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Old 09-15-2015, 12:56 PM   #11
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:20 PM   #12
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carries some D rated tires in 14" and 15" that I have been looking at. Since they are a trailer store and sell a lot of tires and rims you would think they would sell a good tire. They seem to have good reviews for the most part and
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also sells the same tires.

I have used Etrailer a lot over the years and find their sevice and products to be very good but I would hate to be the guinea pig on tires on the camper although I think most ST tires are created equal an the biggest thing is just keeping them inflated properly and covered when in storage. I am about to need a set for my utility trailer and I think I may try a set for it.

I would not put that 7 year old spare on the ground and would just replace it.

This subject is always like playing Russian Roulette on these forums and I usually steer clear of them but I feel frisky tonight.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:01 PM   #13
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Soultrek - LOL - I knew I was living dangerously posting any tire opinion here. In my opinion - and ( I don't pretend to have an advanced degree in tire engineering) the D rated tires provide an extra safety margin in weight capacity. I've personally noticed no harsher ride, nor loss of traction at higher psi - but then again, I think I'll just stop there......
Yes, tire discussions certainly bring out a range of positions and opinions, coming from a broad range of different perspectives.

Do you run those Load Range D tires at a higher pressure than 50 psi? If not, you have no more load margin than with Load Range C, since they get their load capacity from the ability to handle more air pressure.

If you do pump then up, and haven't noticed a difference in behaviour, try pumping your car tires up to their maximum (if the correct inflation pressure is well below maximum), and see how it rides - a good demonstration of tire inflation effects, and easier to appreciate using the tires more directly connected to the driver. In amateur motorsports competition we paid significant attention to tire air pressure, but of course the average driver on the street wouldn't go as far. Even on the street, forums dedicated to specific models of car routinely contain discussions of optimal tire pressure, because ordinary drivers notice the effect... but with the tires on the trailer instead of the tug, differences are much less noticeable. Given the many threads discussing rough ride effects on the trailer interior - including refrigerator doors that need straps to stay closed - it seems to me that ride harshness in the trailer matters, but I suppose that's a matter of personal opinion.

Trailer tire traction is only noticeable in those times that life on the road gets really hairy. What is not noticeable in normal driving may matter in an emergency.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:10 PM   #14
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carries some D rated tires in 14" and 15" that I have been looking at. Since they are a trailer store and sell a lot of tires and rims you would think they would sell a good tire...
I get the logic, but I think they sell what they can make money selling. They appear to make more money selling Kenda and Taskmaster than they would selling other brands. That may have more to do with the deal they made with the manufacturer than with the quality of the product.

Over at TireRack.com - another online vendor with a solid repuation, but specializing in tires - they appear to make money selling Goodyear (probably popular due to name recognition) and Power King Towmax (probably for those shopping for the least expensive option).

Neither of these vendors sell Carlisle (a very popular brand, currently used by Escape) or Maxxis (the brand of ST tire I've seen most commonly mentioned positively in these forums).
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