look to see if they are bias or radial.
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Old December 11th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #26
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4 carlisle radial tires

6 trips - 4 blowouts.


Every time I would have a blowout, I would exhange it for a good year radial ($22.00 more)

My last trip having carlisle's I had three goodyears and one carlisle left. The carlisle's belts exploded and took some tread off the goodyear, as well as my tearing apart the trailer fender.

After talking to numerous tire salesmen, I quickly found out that carlisle bias = very good, and their radial's are the absolute joke of the trailer tire industry.

Goodyear tires are the opposite. Their radials are great, and their bias tires are not that good.

Anybody also experience this?
Well considering I passed you on the way back from the gig goin 80 with carlisles, no I havent had a problem :tonka:

But they are a couple years old, and from what I have been told they were bought out about a year ago and the company is not what they used to be.

I know someone that had the same issues as you with their camper
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I was messin' around online last night and stumbled on an opinion site about Carlisle tires.....and damn....nobody liked them!

I have 1.5 year old Carlisle Radials.....205/75/15 load C, and so farr they have been great. Tow around 70-80, trailer is a heavy duty equipment trailer, and with the Jeep loaded it pulls straight and feels really good.

Was it determined that a bad batch of radials was the problem with blowouts?

Longest trips have been to the dunes or K-zoo/west side.....but I am wonderin' if I should swap them out?

They are like new

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I don't think I'd swap them out if you aren't having problems, but I personally wouldn't replace them with more carlisle radials.
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Default Hmmmmm

yeah I was thinkin' that ....but still wonder.

I am going to inspect them a lot better now before each trip. I always checked the air before every trip.

I did buy a spare at TSC, which is a bias ply.

Rumor or truth that running both kind at the same time ruins tires? (bias and radial)

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Old January 11th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #30
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I've run a set ot Goodyear radilal trailer tires on a utility trailer for almost 15 years. Lots of loads and lots of miles with zero problems.

And to clarify something.....the main problem with running passenger car tires on a trailer (instead of a trailer-only tire) is the sidewall strength. Trailer tires are made with stronger sidewalls to handle the incredible sidewall stress that is put on the tire during cornering, as well as the loads carried by the trailer.

This is especially true on trailers with more than one axle. Ever watch the tires on a double-axle trailer when the trailer goes around a corner? The outside tires (particularly the rear one) are basically dragged sideways around the corner, and skid as well as roll. The stress on the sidewall is incredible. Using a passenger car tire in this application is not a good idea!
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ive had 3 blow outs on a 20 mile trip

at that point it was safe to say we did somthing wrong
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Figured I would update this. Now over 4000+ miles on my Marathons, and they're holding great pressure, treads look like new, and no blowouts.
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Figured I would update this. Now over 4000+ miles on my Marathons, and they're holding great pressure, treads look like new, and no blowouts.
I have c-range 15" Marathons on my enclosed trailer and have about 10k on them with no problems except for picking up a nail in Oregon and having to plug the hole.

One thing to consider is that I don't ever get much above 65mph.
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I have c-range 15" Marathons on my enclosed trailer and have about 10k on them with no problems except for picking up a nail in Oregon and having to plug the hole.

One thing to consider is that I don't ever get much above 65mph.
I'm towing near their maximum weight range, usually between 68-78mph







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Figured I would update this. Now over 4000+ miles on my Marathons, and they're holding great pressure, treads look like new, and no blowouts.
I have had the same results with my goodyear marathons... I went with the higher load range tire in the 15" wheel. I've towed some scary loads with it and they have been great tires with no issues.
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When I ran my triple axle Haulmark Enclosed gooseneck it had Goodyear radial marathons on it and they were still like (alomost) new after 30k miles with no issues. The middle tire showed wear from always being the pivot point on tight turns.

Now I have a 20' enclosed with radials (Mission) and 3k miles with no problems in the tire dept. Although this weekend on my way to the dunes I lost one, but it was attached to the rim when it parted ways. Never did find it.
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Although this weekend on my way to the dunes I lost one, but it was attached to the rim when it parted ways. Never did find it.
zoinks! like loose lug nuts, lost a whole spindle, or spare fell off trailer?

Still running my GY marathons. No issues so far. I've got no clue as to how many miles, but it's seen some miles.
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Carlisles blow out on me too - when the wear past the cords. Other than that, keep them inflated, dont run over stuff. This is hauling way more than a little trailer and a jeep on a dual axle. Trailer is 2000lbs with 4-5k being towed. I think I may have had over that yesterday, but the truck still towed it like it wasnt there (thanks nuggets...).
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