Tire Brands

Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by wmgeorge, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. wmgeorge

    wmgeorge Member

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    Ok got the camper a 2003 Rockwood by Forest River Freedom 1950 it has Carlisle radial 145R12 5 on 4.5 white spoked wheels they appear to be D Rated tires. I like to C and D rated tires with metal valve stems.

    Anyway what brand is the best?? When I went to Alaska in 2013 I purchased good tires... but memory fails me.
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I have Carlisle Radial RH on my TT. No complaints.
     
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    I have the same on mine, worked fine for long and short trips.
     
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    Oh, just check there age.
     
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    I have 13" radial, 81 mph rated Carlisle's.
     
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    Goodyear Endurance. Seeing more of these everyday. I believe they are the only tire made here.
     
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    I second that. I’ve got them on my TT and am very happy with them. The roads I drive are very hard on tires and these are holding up well
     
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    I looked into the Goodyear Endurance, not made in a 12 inch.
     
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    I have looked at the Endurance for my next set. I have a hard time swallowing the fact that they are over 50% more per tire than the Carlisles in my particular size.
     
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    I see Sams Club sells these Carlisle Radial RH but I need to check date codes.
     
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    Well this is what I have decided on,
    CARLISLE
    RADIAL TRAIL RH
    ST145 / R12 87M D1 BSW Discount tire carries but needs to order and I don't have any idea about the cost to mount but I will call. My guess I could buy with the rims already mounted for the same price. I am disappointed eTrailer does not carry.
     
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    Wow, Discount tire wants $19 each tire for labor to mount and some other fees added on, not cheap. I wanted metal valve stems and I could not get a straight answer out of the person I was talking with, when your running 65 or even higher pressures, I want a metal stem thank you.
     
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    My neighbor has the cheap tire changer from Harbor Freight. I mounted it to a pallet and we use it. Pays for itself quick at $19 a tire.

    If the tires are just ran on roads, standard stems are fine. If you go through fields and brush, metal stems are good.
     
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    Metal stems are for the pressure. 65 psi is the max for rubber.
     
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    FWIW, there are high pressure rubber stems.

    As far as stems go, I did have a rubber snap in stem leak in a TT tire one time. It was a high pressure stem if that matters. Anyway, I swapped them to metal bolt in stems after that.

    I have one of those HF changers mentioned above. It sure is handy. It is what I used to swap from rubber to metal stems and as of recent swapped again to TPMS sensors.
     
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    Well Walmart will mount for "free" if you order online from walmart.com and ship to store, rubber stems are $3 but they will replace with metal ones if you furnish. Tires the Carlisle radial, ST145R12 LRD 8 ply rated 1200 lbs are $58.99 plus taxes of course.
     
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    Yeah, Walmart will mount for free, but not balance. You gotta pay for a balance if you want it.
     
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    They don't balance small trailer tires and neither does Discount Tire who wanted $19 in labor for each tire plus all the add on fees, vs "free". NO one in this area stocks trailer tires in the store, except Walmart and Menards who have some but not radials.

    Tires and taxes ran $125.06 and the metal stems high pressure ones from Amazon and they were $9.50 or so with tax for four of them free shipping.
     
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    You can buy bolt in stems at any auto parts store. As far as small trailer tires go, I have mounted them by hand with a couple of tire spoons.

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    I've run these stems at 80 psi with no problems.
     

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