Originally Posted by rustyrivet
I am also looking at replacing all four tires and have been doing a lot of on-line research regarding tires. Maxxis are not made in the US. In fact it is very hard to find a ST tire that is made in the US. I had heard that Cooper still made ST tires in the US but when I checked with the local distributor, he indicated that Cooper also has most of their ST tires made in China. Both TowMax and TowMaster are also made overseas. Apparently the DOT code on the tire (first two letters) tells you where the tire was made. I can't get Michelins in the size I need (ST215/75/14) or I would go that way. I'm leaning toward Maxxis but am willing to listen to those with more experience RVing. jc
Maxxis is Taiwan built. They've been big into motorcycle tires for quite a few years. My preference to them is the fact that they use a nylon cap that helps minimize belt squirming. That's a concept used by many of the manufacturers in Europe where speeds are much higher. Apparently the American tire companies don't feel that this is needed. I'm not sure whether they figure that their construction techniques are just as good, or whether it's just a matter of ways to maximize profits.
Since we seen a lot of tread separation failures on ST tires, the question is always as to whether we have a situation of excess speed or under inflation. Both can produce heat which in turn encourages separation of the belts. Belt squirm begets more heat so in my view, the cap concept may help the tires run cooler.