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Old 09-04-2017, 07:25 AM   #1
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Default Another.15" trailer tire question

We have a 24' enclosed trailer with 5200 lb. axles and 15" 6-lug wheels. It came new with 8-ply bias ply tires. Saturday we blew a tire on Interstate 20 east of Dallas and had the pleasure of changing a tire in the 95 degree heat with semis whizzing by at 75 mph.

Goodyear Endurance makes a 225/75/15 radial that's E rated at 2830 lbs IIRC. Our car and trailer are around 7500. Should I just go with these or look into 16"? I'll have to put the car back in the trailer to measure the clearance between the tire and bottom of the fender. All older posts I've read about going to 16" wheels talked about no one making a good 15" trailer tire. If I'm not mistaken this 15" Endurance is fairly new.

We only tow a few times a year and the trailer is stored inside out of the weather and sun.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:51 AM   #2
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I've used MAXXIS tires with success...after changing blown Goodyears on the side of I-75 I threw the GY's in the trash...nothing but headaches with the GY's on my motorhome as well. I've run mine easily 20,000 miles with no issues, going to change them out only because they're now past 5 years old. Also insist on recent date codes on whatever you buy. Prepare for getting lots of "change to 16 " feedback.

Here's the MAXXIS 10 ply trailer info that's rated for the same load as the GY you referenced :

TL15713000 225/75R15
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Old 09-04-2017, 04:09 PM   #3
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I've used MAXXIS tires with success...after changing blown Goodyears on the side of I-75 I threw the GY's in the trash...nothing but headaches with the GY's on my motorhome as well. I've run mine easily 20,000 miles with no issues, going to change them out only because they're now past 5 years old. Also insist on recent date codes on whatever you buy. Prepare for getting lots of "change to 16 " feedback.

Here's the MAXXIS 10 ply trailer info that's rated for the same load as the GY you referenced :

TL15713000 225/75R15
Did you run the Goodyear Endurance radials? Just curious. I could be mistaken but I believe that's a fairly new tire. I looked up specs on the Endurance and the Maxxis and if my research was correct the GY has a higher weight rating. Just trying to compare apples to apples before I make an informed purchsse. Thank you for the reply.
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Old 09-04-2017, 04:38 PM   #4
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No experience with the Endurance model. Perhaps they're an improvement over the old marathon model which gave me fits. Other than race tires I've just had multiple bad luck with GY sidewalls distortion, difficult to balance, etc.
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:41 PM   #5
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Thank you Jim. I sincerely appreciate the feedback.

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Old 09-05-2017, 11:35 AM   #6
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Default Re: Another.15" trailer tire question

I have not heard anything bad about the new Goodyear radials yet, but I don't think they have been on the market that long and I don't know how many folks who have blown up the old tires would buy the new.

I have load range E, fifteen inch tires on my 24ft enclosed and have not had any problems yet, but they have not been tested in the heat that much.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

That all being said, from what I have heard the 16":rims are really the ultimate solution to the problem.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 09-05-2017, 01:56 PM   #7
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If you are replacing the tires anyway. Stop and change them to the 16" wheels and at least a Load Range E, "trailer rated" tire.
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:32 PM   #8
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Also agree w/16" but I blew 2 of them this year, then went with a truck trailer tire load G 110#s air.
Ok if you stick with the 15" I suggest LT tires instead. real world, I had a triple axle trailer w/ 15" E's. would always blow the tread off. lots of damage and some were like new. 2 year old or less. I switched to light truck tires and never had that happen again, had some flats but never blew tread off.... sidewalls are not as stiff but the weight rating was right and I felt safer at 65+mph...
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:31 PM   #9
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I think my next trailer tires will be "G" rated. FYI, if you buy your tires at Discount Tire, buy the replacement certificate. That is the best package going for blown tires.
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:55 AM   #10
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Default Re: Another.15" trailer tire question

In your same situation and replaced with the Multi-Mile Towmax STR ST225/75R-15.

They are a 10 ply, load range E, 2830 lb. rating. Have put about 2,000 miles on them so far and they are doing a great job so far. The trailer is more stable at speed and changing lanes than the 8 ply Goodyears that were on it. In all fairness, the Goodyears I replaced had given pretty good service for a number of years.

The Multi Mile tires are very reasonable priced, as well. -Al
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