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cascadia
Posted 2017-03-03 12:42 PM (#169449)
Subject: Green Ball tires?


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 Has anyone tried the Green Ball Tow-Master SS tires from Costco?
I'm looking at a full set of D rated Radials for $264.00 plus another $60 for mounting, stems, nitrogen fill and warranty

 
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kooner
Posted 2017-03-04 7:24 AM (#169451 - in reply to #169449)
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I do not know a thing about the tires you are looking at but it always amazes me that people do not look at quality when putting tires on a trailer and hauling your horse down the interstate at 70 mph. Cheap tires blow out more often  and a ruined tire can lead to a fender being torn off the trailer and then a wreck may ensue and the list goes on and on, buy quality tires with a good speed rating and enough weight carrying capacity to do the right job and then all the bad things that can happen are diminished. 
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cajunmuleman
Posted 2017-03-04 9:42 AM (#169452 - in reply to #169449)
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I would have to say just make sure they are not Chinese tires.
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cajunmuleman
Posted 2017-03-04 9:44 AM (#169453 - in reply to #169449)
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As already stated, the money you save can quickly go to truck or trailer repairs or MUCH worse
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cascadia
Posted 2017-03-04 11:15 AM (#169454 - in reply to #169449)
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I'm actually looking for quality which is why I'm asking for opinions and advice. This forum is the perfect place!  I'm doing my research and trying to get the best deal I can for what I can afford.  Costco is normally pretty trustworthy and I was impressed that Greenball has come out with a 15 ASC (all steel construction) trailer tire, in a 12 ply.  Finding non-Chinese quality radial tires is a bit of a challenge, but I've just started my quest.
 
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jbremount
Posted 2017-03-04 2:49 PM (#169455 - in reply to #169454)
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cascadia - 2017-03-04 11:15 AM

I'm actually looking for quality which is why I'm asking for opinions and advice. This forum is the perfect place!  I'm doing my research and trying to get the best deal I can for what I can afford.  Costco is normally pretty trustworthy and I was impressed that Greenball has come out with a 15 ASC (all steel construction) trailer tire, in a 12 ply.  Finding non-Chinese quality radial tires is a bit of a challenge, but I've just started my quest.
 

First I am not an expert when I comes to trailers and still learning. Never the less, I recently had the same problem. Last year I was looking for 4 new tires for my two horse trailer and I looked the the Greenball tires sold at Sams club. The price of these tires are pretty much at the low end. They have a decent warranty, but that isn't going to be much comfort when the tires blow on the highway and shred a fender or worse. My biggest fear with the foreign 15" trailer tires are blowouts on the highway with a trailer full of horses.
Most of the guys I know will go with a good Light truck tires if the trailer takes 16" tires. To make a long story short, I talked with a what appeared to be a honest tire salesman in a small town that sells a fair amount of farm/trailer tires and auto/truck tires. He recommended Hercules tires. I passed on the Greenball tires and went with a Hercules tire. So far the Hercules have been good to go. I drove 600 miles one way to pick up a horse and then 600 miles back in the rain. I didn't want to take the trip with Greenball tires. There are probably other good tires out there and I would like to hear of them also.

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Dbarnes72
Posted 2017-03-05 6:18 AM (#169456 - in reply to #169449)
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What size tires are you looking for?  I just put a set of 16" Toyo LT tires on my bumper pull. I did have to buy new 16" wheels to make it happen but I couldn't find a 15" tire I was comfortable with.  Some don't believe in putting LT tires on trailers but I think the overwhelming experience bears out the LT tire being more reliable in terms of numbers of blowouts. The Toyos gave me an equivalent load rating and were just about an inch taller than the 15" tires with a higher speed rating in a 10 ply tire. Green Ball in general have a history of blowouts. I haven't heard anything about the Greenball 12 ply tire so can't comment on them. You might try RV.Net for some more tire research where there is always a tire "debate" raging. Good luck.

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cascadia
Posted 2017-03-05 4:47 PM (#169464 - in reply to #169449)
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I've read about the trend toward LT tires but isn't a trailer tire built for stabilty for top heavy loads?  My two horse straight load is a warmblood extra tall model. 
I'll definitely go for at least a D rating, but it is hard to find anything more in a 15.  I have time (always hoping there isn't an emergency!) to do some research.  As far as Greenball goes-- I'd steer clear of the bias tires and stick with radials.  I've got Goodyear wrangler kevlar tires on my truck and wonder why kevlar hasn't shown up in trailer tires?  
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HorShe
Posted 2017-03-05 7:41 PM (#169465 - in reply to #169452)
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Definitely stay away from Chinese knock offs. Usually they are just good for short time when new.
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PaulChristenson
Posted 2017-03-05 11:46 PM (#169471 - in reply to #169449)
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Greenballs are manufactured Cheng-Shin

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/238661-greenball-transmaster-tires-stay-away-3.html#b

http://www.wildcatforums.net/forum/wildcat-wheel-tire-discussion/5619-my-trailer-tires-greenball-were-junk-not-going-x.html
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huntseat
Posted 2017-03-06 6:17 AM (#169477 - in reply to #169449)
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We have moved to all LT tires due to the higher ride quality and speed rating.  You can still find them able to carry your load unless you've got monster axle ratings or LQ trailers.  Our 24' livestock trailer has quality LT tires on it and we load it up with cattle, so you should be fine with your tag along WB trailer. 
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Dani 17
Posted 2017-03-07 11:18 AM (#169503 - in reply to #169449)
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Hi there. I haul a 3H gooseneck and had horrible luck with GreenBall Towmaster. Blowout after blowout even when the weather was mild and trailer only had one horse. I use my trailer a couple times a week and keep my tires aired up. I was told they blew because they were old, etc, etc. I was advised to go to light truck tires but my trailer has 15 inch rims so going to LT tires required extra modifications. The biggest thing for me was that for the first 8 years of owning my trailer I rarely (if ever) had a blow out. Then with the GreenBalls I was having blowouts on brand new tires. I had my trailer serviced to make sure my axles and wheels were straight, etc. and reviewed all my "load numbers" to make sure I wasn't overloading. And I became an expert at tire date codes. I worked through all of these issues with Discount Tire and they were always helpful and accommodating. They now no longer sell GreenBall due to the problems. I have Carlisle DuraTrail now and I have not had issues. (side note: Carlisle's had a bad reputation several years ago.) I was told Carlisle did extensive research and testing with Discount to correct the issues they had previously. Best of luck to you!
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peter
Posted 2017-03-10 7:32 AM (#169531 - in reply to #169449)
Subject: RE: Green Ball tires?



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I purchased the green ball Tow masters , 235/85 16's LT's
F rated, they also have them , G rated for even heavier loads.
These LT tires don't have the usual 55mph speed rating, but up to 75 per green ball rep. These are made of a new rubber compound, Also picked up a set from Costco , good warranty. 5700 miles through Vegas and high altitudes , these have worked great. Get yourself a air gauge and check the pressure religiously. Also spray them with UV protectant and proper storage.
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peter
Posted 2017-03-10 4:04 PM (#169539 - in reply to #169449)
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Sorry those were ST not LT
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cascadia
Posted 2017-03-16 1:44 PM (#169587 - in reply to #169449)
Subject: RE: Green Ball tires?


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@peter Thanks those st greenball tires are the sort I was looking at.  In a size 15 trailer tire the only American made one I can find are the new Goodyear Endurance tire.  They are suppsed to be a vast improvement over their Marathon tires.  They say they are the only ones made in the USA.  The Goodyear's are about $110.00 per tire so they are a step up in price from the Greenball.  At least I've narrowed it down to two!  
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