Originally Posted by jchance
OK, I spoke with several dealers in the area and got quotes from $85 to $130 per tire plus mount/balance.
I then spoke with a good friend who owns a large tire dealership and also is a large/semi/trailer tire remanufacturer. He told me that regardless of brand, I really would NOT see any difference in tire life. He told me that the real determinant of tire life of ST tires are the UV blockers and that there are no differences between any of the brands. In other words, they ALL dry rot the same. If you are looking for tread life, that is a different subject. Since my trailer mostly sits and probably only gets used for 500 miles a year, I went with the cheaper brand. I just had 5 D-stone tires mounted and balanced for $525 yesterday.
You got it close to correct, but not quite. It is indeed the UV inhibitors that allow the tire to live through exposure to the elements. They don't all receive the same UV package and that is what determines their life. You may find that less expensive tires will out-perform name brand tires in this.
Tread life is truly another subject that is based upon tread design and tire compound. Cleaner rib tread offers less rolling resistance and potential for longer life. The harder the compound is, the longer the tread will last. This is very simplified explanation as there are plenty other factors that go into this.