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Old 02-28-2016, 08:25 PM   #15
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You have definitely gotten a lot of different views. Sorry. But one thing seems agreeable across the board is to get rid of those Goodyears now. I'm in the market myself and am looking at the "Maxxis"
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You won't go wrong with the 15 inch Maxxis "E" rated ST tires. Many have gone the $$ route with 16 inch wheels and Mich MS 10 ply tires. The Maxxis carry the most weight and are strong sidewall ST tires designed for your trailer.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:41 PM   #16
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Why would any one change Chinese gyms to twainese maxxis??
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:59 PM   #17
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You have definitely gotten a lot of different views. Sorry. But one thing seems agreeable across the board is to get rid of those Goodyears now. I'm in the market myself and am looking at the "Maxxis"
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I just bought a set of Maxxis, I'll post an update once i roll them down the road.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:16 PM   #18
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Why would any one change Chinese gyms to twainese maxxis??

Because they are better.


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Old 02-28-2016, 11:34 PM   #19
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So which is it, normal or potential failure?

This thread underscores what I especially appreciate about this forum: a vast number of very well-informed and experienced people have a wide variety of opinions. Most are correct, a few are dead wrong, but seldom is anybody in doubt!

As for me, whenever practical, I wear a belt AND suspenders, and hope to always err on the side of safety. jsutro
The other posters who have added their replacement information is great but the bottom line question you have asked has two answers. 1) The "dents" you see on your sidewalls are Normal and do not pose a failure issue! And, 2) The Goodyear Marathon tires have a long history of not being a reliable tire product. The fact of where they were manufactured is that many of the failed Marathons were not made in this country! Hope this helps, Ed
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:30 AM   #20
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I'll be getting a better set of replacement tires . . .
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:05 AM   #21
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Don't change your tires because of these indents. They are normal. Change them because they are GYM's and have a horrible history.
What he said.
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On our 25FB, going to the 15" Michelins raised the trailer 0.3" over the stock 15" GYM tires. The 15" Michelin tires and 15" SenDel wheels raised the 23D 1.1" over the stock 14" GYM tires. The 16" Michelin tires and 16" SenDel wheels raised the Classic 0.45" over the stock 15" GYM tires.

Thus changing tire brands and sizes can result in some more fine tuning of the hitch system.
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Why would any one change Chinese gyms to twainese maxxis??

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I believe the Maxxis tires are made in Thailand.
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At CostCo tire today for a tire rotation on the Mercedes ML320 tow vehicle, the tire manager stated that Michelin has deleted all but one 14" tire and the 15" tire line is next on the chopping block despite the three new models.

Not the news many of us will be happy with in the future with 15" tire replacement. So, if many Airstreamers install the 15" XL series, then perhaps Michelin won't stop making them.
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You have definitely gotten a lot of different views. Sorry. But one thing seems agreeable across the board is to get rid of those Goodyears now. I'm in the market myself and am looking at the "Maxxis"
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I am on my second set of 4 Maxxis and my advice is don't buy any Maxxis, or any tire until you see proof of the construction date of each tire, and it needs to be recent. My Maxxis were unknowingly old when I bought them. They were terrific until two failed at 3 years. My tire minders warned me that I had a sudden pressure loss, and I pulled over before they had gone flat or come apart.

I bought four more, forgetting to look at the manufacture date. Stupid me. Maxxis are also SPEED LIMITED to 65 mph. Do you really keep your speed to 65 mph always, everywhere? My Maxxis have been better than my GYM, but I could have gone to the Michelins already.

On occasion, passing, going down steep hills, etc, my speed will hit 75 mph. Not for long necessarily, but when I "re-tire" next year it will be an upgrade to 16" rims and Michelins LTs.
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Roger Marble has assisted many, myself especially, to comprehend what's going on and correcting my reaction to and observing the "facts" on Tire status(constant monitoring) when running, visually observable concerns, etc.

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