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Old 04-25-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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Westlake or Carlisle tires?

Guessing I should replace the old Goodyear Marathon tires on my new to me Surveyor 186 Ultralite (3000 lbs dry). Tires are barely worn but 5 1/2 years old. Not much choice available locally. Tire size is ST205/75R14C.

Nearby dealer "recommends" Westlake tires for about $115 each installed. Says not as good as the Marathons but will do me nicely. Marathons not available apparently.

Other dealer "recommends" Carlisle "higher grade" tires at $140 each installed. Says they are as good or better than the current Marathons.

Mostly we camp locally but planning a cross country trip so want good tires!

So should I spend more & get the Carlise tires? Go farther afield (3-5 hours to USA) for something different/better???

Appreciate any and all input. First trailer ever and have no knowledge about tires.

Thanks!
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Look for a dealer that carries Maxxis tires.
I am not fond of Carlisle tires.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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Guessing I should replace the old Goodyear Marathon tires on my new to me Surveyor 186 Ultralite (3000 lbs dry). Tires are barely worn but 5 1/2 years old. Not much choice available locally. Tire size is ST205/75R14C.

Nearby dealer "recommends" Westlake tires for about $115 each installed. Says not as good as the Marathons but will do me nicely. Marathons not available apparently.

Other dealer "recommends" Carlisle "higher grade" tires at $140 each installed. Says they are as good or better than the current Marathons.

Mostly we camp locally but planning a cross country trip so want good tires!

So should I spend more & get the Carlise tires? Go farther afield (3-5 hours to USA) for something different/better???

Appreciate any and all input. First trailer ever and have no knowledge about tires.

Thanks!
Would look for a dealer that has Marathons. Used them for over 30 yrs and thousands and thousands of miles and never had a problem.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:18 PM   #4
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They're trying to sell you what they make the most profit on. Find some Marathons and stick with them.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:58 PM   #5
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They're trying to sell you what they make the most profit on. Find some Marathons and stick with them.
Do they still make Marathons? I thought I had read somewhere they aren't made anymore?
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Marathons are made in China now.
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Marathons are made in China now.
Actually now I'm thinking it was the first place that said they aren't available in Canada. Any Canadians can clarify? A Google search was not successful.
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Do they still make Marathons? I thought I had read somewhere they aren't made anymore?
Just bought 4 made 51wk2012

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Marathons are made in China now.
And Maxiis are made in Taiwan, who cares where they're made as long as the quality is there?
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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Actually now I'm thinking it was the first place that said they aren't available in Canada. Any Canadians can clarify? A Google search was not successful.

So searching again with Bing, it wouldn't take a dummy to think of checking a store by the name of "Canadian Tire" for tires in Canada

They list them in my size online for $141.00 plus installation. So are they worth $50 more per tire for Marathons instead of Westlake tires? If so I will be stopping in at my local Canadian Tire store tomorrow.
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So are they worth $50 more per tire for Marathons instead of Westlake tires?
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.)
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