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Old 06-19-2014, 12:01 PM   #21
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:29 PM   #22
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I could not find a speed rating on my Carlisle Radial Trail RH's, nothing on their web site either so I'll go with the 65 mph that is standard for ST's.
Radial Trail RH's are a new model, they had a lot of issues with previous ones. Couldn't find any feedback on these. Supposedly they were made to go up against the Maxxis.
I have a 1 yr old set of Maxxis M8008's on my other trailer (replaced TowMax's), considered by most on the big RV forum to be the best, they look very similar to the Radial Trails. Marathons get mixed reviews. Towmax flat out stink.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:44 PM   #23
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I'll do 65 in states where it's allowed, but much above that and my personal comfort level goes way down. A sudden blowout at that speed with a single axle trailer poses far more problems than on a tandem rig.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:38 PM   #24
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I felt uneasy trying to maintain the 80 mph speed allowed in some western states, I never intentionally exceeded 70 mph any time due to trailer tires...
I think it's reasonable to assume that factory-stock Escape tires have the default ST rating for sustained speeds up to 65 mph, at the minimum inflation pressure for the current load. If an Escape 21' has ST 205/75R15 Load Range C tires, those tires can handle 1820 pounds each at up to 65 mph with 50 psi of inflation... but Jim's trailer has an average of only 950 pounds on each tire. 950 pounds only needs less than 25 psi inflation.

As I recall, these tires should be able to handle
  • up to 1610 pounds at up to 75 mph with 50 psi inflation (as described in the Tire Rack article linked by jamman)
  • up to 1450 pounds at up to 85 mph with 50 psi inflation (further speed increase with 10% load reduction, not mentioned in the Tire Rack article)
  • lower loads at these elevated speed if the inflation pressure is lower
Pumped up enough, the Escape's tires are likely okay at 80 mph, although there are other issues with high speed, of course.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:46 PM   #25
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Darn right there are other issues with towing a trailer at high speeds (80 MPH).
Should a blow-out occur at high speed on another's trailer I sure hope it's behind me.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:55 PM   #26
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I could not find a speed rating on my Carlisle Radial Trail RH's, nothing on their web site either so I'll go with the 65 mph that is standard for ST's.
I agree - I have looked at Carlisle Radial Trail RH tires online (at both Canadian and U.S. official Carlisle sites and retailer sites such as Tire Rack and Discount Tire) and in person, and I have seen no indication of a speed rating on the 14" and 15" sizes.

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Radial Trail RH's are a new model...
I have a 1 yr old set of Maxxis M8008's on my other trailer (replaced TowMax's), considered by most on the big RV forum to be the best, they look very similar to the Radial Trails. Marathons get mixed reviews. Towmax flat out stink.
I have seen the same trend in forum posts, but I'll note that this is a comparison of ST tires, which is the type installed by ETI. Other types are another subject.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:01 PM   #27
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I think the discussion of speed ratings isn't really about how fast you can go, but what is the margin available to maintain a level of comfort?
I have found myself running at 120kph ( 75mph ) for very short periods and sometimes I feel more comfortable running at 110kph ( 68mph ), with the speed of the traffic, rather than at 90kph ( 56mph ).
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:06 PM   #28
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I think the discussion of speed ratings isn't really about how fast you can go, but what is the margin available to maintain a level of comfort?
I have found myself running at 120kph ( 75mph ) for very short periods and sometimes I feel more comfortable running at 110kph ( 68mph ), with the speed of the traffic, rather than at 90kph ( 56mph ).
My exact thoughts. I usually drive no faster that 65mph, but have to exceed that in situations in heavy traffic or needing to pass.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:14 PM   #29
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Sure, we all have to speed up to pass etc. but what I'm afraid of is a blow out at high speed. Here's a you tube on such.

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