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Old 05-28-2014, 08:26 PM   #15
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We replaced the 4 yr old GYM with Carlisle's (E) after a blowout a year ago on the Classic we had just purchased. We have travelled 18,000 miles since w/o incident. Run 80 lbs cold, don't overload, 62 mph max. Also, if one hAs a two or three axle trailer, if not level when towing weight is transferred to one of the axles. front too high, weight transferred somewhat to the rearmost axles/ tires, for example, and may co tribute to overloading the rear axles tires.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:39 PM   #16
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I had an blowout on 05-27-14 with Goodyear Marathon with only about 9,000 miles and about 4 1/2 years old, cover when parked. I am looking in to replacing all Goodyear tires with Carlisle. Just Google Goodyear Marathon blowout and you will not believe how many you find. I always checked tire pressure before driving, always set at 65 psi per the book. Trailer is about 2000 under weight. The temp was about 99f driving 65 mph, what the problem?????
I too had the Marathon blow out just over 4 yrs old. As you did I went with the Carlisle because that was recommended by my local DT. They said Carlisle built a new plant devoted to trailer tires used in the southwest and optimized for high temperatures. Have had them for over a year now and they are doing fine. I've talked to a number of people at our rally's who have them on their units and they all love them.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:11 PM   #17
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Did you report to NHTSA? Please do, so there is hope to have some 'leverage' on the manufacturer.. if the tires are bad, tracking should show up.

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Old 05-28-2014, 10:37 PM   #18
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Sometimes tires just blow, especially if a tire might have EVER been run low.

That said it has been many years since I have been stuck on the side of the road with a tire failure. Perhaps 20 years or more.....
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:06 AM   #19
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My experience with the Marathons were good. We bought a 19" Winick last June that had been stored in a wharehouse since 2007. It had maybe 1k miles on them. They looked brand new. I changed them this April to Carlisles because it was convenient. One Maraton had some odd ware from a bad balance job. But that was after I put over 20k miles on them including a trip up the Alaskan highway and on to Homer and back. I've read all the horror stories but that's just not our experience. I keep them properly inflated and try to drive 60mph or lower. Some times the Alcan demands 15mph or less - common sence. You just never know what the roads going to throw at you. Take it easy and don't rush it. My two cents worth.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:14 AM   #20
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When one pushes the weight numbers, the 25' Flying Cloud and 25' International models with a GVW of 7,300 are well within the weight capability of the Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires. The 27' models of these two trim lines have a GVW of 7,600 pounds and the load margin is reduced and could be doable. I had these tires on our 25FB and liked the ride and bigger road tire foot print on the road.

Check my "Images" below my name and see the Good Year Marathon takeoff beside both the 15" and, later, the 16" Michelin tires.

For the best decision making, one needs to weigh each wheel on the trailer when loaded. My experience, and others I have talked to, is the the right rear (curb side) tire tends to have several hundred more pounds of load that the other three. Some folks reported replacing that specific tire location rubber more often than the other three tires.

I have no experience with the tri-axle Airstreams and their load per tire. The bigger concern, in my opinion, is the sideways scrubbing action on the tires in a turn and the Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL sidewalls were definitely not designed for that type of stress.

I think on a dual axle Airstream around 7,500 pounds GVW these Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires will work well.

Airstream may release a 25' Classic later in the 2015 model year, but the GVW will likely be too high for the Michelin LTX (P) 235/75R15 XL tires. The 2014 27FB Classic had a GVW of 9,000 pounds while the 31' models of the Flying Cloud and International have a GVW of 8,800 pounds. There is just not enough load capacity in the 15" Michelins for that much GVW.

Our current Classic has a GVW of 10,000 pounds and the four Good Years together had a load capacity of 10,160 pounds and are speed limited on their sidewall to 65mph. It was logical to go to the Michelin LT225/75R16/E LTX M/S2 for the extra load capacity and no speed restriction. Plus they are the factory approved tire (optional) on both of the Eddie Bauer models.

The factory will retrofit the Michelin LT225/75R16/E LTX tires and SenDel T03-66655T wheels to any ordered 25' or longer trailer that has 15" wheels (or at Jackson Center if you drop by) and they are standard on the 2015 31' Classic.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:30 PM   #21
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I had an blowout on 05-27-14 with Goodyear Marathon with only about 9,000 miles and about 4 1/2 years old, cover when parked. I am looking in to replacing all Goodyear tires with Carlisle. Just Google Goodyear Marathon blowout and you will not believe how many you find. I always checked tire pressure before driving, always set at 65 psi per the book. Trailer is about 2000 under weight. The temp was about 99f driving 65 mph, what the problem?????
The real problem is that the tire was probably made in China. I replaced the tires on an earlier Excella we had with Carlisle "E" rated and never had another problem.
Getting ready to do the same thing on the Excella we currently own, as they are Chinese made also. So far, we've been lucky and haven't had any problem with the current GYM's

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