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Old August 17th, 2011, 09:07 AM   #21
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Side note while on the topic of tires.
I need tires for my 22' enclosed. Currently 205/65/15 C rated trailer-only radials.
Why would I not want E rated? What is trailer-rated in comparison to passenger tires?
I think the only reason you would NOT want E-Rated tires is cost.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 09:10 AM   #22
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most of the wear your seeing is from the bias ply tires, they wear like shit on everything i see them like that all the time at work. my advice would be to go with some radial tires carlise has a new trailer tire out that is really nice holds up very well and there not to pricey. If you ever make it out to the howell area come see me at discount tire in howell ill make ya a sweet deal
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Old August 17th, 2011, 09:11 AM   #23
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you wouldnt be able to get a E rated in that size but you could get a D in a 205/75r15 which sounds like it would work better for you and i would recomend it
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Old August 17th, 2011, 10:20 AM   #24
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most of the wear your seeing is from the bias ply tires, they wear like shit on everything i see them like that all the time at work. my advice would be to go with some radial tires carlise has a new trailer tire out that is really nice holds up very well and there not to pricey. If you ever make it out to the howell area come see me at discount tire in howell ill make ya a sweet deal
You're on! I'll get in touch with you when I get back. I'm thinking a D rated tire in the 15" vintage.

On another note, I had TERRIBLE luck with bias Carlisle tires & would never buy them again. What kind of warranty is there on the radials?
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #25
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i have e rated tires on my trailer.have had one blow out in 10 years.even have a retread on one.( i have 8 lug axles under my trailer though) becky already replaced all of her trailer tires, 1 year and they were wore out.i definetly think radials are the way to go on any trailer.the cheap trailer only tires are junk.
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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:45 AM   #26
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Carlisle made shitty tires a while ago but there new tires are great and they will be warrantied through discount tire anyway so if something happens you'll be covered just let me know
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Get some carlisle dura trail RH's.. We sell a shit ton of em at the store
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Old August 17th, 2011, 07:04 PM   #28
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goodyear marathons. i run them on the wifes travel trailer. its 36.5 bumper to bumper, and near 10 loaded. go at least "d" range you will be better off by far.
one of the better trailer tires made. if the axle aint bent they will work well.
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I went through 3 sets of those bias crap tires getting maybe 10k out of each set...I have radial load e now and have had them on my 28 enclosed then swapped them to my open trailer....I bet they have at least 100k on them now and still fine
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I'm running the GoodYear Marathon tire now as the Transmaster slowly wear out. Transmaster were Load Range E @ 110 psi. The Marathons are Load Range D @ 85 psi. Both 235 75R 15's, 5 ply (2 poly, 2 steel and 1 nylon)
The Load Range D Marathons are 2540 Lb load. and the E Transmasters were 2830 lb load.

If you do a Google search for trailer tires and horror stories you'll see a lot of Carlisle stories from some time back. Their quality issues may be resolved now. And it you have a decent dealer to back them up and they are a better price, go for it. The safe bet would be Marathons in my book. You don't see any quality issues with GoodYears in all the stories.

P.S. Bryce has also got Marathons on his with no issues.

Back to the bearings....Here's a picture of why I think #3500 bearings are your future Achilles heel.
For reference the outer bearing shaft diameter on the #3500 is 1".
Just think that if you vehicle is sitting on 60's bearings, should the trailer that holding it be on such small bearings?
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 09:20 AM   #31
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You're on! I'll get in touch with you when I get back. I'm thinking a D rated tire in the 15" vintage.

On another note, I had TERRIBLE luck with bias Carlisle tires & would never buy them again. What kind of warranty is there on the radials?
Go to Dewey's in fenton and support a business that supports a local TREC racer.

Oh yeah, and he'll get you a good deal on Goodyear Marathon Radials just like he did me.

Or go support some big ass chain store. Up to you.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 10:48 AM   #32
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I switched out my flatbed trailer tires to the Goodyear Marathon's before Moab and they seem to be doing well so far.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 02:00 PM   #33
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My camper came new with some cheap bias ply tires which the Forest River recalled and replaced with Goodyear Marathons. They have been on my camper for 4 years now and about 3k miles with no issue still look brand new. They bias ones I had were wearing down in the first season I had the camper.
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Well, bringing this back to the top. I discovered I have a bent left, front spindle. I've gotten by with rotating all the tires around while that corner continues to wear them out.

I just bought a new axle from Dale @ Ironman & decided to upgrade it to a braking axle (which I should have done anyway).

So, now it's time to get down to business buying new tires. Any new experiences in the past year to consider?
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Well, bringing this back to the top. I discovered I have a bent left, front spindle. I've gotten by with rotating all the tires around while that corner continues to wear them out.

I just bought a new axle from Dale @ Ironman & decided to upgrade it to a braking axle (which I should have done anyway).

So, now it's time to get down to business buying new tires. Any new experiences in the past year to consider?
How much was it bent? Is it bent by the u-bolts like you hit something or was it wrong from the get go like the spindle not welded to the tube straight or something? I know someone that is having a simular problem.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 06:47 AM   #36
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How much was it bent? Is it bent by the u-bolts like you hit something or was it wrong from the get go like the spindle not welded to the tube straight or something? I know someone that is having a simular problem.
Thanks for bringing this back up Jim! I'm the one having the problem on my trailer.
My trailer is 2 years old (bought new) and the right front tire is significantly worn and cupped on the outer edge. I have probably less than 1000 miles on it. I don't mind putting new tires on if that is the problem but sure don't want to ignore a possible other problem. I have #3500 axles with brakes on both...
Looking forward to your response to Eric's questions...

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ditch the trailer and get a toter home with a garage.
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Erin, I had the enclosed setup but decided I wasn't a 1%er so I had to let it go. (actually, I like the simplicity of my flatbed)

Eric/Brian, it appears to be the weld of the spindle to the tube. Since it appears to be bent forward, I don't believe it was from hitting a pot hole but rather was that way from the get go. Hopefully the new one is better.
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seems to be real commen the spindles bending,out of alignment and the bolts will were the holes out that hold the axle to the frame. that will wear them weard also.my aluminum snowmobile trailer longated the holes into the frame, then the axle was actually moving back and forth.that was real good on eating tires. had to put a new chunk of aluminum in that to fix it.
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my front axle seems to be fubar'd as well. Trying to weight the options of stepping up to 6-lug/5K axles from the 3500lbers.

I only have 2 good tires left, so it'd be a matter of picking out some good Wag rims and going with some new tires and then upgrading axles.
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