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Old 06-14-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Trailer Tires

I'm looking at 2 sets

Goodyear Marathon Radial

Power King Towmax STR

Any info on either?
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Power King Towmax STR's came as OE on our TT.
They lost between 2 and 4 pounds of pressure during 5 months of storage.
I think that's good. Does it matter? I don't know.
We have about 2,000 miles on them.
One thing that I have noticed about them is that they have a very strong odor of oily/paraffin? after getting warmed up. From what I've read it is the preservatives and oils getting moved around in the tire and coming to the surface. I think that it is a good thing. I had a pair of Kendas on a popup and they also had an odor when warmed up but not near as strong.
Trailer tires are meant to be used not stored.

"All TOWMAX STR tires are required by TBC to exceed the Federal testing minimum by 40% on average"
From this page;
Towmax - about-us

Sounds like a very impressive product to me.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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I highly recommend Goodyear Marathons. They have been very good to me and continue to provide excellent service. 3 years old and we should put another 10,000 miles on them this year. (knock on wood)
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:33 PM   #4
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Have run Good Year Marathons for 37 yrs on 9 rv trailers and at least 4 racecar trailers and never had a flat or a blowout. I highly recommend them. Just took a set off our racecar trailer that were 16 yrs old and when they were 10 yrs old the trailer was loaded and pulled from Anchorage, Alaska to Concord, NC and sat here for 6 yrs and chunks of tread literally fell off 2 tires from sitting in the dirt and they all still had from 38#-40# of air in them. Can't say enough about the GY Marathons. IMO they are great tires where ever they are made.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:46 AM   #5
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:07 AM   #6
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My experience with trailer tires suggests; "If you think you need them; buy them now." There is a lot riding on those tires, and a blowout back there could have disastrous consequences. The camper is made with very light materials and blowouts are pretty violent. Expect lots of damage to the camper.
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And a lot of times when you have a new camper with less than 5,000 miles on it and only 1 yr old. Ask me how I know! $1800 damage
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I was at Camping World last week and saw a set of Goodyear Marathons up front and they are now made in China again. Looks like they've closed the production in Alabama again.

Time will tell.

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Marathons (even china made) or Maxxis were the "top" tires in my short bit of looking online a month ago when I looked.
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Are either of these tires rated for speeds higher than 65? Looking for something rated for 70.
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