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Old 05-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by dunnnc View Post
I would go with the Goodyear Marathons and a TST tire monitor system. Reason being that there are 3 likely reasons tires blow.
1. Tire pressure too low
2. Curbing tires
3. Tires overloaded

Most all tires are built overseas including Maxxis which are built in Thailand.
Goodyear has the big advantage in my opinion as there are dealers in practically every town in the US and I personally have never seen a Maxxis dealer in my 71+ yrs of traveling all over the US.
I installed KUMHO 857's 235/70R/15's 2 weeks ago and ordered the TST 507 sensor system Monday. Big difference already Until the end of May they are offering their 2 yr warranty free with any system. 50$ value added to an already realisticly priced unit.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by EdJunior View Post
The "brand", if you can call it, was TrailExpress Power Touring. They are ST 235 80R16 E-rated tires. All had the recommended 80psi (checked before I left the house, and before I left the campground...and after the first blowout). The trailer was not overloaded. The GVWR is 11,600, and I was at most 10,500 (last weigh in with approximately the same load). I'm not sure what you mean dunnnc about "curbing", unless you mean running against curbs. If that's the case, that does
not apply either. I have no curbs in my city, and rarely camp where curbs are around. This campsite I was at did, but no curbing occured there.

Goodyear or Maxxis, almost as good a discussion as diesel v. gas, or Ford v. Chevy v. Dodge. And then the possibility of LT tires. Hmmmmm...
Ed - do you know how many miles your tires had when they blew?

The reason I am asking is because my 2012 29rk came with these same brand tires (not sure about the Power Touring, but the Trail Express and size is the same) and I have 5946 miles on them.

Just curious.


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Old 05-30-2012, 06:38 PM   #13
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Hmmm, seems like there are lots of Maxxis dealers.
Apparently no need to buy Goodyear China bombs then.
Will stay with the GY Marathons and the TST tire monitor system. They all have to pass the DOT regulations and IMHO, Maxxis are no better than Marathons. Goodyear has been around long before Maxxis and I will stick with the experiences I've had. Never in 36+ yrs of towing on Marathons have I ever had a problem, race car trailers, utility trailers, tongue trailers of any sort.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:44 PM   #14
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We had Marathons on our last camper, and they lasted for a long, long time. But they were made in the good 'ol USofA. Now that they are made in China, I prefer to avoid them, and would advise anyone else to look for options.
I haven't had such good luck with the Goodyears on my trucks, as they seem to wear out far too quickly. I suppose I should check to se where they are made! Looks like I will be switching brands there as well.

I do not believe in supporting China, nor the companies that have moved our jobs over there. Simply a personal choice.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:29 PM   #15
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Being that you have 16" tires, why not check out an LT tire? Michelin Ribs or BFGoodrich both offer LT tires that will work on your trailer. ST tires have a 65mph speed rating where as an LT tire doesn't.
Regardless of what tire you get, be sure to have them balanced.
Something to consider.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #16
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Just for the record, Maxxis are made here:

DOT 20

You are correct Chap, I was questioning them. And the subject came up a couple of times since then as well. I guess I just played the odds one time too many. Anyway, I've heard a lot good about Maxxis, mixed reviews on the Goodyears, and just about all other tires. I'm waiting for the insurance adjuster to look at the trailer damage before I think about the tires. Well, I'll be thinking about them, but won't get serious until I get ready to take the trailer in to get fixed.

Here's some pictures of the damage. I think I got lucky as there is no structural damage that I can see. Just lost some insulation on one side, along with the fender skirt damage. And fender skirt damage on the other side as well.

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Your incident and pictures got me to thinking last night... I've seen and heard something like this before..

"I've got a blow-out in damper three!" Steve
"Get your pitch to zero." SR-71 pilot
"Pitch is out! I can't hold altitude!" Steve
"Correction, Alpha Hold is off. . . Threat selector is emergency!" B-52 Pilot
"Flight Con! I can't hold it! She's breaking up, she's break—" Steve

We are glad its only sheet metal and a few shattered nerves.
Hey you could always use the same tape NASCAR does to patch the cars after a crash.
They drive at almost 200 miles an hour and the stuff holds.
Then you could get a sticker made with
"The Lady in Black - turn 4"
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