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Old 01-22-2016, 01:48 PM   #11
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I may be wrong here, but as far as I know Maxxis is a China owned company that provides tires all over the world. I would think that the tires themselves are also made in China. So wouldn't that make them part of the "china bomb" group?
I bought Maxxis tires for my 04 Wildcat based on a lot of reviews from this site and have been very satisfied, however aren't they made in China also?
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:53 PM   #12
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The TT we bought in the Fall of 2014 came with Maxxis tires. The 2004 Coachmen 248TBG equipment sheet listed them on it from the factory. The TT was already 10 years old when we acquired it.

The Maxxis tires were cracking between the treads, and on the sidewalls, but tread was still good. The date codes were from '04. Of course I wanted to think the tires were replaced by previous owner, it appears this was not the case. I pull it home about 60 miles on interstate with those tires, and had no problems.

I could not find Maxxis tires locally, so I ended up buying the TowMax STRs which I discovered by research had a similar belt and tread design as the Maxxis tires, and were about $25 less per tire and I did not have to pay for installation since the TowMax tires were in stock locally.

I pulled into a weigh station to check things out and discovered a bulge on one tire. We were just outside of town at the beginning of our SD Badlands trip. Fortunately, I bought them from a big rig tire/trailer store, and they sent out a crew to replace the tire since it had only like 12 miles on it. The shop later called me to they damaged the bead on that one, and kept for me to look at when I got back to town two weeks later.

We put on about 2500 miles last year with the TowMax STRs. This spring after pulling it from winter storage, I'll rotate them front-rear.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:12 PM   #13
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I put 5000 on mine in 2 trips. One blew on second trip at 5000. You beat the game by switching early. Enjoy.
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Yep, they must have the certified "DOT" molded into their sidewall.
Very informative. Next!
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A little FYI.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheng_Shin_Rubber
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:25 PM   #16
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most American made tires are molded using a five section mold. foreign tire makers use a three section mold making it less likely to be out of round. I currently have 18,000 miles on my so called china bombs. I run a tpms and put on a uv tire coating and try not to hit anything. I think most people get into trouble backing into spots that are to tight and end up twisting and damaging side walls. most times a damaged sidewall cant be seen till the tire fails.
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Old 01-22-2016, 04:57 PM   #17
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I have Good Year marathons on our trailer. They are made in China too. We have about 10,000 on them so far. They are wearing well it seems and Walmart carries them if something should happen.
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Speed Ratings

All tires in the US are required to have the speed rating printed on the side of the tire. Once they required heat, traction, and tread ratings on passenger car tires, they got much better quickly. Michelins turned out to have terrible wear factors on some of their tires. Speed ratings are the same. Trailer tires had (65mph) J ratings in the past, now some go up to (87mph) N ratings. I'm curious what your Maxxis are?
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I had Westlake tires on my camper and they worked for me, they were ST tires, I think all ST tires are made in China. I have Goodyear G614 on this camper, made in America. I have TST 507 TPMS on the tires. I would think that just because a tire is made in America is not the best all the time, I imagine that China does make good tires


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I've been around here for a few years now, and still don't really know what is considered a China bomb...LOL !

If the Karrier load stars that came new on my TT in 2010 are considered "C- Bombs", well, they have performed nicely. Maybe it's because I stay on top of the air pressure? Don't overload it? or maybe it's because the TT is kept under roof? I plan on replacing them in the spring (or purchasing another RV). They still look good, I'm just going by age at this point!
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