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Old 04-10-2013, 10:41 PM   #15
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John (radar) - I'm kind of loving those radials too, even tho a tad more expensive than the straight bias tires.

I tow with a 2012 nissan pathfinder sv. It tows 6000 pounds, but I don't know what hitch weight is best for it. Wonder where I can get that info... hmmm.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:47 PM   #16
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Let me see where we have those tires locally, Jack.

Hey, by the way -- those LED lights that you recommended (and got all shy about recommending?) -- well they work GREAT. I love the more yellowy glow of those versus the white white white of the others I also ordered. I'm keeping the white whites for backup tho. Anyway, so glad you're back to offering your opinions on stuff. I was very depressed that I'd made you mad and you'd back off. I'm one of those temperamental females (lmao).

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:22 AM   #17
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It's a spare, just use the 13" one you have. Unless the sparer is totally shot and wouldn't get you to the next town, I'd just keep it or the best one that's on the ground now. It wont matter to the trailer if one tire is a little taller than the other. If you are changing rims anyway, I might be inclined to try and tote a second spare around, especially if you are going to be doing a lot of boondocking. And a good 12 volt airpump.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:19 AM   #18
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If even the best of the old tires needs replacement now, what will it be like if you ever need it?

Another approach to the spare is to buy that third wheel and tire, and rotate them just as you would on your car; once a year, maybe in the spring pre-season checkout, move the spare onto the axle, and the other tire with the most wear into the spare position. The set of tires will last longer by sharing the use (if tire we're is a factor in when you replace them), and if you need the spare it will be a good tire.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #19
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I was very depressed that I'd made you mad and you'd back off.
I misinterpreted your frustration with the problems of fitting out a trailer as dissatisfaction with the proposed answers to your questions and a remarkable lack of gratitude to those who answered. The suggestion that you do your own research was way out of line. And some level of skepticism is always advisable on a public forum. I over-reacted. I apologize for doing so. Bygones?

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Old 04-11-2013, 10:43 AM   #20
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Sharon, I have those exact bias ply tires in 185/80-13 on my Burro, and they've been fine over the last 5000 miles. For the load range I needed, I had to get bias ply even though I'd prefer a radial. But, when I replace these tires, I probably will go up to a 205/75-14. My suggestion is to stick with sizes that are common for trailers, it's just easier in case you have to replace one on the road. My current size 185/80-13 is not common. The common ones are 175/80-13, 205/75-14, 205/75-15, 215/75-15.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:52 AM   #21
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Doesn't begin to answer your tire question but it's interesting to note that our 17 ft EggCamper has the same size tires as our 31 ft Kodiak. Though the Kodiak does have 4 of them. Regarding a fiberglass propane tank, when having propane installed in our EggCamper I asked my local RV place about a fiberglass one and was told they weigh only a few pounds less than steel and are much more expensive. I went with one 20 lb steel. With 20 lbs of propane and its tank plus two batteries on the tongue our Buick Enclave drops only about 1to 1 1/2 inches when hitched.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:55 AM   #22
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I upgraded my 13's for 14's a couple of weeks ago for my Trillium. I also plan on rotating my spare, so I purchased 3 new rims/tires. One other suggestion, I'm keeping my older 13's and putting them on in the winter. That way my new 14's will be off the trailer and sitting in a dry garage during Canada's 6 months of winter when I'm not using the trailer.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:19 PM   #23
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Bygones?

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Absolutely bygones, and I'm sorry I came on as ungrateful and probably snotty as well. I'm doing a piss poor job of coping with dad's death this past December, feeling rushed and inadequate with all the blasted paperwork, hating my ignorance for getting my life in order so I can move on. I'd "almost" come to grips with mom's death in 2010 (or so I thought) and then wham, round two with dad's death and incredible stress with getting everything sorted out with his affairs so I can evaluate my own chaotic affairs. These are life-altering things all of us have gone through or will go through, and I'm no role model for doing it properly.

My overall decency towards others has taken a hit and I better get it together before I alienate everybody who is offering a helping hand. I need the goodwill of others more than ever before, and I better keep reminding myself of that fact by showing appreciation for much needed advice, etc. Believe it or not, I used to have at least average people skills. Who knew, eh? Anyway, let the healing begin! (said I to me) ... so the next phase of life can begin with good cheer, hope, and a sense of adventure (oh, and winning a modest lotto would be terrific, too).

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PS - Wait til you folks see my next round of questions. My ignorance of all-things-fiberglass-travel-trailer is being etched in stone, right here on our beloved forum.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:27 PM   #24
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Though a more expensive alternative in the short run, I think I like the idea of buying three new 14" inchers now and doing a regular rotation to prolong the life of all tires, as someone suggested.

Do the 14s" weigh a lot more than the 13s"? What I'm really asking is, will hanging a 14" off the back as a spare cause any problems?

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Old 04-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #25
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Sharon, Trailers tires almost never wear out. They get too old and need to be replaced. Some replace at 3 years, others at 5 years. Exposure to sun has a lot to do with it. Get a cover for your spare, and when your trailer is parked cover the tires.
My point being, the act of rotating your tires, will likely not extend their life much. Also, a smaller spare is kinda like the space saver spare on a car. No real problem, just looks funny. But only if someone takes a look at both sides of the trailer.
If cost is a concern, a 13" spare might make sense, even if you have 14" wheels on the trailer.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:00 PM   #26
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While rotating tires might not extend their life much, I personally don't like throwing out something that was never used. At least if I rotate I know each tire was used at some point and it doesn't feel like a waste when all three are replaced.

Rotating also allows you to test the tire, a spare used once and failing won't be much good and likely won't have any warranty left if it's a manufacturer defect.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:54 PM   #27
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I'm really old skool. I remember when I was a kid my dad never bought more than four tires for our car. He always took the best of the four that was coming off and made that the spare. He said the spare was only to be used to get us to the tire store. If you rotate your tires, and that means you do it, not just say you will, then buy three tires. Otherwise, I'd say buy two of the best tires you can afford and the cheapest spare you can get... it would only be used to get you to the tire store! Often folks just buy three mediocre tires.. that doesn't make sense to me YMMV

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:40 PM   #28
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Donna, you and several others have said that -- and since I need to be frugal but smart, I will buy 2 tires only.

It's very difficult to figure which tires are "best" since most are now made in Asia, usually China but not always. I expect I'll get the kenda radials, 205/75/14, since they come installed on a wheel.

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