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Old 06-05-2012, 11:32 PM   #11
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Goodyear Marathon ST Tire Consumer Complaints

5 complaints

Cheng Shin All Models Tire Consumer Complaints
7 complaints


Just in case anyone would like to check themselves
Tire Consumer Complaints
Hmmm......of the 7 "complaints" against Cheng Shin, 3 were for motorcycle tires, one was not even about the tire, but the valve stem, and there was not one mention of Maxxis brand tires.
Actually I ran across this site quite a while ago, and found it essentially useless.
But before I bought my tires, I searched all kinds of RV sites for tire feedback, and I could not find one instance of someone with a problem with their Maxxis tires, and a lot of people are running them. And my local tire dude has sold semi loads of them without a single complaint. That is all I needed to know.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #12
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Interesting reading:

Goodyear Marathon Radial Trailer Utility Tire Reviews. Buying Guides & Consumer Product Reviews - Epinions.com
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:22 AM   #13
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If you need 14", have a look at the Khumo 857, a trailer tire, they only make one size, in a few widths - I am hearing good things.

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I blew three TrailExpress tires on my last trip. Made for an extremely long and frustrating day. I think I have settled on replacing all with the Maxxis. Everything I have heard and read and seen seems to point them with the least problems. They are made in Taiwan, which may or may not be better or worse than China, but all I know is they have a very good overall reputation than any of the other tire brands.

I tried to get my dealer to change out the "no name" tires when I bought my trailer. He just shook me off like I was crazy. And of course he couldn't stop talking about the Nitrogen fill. Yeah...maybe that made them last 2 years instead of only one year.

Anyway, it's going to be Maxxis for me. For better or worse...and I can't see it being worse!
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:47 AM   #15
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I blew three TrailExpress tires on my last trip. Made for an extremely long and frustrating day. I think I have settled on replacing all with the Maxxis. Everything I have heard and read and seen seems to point them with the least problems. They are made in Taiwan, which may or may not be better or worse than China, but all I know is they have a very good overall reputation than any of the other tire brands.

I tried to get my dealer to change out the "no name" tires when I bought my trailer. He just shook me off like I was crazy. And of course he couldn't stop talking about the Nitrogen fill. Yeah...maybe that made them last 2 years instead of only one year.

Anyway, it's going to be Maxxis for me. For better or worse...and I can't see it being worse!
Like many of you, our 2012 Silverback 29rk came new equipped with the Trail Express ST235/80R16, Load Range E tires.

Until I started reading this forum, I was not aware of all the problems (real and/or otherwise) with the so called "China Bombs" RV tires out there.

I became very cautious about my TE tires, even to the point of buying a portable air compressor i carry for the purpose of topping off any tire (s) that are even a couple of pounds low when I check them cold.

I also started a thread here about the pros/cons of Nitrogen filled tires as my TE tires came filled with nitrogen and I had a hard time trying to get my one tire that went flat due a nail serviced with nitrogen after it was repaired. I don't service my TE tires with nitrogen anymore after reading what the various posters here had to say about that.

Back to my TE experience so far - my TE tires now have a total of 5496 miles on them (1700 of those were on a RT from Texas to NY and back) and with exception of servicing two of then because they were 5 pounds low cold, I have not had any problems with them - loss of air, blow outs etc.) I do drive at 60 MPH as recommended.

I did purchase a Tire Traker TPMS and will install it when it arrives.

We are going on a RT from Texas to California in July and I am going to make the trip with my current set of TE tires. I figure if they can make that long hot trip, they can make any trip.

Of course, I may have all 4 of them blow out, come apart, etc., I don't know. But right now, I feel as confidence as anyone can about these tires based on my past experience with mine so far.

I will keep you informed.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #16
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I replaced the Trail Express tires on my trailer 1 week after I brought it home from the dealer. I was trying to accomplish a couple things. One, I wanted a taller tire, with a better load rating. (I went from 14" LRC to 15" LRD). Two, I wanted a better tire. I had read too many bad reviews on the "China bombs". I have yet to find a bad review on the Maxxis. Are they the best? Not sure, but the lack of bad reviews sold me on them. By the way, my Maxxis were made in Thailand.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:52 AM   #17
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Well worth the time & expense to replace stock trailer tires with appropriate, well built and heavy duty tow tires. Your tires are the lifeline between the road and your expensive trailer and possibly your expensive tow vehicle... Well worth the extra expense ( from someone who's been there, done that)!
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:23 PM   #18
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I blew three TrailExpress tires on my last trip. Made for an extremely long and frustrating day. I think I have settled on replacing all with the Maxxis. Everything I have heard and read and seen seems to point them with the least problems. They are made in Taiwan, which may or may not be better or worse than China, but all I know is they have a very good overall reputation than any of the other tire brands.

I tried to get my dealer to change out the "no name" tires when I bought my trailer. He just shook me off like I was crazy. And of course he couldn't stop talking about the Nitrogen fill. Yeah...maybe that made them last 2 years instead of only one year.

Anyway, it's going to be Maxxis for me. For better or worse...and I can't see it being worse!
An interesting point - I just read the Maxxis FAQ section on their website.

One FAQ was "what causes a trailer tire to blow out?"

The Maxxis reply was running a tire without the proper air pressure. So nothing about their tires being a better quality, etc.. Just maintaining proper inflation pressure.

After saying what I said earlier about my TE tires, I take a little comfort in saying what I said - keep the proper pressure and stay within the speed limit.

Sometimes I wish I didn't read this forum!
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #19
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If the issue was just people running their tires low on air pressure, you would see blowout complaints about all tires. The fact that so many factory tires are giving grief, sometimes on the way home from the dealer, must mean something.
And if you check around the internet and see all of the complaints about Goodyear Marathons, it makes you wonder if all of these people are lying?
I just figure, why take the risk? Go with what people have had good experiences with.
And don't believe those who claim that tires made in Thailand are just as bad as Chinese junk, as that just doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
And for the poster who mentioned Kumho tires, it seems they might be worth investigating as well.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:35 PM   #20
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As has been stated numerous times, all tires regardless of mfg or where they are built are subject to blowing out for several reasons.

1. Low air pressure
2. Curbing
3. Speed
4. Overloading
5. Axle misalignment
6. Misc. road hazards (nails, rocks, bolts, screws etc.)
7. Trailer swaying excessive and rolling a tire off the rim (rare)

Some are just design flaws, but those are rare.
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