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pwillcutts
06-29-2006, 01:19 PM
So my tires on my trailer are originals (16 Years old). They are looking pretty sad, if not down-right dangerous....cracking sidewalls,etc. The trailer only travels about 1 mile per year when I put the boat in & out every season. But Now i've got a 180 mile roundtrip to take with the boat next weekend.....so I NEED to replace these tires.
Any recommendations?

My local tire shops have brands that I've never heard of: "Delta" and "Namco" for about $70 each installed. Anyone ever here of these names....are they any good?

My current trailer tires are BF Goodrich H78-15 ST. I'm told this tire size doesn't even exist anymore becuase they've converted to metric....anyone know the equivilent metric size for this tire?

THANKS

east tx skier
06-29-2006, 01:30 PM
Good Year Marathon. www.tirerack.com has good deals.

Rockman
06-29-2006, 01:32 PM
As just noted, stick with a name brand tire. It may cost a bit more, but will make you sleep better at night. :D

Tom023
06-29-2006, 01:34 PM
Just don't buy Carlisles.

bradamerry
06-29-2006, 01:37 PM
Just don't buy Carlisles.
heard this too................................

pwillcutts
06-29-2006, 01:38 PM
Good Year Marathon. www.tirerack.com has good deals.
Tire rack said they couldn't match my tire size because its so old. the local guys with the no-names said they could find a match, but I'd much rather get the brand names like Good Year. Any ideas about my H78-15 ST size and how to convert it to modern metric size?
thanks

Rockman
06-29-2006, 01:43 PM
Tire rack said they couldn't match my tire size because its so old. the local guys with the no-names said they could find a match, but I'd much rather get the brand names like Good Year. Any ideas about my H78-15 ST size and how to convert it to modern metric size?
thanks

DANIMAL has a TriStar as well (I think). Maybe he could chime in and let you know what tires he has. He may have gotten new ones which he could let you know the size.

Leroy
06-29-2006, 02:03 PM
Listen to Doug and Tom. Even for the mile trip probably worth getting new tires.

Leroy
06-29-2006, 02:10 PM
This looks like a good conversion table.

http://www.greenball.com/tires/biastrailer.htm

Then you can find on:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Sizes.jsp?make=Goodyear&model=Marathon+Radial

east tx skier
06-29-2006, 02:11 PM
Tire rack said they couldn't match my tire size because its so old. the local guys with the no-names said they could find a match, but I'd much rather get the brand names like Good Year. Any ideas about my H78-15 ST size and how to convert it to modern metric size?
thanks

You can buy tire and rim as a package from overtons. I'm surprised that the rim used on your boat is different from mine that is only a few years newer. I'm running 215/75/14.

Hoff1
06-29-2006, 02:15 PM
My tires were in similar shape when I bought the boat. Cracks in the sidewalls were crazy big. I tow about 8 miles per weekend including pickup, gas and dropoff. I have a tandem axle so I didn't worry too much about it. I replaced them a couple of years ago with a used set for $100 out the door. If I ever had to start towing a distance, I'd cough up the cash for Goodyears.

pwillcutts
06-29-2006, 02:47 PM
This looks like a good conversion table.

http://www.greenball.com/tires/biastrailer.htm

Then you can find on:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Sizes.jsp?make=Goodyear&model=Marathon+Radial

According to the chart on that greenball website.....my H78-15ST converts to ST 225/75D15 (depending on the load range, which I'll check tonight).
$81 on Tire-rack. Probably another $50 to get them installed, right?
Thanks!

Leroy
06-29-2006, 03:06 PM
I've never used tire rack but probably about right. That is a common size I would think many other places would have them.

johnson19aj
06-30-2006, 01:31 PM
I need new tires for trailer as well. You guys recommend going to the MasterCraft Dealer to get new tires installed? Or can I just go anywhere to get that done?

Hoff1
06-30-2006, 01:34 PM
I'd say anywhere that sells trailer tires, or at least the trailer tires that you want. No need to go to the dealer. Sure would be cool if Mastercraft Tire company made trailer tires.

Rockman
06-30-2006, 01:59 PM
I need new tires for trailer as well. You guys recommend going to the MasterCraft Dealer to get new tires installed? Or can I just go anywhere to get that done?

:noface: Don't go to a dealer...they'll rip you a new one for tires!

Nothing special about trailer tires besides load ratings, etc.

TMCNo1
06-30-2006, 02:05 PM
I'd say anywhere that sells trailer tires, or at least the trailer tires that you want. No need to go to the dealer. Sure would be cool if Mastercraft Tire company made trailer tires.


They do make a special trailer service tire! It is called "Custom Trailer" and not labeled Mastercraft. It is a WSW .75" or Black Sidewall. 5 sizes,
Item nos. 88001,LR/C, 88002,LR/C, 88003,LR/C, 88004,LR/C. 88005, LR/D, all 6 ply rating.
The only contact info I have at this time is:
Mastercraft Tires, PO Box 550, Findley, Ohio 45839, this is from 1996 brochure, you may want to Google for a website if interested!

Hoff1
06-30-2006, 02:10 PM
...and not labeled Mastercraft.

ah, no point if it doesn't have the name there.

pwillcutts
06-30-2006, 02:11 PM
I need new tires for trailer as well. You guys recommend going to the MasterCraft Dealer to get new tires installed? Or can I just go anywhere to get that done?

I just bought mine on TireRack....$184 for the pair of GoodYear Marathons, including shipping. No one had them in stock locally. Wal-Mart's website says they'll mount them for $5 each.

chudson
06-30-2006, 02:31 PM
ah, no point if it doesn't have the name there.
Master Craft tire does sell a tire with raised white letters, I've seen them. And I was thinkin the same thing but I had just got a new set for the trailer.

east tx skier
06-30-2006, 03:04 PM
According to the chart on that greenball website.....my H78-15ST converts to ST 225/75D15 (depending on the load range, which I'll check tonight).
$81 on Tire-rack. Probably another $50 to get them installed, right?
Thanks!

When I bought mine from tirerack, my mechanic charged me $10 per tire to mount and balance.

TMCNo1
06-30-2006, 06:46 PM
Master Craft tire does sell a tire with raised white letters, I've seen them. And I was thinkin the same thing but I had just got a new set for the trailer.


Our '88 Astro Van has 4 WL Mastercraft P23560R15 Avenger GT on 15" x 8" Chrome Steel wheels + a full size spare @ 40 psi and the '89 MasterCraft boat trailer has 2 WL Mastercraft P22570R15 Avenger GT on 15" x 8" Chrome Steel wheels + the spare @ 44psi.
WOULD NOT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY!!!!!!!!!!
Since 1993, we have towed the boat with the van 18,082 miles on Mastercraft tires!
On long trips we carry a spare unmounted tire just for security purposes that will fit either the van or the trailer!

Go to Showroom, 2005 East Coast Reunion for some pictures. ECR-013, 011, 014, 015.

Tennesseeski
06-30-2006, 09:39 PM
Just don't buy Carlisles.
I just bought a set of 215/75R14 Carlisles for mine. I have a good friend in the tire business and he has never had a problem with these tires. As a matter of fact, he has them on his trailers and he sells tires for a living. He can get anything he wants and he runs those. My 88 tri-star had a new set on it also with no problems. You can get a bad set no matter what brand I guess. Got mine put on and filled with nitrogen and with tax and all it was $170.00

DuaneS
07-27-2006, 10:25 PM
Are you still looking for tires? I just scrapped my trailer but kept the wheels and tires. Tires are 225/78R15 with chrome steel wheels. Tires are couple years old but were only used on short trips.

Tom023
07-28-2006, 09:18 AM
I just bought a set of 215/75R14 Carlisles for mine. I have a good friend in the tire business and he has never had a problem with these tires. As a matter of fact, he has them on his trailers and he sells tires for a living. He can get anything he wants and he runs those. My 88 tri-star had a new set on it also with no problems. You can get a bad set no matter what brand I guess. Got mine put on and filled with nitrogen and with tax and all it was $170.00

Hopefully you have a good set then. I, and most I know who have had them, have had problems; whereas I can't think of an instance of a Marathon problem. Just my personal preference.

jraben8
07-28-2006, 09:37 AM
2 years ago I had one (a Carlisle) completely shread at 65mph. The next day while having the first one replaced, the 2nd one had a 2 inch bubble on the inside sidewall (these both were 2 years old and not over 500 miles). That one got replaced as well. I'm just glad that I saw that when I did or the trip home would have been very ugly as well.