Tires

Lucky7

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So, you can't make this stuff up...... My new 21RBSS sitting in my driveway with literally only 1,200 miles on it blew a tire out just sitting there. I'm as anal as they come about maintenance and up-keep, and my tire pressure was just checked and set at 60psi (they were almost there anyway) because we had very cold weather coming. Apparently this isn't uncommon when dealing with campers for this to happen. The junk Castle Rock ST tires are obviously defective, however they're only going to authorize replacing 1 tire. Whose to say the other 3 won't do the same thing driving down the road. So talking to many people I know who fulltime or travel 10K miles a year, they said to replace them with LT truck tires. The number 1 recommended tire for 14" was the Hankook Vantra LT 195/70R14 106R D1. The tire is specifically made for cargo vans and light duty trucks that haul heavy loads. Best thing about it, you get 12/32 tread vs 7/32 tread of a standard trailer tire. Speed rated to 106mph, max load capacity per tire 2,094 lbs. I'm gonna bite the bullet and replace all 4 of my tires with these.
 

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RoadJunkie

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I wouldn't say that you need the extra tread depth, in fact in may work against you. There is no traction wear on a trailer tire and deeper tread contributes to flex-sway. That is why trailer tires have less tread depth. But, best of luck with the new tires, I"ve not heard of a spontaneous tire failure while not in motion.
 

Lucky7

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I wouldn't say that you need the extra tread depth, in fact in may work against you. There is no traction wear on a trailer tire and deeper tread contributes to flex-sway. That is why trailer tires have less tread depth. But, best of luck with the new tires, I"ve not heard of a spontaneous tire failure while not in motion.
Hankook makes essentially the same tire but for "Trailers". Lower load capacity, less speed rating, etc......yet same price.
Asking a Hankook rep about the differences between the 2, his answer was the LT tire was far superior to the same trailer tire.
He said the biggest indication is the higher speed rating means better heat dissipation capacity of the tire with stronger overall construction.
His official answer though "it's all about marketing"......
But, who knows.....I'll give them a try and see.
 

wdk450

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Years back I was travelling North near Aberdeen, Washington, when a motorcyclist told me that one of my trailer tires had a serious sidewall bubble. I immediately pulled into a supermarket parking lot, and called my RV road assistance for a tire change. It took the road assistance guy about an hour to get to me, and in that time sitting immobile in the parking lot, the sidewall bubble popped.

2nd immobile tire failure??? Tire was one of my original 2008 Geostars. My first experience in finding out that Les Schwab tire stores had a set of the ST 235 80R 16 LR G 5th wheel tires in stock.
 
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