Posted 2018-08-22 6:39 AM (#171826) Subject: Gladiator Tires
Location: Waaaaay back Slaughter Hollow
I had a blowout last week on our stock trailer, totally our fault due to the age of the tire. I am currently shopping for new tires and are looking for some advice.
Our stock trailer is a ‘99 Featherlite 16’ gooseneck. We haul anything and everything on it- cattle, horses, hogs, garden tractor, four wheelers, furniture. It has two 7,000 lb. axles and GVWR is 14,400 lbs. The trailer itself weighs around 4K.
We also have a 3 horse ‘06 Elite LQ weekender with a 6’ shortwall and 8’ wide. It too has 7,000 lb. axles, GVWR is 14,000 lbs. and weighs about 8,000 lbs. It came with 14 ply Gladiator tires on it that have a manufacturer’s date of 2016 ok them. Yes, I know Gladiators are manufactured in China.
When we started tire shopping this week, our local farmer’s co-op recommended Gladiators for the stock trailer. Our thoughts at the moment are to pull the Gladiators off the LQ trailer and have them remounted for the stock trailer and to put either Cooper or Goodyear LT tires on the LQ.
Can I please get thoughts and recommendations on this?
Oh, and a funny side note. I walked into a “good ole boy” trailer store and told the owner I wanted a truck tire, made in the US, for the stock trailer. He immediately offered me a Hercules trailer tire made in China and told me that should do fine. I never gave him a budget, just told him I was looking for 5 American made tires and wanted them installed as well. I did not let him know I knew where Hercules was manufactured and assumed he offered them up because he had them in stock and he thought I wouldn’t know where they were made because I am a woman.
Posted 2018-08-22 8:14 AM (#171827 - in reply to #171826) Subject: RE: Gladiator Tires
What does the VIN tag on your Elite call for? Many of them in that era would have had LT235/85R16 Load Range "E" from the factory, often a Uniroyal. And they typically did very well. Personally, I like that type of tire for both of your trailers as long as the 3,042# per tire is enough. Past that, the Goodyear G614 "G" rating is great, but the $400 apiece is tough to handle.