Originally Posted by windrider
Even Goodyear Marathons are made in China, don't believe it? Read the sidewall, the fine print.
Yes, you're right. But I had no choice since they were the only ones available on the day my tire blew out. From what I found in the area (Houston), I was lucky to find any tires in my size - Camping World and the other Goodyear dealer had been backordered for months.
In talking with the owner, while waiting to get all four replaced, he had the same problem and had installed the Chinese made Marathons on his 5er.
After doing some research, the brand seems to matter the most and where it's made is second.
The tires I bought were made in 2009, so when they get to their 5 year life and assuming they don't fail before then, I will be ordering some US made tires.
All other things being equal, I prefer Made in the US.
BTW - just picked up my trailer from the body shop a couple weeks ago. The tire caused $2,900 worth of damage, and I paid $900 to replace the tires. The tow truck driver, tire dealer, insurance agent, and body shop all said I was *lucky* that the damage was so minor - they've all seen much worse.