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Old 08-15-2014, 09:14 PM
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I know, trailer tires again. Heavy 16's

So I lost a tire on my gooseneck this weekend. The trailer is a 2006 with original tires. There's nothing for them to mess up if they let go, and it doesn't go cross country so I've let it be. It's got Load Star (Kenda) Karrier H/D's, 235/85R16 load range G's on it now. The tire that went looks like a broken belt in the tread, but nothing came flying off of it, despite steel cord sticking out of the tread.

Is anybody running this size and load range on their trailers? It appears the G is obsolete and replaced with F that has a higher load rating. Anybody running other brands with good luck? It's not a cheap tire size or load range, so if there's something better out there I'd consider it........................... Really more concerned with quality over price, though some of the prices I've been quoted are nuts.
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i run LT 235/85-16 tires on my GN and car trailer. th ones on the GN are getting close to replacement. i was going to try greenballs next they seem to be highly recommended

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What is the weight rating of the axles?
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What is the weight rating of the axles?
7K each. An E rated tire is pushing max at capacity, but the original G's were rated at 3700 or so each. The current F is rated for 39xx each now. Don't need that high, but rather not be pushing the E's to max either.
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You can get a load range G. Goodyear G614 RST. They are very pricey though. I have been shopping them as I want something heavier duty on my coach. They run $350+/each.

The Greenball's mentioned above do seem to have good reviews, I am researching them as well. I think the Greenball's are made in China, the Goodyear is made in the U.S. and that may sway my decision more than price.
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if you can find where it says the goodyears are made in the USA i would like to see it. i know they used to be, but i thought they recently also moved to manufacture in china
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I actually run the G614s on the front of my truck for mileage, and the ones I got say 'made in USA' on them, but I got them used and the DOTs are on the inside so I have no idea when they were actually made.
If you have time to play with, you may be able to track down a used set from a fleet service company or used tire store. I got the pair for my truck from a little shop in Tacoma for $100 each.
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7K each. An E rated tire is pushing max at capacity, but the original G's were rated at 3700 or so each. The current F is rated for 39xx each now. Don't need that high, but rather not be pushing the E's to max either.
Yours is a special case, but generally in an RV, 7k axles mean G rated tires or better (some run H rated 17.5's versus the G 16's).

An ST G rated tire is much cheaper than an LT. But they are all made in China. And they all have a higher chance of going boom. Not all of them. But it's like playing Russian roulette with more bullets in the gun.

Generally, G614's are an excellent tire, but stupid pricey. An alternative in a Sailun S637 (G rated 16 inch) tire seems to be getting a lot of early good press on the net. About half the price of the Goodyear's. Unsure of origin.

Goodyear G614's seem to be well warrantied by the company though. Several people that had a blow, had the cost of all repairs paid for by Goodyear. Not going to find that with another company.

The current G614's are made in the US.
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Lot of the folks over at RVNet recommend Michelin Ribs over the China bombs. Not being an ST tire, they are rated higher than 65 MPH.
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if you can find where it says the goodyears are made in the USA i would like to see it. i know they used to be, but i thought they recently also moved to manufacture in china
You got me curious so I got an answer from the horse's mouth, so to speak. I emailed Goodyear and this is the answer I got:

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Thank you. That tire is manufactured in Topeka, KS.


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Lot of the folks over at RVNet recommend Michelin Ribs over the China bombs. Not being an ST tire, they are rated higher than 65 MPH.
The Goodyear G614, like the Ribs, are sized as LT tires, even though Goodyear specifically says they are a tire for trailers. They are, however, about $50 more per tire than the Ribs. But then, the Ribs are not available in a load range G tire, which was Ferguson65's original question.

He needs the heavier tire to replace what he has, I want the heavier tire because I don't fully trust what I have.
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I had 2 full sets of the Goodyear 235/85/16 G tires on our trailer, the first set lasted about 25K miles before one lost its tread, still had 110 lbs of air just no tread. The second set lasted 2.5 years and about the same miles before one of them was losing its tread so I made a change. We now have set of Sumitomo 215/75/17.5 H tires and our tire problems stopped, now I just have to replace them because of age. You can buy steel or metal 17.5 wheels, aluminum is around 265 and steel runs around 150 each. The Sumitomo that I just replaced from age and axle alienment was $300.15 mounted balanced and tax.

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You got me curious so I got an answer from the horse's mouth, so to speak. I emailed Goodyear and this is the answer I got:
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After a bit of digging around online, and calling some of the local truck tire places, I think I'm going to go with these (that Wingdone mentioned)............Sailun S637 Sailun Commercial Truck Tires: S637 Premium Regional All Position . Going to throw 2 on for now, as my R/F tire on the trailer looks like the L/F did before it let go...........

Seem to have good reviews from around the web, I can have them mounted for around $185 each, which is less than I'm going to pay for just the Karriers alone. The GY G614's are just too much for a trailer that doesn't get used all the time, and doesn't really have anything fragile to damage.

Time will tell, but these seem to be one of the better China tires.
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