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Old 05-24-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Off topic, tires again boat

Hello guys/gals,


I know the tire question has been beat but since this is the only forum I am on I will post this as off topic.

I have a 10 year old Triton boat and the tires are also that age. It's tandem axle with 4 Goodyear marathon tires. I tried to add it up and would guess there is about 20,000-25,000 miles on them. The boat has trailer has not spent more than a week per year outside always store in the garage or barn.

Before my trip to table rock lake about 600 miles from home, should I replace these tires?

Plenty if tread but I do see some minor cracks sporadic on the side walls.

All thoughts suggestion/advice welcome. Also, never had a blowout on trailer and replaced all bearings last year.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:08 PM   #2
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Replace them prior to your trip.
Most tire manufactuers recommend replacing ST tires 5 years or so.
Better safe than sorry. There is a good article in the latest Trailer Life magazine that's worth reading. You have a number of ST tire brands available, but only a few that are considered "quality" ST tires.
Also, have your new tires balanced.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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Tires will last a long, long time if the unit is stored inside.
But with those many miles, and the signs of cracking starting to show up, I would definitely replace them.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:21 PM   #4
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Problems I have had with old tires were loss of tread. This usually was combined with hot weather and well into the travel. Lots of damage from tread leaving the carcass at 60+mph. Once it occurred to me these tires were 7 years or so old I quit using tires of that age.
You may get away this weekend with the 70 degree weather but with the holiday traffic do you want to find out?
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:21 PM   #5
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Am,

Thanks, that was my plan but looking at them they look good but rather be safe than sorry.

Under the 5 year program I would be going on my 3rd set and never replaced or had a blowout on any of these tires, still have the original spare.
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