Originally Posted by Southern Roamer
This is my 1st post, but I was interested in the tire discussion since I have those Chinese Goodyear Marathons and hate them. I have had nothing but trouble with 2 blowouts, a valve stem failure and a valve core failure. This was both on my earlier Holiday Rambler Alumascape and now on my Cardinal 3625. I'm looking for advice on a better brand from someone who has actual experience with them. I have heard Michelin XPS tires were good.
IMO, while Michelin XPS is a great tire, it is a traction tire not a trailer tire. Traction is the last thing you want on a trailer. Traction tires have a high rolling friction and will just grind the tread right off them in turns. It will also kill gas mileage due to that high friction.
I would only put ST tires on a trailer as they are designed to have low rolling friction and high scrub resistance during turns. They also have superior sidewall strength and a higher percentage of internal rubber lubricants for longer UV resistance.
I have been running my US made Goodyear Marathons (Gadsden Alabama plant) for two years now (about 10,000 miles) and they look brand new. Love them.
The truck has Michelin LTX MS2's on it and Totally love those.
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