I think it's fascinating how discussions wander. The original post was simply about "looking for opinions on a replacement tire". Although the intent may have only been to discuss brands, an alternate size was mentioned, and thus we got into an explanation of just how much a size change would affect the ride height of the trailer. That led to questions about how tires specs work, and now it seems that we have some better-informed members. Now the topic seems to be what we are allowed to think about, a far more Orwellian take on travel trailer chat!
I agree that simply using the same size, type, and even brand as the original equipment is appropriate; however, if that were the only possibility for the original poster, then this thread would have no reason to exist. If no discussion of alternatives is allowed, then why do we have the forum? Escape Trailer Industries is known for accommodating owners' requests for custom features, each of which is a departure from specification of the original. Even listed options are inherently different from the original spec, and some of those were not offered until prospective owners dared to ask about them.
Yes, there are people with more experience than us in tire selection, and there are even qualified professionals (who generally work for tire and auto manufacturers, not retailers and not RV manufacturers). They should be consulted, but they are not the only people allowed to discuss the topic - no more than electrical engineers are the only people allowed to discuss a battery or inverter choice, no more than plumbers are the only people allowed to discuss how (or even if) to install a toilet shutoff valve.
The 2004 17' came with ST205/75R14 tires (according to the original poster). The base equipment on a new 17' is ST205/75R15 (according to the ETI features page
). Either Reace was wrong in 2004, or he's wrong now... or perhaps we can accept that there is no single correct answer to the question of tire size, and a discussion is appropriate. Anyone who is not comfortable considering the alternatives need not participate.
listening, and I am hearing "how dare you question The Word of Reace". I respect Reace greatly, but I don't see why all of his design decisions are fair game for discussion in this forum except
for some select topics deemed by certain members to be inviolable. So far, we have suspension and tires, in case anyone is keeping a blacklist.
So, has anyone actually asked Reace if a 2004 17' should stay with the original ST205/75R14 or update to the current ST205/75R15, or if there is any guidance he might have regarding size, type, or brand?