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Old 08-16-2014, 01:46 PM   #101
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Talked with a helpful guy at Discount Tire online, who offered me the D rated Carlisle ST205/75R15 mounted and balanced on aluminum Raceline 870 Trailer wheels, free delivery with a total cost of $341. That is cheaper than I could get locally for the C rated with the Carlisle standard steel wheel. No one local seems to have the D rated version and Maxxon lists that tire size as only available as a C.

After my experience I will take all the extra load capacity that I can get. I think I will have metal stems put on too.
I would just make sure that the center caps are removable without taking off the entire wheel. Makes lubing the axles alot easier.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:57 PM   #102
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I would just make sure that the center caps are removable without taking off the entire wheel. Makes lubing the axles alot easier.
I don't have any of the quick lube type axle arrangement on mine.
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Old 08-16-2014, 02:46 PM   #103
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Even with E-Z Lube or equivalent, since there's no need to use it (ever), and no reason to use it more than about once a year, I don't think pulling the wheel off is so bad.
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Even with E-Z Lube or equivalent, since there's no need to use it (ever), and no reason to use it more than about once a year, I don't think pulling the wheel off is so bad.
Hmm. I was told you should lube the Dexter axles annually. Not so? Anything that keeps me from taking off the wheel is a good thing, but as Donna says, YMMV.
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Thanks everyone.

It really makes one appreciate having all of you to bounce thoughts and ideas off of here when making these kind of decisions. I went with the Discount Tire deal and since the guy working with me was so helpful I even let him talk me into the lifetime replacement guarantee for $11 per tire. Maybe by spending that extra it will increase my odds of never needing it (well one can unscientifically hope anyway!)
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Talked with a helpful guy at Discount Tire online, who offered me the D rated Carlisle ST205/75R15...
That's a good tip about sources... a Discount Tire Direct search for 205/75-15 trailer tires provides an interesting comparison of prices, although watch for construction (one is a bias-ply) and load range (at least C and D are shown) . Note that Discount strangely shows the load range letter followed by a "1".

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Maxxon lists that tire size as only available as a C.
Do you mean the Maxxis M8008? Maxxis lists this in load range C ("6 Ply Rating", Max 50 PSI) and load range D ("8 Ply Rating", Max 65 PSI). Getting it locally is another matter...

The Carlisle / Raceline combination from Discount sounds like a good price for a capable setup.
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Here is the "D" rated Maxxis tire: Maxxis Tire
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Brian and Jon- you are right, my mistake on the Maxxis. In their chart they rate the same tire as a C at 50 PSI and then as a D at 65 PSI.

Went with the Carlisle based on Reace using it as standard equipment now and "supposedly " their higher resistance to heat (at least according to Carlisle)
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Hmm. I was told you should lube the Dexter axles annually. Not so?
Dexter says to inspect the bearings (which means removing not just the wheel, but the hub) and of course to repack them since they were taken apart. The E-Z Lube system does nothing for this maintenance; it exists to flush out contaminated grease due to immersing the axle in water (such as on a boat trailer).

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Anything that keeps me from taking off the wheel is a good thing...
Even if you find value in use of the E-Z Lube system, you need to jack up the trailer so the wheel can rotate freely to do this... which to me is a good chunk of the work of taking the wheel off.

I'm pretty sure the lube interval recommendation from Dexter has more to do with forcing you to handle the wheel and hub and notice any problems than it does with actually replacing grease. Wheel bearing grease lasts for years without problems in motor vehicles which are used much more than travel trailers.
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I've had my original bearings inspected and repacked every couple years since 2008.
They are still good to go. Only needed to replace the seals.
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