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Old 10-13-2014, 03:58 AM   #1
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Westlake LT tires superior to Goodyear G?

I had someone tell me at an RV show that the Westlake LT tires had higher ratings than the carrying ratings of the Goodyear G rated times. He stated that I would be better off with the Westlake rather than the Goodyear G614.

Since I hadn't heard of this tire before, I thought I'd ask what your experience has been with this tire.
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:50 AM   #2
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The Westlake ST235/85R16LRG has two ratings and I don't know why. Its listed as 4078/3637 lbs @ 110psi. A Goodyear LT235/85R16 LRG is rated at 3,750 @ 110psi.

You have to judge for yourself - but ask him what Westlake covers if the tread separates and does $3 or $4K in damage to your Redwood, and if they have a USA number you can call for the claim.

Ratings have very little to do with quality. A Chinese made ST Power King 235/80R16 LRE that sells for $90 has a higher load capacity than an LT Michelin XPS Rib 235/85R16 LRE $280 tire, but I know which one I would put my trust in. The Westlake and G614 is a similar analogy.
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Old 10-13-2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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Brad - Excellent summation.
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I agree wth Atom Ant.
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Where would you get a Westlake replacement if you got a blowout in Oshkosh or Walla Walla??
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Where would you get a Westlake replacement if you got a blowout in Oshkosh or Walla Walla??

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Good one Guy
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:33 PM   #8
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I left some of the details out of my question, to see of people's reaction to the Westlake tire.

The RW sales person stated that Thor had ordered them to drop the Goodyear G tires and use the Westlake tires on new units because the Westlake had a higher load range.

Since I was impressed with the literature telling me that the Goodyear G614 were previously standard, I was NOT impressed that they were being replaced with a tire that I hadn't heard of.

After realizing that the RW is 2000 lbs heavier than my old 5th wheel that had GY G614s and seeing that most people are loading down their units, I elected to go with the optional Goodyear H tires. I thought that the price for the upgrade was exorbitant, but I didn't want Chinese tires.

If RW priced in the GY G614s and the rims rated for 110 psi, shouldn't the upgrade be just the difference in the price of the components? If you look up the price of the GY 614 and the GY 114 (?), the difference is about $50 per tire. Assuming the difference in the rims to be about $50 a rim, then the total upgrade should be about $400. Although the MSRP for the upgrade was 5 times higher than this, I just didn't want Chinese tires.

If the upgrade was only $500, I think most people would upgrade to the H rated tires and rims.

Does anyone regret that they didn't get the chance to get Westlake tires rather than the Goodyear tires?
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I left some of the details out of my question, to see of people's reaction to the Westlake tire.
That's OK, I'll leave some of the details out of my next answer
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Funny Ant! lol Please don't...you always make a lot of sense.
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