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Old 06-04-2015, 02:48 PM   #15
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Other than the Goodyear Marathon tires is there any others that are really good. I have had Michelins in the past and had problems with them. The first one blew out when I have 60% tread life left and the second blew out when I had 50% tread life left. I'll never own another set of Michelins do the poor quality in my opinion.
What was the age of the tires? "Tread life" as in the measured amount of tread only relates to distance. Tires start to decompose from the moment they are manufactured. Thus anything beyond 5 years from the date code is begging for failure. I had 8 year old Michelins fail (blowout) on a LandYacht motor-home; on my trailer I had GYM ST tires fail in under 2 years from the date of manufacture.

There is an extensive thread on this forum concerning ST tires and their being prone to failure (I had 2 tread separations and one blow out with tires less than 2 years from the date of manufacture).

Right now I'm running 16-inch wheels with Michelin LTX225/75R16(E) tires. I tow about 15,000 miles per year.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:51 PM   #16
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When I first bought my 71 Safari I put ST 225/75R15's because that is what was on it when I bought it. I did not watch them install these new tires but when I tried to remove them they were to fat to remove and real hard to reinstall. I had to pull out on the side of the wheel well more than I wanted to to remove them. It wasn't easy. I called the tire store and told them about my problem and they replaced with 7.00x15 bias ply tires. Can anyone give advice on this clearance issue?
You need new axles.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:51 PM   #17
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What ever tire you choose they all have issues the way I look at it is keep a close eye on any brand tire. I check pressure every morning before travel at every stop I take a quick walk around the camper looking at tires hitch and around truck tires. Check for any odd tire wear anything caught under truck or camper. Notice anything shiny in tire tread. Good camping all Rand
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:42 PM   #18
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The tires were no more than 2 1/2 yrs old. They looked good, no physical signs of wear
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:04 PM   #19
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I am on my third set of goodyear marathons now. Next time I may move up to 16" wheels and tires but that is down the line a few yrs as I just put new ones on 2 months ago or maybe a whole new AS by then. You can get a bad tire from any company but a watchful eye can head off a lot issues before they become a real major problem. Good camping Rand
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:26 PM   #20
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At discount tire now they almost put jacks under my brand new axles. Stressed out!!
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:16 PM   #21
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bellastream yes it seems to be a real issue too many jackasses with jacks. A repair guy was about to do the same thing to me. I said please use the area airstream has an arrow on. Though many here will say otherwise my axle mounting plate was bent by the guys that replaced my brakes by placing a jack stand under it. I would rather have a hole in the belly pan than a warped axle mounting plate. That is what you will hear to use the axle mounting plate for jacking it up. I never remove both tires on one side at the same time. Good camping.Rand
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Well better the axle plate then right on the stinking axle. Glad I caught that guy in time.
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Many don't know that tires have a speed limit they drive 75mph while the temp is 100+ deg and wonder why they had a blowout. Marathons have a speed limit of 65mph. If its really hot I would not even drive that fast under normal conditions 33 to 85 degs and dry I drive about 62 mph that gives the best gas milage and room for safety. Good camping all Rand
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:27 AM   #25
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I need your help. I have a 1969 31 foot Sovereign International. It needs new tires. I have heard of using LT tires instead of ST tires on airstreams. I have 15 inch rims. What tires will work best for my TT. Any opinions are greatly appreciated. P.S. I'm scared of having a blowout because of picking the wrong tires.
Some critical information missing that would allow an informed reply.
What is the actual load on each tire? Lacking that you need at least provide the actual load on each axle. The above loads need to be when the TT is loaded at its heaviest. Just because you might have the same RV as someone else doesn't mean you both carry the same number of bowling balls around with you.

With this information those with tire engineering background could provide some suggestions. Lacking this basic inf any other suggestion is not much more than a guess.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:29 AM   #26
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Many don't know that tires have a speed limit they drive 75mph while the temp is 100+ deg and wonder why they had a blowout. Marathons have a speed limit of 65mph. If its really hot I would not even drive that fast under normal conditions 33 to 85 degs and dry I drive about 62 mph that gives the best gas milage and room for safety. Good camping all Rand
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I just did a blog post on some who think 80+ is acceptable.
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