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Old 12-17-2015, 05:15 PM   #21
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This is the new wheel well I've had built to protect the water lines, propane lines, electrical wiring harness and floor from any more blowouts. It's 1/8" steel mounted with 3/8" bolts to the frame. If this doesn't protect enough, I'm at the end of my road. There is no valid reason I should have had to do this to protect my unit from damage. It replaces paper thin sheet metal that only keeps out water and offers no protection what so ever.
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:47 PM   #22
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At about----------------

At about 18K to 22K start looking for belt separation on the Marathons. I've
had three go bad.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:13 PM   #23
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I laugh at theses threads. Everything from all ST tires suck, go to LT, theses ST tires rule...

My thoughts, seems that most people only post the bad and THAT can be found on ANY tire. GY, Maxxis, Kumho... I think they all have bad quality control and they all stink. You just pick the one that seems to stink less and hope for the best. I guess until the ST tires get to the same level as what is required for an LT or P tire then we get what we get. As the demand for the trailers increase, which means demand for more ST tires and at a lower cost, the worse it will get until someone steps in.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:21 PM   #24
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For years and years we pulled trailers on passenger & truck tires with no problems, now for some reason it is unsafe. What a joke!!?
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:25 PM   #25
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I keep going back and forth on just saying f-it and doing LT tires. Limit for me is the 14" rim and getting a good weight rating. But a change to 15" will help a bit. Seems to me that over the last three years on this forum I have learned a few things... One of which is your trailer ST tires might get 100 yards or 100,000 miles before a kaboom... No idea when or why, it will just happen somewhere in that time!
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:57 PM   #26
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If everyone that have problems with the ST trash would report it to Safe Car [NHTSA] we might....just might get some relief from this disaster. The RV industry will never step up to the plate.
People complain, but don't report it to the proper authorities. They [NHTSA] know me by my first name now.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:00 PM   #27
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I once had three Goodyear D Marathons blowout on the same day, within three hours. Pressures were checked and good four hours earlier and trailer was loaded to 2,000 pounds under its GVWR. These tires were two years old.

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Well I've had these tires on car trailers,boat trailers and now my camper and never had a blow out. Matter of fact when I bought my new tt I had them switch my tires (Goodyear) from old tt to new tt. I have over 15,000 miles on them now. Key to all this is keeping track of mileage and age and how much sun they get over the years. Good PM is the key. Better than the China bombs hat came with the new trailer. Later RJD
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Old 12-18-2015, 07:41 PM   #28
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According to the DOT tire factory list, Hercules and Akuret tires are built at the same factory, in the same town in China and by the same company. It appears that 8 different names come out of that same Shandong plant. Busy place.
In the DOT 4 digit code on your tire, the first two letters/numbers indicate where they were made.
FYI, Maxxis International [Maxxis] is code 20 and indicates Thailand.
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Old 12-19-2015, 04:40 PM   #29
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According to the DOT tire factory list, Hercules and Akuret tires are built at the same factory, in the same town in China and by the same company. It appears that 8 different names come out of that same Shandong plant. Busy place.
In the DOT 4 digit code on your tire, the first two letters/numbers indicate where they were made.
FYI, Maxxis International [Maxxis] is code 20 and indicates Thailand.
After studying the list, it appears that there are 48 different companies operating out of that same Shandong China plant.
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Is China really the problem? Tire manufacturer? Components/materials or design or construction or combo?

Go to a tire store and look what the country of origin is...you will see a lot of Chinese tires. IMO it is the cheap that gets the business to the average consumer.

I personally think it's plain and simple. Quality control.


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