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Old 06-05-2015, 07:45 PM   #1
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Read most of the posts on tires for TT's. It really boggles the mind to try & come up with a sure fired answer to this seemingly age old problem.
My question is, has anyone had a tire failure with the favorites to replace the "China Bombs"? Tires such as GY Marathons, Maxxis, Carlisle, & all the other popular replacements to these unreliable OEM tires. Would really like any info concerning the "better" tires, please.
I am on my 4th TT & have never had a failure on the OEM tires (knock on wood). Am I just that lucky? Never see a report on failures other than "China Bombs"; do any of the supposedly better tires ever fail?
Thanks for any info; It will be greatly appreciated. I know there is a wealth of experience here to draw from.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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I guess EVERYBODY is weary of tire opinions, questions & responses. Either that or there has not been 1 single failure of a replacement for "China Bombs".
I do appreciate all of the Info.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:02 AM   #3
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Lets start a trend here. Just about all ST tires are made in China. Instead lets talk about tire quality, manufacturing tolerances and rubber compounding instead. I had trail express OEM that had a failure discovered when they were removed. I ran them for the year. I replaced with Goodyear Marathons, up a load range to D and run at 60 psi, plenty of weight capacity for my ultra light Fiver.. One thing I am very careful of is weight carrying capacity, I just purchased a new TV and reweighed everything prior to first trip. I also check my pressure and use Nitrogen (that is a debate in itself) and i do not tow above 62 mph (100 kph), occasionally to pass i would go above but settle back down after. Being cautious with all parameters.

I belive in your case you might be running at inflated pressure, not over weight rating, don't hit road hazards, don't over the rated speed for the tire don't run old tires with dry rot. All of these factors do make make it less likely to fail. There are many more people like yourself that have no issues than the few on this forum that do.

If you are serious RV traveller, long trips lots of miles, upgrade would be a definite advantage. Preparing for the wear and tear of miles. No different if someone uses synthetic oil and K & N air filters for heavy towing.

I know people here have had failures with GY Marathon, Westlake, Carlisle etc. What we don't know is the other factors like speed, inflation, loading, towing high, road hazard etc.

For a weekend warrior travelling to the local park for a week or two a year and not over packing OEM might provide suitable service for several years, dry rot will get them first in most cases.
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I totally agree. Most tire failures occur due to neglect. Balance the tires. Replace the stock valve stems with good quality metal ones. Make sure the pressure is correct.
Get a good quality infrared temp gauge and check tire and bearing temps at each fuel stop.
Tires are easy to forget about because we seldom have failures on our auto's.
If your trailer sets for weeks or months and then is taken on a trip with no preparation you are asking for trouble.


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Thanks for the responses B and B & Ddubya. I personally believe any tire can fail if not taken care of. I know some are probably worse than others, but even "quality" tires can fail for a multitude of reasons. I know many of you have greater experience than I do. While I was born at night, it was not last night. I do have a bit of experience with these matters. I do truly appreciate all of everyones experience & knowledge on FRF, & draw on that experience to help me.
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:48 AM   #6
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It seems to me the big problem with ST tires is on larger heavier trailers. When they are paired with relatively light (under about 9000 pounds) trailers ST tires, even the worst off name tires seem to work well. Put them on heavier trailers and sooner or later, guaranteed you will have a failure. Whether that failure causes damage ot a c@#$ shoot. For those with 16 inch wheels, IMHO it is a no brainer, LT tires are the only way to go. For those with really heavy trailers that have 8000 pound axles the smart move is upgrade to 17.5 inch tires and wheels. Those offer tire load ratings over 4000 pounds each.
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I guess EVERYBODY is weary of tire opinions, questions & responses. Either that or there has not been 1 single failure of a replacement for "China Bombs".
I do appreciate all of the Info.
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Goodyear Tires! Are the best replacement.
And if you do have a failure save the tire so they can determine defect and Replace or warranty!!!
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Read most of the posts on tires for TT's. It really boggles the mind to try & come up with a sure fired answer to this seemingly age old problem.
My question is, has anyone had a tire failure with the favorites to replace the "China Bombs"? Tires such as GY Marathons, Maxxis, Carlisle, & all the other popular replacements to these unreliable OEM tires. Would really like any info concerning the "better" tires, please.
I am on my 4th TT & have never had a failure on the OEM tires (knock on wood). Am I just that lucky? Never see a report on failures other than "China Bombs"; do any of the supposedly better tires ever fail?
Thanks for any info; It will be greatly appreciated. I know there is a wealth of experience here to draw from.
About tires,
only one is a TOP tires MICHELIN, all
others are second ....!!!!!
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Growing up in a Tire Town (Kitchener Ontario) and have father, myself for a time and all family working at Uniroyal or Goodrich they were Number 1 but bought my Michelin they are my number 1 now.
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Marathons are made in China. I use Michilin LT tires. No problem. Had a Cooper ST throw a tread. Lots of damage
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