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Old 08-21-2010, 08:04 AM   #15
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i went through 4 marathons...and a total of 8 tires(replace all tires as 1 blew)...before i wised up and talked with reputable tire company....the marathons are underrated for a 25 ft classic...ie they are borderline...if the trailer is not "perfectly" level..ie not out more than 1/2 inch from front to rear...then you will have problems with marathons or any tire rated the same...i went with maxxis-e and have had no problem....the tire company said the trailer needed an e rated tire as opposed to d rated....
Bates in fla set up my rig and it was not perfectly level...it is now.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:18 AM   #16
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x3, Maxxis E's. No tire problems, no trailer problems going into third year with lots of hot weather, rough road driving.
It took me a long time to learn about GYM's--one original set and one replacement set, eight tires total, totaled. The only good thing was no body damage to AS with all those chunks of exploding tire flying about.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:07 AM   #17
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I've been using GYM on my TT's for six years...no problems so far...knock on wood.

I wonder if speed has anything to do with failures. My GYM are rated max 65 MPH. I see a LOT of trailers (the majority) passing me on the highway when I'm doing my typical 60-65MPH.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:09 AM   #18
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Cloud...listen to 2air and others: INFLATE TO MAX PSI (posted on the tire's sidewall) and KEEP IT THERE! Poorly manufactured tires like the Marathon will blow regardless of the good maintenance you do. Trust me...I have the remnants of TWO SETS lodged in my travel memories. Yes, any tire can go bad at any time. But, poorly made tires go bad more often.
I am on my fourth set of Marathons. they seem to last about 20,000 miles a set. My trailer is heavy, 10,000 GVW. I run my pressures at 70. this is above the post pressure on the sidewall. However, it is allowable by Goodyears own documents. 65 PSI was causing the tires to wear on the outsides only. Under-inflated. Now they wear evenly.
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:20 PM   #19
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I Like the Maxxis E solution but can find a listing on the Maxxis web page. Can you please help me with a suggested source?
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:09 PM   #20
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Like many of the rest of you, I too had a tread separate on an three year old set of GYM's. Was running about 60 mph, carrying 65 PSI in each tire, and the tread came off and did about 5K dollars in damage to my 30 foot Classic. Tire never lost pressure....the tread just came off.

I have now replaced them with four new E rated Maxxis. The interesting thing about my deal was that Goodyear was good enough to pay me the cost of new Marathons towards the price of the Maxxis. I told them that I definitely wanted E rated tires and they do not have any.... so they knew that I was not going to replace the old tires with GYM's. In addition, they paid my insurance deductable on the claim for the damage to my trailer. Hats off to GY for that.

I might also mention that Discount Tire was instrumental in helping me to file the claim with GY. They have my business forever.
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:27 PM   #21
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underinflation=bad stuff

inflate to 65 psi
maintain 65 psi
YaskwHy 65 psi.

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This could be misinterpreted—cold pressure (not after driving, although I prefer early in the morning before driving) is 65. It will increase while driving, so don't "maintain 65". Leave it alone.

"YaskwHy" appears to be a language I am unfamiliar with.

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Old 08-21-2010, 06:31 PM   #22
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My GYM are rated max 65 MPH.
Not true. Unlike passenger and many light truck tires, trailer tires are not speed rated. Airstream recommends not driving more than 65.

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I Like the Maxxis E solution but can find a listing on the Maxxis web page. Can you please help me with a suggested source?
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should u decide NOT to buy another set of gyms,

you can read about the maxx tire here,, post 95-~122...

including a good mail order source that will ship and provide road hazard replacement coverage...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...s-27999-2.html

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Old 08-21-2010, 07:58 PM   #24
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Not true. Unlike passenger and many light truck tires, trailer tires are not speed rated. Airstream recommends not driving more than 65.

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http://www.goodyear.com/rv/pdf/marat...nfo_032806.pdf
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LOL, I was just going to post that!
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Note that Goodyear says "speed restricted", not speed rated. I think their lawyers wanted that because they didn't want to say it was the same as the international speed ratings. Speed ratings are a source of much controversy and lack of clarity.

See, for example: Tire Speed Ratings

Just Google the topic and get confused. If I understand what I read, speed ratings are derived from other tests rather than from directly testing tires for performance at various speeds. And speed ratings were developed in Europe for cars and later extended to some LT tires.

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Old 08-22-2010, 05:48 AM   #27
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Someone asked about a source for Maxxis tires. We got ours at Discount Tire. Discount doesn't normally keep Maxxis in stock; but they ordered them, and the tires arrived the next day. Please note that this was in Phoenix, and there is probably a local wholesale distributor in town. You might have to wait a couple of days, if you need tires in a small town.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:40 AM   #28
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i forgot to say....i hade $4,500 in damages to my unit when the first blowout occurred....and i had no idea that i could get any help from goodyear...not that i actually wanted to deal with them again.
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