Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Justin,Texas, Republic of TEXAS (USA)
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If life and durability are your biggest factors then the Michelin XPS ribs or XPS traction are the winners. I do think they are a bit harsher due to ALL steel carcass and tread plies.
I have been through a small fortune in trailer tires on living quarter horse trailers and the XPS ribs are the ONLY tire that holds up to it that you can find readily available (they are some commercial tires for low boy trailers hauling heavy equipment that re high load rated and durable but cost twice what the XPS Ribs do).
I have had the G rated Goodyear purpose built trailer tires in three different models all fail for no reason and I was blaming it on road debris but when I switched to XPS ribs on trailers I have had no blowouts and the trailers have been dragged many more tens of thousands of miles over the same roads since switching. These tires have been great on trucks too.
2006 F450 CC Hauler bed 4x2 6.0 L 6.0 auto, Lariat, 4.30 r/a, SCT, 4in exh. 103K New heads to repair diesel in coolant, 136K.
2006 F350 Lariat CC Dually 4X2, 6.0 auto 4.10 LS, SCT, airbags, 4 in. exh. 147K Rebuilt engine to repair damage from burned piston. One head to fix fuel in oil problem.
2002 F350 CC DRW flatbed (originally pickup bedded) rebuilt & upgraded 4R100
36 feet on the floor Elite/Outlaw LQ horse trailer.
35+5 foot double tandem axle flatbed trailer.
36 foot double tandem axle flatbed trailer
36 foot Platinum 6 horse LQ, side load, full width back tack
2003 EB Expedition 164K (no engine repairs, gas burners are the new longevity leaders)
2004 Volvo V70R AWD-high miler in fleet, 241K (no engine repairs)
2007 BMW 550i 6MT 146K, Stuff breaking all the time that would last twice as long on a Kia or Hyundai, sad. Drives great though.
Suzuki Carry KEI truck, 660cc 3 cyl DOHC EFI 4X4 5 speed RHD. Sort of a Smart Car sized pickup. Eats Gators and Mules for lunch.