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Old 01-04-2016, 08:13 PM   #15
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We have driven our Airstream from one end of the country and back several times. During the many trips ee have suffered five trailer failures. Tho original tires on the trailer were Goodyear Marathons, only one went bad but they were made in Canada. A friend has a 23' and got 7 years out of theirs--also made in Canada. Since then we have gone through 4 tire failures even though most were less than 3 years old. Two new ones blew, one on the way from Michigan to Florida, the other on the way home. The tires were kept at the recommended pressure (checked daily) and driven 60 to a maximum of 65 mph. The only common denominator is that they were all made in China. Check to see where your original tires were made and where your new ones came from--it's on the sidewall. After the trip to Florida, we changed to Michelins, Three years have passed, we're never going back.
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:24 AM   #16
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Your tire photo shows irregularity in tread that indicates radial belt has probably slipped, and tread separation may in your future. See "Thank You" message sent to you, which contains more details.

Strongly suggest that this tire be replaced ASAP.
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Old 01-05-2016, 06:15 PM   #17
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Sorry I was thinking they were 6 yrs old not three. My bad.

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Thanks, Perry, for your comments.

Based on the way we use our trailer, our tires are not "that old".

Discount Tire's "Trailer Facts" states that the projected life of a normal trailer tire (ST) is 3-5 years and is "limited by time and duty cycles."

We do not go on long trips. Once a month, from November to May, I pull the trailer to one of our local campgrounds within 100 miles of San Diego.

As mentioned in my first post, my previous Marathon tires were 6 years old when they were retired. So I'm hoping my current tires will be fine until they are 5 years old, when I plan to replace them.

Additional information and photos: "A Marathon tire repair" on History Safari Express, seen on Airstream Life's Recommended Blogs.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:45 PM   #18
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SilverGate's tire repair was properly done following standards developed by all tire industry vested parties.
Meaning a group including tire manufacturers, tire repair manufacturers plus automotive and trailer manufacturers agree on proper repair products and procedure to safely restore the tire's performance capabilities.
The discussion of the tire's age at time of repair is another factor and the trailer tire industry does offer guidelines.
SilverGate claims the original 6 year old tires were replaced and the replacement tires were 3 years old when this puncture was repaired.
According to Carlisle Tires | Trailer Tires | | ATV & UTV Tires | Lawn & Garden Tires | Carlisle Belts > Media> Downloads > Trailer Tires, it is recommended that a trailer tire has a life of 3-5 years and claims that at 3 years of age a trailer tire has lost about 1/3 of it's strength.
This is why beginning at 3 years this owner should question just how much to invest keeping those tires in operation. The repair is cheap compared to replacing the tire which can be done at a more convenient time either soon or much later if the owner chooses.
If one tire is replaced I think both same side tires on tandem axles should be changed if not all tires.
Another important factor is if the punctured tire ran low of air for any length of time! Sidewall heat can develop from under inflation and weaken the tire also/or the other same side tire in a tandem can overload by carrying more weight which now has weakened it creating a separate potential future safety issue.
This is why 4 years tends to be suggested as maximum age for a trailer tire regardless of remaining tread-life. Having the trailer in locales with more sun-light or heat is known to shorten tire life/strength.
Should a trailer tire be pushed to perform beyond it's recommended operational life is a gamble. A trailer tire blow-out can cause damage to the rim and/or body of the trailer and usually occurs during leisure time for the RV owner or during working hours for a business.
Do we really want this stress at an inconvenient time that some minor preparation could have overcome?
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Old 01-08-2016, 08:24 AM   #19
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SilverGate's tire repair was properly done following standards developed by all tire industry vested parties.
Meaning a group including tire manufacturers, tire repair manufacturers plus automotive and trailer manufacturers agree on proper repair products and procedure to safely restore the tire's performance capabilities.
The discussion of the tire's age at time of repair is another factor and the trailer tire industry does offer guidelines.
SilverGate claims the original 6 year old tires were replaced and the replacement tires were 3 years old when this puncture was repaired.
According to Carlisle Tires | Trailer Tires | | ATV & UTV Tires | Lawn & Garden Tires | Carlisle Belts > Media> Downloads > Trailer Tires, it is recommended that a trailer tire has a life of 3-5 years and claims that at 3 years of age a trailer tire has lost about 1/3 of it's strength.
This is why beginning at 3 years this owner should question just how much to invest keeping those tires in operation. The repair is cheap compared to replacing the tire which can be done at a more convenient time either soon or much later if the owner chooses.
If one tire is replaced I think both same side tires on tandem axles should be changed if not all tires.
Another important factor is if the punctured tire ran low of air for any length of time! Sidewall heat can develop from under inflation and weaken the tire also/or the other same side tire in a tandem can overload by carrying more weight which now has weakened it creating a separate potential future safety issue.
This is why 4 years tends to be suggested as maximum age for a trailer tire regardless of remaining tread-life. Having the trailer in locales with more sun-light or heat is known to shorten tire life/strength.
Should a trailer tire be pushed to perform beyond it's recommended operational life is a gamble. A trailer tire blow-out can cause damage to the rim and/or body of the trailer and usually occurs during leisure time for the RV owner or during working hours for a business.
Do we really want this stress at an inconvenient time that some minor preparation could have overcome?
Our 2013' 30' International had about 14,000 miles and 3 seasons on it when we had a massive thread separation at 65 Mph on I-4. About made my hearth stop. Upon inspection in the tire shop 2 additional tires were ready to do the same. The damage to the AS over $ 9,300 and all the hassle to get it done. Had to drive the trailer to Jackson Ctr. etc,etc. I maintained air pressure in the GM tires religiously and for the most part kept at 65 mph on the road. Needles to say I witched to Michelins.
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