Post by schweetcruisers on Apr 18, 2013 15:16:48 GMT -5
If your concerned about saftey, switch to ST tires. Trailer tires have stronger side walls and a tread pattern designed to be used on trailer. Car/truck tires have tread patterns designed for grip and a lower weight rating. Unfortunately I believe Cooper and Goodyear make their ST tires in China, I think Maaxis are made in Europe, but they too could be made in China.
The 16" rims may have been the work of a previous owner. As long as you have plenty of weight capacity available on your current tires, I'd run them until I needed new tires and then look at switching to 15". Keep plenty of air in them, protect them from the sun, don't overload them and don't run too fast and you should be fine.
And good luck finding non-chinese tires. When buying ST tires, keep a close eye on the date code stamped on them. I bought tires last month and the first dealer mounted (new) 3.5 year old tires (4309 date code). He got the tires back and I got my money back. We had even talked about it before he ordered the tires. I guess he thought that he could unload some old stock... not.