Here is some additional tire info I picked up from another RV forum site. Just pasted it here for everyones' knowledge base. I have to agree w/poster as to Tire retailers knowing little about the tires the sell. Most I called kept saying the Marathons were still US made. There is also info on the Maxxis tires being manufactured by a company called Cheng Shen (they also have their own brand). They DO have a plant in Thailand. We have gotten a good quote for the Maxxis M8008, so think that is what we will go with. Hope this is helpful to anyone needing tires.
Posted: 03/08/09 02:48pm Link
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Per recent communications with GoodYear tire, Goodyear Marathons ST tires
are now only produced in their China plants after 2007. They used to have a US plant and one in New Zealand that made their ST marathon tires
does not inspect every import or domestic tire, but rather does a small sampling to verify manufacturing meets DOT
specifications. I have found from personal experience tire dealers rarely seem to have the facts and most of them are biased toward the tire that gives them the highest margin and availability.
When making tire decisions, you'll usually get better facts by doing a little Internet research than strictly relying on the opinion of a local tire dealer ( not always) but most of the time, they don't seem to have all the facts.
As an example, I printed off the DOT
listing of tire manufacturer codes and took it along with me to purchase some new tires
for my daughters SUV. In 6 different stores we visited, none of the so-called tire experts we talked with could tell me how to correctly interpret the DOT
codes on the tires
and how to identify the country that made the tire. In all 6 cases we were originally told the tires
we're made in a country (USA) than what the actual tire DOT
codes indicated ( China). Worse, the date codes on some of the "new tires
" they tried to sell us were as old as 4 years.
The most honest and knowledgeable tire store we found was discount tire.