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Old 06-15-2006, 09:24 PM   #1
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Best tire for A/s 34' Classic

What is the best tire to use on A/S 34'??? We recently had 2 blowouts in a 24 hour time period while driving in 100-107 degree heat in June. Very distrubing. Thx Dennis
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Old 06-16-2006, 06:24 AM   #2
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Dennis,
We can only hope there's an answer for this as we've had two in 20K miles with the second one coming yesterday on I-40 in TN. Thank goodness for the air pressure indicators as it quickly alerted us so we could avoid damage to our baby! Off to Knoxville this morning to replace our tire with another Goodyear Marathon. My theory is that rough spots in the road, like those around Memphis on I-40, hot weather and 65mph don't mix. It seems I'm always trying to dodge those holes in the bridge expansion joints and chug holes on our Interstate Highway system. The upside is, we always have our spare and flats on Airstreams are easy and quick to change. Happy trails
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Old 06-16-2006, 07:30 AM   #3
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We have Marathons on our 34' as well. Checking your sidewalls inside and out frequently is the best thing you can do to avoid blowouts. I think that because of the tri-axle arrangement, the front and rear axle tires especially get their sidewalls worked harder because of the torque on them when turning. Because of the length of the trailers, it's also easier to hit curbs turning. I have a bulge on one sidewall now probably from unknowingly hitting a curb, but I haven't towed the trailer yet this year. I'll have to have it replaced before I take it anywhere.

Keeping the pressures at 50 psi will help keep sidewall flex and subsequent sidewall flex heat-related issues to a minimum.

I'd also recommend replacing the tires every five to six years regardless of sidewall or tread condition.

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Old 06-16-2006, 07:37 AM   #4
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Roger,
Thanks for your input. The tire pressure is interesting as I thought airing pretty well to max, cold, was better. Hmmm.
The rear tires are the ones that seem to go on mine and your theory about the stress placed on them in turning sharp has merit.
Two ply sidewalls don't help either I feel.
Inspections for bulges is a good practice as that saved me on one preflight inspection as well.
We're off to Knoxville for replacement after locatiing one just now.
Thanks again and happy trails
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Roger,
Thanks for your input. The tire pressure is interesting as I thought airing pretty well to max, cold, was better. Hmmm.
The rear tires are the ones that seem to go on mine and your theory about the stress placed on them in turning sharp has merit.
Two ply sidewalls don't help either I feel.
Inspections for bulges is a good practice as that saved me on one preflight inspection as well.
We're off to Knoxville for replacement after locatiing one just now.
Thanks again and happy trails
On mine, 50 psi IS the max pressure, cold.

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What's age have to do with it? A bunch!

Check to make sure you don't have old tires when you get the new ones. New ones from the store shouldn't be much old than 6 months.

Denny and Pop your rigs are somewhere between 2 and 4 years old depending on build date. At about 4 to 8 years the tires are toast. Sun kills too. So keep 'em covered especially in the Texas sun.

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