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Post  dave d on March 28th 2017, 8:04 am

Hi everyone going to be putting on new tires on my enclosed trailer just wondering what brand of tire everyone is using. Currently they are st 225x75x15. D range. Trailer is old and heavy at 5800 unloaded. Definitely thinking about stepping up to e range. Thoughts--Thanks Dave
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Post  D. Sea on March 28th 2017, 8:13 am

My opinion... Step up to size 16" wheels with E-load range tires.
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Post  rmcomprandy on March 28th 2017, 9:28 am

It seems that everyone who wants the most trouble free towing uses the Michelin towing tires.

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Post  Curt on March 28th 2017, 2:18 pm

No need to poll 15" tires that are all junk on a trailer. Just step up to the plate and put load range E 16".
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Post  69F100 on March 28th 2017, 3:31 pm

If you decide on the 16'' wheels and tires make sure you have enough room so they don't rub when you load the trailer. Back when I worked at Pace American Trailers we change the axle spacing and wheel boxes when we put the 16'' wheels on for clearance.
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Post  dfree383 on March 28th 2017, 4:29 pm

Make sure to stay away from the Chinese tires and Bias ply stuff.

Radials only and Domestic manufacture if you want them to last
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Post  rmcomprandy on March 28th 2017, 11:40 pm

dfree383 wrote:Make sure to stay away from the Chinese tires and Bias ply stuff.

Radials only and Domestic manufacture if you want them to last

Are Michelin tires considered to be "domestic" ...?

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Post  dfree383 on March 29th 2017, 6:25 am

rmcomprandy wrote:
dfree383 wrote:Make sure to stay away from the Chinese tires and Bias ply stuff.

Radials only and Domestic manufacture if you want them to last

Are Michelin tires considered to be "domestic" ...?

They arent made in China.....
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Post  dave d on March 29th 2017, 7:27 am

Thanks for the heads up about the pace trailer,that's exactly the the trailer that i bought a 99 28 ft. Thanks everyone for the input about the tires. Thinking I'm going to stay with the 15 that's on just. Need to replace tires, Hell don't get to go that often
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Post  aquartlow on March 29th 2017, 7:32 am

Another option that we chose to go with was changing from dedicated trailer tires to LT truck tires on our gooseneck equipment trailers. We grew tired of having and/or seeing our fairly new, low mileage trailer tires having tread separation issues, shifting radial belts or blow outs(with no obvious reason-we took 2 tires back to the tire shop and the owner couldn't find a puncture in the tire's casing that would cause such damage). These were with using quality trailer tires, not junk, we have too much invested in and on the trailers. It has been 4 years since the change and have had to replace only 1 of 16 tires due to a road debris caused flat(piece of angle iron) on an interstate. The thing about trailer tires is the cost and warranty, In our experience they cost just as much as a quality E-rated LT tire, but as soon as you leave the tire shop any warranty ends, our tire guy will fix/replace our LT tires due to a road hazard warranty that was included in the purchase. Not saying every shop will do this, but it sure feels better in the wallet. Good luck with whatever tire is chosen.
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Post  res0rli9 on March 29th 2017, 9:13 am

These are the tires I got mine from pep-boys
15" Maxxis load range E's 8ply

http://www.429-460.com/t21274-maxxis-trailer-tires?highlight=trailer+tires

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Post  cool40 on March 29th 2017, 9:30 am

res0rli9 wrote:These are the tires I got mine from pep-boys
15" Maxxis load range E's 8ply

http://www.429-460.com/t21274-maxxis-trailer-tires?highlight=trailer+tires
I had maxxis on my 36' and never had any problems . I went with the hankook LT's on the 48'.
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Post  David Cole on March 29th 2017, 9:41 am

Just my .02

It's nice to be able to step up to 16".  I thought about it last time I put tires on my 28' enclosed.

I didn't because most enclosed trailers built with 15" wheels use a 6 lug hub.  Most of the 6 lug nice aluminum trailer wheels out there are meant for boat trailers and such.  They are not weight rated fro a 10K lb loaded trailer.   There are a few, but they are spendy.   Just about all nice 16" trailer wheels that can handle the weight are 8 lug.  Fitment also  becomes an issue when you try to find 16" 6 lug in a 16X7 16X6 wheel.  8" wide wheels won't fit without the tire rubbing.

I've had good luck with the E rated (10 ply) 15" trailer tires.   Towmax is what I have now.  Decent tire, even though it's imported.  
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Power+King&tireModel=Towmax+STR+II&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=275R5TMSTR2V2&tab=Sizes

For the last 6 years you could not get a a USA made 15" E rated trailer tire.  None.  The last mfg shut down.  There is now an option though.  Starting 2 months ago, Goodyear now has a USA made 15" E rated.  tire.  I'll give them when I need tires again prob a year from now.  3 years on any ST trailer tires is about it safely even if the tread looks good.  

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Endurance&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=275NR5END&tab=Sizes

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Endurance
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Post  BigDave65 on March 29th 2017, 5:43 pm

I bought a brand new 26' Pace trailer in 1994 with the 5000lb. axels and 15" wheels. Knock on wood I've never had a blow out. Had a few flats from running over something but never a blow out. I've always run D rated tires but never been too particular about the brand. I may have just been lucky but I'll take it.
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Post  jasonf on March 29th 2017, 6:42 pm

D. Sea wrote:My opinion...  Step up to size 16" wheels with E-load range tires.  

x10000000.

I use my 32' trailer once a year if that and almost every time I have a blow out. I am on my 3rd set of 15" tires. I am tired of buying 6 new tires every couple years so I just quit using my trailer. They are all junk and all made in China no matter what people claim. I have a triple axle so larger tires are a no go without moving axles or swapping to a tandem axle. $20k Haulmark trailer and they designed it around POS 15" tires tires. F'n junk.
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Post  rmcomprandy on March 29th 2017, 7:24 pm

I just looked today and all the 28 to 32 foot "tag along" enclosed car trailers in the lot which have 15" wheels are shod with Michelin Defender LTX "Light Truck Crossover" tires on them; either 225/75 or 235/75.  45 psi is the rating on the sidewall; we do exceed that all the time.

On the way home I stopped at Discount Tire to get a price on those and it was $162.00 each.

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Post  83-88T-Bird Guy on March 31st 2017, 3:19 pm

D. Sea wrote:My opinion...  Step up to size 16" wheels with E-load range tires.  

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Post  83-88T-Bird Guy on March 31st 2017, 3:20 pm

Curt wrote:No need to poll 15" tires that are all junk on a trailer.  Just step up to the plate and put load range E 16".

I have 15 inch E rated on both of my trailers.

But then again they are a max of 7,500 lbs. loaded
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Post  IDT-572 on March 31st 2017, 3:26 pm

jasonf wrote:
D. Sea wrote:My opinion...  Step up to size 16" wheels with E-load range tires.  

x10000000.

I use my 32' trailer once a year if that and almost every time I have a blow out. I am on my 3rd set of 15" tires. I am tired of buying 6 new tires every couple years so I just quit using my trailer. They are all junk and all made in China no matter what people claim. I have a triple axle so larger tires are a no go without moving axles or swapping to a tandem axle. $20k Haulmark trailer and they designed it around POS 15" tires tires. F'n junk.


x100000002
My 24 ft had 5 lug 15 inch tires on it. I would blow 2 or 3 every year going to the bash. I changed wheels and tires to 16 inch and changed the offset to allow a wider tire plus taller.

Haven't had a blow out since.
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Post  Curt on March 31st 2017, 11:34 pm

83-88T-Bird Guy wrote:
Curt wrote:No need to poll 15" tires that are all junk on a trailer.  Just step up to the plate and put load range E 16".

I have 15 inch E rated on both of my trailers.

But then again they are a max of 7,500 lbs. loaded

You can lead a horse to water.
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Post  83-88T-Bird Guy on April 1st 2017, 12:47 pm

Curt wrote:
83-88T-Bird Guy wrote:
Curt wrote:No need to poll 15" tires that are all junk on a trailer.  Just step up to the plate and put load range E 16".

I have 15 inch E rated on both of my trailers.

But then again they are a max of 7,500 lbs. loaded

You can lead a horse to water.

I'd go to 16's but do not have fender clearance on one trailer.
And the other trailer uses a 5 on 5 inch bolt pattern.  Hard to find that pattern in a 16 in. wheel
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Post  bbf-falcon on April 3rd 2017, 10:51 pm

Dave,I just put 6 new 10 ply carlisles on my 34ft.enclosed.$66.00 each from Walmart.
225/75/15.

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