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My local Big O Tire guy, who seems pretty knowledgeable and went so far as to suggest using LT tires on my 5er, just told me that NO manufacturer is producing ST's in america. He claims they have all moved trailer tire production to China . IS that possible? He claims even Goodyear is doing it.

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Unfortunately.. true as far as I know. Well partly... Maxxis tires are made in Thailand. :lol:

 

The difference between manufacturers though DOES vary. It depends on what standards and level of QC the particular brand holds the overseas factories to. Goodyear, Maxxis, and a very small handful of others still maintain a much higher quality standard. Not all can be classed as "China bombs".

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Not all,

Michelin has a lot of manufacturing here

 

http://www.michelin.com/eng/michelin-group/organization/facilities/(continent)/957/(country)/997#map-anchor

 

Throwing a blanket over all tire brands without research doesn't do anyone any good.

 

That's like saying HD is 100% American made... Forgetting to include wheels and suspension made by Showa and carbs made by Kehin

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Not all,

Michelin has a lot of manufacturing here

 

http://www.michelin.com/eng/michelin-group/organization/facilities/(continent)/957/(country)/997#map-anchor

 

Throwing a blanket over all tire brands without research doesn't do anyone any good.

 

That's like saying HD is 100% American made... Forgetting to include wheels and suspension made by Showa and carbs made by Kehin

 

I didn't know that Michelin ever made an ST tire.

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Well the truth of the matter is there is not a lot of tires on the market that is good for our homes on wheels, ST or LT. Also every time I went to buy a tire it was special order. And 16" 7k two axle camper you don't have anything good to choose from. The XPS and the Durias are rated 3kish. Most up to 17" to get decent tires with the load rating they need.

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Most up to 17" to get decent tires with the load rating they need.

 

I've never heard of anyone going to 17" for their trailer tires. I have read of people going to a higher rated 16" or to a 17.5". I think most just stay at 16" and use LT tires or don't make any change.

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.....and went so far as to suggest using LT tires on my 5er, just told me that NO manufacturer is producing ST's in america......

 

LT tires are trailer rated.

 

ST tires generally have a thinner sidewall and are rated for more weight than similar LT tires because they do not have to allow for driving forces.

 

I switched from a ST235/80-16 E China bomb to LT7.5 x16 G Hankook tire. Best thing I have done for my trailer.

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I run Michelin 16 inch E rated XPS rib tires. No problems from them but load range E is as high as Michelin goes in the 16 inch tires. I would have gotten a higher load range if it had been available. My E rated tires are not overloaded but they are near the top of their load capacity. Charlie

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My local Big O Tire guy, who seems pretty knowledgeable and went so far as to suggest using LT tires on my 5er, just told me that NO manufacturer is producing ST's in america. He claims they have all moved trailer tire production to China . IS that possible? He claims even Goodyear is doing it.

Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac is made in America. Cooper Tires are made in America. Dick Cepek Fun Country tires are made In America.

Here is a list of tires made in America by union workers. Oddly enough, some Geolander tires are made in America.

 

That said, I recommend Sailun LT, all-position, load range G 16" tires for your 5er. They are quite common in the Canadian trucking industry. Sailun is a respected HD truck tire mfgr. I bought a set of 4 and eliminated my frustrations with ST tires. They stood up very well during our trip to Alaska, even Top-of The-World-highway. Which is really crushed stone and dirt/mud. They are almost a copy of the Goodyear LR G 16" tire but cost about half.

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That said, I recommend Sailun LT, all-position, load range G 16" tires for your 5er. They are quite common in the Canadian trucking industry. Sailun is a respected HD truck tire mfgr. I bought a set of 4 and eliminated my frustrations with ST tires. They stood up very well during our trip to Alaska, even Top-of The-World-highway. Which is really crushed stone and dirt/mud. They are almost a copy of the Goodyear LR G 16" tire but cost about half.

I just put Sailun 17.5" H rated tires on my 5th wheel. They are also rated to 75 mph. I was tired of running at max capacity on my 16" G rated tires.

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A few months ago on TV, the Top Gear show did a segment on tire speed ratings. Was interesting. They said that the rated speed is ths maximum that a properly inflated not overloaded tire can withstand OVER A 20-MINUTE TIME SPAN. Beyond that time it's likely to blow.

Another episode they were testing some super-speed vehicle with a top speed of around 260 mph. The tires' speed rating was 250. The driver said no sweat- from a standstill to 250 mph the car would run out of gas in less than 15 minutes!!

 

Ron

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