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Old 02-11-2019, 12:55 AM   #1
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Tires....opinions please

Hello Everyone....still a week before we pick up our new (to us) 2015 38RL....Doing some digging here with plans for any upgrades needed for our future plans....I went back to see the unit twice before we made the deal....the last time it was hoovering around -25....wind chill was - a million.....so I am guilty of not seeing every detail as well as I normally would....however my RV tech background did kick in and I was happy with what I saw...
Tires....a topic that stirs up as much feedback as the great gas or diesel debate !
I did notice the RW has a set of Westlake tires installed....not original tires....they looked new-ish....However I believe these are Chinese tires...upon investigation thru a 2015 brochure I down loaded.....it mentioned that these trailers come with Goodyear G614 tires (16")....I had a hard time finding a rock chip on our trailer....and I would notice if it were touched up....Did the G614's have issues ?
I found good reviews on line....but that might not be the whole story.....so thoughts on these tires please.....Our unit will be hauled to the West coast (about 1100 miles) where it will be parked most of the time and used as a home base....we also have a large truck camper for our Dually which we use for exploring.....and our 43' trawler is moored at a local marina for our coastal explorations from Vancouver Island to Alaska....so we don't plan on moving the RW that much...maybe a few different places within a hundred miles or so from the marina.....I explained that information so we don't have to hash out the benefits of upgrading to 17.5" running gear (which I agree is better)...but have no desire to spend more $$ for a trailer that will sit...
In saying that....I still would upgrade "out of" Chinese rubber.....I had some westlake tires on one of our 1 ton flat deck trucks here on the farm....and never had issues.....but they were not loaded all the time.....
So for good 16" rubber....What are your thoughts ?...Thankyou everyone...Wes
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:38 AM   #2
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Our "16" 38RL came stock with Westlakes.. I had a set of Goodyear G114 17.5's with less than 500 miles on them on the old trailer..

Part of my deal with the dealer was to swap rims and tires from one to the other..

I do not recall any issues with Westlakes, but if upgrading $$$ is an issue, I would NOT hesitate in putting a new set of Sailuns on.... Great quality and a great price... Kind of like the best of both worlds...
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:35 AM   #3
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Sailun tires

Thanks for the heads up on Sailun tires.....did quite a few searches and could not find any real negative data anywhere....There is always those whom purchase the "Uber best" and nothing else will do.....Thats their option....I purchase a set of G114's.....spend almost twice the coast of Sailun S637 ST.....then leave the trailer parked for the vast majority of the next 5 years.....and the tires get on in age...kind of a waste.....If I was planning on making miles....I would not be asking for advice.....and would step up for a set of Goodyears..

I will do some more looking and maybe stop by our local tire shop as I found tonight they support the Sailun tire line....Thanks...Wes
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up on Sailun tires.....did quite a few searches and could not find any real negative data anywhere....There is always those whom purchase the "Uber best" and nothing else will do.....Thats their option....I purchase a set of G114's.....spend almost twice the coast of Sailun S637 ST.....then leave the trailer parked for the vast majority of the next 5 years.....and the tires get on in age...kind of a waste.....If I was planning on making miles....I would not be asking for advice.....and would step up for a set of Goodyears..

I will do some more looking and maybe stop by our local tire shop as I found tonight they support the Sailun tire line....Thanks...Wes

Wes,

I may be wrong but I don't recall any HUGE issues with the Westlake version... IF.. AND THAT'S A BIG " IF" I were gonna park the trailer for most of it's life, I would think about the Westlakes.. Can you get a weight of each tire position to see your real weights ? That could tell the tale

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Old 02-11-2019, 03:23 PM   #5
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Get the date codes off the tires and let that be your yard stick. If you feel they are iffy in age, get the sailuns.

That said mine has the Gs but they came as part of the deal when buying. When it comes change time Ill have a decision to make.
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I agree with Joe! If you're only towing it 1100 miles to sit indefinitely I wouldn't replace what's on it unless they appear questionable or you're loading way heavy to get to that spot.
When you do start towing regularly then upgrade to the 17.5" H rated Sailuns, if you win the lottery buy the GY 114s, that will end any tire worries.
When I ordered my '13 standard tire was GY Marathon Es, the famous China bomb, which was not near enough tire for the RWs, I ordered/opted for the GY 614s, soon after the 614s were standard. About the '15-'16 models the Westake Gs were standard & if I recall the 17.5" H rated were the option. With that being said the Westlakes on that unit may have been standard, you can't go by the brochures as they may change things 2-3 times in the same model year & can't update the brochures fast enough.
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Just a word of advice: Apparently Sailuns are made in several countries, because when we stopped at MORryde after the Rally last year they had a stack of the 17.5 Sailuns and there were labeled "Made in Korea". I know the "Gs" have been doing good, but I haven't heard anything about their "H" rated.
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Just a word of advice: Apparently Sailuns are made in several countries, because when we stopped at MORryde after the Rally last year they had a stack of the 17.5 Sailuns and there were labeled "Made in Korea". I know the "Gs" have been doing good, but I haven't heard anything about their "H" rated.
hmmmmmm.. Good to know.. will be curious to hear if the standards are the same
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Our 0215 38RL came with the Good Year G614 tires. We have had no issues in the past 4 years we put about 2500-3000 miles a year on them so far. I do plan on upgrading to 17.5 rims and tires this year but wanted to get the most out of the tires until we needed to replace them. We do travel light and are not full time so the 16"s held up well with not complaints. I have done many suspension upgrades on the trailer in the last few years.
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:12 AM   #10
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My 2015 (4/2015) came w/ Westlakes and put about 5000 miles on them. I did upgrade (7/2016) to the GY G614 (date code 16/16 = April ?? 2016) on the stock 16" rims (had to upgrade to metal valve stems though) and now have 13,350 miles on them. So far they are doing well and run them at the rated 110psi.

I would recommend an upgrade to anything other than keeping the Westlakes.

Good Luck and Safe Travels!
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