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Shetland Sheepdog
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was checking out my tires on my 7 ton gooseneck trailer.
They are Trail America brand. LT 235/85R16 load range G. What I found interesting was that they had "for trailer use only" on them in very small raised lettering, also, I could not find "country of manufacture" anywhere on the tires! Tires are OEM on a Horton trailer made in GA, and are about 7 years old. Trailer doesn't get a lot of miles, but I've never had a flat, and they're still in good shape, no checking or sidewall cracks, etc. I was just wondering if anyone else was familiar with these particular tires.

Edit: Oops! Sorry, shoulda been in "Tractor Transporting".
 


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Remember when there were a bunch of tires recalled several years ago because they were causing Ford Explorers to flip or some such thing? I wonder if some of those tires got some new warning stamped in to them and got sent back out as trailer tires or something?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

True trailer tires have a different construction than truck/car tires since the forces they are subjected to are very different. So, they are marked "trailer use only".
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:14 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm with you on that Brendon, I just was thinking they would be branded "ST" instead of "LT". What you said is basicly what my tire guru told me was the difference between ST's and LT's. Maybe Jose will weigh in on this.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't think that these were re-branded, as the lettering was raised, like built into the mold! I think that re-brands are recessed, like when they mark "Blems". I could be wrong though.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've seen some chinese tires with the 'made in' stamp hidden under the edge of the rim when it's mounted. Don't know if that's seen on non-farm tires or not.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

FF, That might explain it!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wondered about this too then googled "trailer
tires LT" and found this site. They are saying that
that trailer tires can have the LT designation based
on their load rating but can still be specialized
trailer tires.
Trailer tire info

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

rrlund, rebranding of the recalled tires would be pointless, they were only 4 ply. Dealers were directed to "knife" the sidewall causing a 4-6" cut.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The Firestones were scrapped. I bet I cut up 200 of them and we were not even a dealer(dealer said they were to scrap all of them) You can have ANY name you want put on the side of a tire, the last ad I saw was a 200 tire minimal order.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They are a heavy duty radial tire made for trailer use. load range G used to be 14 ply. I believe trail america used to be made by Titan, but who knowes where they are made now.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer tires Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They are good trailer tires. Another good trailer tire is a 7.50R16 Hankook F19. I sold several sets to stockmen to put on their gooseneck stock trailers. Don't see much of them any more as they don't have the flat tires that they used to. I have some on my trailer right now. Bud
 
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