Originally Posted by Bulldog80
I'm researching the replacement of the tires on our V3200. Did you guys realize that the ACTUAL weight of these things exceeds most E rated 10 ply tires. I weighed our voltage when it was completely loaded and saw 6780 pounds on the front axle and 6700 on the rear axle. The factory weight claims are way off, these pigs are heavy. I wanted to switch to Michelin XPS ribs but the 3042 lb max isn't even close. To have any kind of an extra 10-15% fudge factor G rated tires are about essential.
Unfortunately it looks like I'm obligated to go with Goodyear G614's. I'm sure they're good tires but damn expensive.
Check out these guys Gladiator: QR35-TR Trailer Service. They make a 235/85R16 Load Range G.
I left home in BC on Aug 22, heading to Newfoundland. Had a set of Powerking ST's on the trailer, by the time we got to Newfoundland my wonderful Dexter Axels managed to shred the right side tires to the point that the wear bars were showing. (A total of 4200 miles.)
I put on the Gladiators in Deerlake NL, the trip continued across NL then to Dover DE and home through Kentucky and Tennessee 6000 miles.
The Gladiators show there same wear pattern as the Powerkings, but still have about 50-60% of the rubber left. I have no doubt that I could make it back to NL with the Gladiators.
I paid half the price of the G614s and I am pretty sure that the Goodyears could not have done any better. The only thing that I like about the G614s is the fact they are made in the USA.
Now i have to find some place to get the axels bent back into alignment. Anybody know of a shop in BC that can do axel work?