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Old 08-15-2014, 03:18 PM   #81
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Do you know the born-on date of the tires? They may be older than you think...
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:38 PM   #82
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I have read some many conflicting things on LT tires on trailer that if left my head spinning and deciding to go with ST, but that whole discussion occupies whole treads on various forums.

The tires have this on them: DOT M6KC VLOR 0110 I believe that means that they were made in January of 2010?

Maxxis a a brand name that keeps coming up in my searches as a quality ST tire. Does anyone have experience with them?
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:54 PM   #83
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The tire companies maintain R&D departments that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars designing and engineering tires, some specifically for trailers. I'm not sure why we would think we can out smart them.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:04 PM   #84
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The tire companies maintain R&D departments that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars designing and engineering tires, some specifically for trailers. I'm not sure why we would think we can out smart them.
I'd agree with that. But, it would appear that sometimes all that R&D fails if a tire that is designed specifically for the trailer, is on the right rim, and that is properly inflated, can still explode.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:15 PM   #85
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Well, stuff happens. But, I figure it's unlikely that those who haven't had issues would post their experience on the internet. They continue to run on Marathons, after years and years, with the six-year warranty.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:37 PM   #86
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I have read some many conflicting things on LT tires on trailer that if left my head spinning and deciding to go with ST, but that whole discussion occupies whole treads on various forums.

The tires have this on them: DOT M6KC VLOR 0110 I believe that means that they were made in January of 2010?

Maxxis a a brand name that keeps coming up in my searches as a quality ST tire. Does anyone have experience with them?
I have Maxxis ST205/75/15 tires on my 17B. While they are "D" rated and could run at 65PSI, I run them at 50PSI since ETI tells me that is the rating of the rims. I got 30,000 miles on the stock set of Marathons that came with the trailer, and have 25,000 miles so far on one of the Maxxis tires. I picked up a nail in the outside edge of the other Maxxis tire and had to replace it with a no name brand from the nearest tractor supply store while on a trip. I will probably replace both of them earlier than necessary with another set of "D" rated Maxxis tires. The Maxxis on the trailer looks good for at least another 5K...
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:32 PM   #87
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Wow, Eric, glad you and Mary are all right and don't look like those tires.

I have wondered about the Marathons and the Carlisles as plenty of bad reviews can be found for both. Maybe something else is the way to go. I talked to a tire guy who said that Marathons suck but unfortunately he also said that most people do not have trailer tires balanced and sounded as if they did not need it. They should be balanced. His favorite was Powerwing I think. But he said that many tires are the same with different names put on them. Which means Powerwings, or anything, could be Marathons, I guess.

I just wish some of the good brands we have had on cars had a trailer version.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:39 PM   #88
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So, my current plan is to go with new Carlisle Radial Trail RH slightly larger ST215/75R14 rather than the stock 205's.
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I will also need to replace the rims with 6" width rather than the stock 5.5"
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While the wheel width change would be suitable, I don't see it as needed. The allowed rim width for Goodyear Marathon ST215/75R14 is 5.5" to 7.0", so the original wheels would still be within the allowed range.
I just realized that I quoted Goodyear specs, but you're going with Carlisle. I doubt it matters - allowed rim width seems standardized, so it is likely the same for the Carlisles. The Carlisle web page only gives the measuring rim width of 6" (not the allowed range),
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I think that Reace now uses 15" on the 17's so they should have loads of extra capacity if that is the case.
Yes, ETI's The 17 Foot Escape page includes this in Features:
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15″ Radial Tires (ST205-75R-15, balanced)
If you're buying wheels anyway, it wouldn't be much different in cost or any different in effort to go with the currently specified ST205/75R15. It might even have lower rolling drag than a ST215/75R14 (due to less width), and the overall diameter and loaded height differences are very small.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:57 PM   #90
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The tires have this on them: DOT M6KC VLOR 0110 I believe that means that they were made in January of 2010?
From Michelin (and consistent with various other sources):
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2. Department of Transportation Safety Code

This assures that your tire complies with all Department of Transportation (DOT) and Transport Canada safety standards. After the DOT insignia is your tire’s identification number, which begins with the tire’s manufacturer and plant code where the tire was manufactured (two numbers or letters). The ninth and tenth characters tell the week the tire was manufactured. The final number(s) signifies the year the tire was manufactured.
Following this, the code appears to be
DOT
M6 - Manufacturer & Plant: Goodyear, Lawton OK (from a code list)
KC VLOR
01 - week 01
10 - 2010

They were not excessively old.
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