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Old 11-26-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
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Any experience w/Towmaster Tires.

Not sure I even want to "go there" but does anyone want to impart opinions or experiences about Towmaster tires. We are in need of trailer tires for a 65 24' Tradewind dual axel. These are being recommenced.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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Have a set of four tow master 15" E rated tires on our Airstream. They have outlasted three previous sets of GYMs. Purchased them at Tire Kingdom but have also seen them at Les Schwab stores on the left coast. We are on the road a lot and the tires do not sit. I believe tires that do not sit last a lot longer.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thank you for the valuable input.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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I had a set of Towmaster tires a few years ago that were good, but a friend of mine bought a set of six for his 34' a little over a year ago, and has had three of them separate already.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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Bought 6 for our 34' Excella. Close to 6000 miles no problem yet. Keep air pressures at max on tire tho.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #6
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Thx for the information appreciate it.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:59 AM   #7
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I purchased a set of towmasters this year and have about 2500 miles on them with no problems so far. No signs of unusual wear. I keep them at 60psi and had them balanced.
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:57 AM   #8
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Glad to hear some positives feedback. We purchased 5, they were the tight quality, price and pick up and delivery so they go on Friday. morning for our short drive to 4CU get together
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #9
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Glad to hear some positives feedback. We purchased 5, they were the tight quality, price and pick up and delivery so they go on Friday. morning for our short drive to 4CU get together
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we replaced our GYMs with Towmaster two yrs and 10k miles ago. No probs yet. We maintain 60 -65 lb pressure.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:38 AM   #10
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I have had a pair of 15" E Rated tires on my 19 Bambi for 3 years with no issues. Our longest trip has been 150 miles. I maintain ~ 65lbs pressure.
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:46 AM   #11
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We had two tires replaced with E-load Tow masters this last October at a commercial tire shop. The service manager recommended them as he sells them to allot of of variety of businesses where their trailers carry a heavy load. I will replace the other two this April as we almost had a blow out and one needed replacing for sure so we did the both.
One point he did mention was that due the decent price of these and trailers sitting in RV parks, that even if you had to replace these every three-four years just to be safe you'd still be ahead of the game if you went with a very expensive tire that still has the same tire life as all tires.
Again, if you are going to do allot of driving and towing it is all personal preference, but I think they are decent for the price and load they can carry.
We'll let you know if we have any issues as we've only towed 500 miles with them. Five years from now when we do a cross country trip when the tires have seen very high heat and sun and winter climates, we'll only have about $500 into the set of four rather than $1000-$1200, so going for the newer tire at that time will not be a question. If we had invested $1000-$1200, I'd probably risk the road worthiness of older tires even though they would be five years regardless of exposure. So for towing in our climates and weight of the double axle I think they are appropriate for our use.

Plus, I'd rather redirect some of my dollars to other upgrades like a new 3-burner Caribbean stove/oven while the Airstream catches rays in the sun over the next few years.

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Old 11-28-2013, 12:52 PM   #12
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We were preparing for a 6K mile RT from Portland, OR to Alaska last year and at the last minute had to replace all four Marathons due to being out of round. Went on AirForums for advice and found the usual polarization of opinions regarding TowMasters, 10 ply, and pressures. I called Jackson Center for advice and found they sell the 10 ply TowMasters as an option. They did suggest to run the pressures a little lower than maximum due to the stiffer 10 ply casings. I run them at 65 psi.
I probably have close to 18K miles with no problems. That includes two 6K and several 1K trips.
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:12 PM   #13
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All ST tires are virtually the same--not rated for over 100 degrees. I got a little better service with Maxxis e's but the tread on these also separated in the third year.
You will have tire trouble if you get on the freeway and drive a lot of miles at highway speed in the Arizona summer. On July trip from Tucson to Ft Lauderdale, I had four ST tires of various brands blow, one purchased 200 miles up the road. On summer trips from Mexico to Colorado, I had at least one blowout. Now I run Michelin LT tires rated for the load of my Airstream and have had no tire trouble for 4 years.
Before you plunk down your hard earned money for ST tires read the other posts of hot weather travelers.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:01 AM   #14
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Thanks for Input on Tires

Lots of good input and points to consider. We did purchase the tires and will run on these for the first couple of years. It was a "we need them now" decision as we have only been doing short surface road trip for the last year plus. We will likely upgrade to 16's and possibly do the Light Truck or All Terrain when we do that upgrade in a few years. We need to do some more research and see how we will be using Henrietta.

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