Load star vs Carlisle 6 ply?

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  1. MichaelC

    MichaelC New Member

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    Looking to replace tires on my newly acquired 2002 viking epic 1706. Suggestions? It has 4 pugs. Class B or C? Carlisle or load star....or any other suggestions. Thx!
     
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    MichaelC New Member

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    Lugs, not pugs....lol
     
  3. MichaelC

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    4.80-12 is what is on there now. What about Kenda brand? Is that load star?
     
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    Yes, Kenda makes Loadstar
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I had Loadstar on my Apache for 8 years. I never had any problems.
     
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    MichaelC New Member

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    Thank you mv and xxxapache!
     
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    AlsChopShop Delightfully Incompetent

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    Make sure the weight rating of the tires exceeds the weight of your pup. That's the most important thing.

    Al

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    And the higher rating needs higher pressure for inflating. So make sure your compressor and tire gauge can handle those pressures.

    I had to purchase a new tire gauge when I went from 2 ply to 6 ply tires.
     
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    We had good luck with the Kenda Loadstars on our pup, and ordered them from etrailer when no one in town seemed to be willing or able to order them. They came as standard on the TT, so we plan to buy them again when it's time to replace those tires.
    And yes, we had to buy a new tire gauge for the camper tires.
     
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    Go with the higher load rating; overkill on tires is a good thing. The factory put underrated C range bias on our heavy Niagara. After a wear problem fiasco, we put D rated radials on it. So far so good. Call etrailer; they will set you up right.
     
  11. MichaelC

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    Thank you all for your input! Went with Kendas from etrailer. 6 ply. Great price, only 62$ each with galvanized rim and free shipping. Will def be doing biz again with etrailer.com
     
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    20200105_171833.jpg 20200105_154343.jpg 20200105_154326.jpg Guys, my experience with the Kenda's is horrible. Blowout after only 250 miles. I think that the dealer is going to put carlisle tires on it under my warranty, and, fixing the side of the camper that was damaged by the China Bomb. Not sure why, but, they told me that Forest River is now using them instead of the Kenda's. Not sure it really matters, as they are both China Bombs anyway... We need to go back to american made tires... View attachment 58398 View attachment 58398 View attachment 58399
     
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    What bent the rim?....Looks like a pothole or debris bent the rim and caused rapid air loss, then the tire came apart from heat.
     
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    Nope, the bent rim happened when the tread came off, and after the loud blowout. I have the video of it happening, (which we turned over to our attorney) that shows that we never hit anything at all. But, thanks for that thought. I did think the same thing until we saw the video. Kenda tells me I was overloaded, but, my max is 3566 according to my labels on the camper. My weight at the cat scales for the camper was 2245, so that was not it. I really think it probably is the fact that the tires were from 2015, and therefore could be just old. Again, thanks for the input.
     
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    I have an Epic 1906
    It came with 480 x 12 LR B I now use 5.30 x 12 LR C
    I have had two defective tires from Kenda. I prefer Carlisle but they are a little harder to find. I still will use Loadstar, anything can be defective and they sent me new tires.
     
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    My tires are 6.5 years old & spare is 1999, so I'm upgrading to load range D. My pup's GVWR is 2200lbs (same as the axle) even though the 5.30-12 Carlisle tires combined capacity was about 2100 lbs. My new tires will add 350 lb capacity for the tires. I want the tires NOT to be the weak link... this may help.

    I also wanted to spruce up from the white steel wheels, so I'm going with the HWT Aluminum rims/ Kenda tires combo from Etrailer. (3) tires.
    Kenda KR25 Radial Trailer Tire with 12" Aluminum HWT Wheel - 4 on 4 - Load Range D
    Item # AM31208HWT
     
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