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Old 01-06-2016, 07:33 AM   #15
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I think considering your location (FL) and confiuration (two axle) I would change them soon. Heat, sun, and tire scrub are three factors working against you.

I live in Minnesota and I had Marathons on my single axle for four years with no problems.
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:36 AM   #16
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You just turned three years old, always replace about now. Why worry?
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Why is it i hear of so many blow outs on AS trailers?
i've never had one on my truck or trailer?
Is it because of weight or old age?
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:54 AM   #18
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I got 2 years, 10 months before the upgrade, so I'm thinking 3 year-ish-
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Old 01-06-2016, 12:51 PM   #19
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I travel about 15,000 miles/year. My tires wear out before they get old. Have used GYM's and Maxxis and have to change them for wear, not rot. With that said, I try to monitor them carefully, use TPMS, and run them at about 3-5 lbs below max psi. My 2015 Serenity already has over 15K miles in the first 6 months and the GYM's are fine.

When it comes time to change, I will look to see how all the Michelins are holding up. But I see no reason to get rid of the new wheels and tires that came with the trailer. I suppose if I had experienced several blowouts I would have a different opinion, but I think careful maintenance is critical with any brand tire.
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I am more like Richw46 in that I run GYM's on my vintage Airstream and have had no problems with them in 15 years. In fact, I ran one set for 13 years with no problems, far beyond sensible age, and changed them out before they showed signs of significant wear after learning at an interrnational rally that tires should be changed out at 6 years or less. I too am religious about checking pressures, covering the tires when parked and I spray them with a product that protects against sun damage before every trip. I keep hearing on these Forums that Michelin LT's are the best. I don't agree. I have had more problems with Michelins on my TV than any other tire I have ever owned and won't buy another one. I switched to Good Year Wranglers years ago and had no further problems.
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:04 PM   #21
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Re: Tire failures on boat trailers

For those who think GYM failures are only on Airstreams, here's a few links to tire discussion threads on boat forums:
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Old 01-06-2016, 02:04 PM   #22
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GYM's - the "perfect" tire for...

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Why is it i hear of so many blow outs on AS trailers?
i've never had one on my truck or trailer?
Is it because of weight or old age?
IMHO it's because people here USE their trailers. Like for Travel, man...
I know dozens and dozens of people who have RV's that sit on a lot and might get moved once or twice a year.

I plan to travel a lot more once I retire but I've put over 12,000 miles on my current Airstream in 2 years.

I live and work in Virginia Beach, VA... and my home camp has about 70% of the campers who put their RV's on one or two campsites a year, then drive to weekend in them throughout the spring, summer and fall. I told a story elsewhere about one man who got all hot under the collar when a repair guy refused to patch and re-air two of his 14 year old tires. The trailer has 14 year old plates on it and hasn't moved anywhere except between the on-site storage lot and a campsite since it was new.

The owner is still bitching about the high cost of 4 new GYM tires - which are perfect for his trailer which hasn't moved 14 miles in the past 14 years. Maybe his next set should be 3 or 4 layers of 15' round plywood planks screwed together with a hole for the hub and six for the lugs.
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Asked the same question earlier and got similar answers. The GMs are good until they are not. Suggest you replace as soon as your budget allows. Pat
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Old 01-06-2016, 04:23 PM   #24
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Still debating (with myself) this issue. The one resolve I have is not to change out the wheels for 16" rims, as their are good Michelin LT tires in the 15" size.
Very good thread here, everybody's point is well taken, thanx!
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That depends on the weight of your trailer and the load rating of your tires-


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My trailer was 8 years old when I bought it with the original C-rated GYM's on it. Granted, the trailer had not been used that much. I put new D-rated GYM's on it, and they are now 6 years old, and it's been used regularly, including long trips. Neither of us had any problems. As ST tires go, the GYM's are the most expensive, and probably the best. The single axle trailers don't put the side loads on tires that the multi axle trailers would, as the multis drag the tires sideways as you take a tight corner. That said, I'll put new tires on before a planned long trip next May, and it will probably be GYM's based on my experiences.
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Agreed, I'm running a 2016FC 25' weighing in at about 5800 LBS. The Michelins I'm looking at for future use are C rated at 2270 Lbs per tire X 4 gives me room to spare.
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Agreed, I'm running a 2016FC 25' weighing in at about 5800 LBS. The Michelins I'm looking at for future use are C rated at 2270 Lbs per tire X 4 gives me room to spare.

You'll still have plenty of headroom, but if they're passenger tires (P-rated) you need to divide by 1.10 when used on a trailer (which gives you 2063 per tire and 8200 total # of capacity).

I use the current version of those Michelins - 1985# (derated) per tire and I'm at about 6000 in my trailer.

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