View Poll Results: Marathon failures on your Airstream
No problems. 81 60.00%
Tire failure was not caused by defect. [nail Etc.] 7 5.19%
Only one Marathon failed. 15 11.11%
Two or more Marathons failed. 21 15.56%
I switched to another brand tire. 19 14.07%
My Airstream never had Marathon tires. 9 6.67%
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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Bad Marathon, Bad Marathon

Hi, let's get some numbers on the infamous Marathons. Did you have problems or not. And were your tires, in your opinion, defective, overloaded, driven too fast, underinflated, or just happen to have a road hazard. [nails, sharp rocks, or no way of telling what you run over?]

For me, so far [knock on wood] four years and many thousands of miles with no problems.


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Old 07-11-2008, 12:50 AM   #2
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I've had three Marathons with approx 12m miles on them go bad from tread separation. I usually check temp and pressure each time I stop. One failure occurred 15 miles after I had. checked the tire. All three were from tread separation


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Old 07-11-2008, 05:25 AM   #3
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I went through one set and replaced them with a new set of Marathons last year before putting on approximately 15,000 miles on a five month excursion up through Canada and back through all the western states. I had one tire on the previous set that would loose air. I had that tire repaired and esperienced no other problems. I believe others have indeed experienced many problems with their Marathons, but I have not.
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:30 AM   #4
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No problems here so far, put new tires on last year after buying our trailer used. Also installed Centramtics and have the axles aligned and tires/wheels balanced. Have over 8k on them.
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:50 AM   #5
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I've had Marathons on eight trailers in twenty years and never experienced a failure. I change them after five years regardless of tread wear and run them fully inflated. I check my valve stems for cracks every time I inflate the tires. When I have the tires changed, I change to metal valve stems. I firmly believe that valve stems cause more tire failures than the tires themselves.

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Old 07-11-2008, 07:35 AM   #6
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Hi All,

Four out of five original Marathons failed on our trailer (thread here). Our problem appeared to be heat related as 3 tires failed on one hot day. All tires separated but none failed catastrophically. Replaced with 16" inch rim and tire combo (Michelin XPS rib).

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Old 07-12-2008, 11:24 PM   #7
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Goodyear Marathons

Hi, 7 Posts, 24 Votes, and 158 Viewers. I'm sure that there are a few more [1000's of] Marathon owners on this forum than this; Especially with so many people saying how bad they are. Let's hear from you and check the numbers.

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Old 07-13-2008, 07:01 AM   #8
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We've had Marathons on every Airstream product but one, and that's because I scrapped it in place, and never moved it. The only problem I have had with a tire on one of our trailers, was with another brand of tire (Cooper).
I've had plenty of problems with other brands of tires on other trailers, but never Marathons.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:03 AM   #9
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I've used Marathons on my boat trailers for years, no problems.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:27 PM   #10
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I had Marathons on my trailer which the previous owner put on. They had already survived on trip to Alaska, and we used them for five more years before replacing them. Not for any particular reason, just because they were old. The tire shop couldn't get Marathons so they put a different brand on. I hope they last as well as the Marathons did. If they give us any trouble, I'll get Marathons again.

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Old 07-13-2008, 09:30 PM   #11
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When I purchased our latest AS ('98) we had a blowout on the first trip. They were the original tires ~ 10 yrs old and load range C. Age and wrong carrying capicity is what I summize cause of failure. Replaced with 5 Marathon D's. Punctured tire last weekend going over granite curb, my fault - bought new one. made in China. My last trailer had been towed probably over 50,000 miles with no issues. I now use the SmarTire system and temp/pressure are always within a degree/pound of all tires.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:51 AM   #12
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No problems yet (original equip '05). I'm running at 50 PSI, and have generally towed quite slowly-60 MPH top. Frequently at 55 MPH.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:15 AM   #13
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Have 50,000 KM on the Bambi - changed out the original Marathons with new Marathons following the 5 year rule-of-thumb (tread was still good on the old tires) - no troubles with either set - tires inflated to 65 psi, driving speed never exceeds 100 KPH (60 MPH) - check the tire pressures every day before travelling and periodically check for heating during the day at fuel stops/rest stops - they have never run more than warm to the touch - always run cooler than the tires on the tow vehicle.

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Old 08-02-2008, 10:23 AM   #14
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I made mention about the goodyear labor issues and I received "Karma" Ya I am a union man I also go to the Akron facility I here all the problems with manufactureing.
I posted it about 1 year ago and got hammered by someone for it. I wouldnt buy one.Ya you might get a good 1 There was a tire mfg out of the south I was told by a buddy of mine who is a service manager at a camper store. or Carlisle tire. I have owned GDYR I had no problems but that was many moons before Goodyear went on strike. This is just my opinion its what I know first hand so I hope someone doesnt feel obligated to give me "Karma" again

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