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Old 01-27-2016, 08:49 AM   #11
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If you plan to keep it for a long time, then consider biting the bullet, swap for 8K axle assemblies, add disc brakes and 17.5 inch tires and wheels. If this is a short term rig, then swap to either Salune ST tires or Michelin XPS Ribs.

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Old 01-27-2016, 11:50 AM   #12
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The irony with Maxxis tires are that the are "China bombs". Maxxis is a brand name for Cheng Shin Rubber Co.

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Old 01-27-2016, 12:09 PM   #13
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RE: Goodyear Marathons

I had a Jayco Designer that came with the marathons. In less than 5 years and 47,000 miles I put 8 new marathons on that Jayco. 6 of the 8 were replaced due to belt separation; 1 went flat due to belt separation; and 1 blew out. They are just plan junk to me. On the bright side Goodyear always prorated the cost of the tire(s) so I was never out the total cost of replacement(s). I swore I would never have another 5th wheel that did not have G rated tires, I don't care if it just weighed 8,000 lbs. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:19 PM   #14
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I have a 2016 Cardinal and immediately changed the tires to the Goodyear G614 RST. There are no guarantees that the 614s won't give me a problem but I spend a lot of time in the RV and camp with folks from all over the country. They have had problems with all types of the China tires (including the Marathons) and have changed to the 614s and the blowouts seem to disappear. According to the code on my 614s they are made in Olathe, Kansas.

Forest River will not acknowledge any problems. I also approached them with the support of my selling dealer. So for my piece of mind - I changed. We have too much $$$ invested to use a poor quality tire.

The Marathons removed from my RV are setting at the Dealers store on consignment.
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Old 01-27-2016, 01:50 PM   #15
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You didn't say that you had had a blowout or other issue with the original tires. Assuming there were no failures, I don't think its reasonable to expect the manufacturer to take back your slightly used tires and give you LT's for the difference. If this was a concern, it should have been negotiated into the sale before taking delivery from the dealer.

I agree. I have reread the OP a couple of times and can't figure out if they have had a blow out or are trying to stave one off.

If agree that if it is the latter, that expecting a warranty claim to be approved for better tires is an unreasonable expectation.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:04 PM   #16
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By reading the many other threads here on FRF, I can't call Goodyears very reliable tires; seems as though I remember reading about as many problems with the G/Y's as with all the others, but I could be wrong about that. I've had 4 TT's & ran the OEM tires with no failures; (hope I didn't just jinx myself by saying that). I just try to take care of them & hope for the best. Best thing to do is what makes you the most comfortable; there probably isn't a correct answer to the ongoing tire delima.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:47 PM   #17
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Although I suspect you'll have one or more blowouts with the cheap tires within three years, I would agree the factory is not responsible to upgrade the tires after you accepted the FW. You had an opportunity to complain at delivery and I presume you didn't.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:37 PM   #18
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My Cardinal came with Goodyear Marathons and on a single trip of about 3000 total miles, 3 of them blew. No, I did not run over anything, did not drive over 65mph, and kept the tire pressure right on the money. I bought replacements to get home and my local tire dealer( who at one time managed a Goodyear shop) checked the remaining tires and found the steel belts were separating and he had seen the problem many times before. I bought B.F Goodrich LT tires, end of problem. If someone wanted to give me a set of Marathons, I would not take them. Good luck
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:59 PM   #19
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For the repliers that think the Goodyear Marabomb failures are vastly overstated ... perhaps true if you tote around a 6000 - 7000# RV. For those of us that pull in the 12K+ range, they are a nightmare waiting to happen as these tires are just not up to the load ... period. I got rid of mine on my own dime as peace of mind is priceless. Mine SOB (12K+) Marabombs had bumps, bulges, and tread separation within 4000 miles and I religiously checked air pressure, axle weight, and kept road speed 65 and under. I've had dozens of acquaintances in my Keystone days that had fiver damage due to Marabomb tires failing in multiple ways. Some refused delivery until an alternate tire was swapped out. Several went with G614's ... I was light enough to go with Michelin LT tires. The old Marabombs went to tire graveyards or were sold to farmers who use them on their slow moving implement trailers used around the farm. I know I'm just blowing hot air in many of your minds, but with the heavier RV's you're definitely living on borrowed time running the Marabombs. There's to many of us to simply discount the issue.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:30 PM   #20
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I asked this on an earlier tire thread & thought I would ask again because this thread is getting a lot of attention. My local tire dealer highly recommends Duro tires. Any one here with any experience with them? He says he sees little or no problems with them. I have no idea where they are made, but have researched them some on-line. They seem to get pretty good reviews. Interested in what all of you have to say.

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