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Old 06-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Trail Express Tires

Well, the wife and I went out to the trailer (28 foot Cherokee Cascade) to take some items out for our next trip. By the way, we picked the trailer up in mid October 2011. Dry weight is 4800 lbs. We maybe load 300 to 400 lbs. for our trips.

As usual, I always do a once around and check seals, look for any damage and inspect the tires.

I was suprised to see an odd line about 3 inches out from the edge of the rim. It was raised a little and I do not remember seeing that on our last trip. As I looked a little closer I saw a bunch of little cracks forming. The trailer was covered all winter and we uncovered it for our first trip this year the end of April.

As we inspected the other three tires they all had the same odd ring and cracks. I would say we have a total of 1300 miles on the trailer in three trips.

I started doing some research (here and other rv forums) and see that these tires are junk. I am very disappointed in FR for skimping on what I feel is one of the most important parts of a trailer.

So of course I called the dealer we bought it from. They were pretty honest that the tires suck and they would try and help get some new tires under warranty by going through a third party called Lionhead Ltd. They have had very little success and it takes a very long time.......like I want another set of these tires??!!

So now I need to decide on what tires to get as we have some long trips coming up. Dual axle, 14 inch, load range C.

I made some calls and here is what was discussed:

I can get a radial called Towmax made by Maxxis. Rated at 1760lbs. Downside I was told is it pulls harder than the bias ply. More sidewall flex as well. But will last longer.

I can also get some Carlisles, bias ply made in the USA. Rated at 1760lbs. He said they pull easier, have less flex and will have less sway.

As with any product I can find good and bad reviews. So I would like your feedback and input.

I know from other threads there are preferences for one over the other. So I am trying to get some more input before I make my decision.

Your help is appreciated as this is our first trailer. And more than likely our last from FR given the inferior product put on their trailer.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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I would go with the Maxxis radials. They seem to have fewer complaints than anyone else, and one of the few tires NOT made in China!
Goodyear Marathons used to be good, but they are also made in China now.
I put a set of Carlisles on my motorcycle trailer, and they are cracking after two years. So much for "American made"!
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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I would go with the Maxxis radials. They seem to have fewer complaints than anyone else, and one of the few tires NOT made in China!
Goodyear Marathons used to be good, but they are also made in China now.
I put a set of Carlisles on my motorcycle trailer, and they are cracking after two years. So much for "American made"!
Don't forget that Thailand and Taiwan is where the Maxxis are built. Not any different than China made Marathons. Plus GY has dealers all over the US and majority of the money stays in the US instead of going to another foreign country.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:22 PM   #4
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Check the NHTS web site for fewest complaints. Good Years Marathons have a lot of complaints on the RV forums as most every other tire. That is except Maxxis.
As for FR installing junk tires. That is not only FR it is every RV builder in the USA. If a dealer had tried to sell you the identical trailer but it was 500 dollars more expensive because it had better quality tires you would have walked away in a heart beat, opting for the trailer that was 500 dollars cheaper. So you really need to blame yourself for not being properly informed and insisting on better tires at delivery. Even if it would have cost you more money.
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Check the NHTS web site for fewest complaints. Good Years Marathons have a lot of complaints on the RV forums as most every other tire. That is except Maxxis.
As for FR installing junk tires. That is not only FR it is every RV builder in the USA. If a dealer had tried to sell you the identical trailer but it was 500 dollars more expensive because it had better quality tires you would have walked away in a heart beat, opting for the trailer that was 500 dollars cheaper. So you really need to blame yourself for not being properly informed and insisting on better tires at delivery. Even if it would have cost you more money.
Check percentage of complaints. GY is no worse than Maxxis percentagewise.
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Check percentage of complaints. GY is no worse than Maxxis percentagewise.
I think we would all like to see the link to back up that statement.
Please be so kind as to provide it. TIA
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Check the NHTS web site for fewest complaints. Good Years Marathons have a lot of complaints on the RV forums as most every other tire. That is except Maxxis.
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http://www.vehicletire.com/Complaint...ar/Marathon+ST

5 complaints

http://www.vehicletire.com/Complaint...hin/All+Models
7 complaints


Just in case anyone would like to check themselves
http://www.vehicletire.com/Complaint
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Check the NHTS web site for fewest complaints. Good Years Marathons have a lot of complaints on the RV forums as most every other tire. That is except Maxxis.
As for FR installing junk tires. That is not only FR it is every RV builder in the USA. If a dealer had tried to sell you the identical trailer but it was 500 dollars more expensive because it had better quality tires you would have walked away in a heart beat, opting for the trailer that was 500 dollars cheaper. So you really need to blame yourself for not being properly informed and insisting on better tires at delivery. Even if it would have cost you more money.
Why would you post a response like this? I said first time buyer. And guess what, if they had given me an option to get better tires, I bet I would not have alked away.

I am looking for advice, not someone to state the obvious. Posts like this are no help at all.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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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
So thanks for the car tire complaints. But I am looking for a travel trailer tire.
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Would you have paid 500 dollars more than a competing dealer for the tires if you did not know? Most of us would not. I was not trying to diss you, I was simply trying to explain to you the economics of installing cheap tires vs more expensive tires thus raising the price of the product.
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