'10 Silverback came with the Trail Express.
They failed within a year after I had it while driving on a hot Texas road.
Replaced with GY Marathons (all 4 - if one goes, the other 3 aren't far behind). The dealer told me the tires were brand new, but were already 3 years old and not likely to last - he was right.
I watched them like a hawk. Less than a year later, one tire dropped from 80 to 70 psi and it seemed like there was a continuous rib running along the tread.
Nursing it home (it was cool due to the rain and I drove slow), the tire dealer confirmed that the tire had delaminated. Again, all 4 tires were changed, but this time with tires that were only a few months old.
Some lessons learned:
- *All* trailer tires are notorious for delaminating based on *age*, not miles or wear
- I've been told of brand new tires delaminating on the shelf after 3 years, my experience would support that.
- I still had a Trail Express tire as the spare and was planning to change it with one of the non-delaminated Marathons - my dealer advised against that since the Trail Express was newer
- Speed kills! - these tires are rated up to 65 mph - I now drive 60
- Maintain pressure - I check mine before every trip
- Inspect - I run my hands over the tire treads every single time we stop. I'm not an expert, but my dealer did help me with what I can feel and look for when a tire is showing signs of delamination
- Learn how to read the DOT manufacturing codes - these tell where it was made and *when*
Keith & Liz
2010 SilverBack 33L