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Old 10-02-2010, 08:49 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by John Haggerty View Post
If you see metal threads coming out it usually means that the tread is separating from the tire, and allowing the steel belt inside to wiggle out as the steel wires break down. Were the tires balanced when installed? Out of curiosity, what Camper do you have and what size tires were they? I have a Scamp 16 side dinette and lost my tread on the heavier curb side a couple of months ago, and upgraded to "D" range trailer tires to give more tire capacity.
We are getting a 16 Scamp side dinette and am wondering what brand has D rated for the 13".

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Old 10-02-2010, 09:13 AM   #16
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Re: Our Scamp Deluxe weight 16 ft.

Originally Posted by Maggie Shinoki View Post
John, now I'm thinking to also go to the "D" range trailer tires. I'm wondering what brand you used as the usual "big name" makers don't seem to make a "D" range in the size of ST 175/80R13. (If you feel more comfortable, private message me the brand.) Last time I was tire shoping, I was trying to stay away from made in China, bought ones made in Mexico - would like made in USA or Canada but . . .not sure anyone does.

I really don't know what the Scamp's weight is. We got it 2nd hand about 3 years ago but I'm thinking it's on the heavier side as it's Deluxe, with all the extra wood cabinits & a porcelain toliet & large fridge (I took the micro out). We try not to haul water and get it at the park, to keep things lighter.

(If I were to buy new, I think I'd like the side-dinette one you have.)

Thanks for your advice,
FYI: This summer our 1995 Scamp Deluxe side bath 16 ft. fully loaded for our trip and with about 3 gallons of water weighed in at 2,200 pounds.

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Old 10-02-2010, 02:13 PM   #17
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Our 1977 Jeep Cherokee, I was told, was not able to be adjusted for camber. As a result, the tires wore badly on the outside shoulder. While on a long trip I stopped at a wayside and observed the same thing, only all around the tire and the shoulder was worn badly. I replaced it with the spare.
My fibers were shiny from hitting the road.

Yours looks like a manufacturing fault unless you overused the tires. See below. It may be that overheating would allow the I would take them back to the place you bought them and ask for credit on new ones. Of course then you will have to buy the same brand.

I found a good place to buy tires is Les Schwab. They have shops all over the west and they stand behind their tires. (No, not because they are afraid to stand in front!)

Were you running them at the 50psi? At that pressure you have 1360 x 2 = 2720 lbs total capacity. Lower pressures require lower weights.

How fast do you drive? What comes after the "ST175/80R13" s/b "91L" 91 means the load rating you quoted and the L indicates the tire can run at 75 mph. If the letter is earlier in the alphabet, you may have a problem; K=68; J=62; G=56; F=50. Since you live in CA, you may have G rated because trailers are not supposed to be towed faster than 55mph. Ahem.

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Old 10-02-2010, 06:35 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Dick Johnson View Post
We are getting a 16 Scamp side dinette and am wondering what brand has D rated for the 13".
I got mine through etrailer.com. They're Karrier St175/80r13 Radial Tire - Lr D Loadstar radials, same size as we had originally, but "D" rated and can use up to 65 lbs of air pressure.
My wheels were already rated to 1610 lbs each (same as the new tire) so I didn't need to buy the new wheels. We've already had them to FL a couple of times, and from GA to TX during the hot summer and they're holding up fine so far.


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