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Old 12-13-2016, 07:39 PM   #21
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I did some more shopping for tires today, Pep boys, Goodyear, Tread Quarters. No luck at all. Pep Boys did not want the business unless the trailer can fit in their bay ( fat chance of that ) then they were limited on the tires they offered. Tread Quarters said they do not carry travel travel trailer tires at all, and Goodyear simply was not interested. My selections are none. I guess the best way is to order the tires on line, then jack the TT at the storage lot and get 2 tires switched at a time. The tire shops except one that I got the quote from on the power king tow max tires wanted to handle the job. This shop handles 18 wheelers and class A's. Kinda sucks. Really don't want to go through the hassle of replacing 2 at a time, but I don't have enough jack stands for all 4 tires, probably not a good idea at the storage lot. What do you all do ???? I did take a good look at my tires today and they do have cracks around the rim area, so they need replacement.
Why not call the guy back at the one shop that carries tow max , I pretty sure they are made by Greenball not a bad tire, a friend of mine told me that and he sells tires. But ask him if you bring the trailer to him with the tire you want if he will put them on for you, I bet he would say yes. Alot of folks do what you said buy tires take them in and have them mounted 2 at a time, sounds like a hassle to me. I'm surprised that Goodyear said no. Goodyear also has some truck locations you might have asked at a car only shop. Good Luck. I see you live in Newport news. There are alot of tire dealers in your area try Virginia Beach, and enlarge your circle..Good luck.. PS: try Costco in your area and see what they sell, I know they will put them on for you, if they have the tire you want...
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Old 12-13-2016, 08:00 PM   #22
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New tires for the windjammer

I went with the Carlisle tires. Had a blowout on the original China tires and had over $2000 damage to the trailer. Put on the spare, camped for the weekend, and when Discount Tire opened Monday morning took RV in and had them replace all 4 tires and the spare with the load range E tire.
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Have put on another 3k miles since then and Carlisle tires have worked great. No load concerns or worries about speed. Here is a god article on RV tires.
http://www.moderntiredealer.com/arti...rying-capacity
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Old 12-14-2016, 05:36 PM   #23
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Thanks a ton for the responses. I think I will go with the original estimate on the towmax power king in the load range D. At least I can haul the Windjammer there and they can change the tires over while I wait. They have lots of room to maneuver the trailer with the f250 hooked up to it. We will see how they wear, I always check the tire pressure before and during trips. Gonna be super cold here in eastern Va the next several days so I will make sure its warmer for the guy changing the tires. We just don't have much of a choice here on tire shops that will even consider messing with a travel trailer. Honestly most of them really don't have the room to handle them.
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Old 12-14-2016, 06:08 PM   #24
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Thanks a ton for the responses. I think I will go with the original estimate on the towmax power king in the load range D. At least I can haul the Windjammer there and they can change the tires over while I wait. They have lots of room to maneuver the trailer with the f250 hooked up to it. We will see how they wear, I always check the tire pressure before and during trips. Gonna be super cold here in eastern Va the next several days so I will make sure its warmer for the guy changing the tires. We just don't have much of a choice here on tire shops that will even consider messing with a travel trailer. Honestly most of them really don't have the room to handle them.
Nearly all can get Carlisle delivered in 1 business day. Should be able to get the installed ~ balanced and all for under $100 each in LR E
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Oh boy Bruce, I have bad news for you buddy. Maxxis are a tire made by Cheng Shin Rubber in China. Check this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheng_Shin_Rubber

Still, so are my Marathons. But quality seems very good on both. I believe the Carlisle brand is the only one made in the USA for trailers.
All the Maxxis 8008 I've ever seen are made in Thailand. Not China.

If the OP is going to stick to ST tires, my group only runs Maxxis and Carlisle and has had great results. Even the two fellas that always ran Goodyear switched over and like them better. Myself, I switch to LTs as soon as I buy the rig.
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Old 12-14-2016, 11:35 PM   #26
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Oh boy Bruce, I have bad news for you buddy. Maxxis are a tire made by Cheng Shin Rubber in China. Check this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheng_Shin_Rubber

Still, so are my Marathons. But quality seems very good on both. I believe the Carlisle brand is the only one made in the USA for trailers.
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All the Maxxis 8008 I've ever seen are made in Thailand. Not China.

If the OP is going to stick to ST tires, my group only runs Maxxis and Carlisle and has had great results. Even the two fellas that always ran Goodyear switched over and like them better. Myself, I switch to LTs as soon as I buy the rig.
If you want to know for sure, check this plant code listing vs what's on your tires:

Tire DOT Plant Codes ? Sorted by Plant Code - Tire Safety Group

I did a word-search for "Cheng Shin" and got 9 hits. Seven were China, 1 was Vietnam and 1 was Thailand. So you need to check the plant codes on your tires to know for sure.
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If you want to know for sure, check this plant code listing vs what's on your tires:

Tire DOT Plant Codes ? Sorted by Plant Code - Tire Safety Group

I did a word-search for "Cheng Shin" and got 9 hits. Seven were China, 1 was Vietnam and 1 was Thailand. So you need to check the plant codes on your tires to know for sure.
Or just read the tire where it says 'Made in Thailand'
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Or just read the tire where it says 'Made in Thailand'
Yeah, maybe in your case, but not all tires say that. D_B's may not. Very few tires actually say where they're made. I was posting "for the masses."
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Old 12-17-2016, 03:38 PM   #29
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The Power Kings were standard on my trailer and at the end of this season I noticed the sidewall cracked on the 2 on the drivers side where the slides are. 3 yrs old and as I was getting it prepped for winter my wife noticed the front one was almost flat so I put air in and watched bubble come out of the crack when I poured water over it. I will be replacing them in the spring, I know you can order Marathons through Sam's Club so I just have to see if they will put them on.
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