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American made trailer tires #4104080 05/23/16 06:28 AM
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Good Morning - I have a little pop up camper that uses 185/75 x 13 tires. The factory tires are now 4 years old and I want to replace them with quality tires, since I tow long distances. Does anyone make a trailer radial tire in the USA anymore? I have not been able to find American tires in this size range.

I am not worried about a flat tire. The cheapo Chinese made tires destroy the trailer wheel well when they come apart, since a flap of tread beats the wheel well until you get stopped.

Thanks in advance for any advice :-)

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I did the same research a few months ago for my auto transport trailer, basically what I found was Maxxis 8008's (USA) and Goodyear Marathons (Former USA) are the best tires. Good luck.

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Re: American made trailer tires [Re: Oldtom] #4104115 05/23/16 07:20 AM
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My Popup came with American made tires when I bought it!

The original, 1987 bias ply 4.80-8 tires, that is


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185/80r13 seems popular.. will that fit?


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What is your rim width? Personally I would put a set of passenger tires on it if you travel long freeway distances. ST rated trailer tires have almost no regulations, are made using outdated methods (unless you find one with an all steel construction) and unless specifically noted are only speed rated to 65mph.


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Re: American made trailer tires [Re: Oldtom] #4104156 05/23/16 08:21 AM
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Good Luck.

I had a set of Maxxis on my old 5th wheel one of those blew.
The are good tires I just got one bad one. I think all trailer tires are hit and miss.
I have the top of the line Carlisles on my current trailer. Coming up on season three with them. The are speed rated to 81 miles on hour. I never tow over 60-65. I have been pleased with them. Some people say Carlisle is the devil. I have had them on two trailers with no issue.


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Re: American made trailer tires [Re: Oldtom] #4104223 05/23/16 09:58 AM
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I ran Goodyear Marathon's for many years on my trailer, then switched to Carlisle. I've been getting 6-7 years out of them, then they just become too dry-rotted on the sidewalls to really trust anymore. My trailer sits outside all the time, so the tires are susceptible to weathering.


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Re: American made trailer tires [Re: A_Harman] #4104235 05/23/16 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted By: A_Harman
I've been getting 6-7 years out of them



I would say either you have been lucky or have enough capacity in your tires youve not been close enough to maximum capacity to experience any failure.

[/i]"In approximately three years, roughly one-third of the tire's strength is gone.
Three to five years is the projected life of a normal trailer tire.
It is suggested that trailer tires be replaced after three to four years of service regardless of tread depth or tire appearance.

The combined capacity of all of the tires should exceed the loaded trailer weight by 20 percent."[i]


http://m.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoTrailerTireFacts.do

So if you are supposed to have enough capacity to provide a 20% buffer when the tires are new and the tires capacity is to be reduced by 1/3 after 3 years, youve now got 45% of the original capacity to work with. Obviously not many people adhere to these recommendations nor the 65mph speed factor, so it is easy to see why there are so many trailer tire failures.

Ive switched to LT tires on my 14k GVW trailer as well as my 5th wheel.


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Re: American made trailer tires [Re: Oldtom] #4104316 05/23/16 11:55 AM
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You are generally already ahead of the game just planning to change the tires out.

I haven't had any issues with Carlisle's either, but then the longest I run them is 6 years - and it sounds like significantly lower miles than the OP.

I have also had decent service from Kenda trailer tires - though the last one I bought was now Chinese made instead of Taiwan.

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The Carlisle bias-ply (USA Trail) is made in USA and is a decent tire.

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Bias ply tires are OK for general farm use or other low speed off road/dirt road traveling.

They are not recommended by any manufacturer for sustained high speed travel. Radial tires will run cooler under load compared to a bias ply at high speed. Ask any tire manufacturer the two leading causes of tire failure: improper inflation and heat.


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Bias ply trailer tires work fine if you stay under their speed rating (65 mph), don't overload them, and change them when they should be.

Just my years of towing my boat speaking here.

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There is a reason why radials are infinitely more popular these days, and why you dont see bias ply on passenger vehicles at all.


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yea, fuel economy.

only radial in that size with enough load rating is
http://www.amazon.com/80R13-Freestar-Rad...9436&sr=1-3

Dunno if I would use that or a maxxis/carlisle,marathon

oh wait I do know.


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That's one advantage, but certainly not the only reason. Whereas the cords in biasply tires run diagonally, the cords in radial-ply tires run from bead to bead, perpendicular to the tire’s circumference. It's a much stronger design
Which gives a more stable tread foundation and a more flexible sidewall. The design of the radial offers more strength with less material, which also translates to better heat dissipation.
Bias ply tires do ok in certain applications but they are not a superior design in any way.


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