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Thursday, June 9, 2011

RV Travel Trailer Tires - US vs. Imports

I have a question and I'm hoping that you can answer it. Why can't I find a trailer (ST) tire that is not made in China? I know that some US made ST tires can still have a problem of holding up to the task but I'm sure we all know the Chinese made tires are not very good at all, I know this from some bad experience running on them plus their was a major recall on Chinese made tires not too long ago. I know that I would shell out some more dollars for a safer tire, wouldn't you? Michael J. (San Diego, CA)

Michael, since specialty tires are seemingly always a hot topic in the RV realm, I posed your question to Walter Cannon, the Executive Director of the RVSEF, (RV Safety & Education Foundation). Walter is the leading expert concerning tires, weights and RVs. Here's his response:

My best suggestion is to try Goodyear, Marathon or Carlisle tires. These companies make ST tires but you might want to verify that they are indeed made in the U.S. Depending on the exact tire size, some trailer manufacturers are opting for LT tires which are more widely available. Should you have any more questions, please let me know. Walter Cannon.

Gary's Note: Walter can be reached at staff@rvsafety.com.

 

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