Originally Posted by Maggie Shinoki
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,
I ordered Karrier St175/80r13 Radial Tire - Load range D from Etrailer.com. These are made by LoadStar and made in China. They are rated at 1610 lbs each, which gives me extra capacity compared to the standard tires.
I had the same brand on my old pop-up and have had no problems with those, so I took a chance and purchased these even though they were made in China. The tire that failed on the Scamp was a Goodyear made in New Zealand.
Many people have upgraded to 14" tires, but even those have some problems, and the Kumho tires I was thinking of upgrading to seem to be getting more failure reports lately. My thought process was that since all tire sizes seem to have problems, I would take a chance on the LoadStar Karriers since they provide the extra capacity I believe is needed on these Scamps, especially the 16 with side dinette that seems to have more weight
on the curb side (where most of the failures seem to occur).
I have about 4,000 miles on these now, most on days with high 90 or low 100 temperatures with everything looking good so far.
I purchased just the tires, as the wheels were already rated for the higher capacity, and had them mounted and balanced locally with new steel stems.