Tires

#1
Hi, I have a 33' 5th wheel. I recently had one of my LT 225/75R16 Goodyear tires delaminate on the interstate causing major damage to my RV. I was told that I should not run a truck tire on my trailer by the guy that aired my spare up. After getting home I have gone to two dealers and both recomend LT tires. One recomends Bridgestone and the other recomends Cooper. I sure dont want to go through this again any time soon. Has anyone had any experience with either of these tires?

Thanks
Roy
 

DL Rupper

Senior Member
#2
Tires

Hey terry, I have had trouble with both Cooper and Goodyear tires on my 5th Wheel and have had trouble with Bridgestone tires on my truck. :dead: Its been my experience that the Michelins work best. :laugh: I use Michelin LT 225/75/16E RIB XPS on my 5th Wheel. I am on my second set of the Michelin RIB XPS tires and have had very good luck with them. :laugh: They have 4 steel belts in the tred and 1 steel belt in the sidewall. Most light truck (LT) tires have 2 polyester belts and 2 steel belts in the tred and no steel belts in the sidewall. The Michelin RIB XPS are made for commercial delivery trucks so they work well on a 5th Wheel. They are highway tred so have low friction compared to the mud/snow treds most LT tires have. By the way most large 5'ers use light truck tires. Hope this info will help.
 

Kirk

Senior Member
#3
Tires

Roy, what ever tire you choose to run on the trailer, make sure that you don't run them for more that 5-7 years. The sidewalls will crack in that general time frame just from weather and age. It is very rare to wear out and RV tire.
 

DL Rupper

Senior Member
#4
Tires

Roy, I forgot to mention that you need to keep the tire air pressure up to the maximum specified on the sidewall. Check the pressure every morning that you are in a travel mode. Also, I have found that in the summer it is best to only tow in the morning when it is cooler. When the road heats up to 100+ degrees and the air temp is at 90 degrees and the trailer is going 75mph the tries will tend to delaminate, especially if you are towing a 12 to 15,000lb trailer. Like I said, when the temp is up I only tow in the morning hours and keep my speed to 60/65mph. Prior to doing this, I experienced 2 blowouts and they were not fun. When the 18-wheelers came by at 70mph and the 5th wheel was jacked-up and swaying, it got dicey. Good luck. :laugh:
 
#5
Tires

Thanks for the info. Will check out the Michelins. I have them on my truck and very happy with them. I am at lost as to why the dealer didn't recomend them.
Roy
 
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