trailer tire advice

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  1. Truck0590

    Truck0590 Bobtail Member

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    Hello all. New here. I want to caveat this with I'm not a professional. I will be hauling my own vehicles. I'm hauling with a Freightliner FL70 and a Kaufman mini 5. The mini 5 needs all new tires. it currently has 215/75r17.5. Kaufman states it came with 235/75r17.5. I'm trying to figure out the best set of tires to get without completely breaking the bank. I will be taking about 5 trips from VA to CO loaded and empty back. So need something that is safe and will last at least 20k miles. Prices seem to be all over the place from $100 -$500/tire. If I move to 235 from 215 I will need 8 tires (6 runners and 2 spares), so trying not to spend half the cost of the trailer just on tires but want tires that will last. There are a bunch of places selling tires but the below sight had a good selection of the gamut of tires out there. https://www.tires-easy-truck.com/ti...sition,categoryPath,Commercial+Truck--Trailer

    Anyone have some recommendations?

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  3. North Pole Nightmare

    North Pole Nightmare Heavy Load Member

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    Service Truck Tire Centers
     
  4. Truck0590

    Truck0590 Bobtail Member

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    Assume you are saying to contact them for a recommendation and qoute?
     
  5. North Pole Nightmare

    North Pole Nightmare Heavy Load Member

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    Yes,tell them what you're doing,they'll give you some options.
    My brother works at the Chambersburg PA shop.
     
  6. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

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    Service tire are good folks….But the difference between 235&215 is diameter….Previous owner may have loaded heavier or added skirting…fenders? Therefore needed a 215 for clearance
    So I’d measure the distance now w/215 and see how much if any xtra clearance you have
     
  7. Capacity

    Capacity Road Train Member

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    Michelin only and carry 2 rim mounted spares , as finding a 17.5 replacement anywhere you have better luck seeing Bigfoot.
     
  8. Truck0590

    Truck0590 Bobtail Member

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    Clearance isn't a problem. there is 3in above current tires to the fender and 2in in the front and back of tires to the fenders.
     
  9. 07shaker

    07shaker Light Load Member

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    There’s a huge difference in weight capacity between 215 and 235 as well, last I checked. It’s been a few years but I’m thinking the 235 carries 1200 lbs more?? Hankook makes some really good tires for the money.
     
  10. Truck0590

    Truck0590 Bobtail Member

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    Yes, the difference between 4600 and 6000 lbs. Another reason I thought going back to recommended 235s would be good.
     
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