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Old 08-29-2007, 05:43 PM   #15
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Wheew...... every time you turn around... $500 here ..... $1000 there....
Im hoping on that fri night Mega lotto!!!
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:18 PM   #16
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Jack, St, Louis Wholesale Tire sells Maxxis tires. I bought a set for a car hauler a while back.
Thank you! The Maxxis web site show no one in Missouri handling their tires. I will check with these folks next spring.

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Old 08-29-2007, 07:55 PM   #17
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I had a set of Mission tires. I had the right front blow going out to Palm Springs in April. Made in China
I replaced all 4 with Maxxis radials, made in India I believe.
The only thing I have noticed is that they look like they need air. They look like they are low but, I check the Pressure and they are at 50 PSI.
I have put about 3000 miles on them so far and they are doing fine.Only time will tell but, when I had a blow out and saw they were made in China, I got rid of them regardless of cost. I'm not made of money but, changing a flat on I-10 with truckers doing 70+ MPH, it was real scary.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:00 PM   #18
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I had a set of Mission tires. I had the right front blow going out to Palm Springs in April. Made in China
I replaced all 4 with Maxxis radials, made in India I believe.
The only thing I have noticed is that they look like they need air. They look like they are low but, I check the Pressure and they are at 50 PSI.
I have put about 3000 miles on them so far and they are doing fine.Only time will tell but, when I had a blow out and saw they were made in China, I got rid of them regardless of cost. I'm not made of money but, changing a flat on I-10 with truckers doing 70+ MPH, it was real scary.
Got the new maxxis tires this morning. This will be my second set of Maxxis tires that I have owned. My first set was on an 8x24 enclosed car hauler. I went to Sturgis and back on those, plus FL a couple of times. Never had a problem. One characteristic I have noticed as you have, is that they look like they need air. I guess its just a sidewall design. Paid $580 for 6 mounted and balanced.
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:27 PM   #19
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Goodyear Marathon ST215 75R14 Tire Comment

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My first trip in 2006 had a tire with a small bulge on the outside wall of tire that appeared to be air. Goodyear charged me about $60 to replace the tire with 3,000 miles or so on it. The original set of five tires were made in New Zealand and had a grey/black dull look to them. The Airstream dealer had them painted with some paint when I purchased the trailer new.

The replaced tire was from China, looked black and smelled like it actually was a tire. The replacement tire from China was center tread punctured with a stone. One New Zealand tire blew out on a dirt road. Another New Zealand tire punctured through center tread on gravel road. I replaced all four tires on the road at Les Schwab, Salt Lake City, Utah, not the spare, with Tow Max with 2 metal belts versus the single on the Marathons. So far... no problems.

No. I do not over load my trailer. I believe the 215/14 tire is too light a tire and the 14 inch wheel too small for the 23 foot Safari. I wanted a Load Range D tire replacement in a 14 inch size, but was lucky to find a set of four Load Range C's with two metal belts as an upgrade. You can find D load tires in 15 inch and larger wheel sizes, but try finding a 14 inch on the road.

Pulling the trailer also pushed me into D load Goodrich All Terrain T/A tires which are wonderful on my 2006 Toyota Tundra. I hope this cures the tire problem on the Airstream and extra weight on the truck's tires taken care of as well. Airstream may want to put the pressure transmitter's in their wheels, as you can be traveling on three tires and not notice until you pull off for the next gas station stop... Sure would take some of the worry of bad tires off the mental check list every minute.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:11 AM   #20
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Just got back from a 10 day trip using the Maxxis tires. Pulled about 1200 miles. All went well. One thing I noticed was that the maxxis tires seemed to allow trailer sway slightly more on the highway and would bend sideways more on tight turns in parking lots. Marathons seem more ridgid.
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Some of those dent and bulges are manufacturing mold marks. If there are any irregular shaped marks or bulges then this is a problem.
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:02 PM   #22
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Our two tread separations on the OEM Marathons did not result in a blowout. Both were made in Canada. We replaced them with new Marathons, which were made in China. Goodyear prorated them on tread wear and treated us fairly. We have since put about 8,000 miles on the rig and watch both temperature and condition every time we stop.

We probably have close to 35,000 miles on the other two OEM tires.

Also purchased for a few dollars the dealers unlimited warranty (no proration) if we have ANY problems with the new ones.

I'd be more comfortable with a brand I have more confidence in, but we'll see how it goes on our winter trip.
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:15 PM   #23
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Jack Canavera,

Check out Unser Tire online. They have free shipping. I bought a 7th Maxxis UE168 (this is the tire you want) for my spare. I'd previously purchased six new ones in Knoxville, TN, for my new trailer.

The UE-168 is an excellent tire. It's a commercial truck tire that's also trailer rated, so it says LT and ST on it. It has three ply sidewalls. As in, it's really got three plys, not one like most. I got load range D. You can get E's if you want, or also C's I believe. I got 235/75-15, but you would probably want the 225-75-15.

I've pulled mine about 1400 miles so far and they look like brand new. No bulges or any of that nonsense.

At any rate, my local place could not get the tire, and so offered to mount it for me at the "used" tire price of $8. They normally charge $18 to mount one if you show up at their door with a new tire from somewhere else.

Anyway, you might try your local tire place and see if they'll do something similar. Or, just tell them about Unser tire online and let them order them for you. Just tell them you want the UE-168 and go from there.

I've never run Marathons. I had Carlisle on my old trailer and they did OK. But so far, I'm really liking these Maxxis. And yes, they're made in China. As are many of them anymore....

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Old 09-23-2007, 02:18 PM   #24
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Forgot the price

I forgot to mention...I paid $85 for the tire from Unser Tires. Actually the same price I paid at Go Forth tires, on I-40 outside of Knoxville.

I bought them hurriedly because it's what he had, but I got home and did some research and they seem to be a pretty good tire. Price is nearly half of what a Marathon costs too. So I think they're a good value. Just bought a set of covers for them when I'm not towing so hopefully that'll keep the UV at bay.

Maxxis Bravo UE168

I see they've gone up in the six weeks since I bought mine. Looks like $99 for the 235 and $116 now for the 225. You may want to look elsewhere. I paid $85 and got free shipping. But, they're still a better deal than Marathons.

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The UE-168 tire for commercial highway vehicles offers the ideal balance of safety and durability. A specially formulated compound and an enhanced tread design provide drivers with the confidence needed to make those long hauls.
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Jointless spiral-wrapped full nylon cap for added strength and stability.

Rib-type tread design with deep shoulder grooves provides all-season capability.

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Premium rubber compound and extra plies resist cuts, punctures, and abrasions.

Extra heavy-duty sidewall construction delivers responsive handling and performance under demanding commercial applications..
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:22 PM   #25
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marathons???

This may be a dumb question but why do people continue to buy marathons when they fail so often.I use firestone lemans LT all terain tirse on my 86 32 with 25,000 miles on them and previously the same style on my 73 31 without a single failure.???
also the main reason for useing strictly trailor tires is for the stiffer sidewalls that prevent tire failure from top sway which airstreams do not have.
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