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Old 04-25-2013, 09:43 PM   #11
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That's a question you've been answering every day of your adult life. Is it best to buy the cheapest, or something of higher quality that costs more? (I hear that a tire blowout can cause $1000's of dollars damage to an RV. Maybe that can help you decide.)

I'll gladly pay $100 more per tire if it actually makes a difference. Tires are something I don't want to skimp on. But I'd rather not pay more for nothing better. Looking for honest opinions about what is really a better tire than trusting the parts guy at the RV store, who seems like a nice young man.

Sometimes cheapest is best, sometimes not.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:07 PM   #12
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Maxxis has a great reputation, but I have heard good things about Kumho as well. Goodyear Marathons are supposed to be ok yet, but there is that China thing.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:27 PM   #13
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....R6V2&tab=Sizes

Tirerack says Made in China
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:32 PM   #14
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:38 PM   #15
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Goodyear*Marathon Radial

Tirerack says Made in China
There was some speculation that Goodyear was making Marathons in the US again, but I haven't seen any evidence of it yet.
As you posted, Tirerack say theirs come from China.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:48 PM   #16
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Maxxis has a great reputation, but I have heard good things about Kumho as well. Goodyear Marathons are supposed to be ok yet, but there is that China thing.
So far I can't find a source for Maxxis in Canada other than 1000 miles from me, have E Mailed them to find out if one exists.

Haven't looked into Kumho yet but will try again tomorrow after a good nights sleep.

Seriously, I am looking for really good tires, if they exist and I can get my hands on them! Don't mind paying for quality if I'm actually getting quality for my $$$
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:57 PM   #17
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I have westlake 16" on my work and play and after 5000 miles they look like the day I picked it up. I am over zealous on checking pressure etc but they look great, doesn't mean I wont have a blow out tomorrow but I have been satisfied so far.

I saw a photo taken from a plane over china from a tire insider and he pointed and said that is where your goodyear st tires come from, just down the road is an almost identical plant, he said that is where your westlakes came from,,, who knows ???
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:08 AM   #18
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I just put 14 inch Maxxis on my enclosed trailer. I did quite a bit of research and they had great reviews.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:50 AM   #19
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We bought a 1992 Carriage Cashay 5th wheel in 2009 and it had the original Marathons..at least that's the date the tires had stamped. Being new to camp trailers etc we used it acouple years and did not have any problems. Then we read that we should replace them every 3 years or so. I was leary about buying new Maratons reading that they were now made in China and would fail. I finally located a dealer that only sold US made Marathons and bought 5. So far no problems. Of course our 5th wheel only weights about 6K so not much weight to haul.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:25 AM   #20
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In 2010 Marathons were made in in a plant in China and a Plant in Gadsden Alabama (Plant code MD). Mine were made in the 25th week of 2010.

Then in 2011 (I think) the plant underwent a renovation and they had limited production of many size and types of tires. The renovation was completed the following year. I believe they are back to full production of the Marathons there.

When you ask your Goodyear dealer to order your Marathons form the warehouse, ask them to check for plant Code MD and a MFR date within 6 months.

I would have no issue with Marathons made at the China facility because they are not only inspected by DoT, they are inspected by the Goodyear QC engineers that work at the plant.
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