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Old 09-15-2016, 09:23 AM   #71
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They're in and mounted/balanced. I mentioned before about reading the "MAXXIS Tires" article in the latest issue of Trailer Life. He mentioned about the tires being stronger since they have 3 continuous "ribs" that's runs the entire perimeter of the tires...or at least these 13" Tires have 3.

Also, there's been alot of talk back and forth about "balancing" trailer tires. After seeing the weights they put on these wheels...well...makes me to wonder HOW these would have ran without them? May never know. I was concerned about my chrome rims fitting on the wheels (You can see the rust spots where they dig into the wheels). But I guess they were designed to ride over weights as they fit fine. One of the wheels have weights on the front AND back of the wheel...wow.

Here's some pics showing my old DICO spare (never been ran) and the ribs on the new MAXXIS 8008's.

Also, Discount Tire REALLY did me well through a wild miscommunication that's explained on another thread I started earlier. Here's a link to it called "MAXXIS Tires available":
MAXXIS Tires available: 175/80R13
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:07 AM   #72
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That is a surprising amount of weights for balancing such small tires!

Do not believe the small tires on my old Scamp ever required that amount, although they did have a couple of small weights on them. I have no doubt though that some of the tire wear issues we read about here are the result of unbalanced tires though. Many tire shops will not normally balance trailer tires unless asked to do so.

How did it tow home? Notice any difference?
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Old 09-15-2016, 12:09 PM   #73
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Kinda funny you ask. They're still sitting in my shop unmounted. The studs on my hubs seemed pretty stubborn when I removed the nuts and I'd like to "chase" them a bit before reinstalling the wheel to keep the nuts from galling...that or maybe some light lube on the threads.

A theory I have on the weights is, that it would tend to take MORE on the smaller wheel vs a larger wheel since they're more inward towards the center than say on a 16" wheel.

Otherwise, I'm 100% confident these tires will run fine.

Carol...what did you think about the "ribs" on our Maxxis? I have a mixed feeling...yeah...they're stronger on the diameter, but are we sacrificing a bit of "grip" because the water doesnt the have the grooves going from the center outwards? In other words, the outer ribs COULD possibly act as "dams" in the center??

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That is a surprising amount of weights for balancing such small tires!

Do not believe the small tires on my old Scamp ever required that amount, although they did have a couple of small weights on them. I have no doubt though that some of the tire wear issues we read about here are the result of unbalanced tires though. Many tire shops will not normally balance trailer tires unless asked to do so.

How did it tow home? Notice any difference?
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:46 PM   #74
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Darrell, the thin squiggly lines, called 'sipes', are for distributing water.

But those tires are not for power, nor steering, so I wouldn't think water would be much of a problem.

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Old 09-15-2016, 01:48 PM   #75
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That was my thinking as well; especially for my kinda travel. Havent heard/read any complaints on "traction" for these tires.

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Darrell, the thin squiggly lines, called 'sipes', are for distributing water.

But those tires are not for power, nor steering, so I wouldn't think water would be much of a problem.

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Old 09-15-2016, 02:21 PM   #76
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Carol...what did you think about the "ribs" on our Maxxis? I have a mixed feeling...yeah...they're stronger on the diameter, but are we sacrificing a bit of "grip" because the water doesnt the have the grooves going from the center outwards? In other words, the outer ribs COULD possibly act as "dams" in the center??
Haven't given it much if any thought! LOL

I can tell you though that I have pulled the trailer on the freeway with the Maxxis tires through some pretty heavy rain storms up here on the Wet Coast and no concerns. They ran/felt fine.
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Old 09-15-2016, 04:13 PM   #77
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I put these on my Scamp four years ago and have been perfectly happy with them. Next year I will probably buy a new set and transfer these to my aluminum utility trailer which gets very light use.

If you get these and have them balanced be sure to specify TAPE weights to avoid corrosion. Chrome or stainless hub cover and nuts add to the great looks these will give your trailer. I get lustful compliments every time I camp.

Karrier ST175/80R13 Radial Trailer Tire with 13" Aluminum Wheel - 5 on 4-1/2 - Load Range D Kenda Tires and Wheels AM31998

Sure is't a pricey setup but you only go around once.

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Old 09-16-2016, 07:41 AM   #78
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Dan if the Scamp didnt have such a "retro" look, I would spring for them myself!! Those alum. rims are nothing but SHARP! One would have to think the "aluminum" could/would act as somewhat of a "heatsink" on the hubs?

The Kenda's would be my second choice on tires.

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I put these on my Scamp four years ago and have been perfectly happy with them. Next year I will probably buy a new set and transfer these to my aluminum utility trailer which gets very light use.

Karrier ST175/80R13 Radial Trailer Tire with 13" Aluminum Wheel - 5 on 4-1/2 - Load Range D Kenda Tires and Wheels AM31998

Sure is't a pricey setup but you only go around once.

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