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Old 05-01-2009, 06:52 AM   #575
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Terry,

But do the Marathons have the extra nylon belt in the tread area?

That is what seems to reduce the amount of tread seperations in tires, which is cause for about 90% of trailer tire failures as I have observed.
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:14 AM   #576
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But do the Marathons have the extra nylon belt in the tread area?

That is what seems to reduce the amount of tread seperations in tires, which is cause for about 90% of trailer tire failures as I have observed.
I have asked Goodyear to forward to me any changes they have made to the Marathons, if it is only cosmetic changes, or if there are any internal improvements. I'll let you know what they say, if anything.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:33 AM   #577
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Until the speed rating of the ST tires goes up to around 99 MPH (indicating a change to better rubber coumpounds) the problem will not go away.
The only thing that may help is a constant water spray on the tires while going down the road to cool them.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:58 AM   #578
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Until the speed rating of the ST tires goes up to around 99 MPH (indicating a change to better rubber coumpounds) the problem will not go away.
The only thing that may help is a constant water spray on the tires while going down the road to cool them.
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I'd love to see an increase in the speed rating of the Marathon tires...any tire for trailers for that matter. But I think it's not necessary to go to extremes for tire cooling.

I have the original Marathons that came on my 2006 Airstream and keep an eye on them. I plan to get one more season out of them. I tow my Airstream at Interstate speeds when, and only when BTW, I'm on the interstate and keep the air pressure at the max 65 PSI. I check the sidewall and tread temperatures approximately every 3 hours (works out to pottie break and meal break stop schedules) and they are almost always within 20 degrees of ambient temperatures on the shady side and 30 degrees on the sunny side. This goes for summer months as well as other months. I use an infrared thermometer to check them. I also check the hub temps using the laser target finder through the wheel spokes. I also check the temps of my tow vehicle's tires and the rear tires generally are about 10 degrees warmer than the Airstream's. So I don't think you need a water spray or any other extreme measure to keep the tires cool. I make checking the tire's air pressure as much, as important, a pre-trip step as checking the torque on the lug nuts.
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A defective valve stem can cause any tire to fail.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:10 PM   #580
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I just bought 4 maxxis tires not made in china .Had a blowout on my Sob trailer before i got my airstream .
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:20 PM   #581
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I just bought 4 maxxis tires not made in china .Had a blowout on my Sob trailer before i got my airstream .
Was the blowout on the Maxxis tires that were on the sob trailer or did you just get Maxxis tires for your new Airstream because of a previous blowout?
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The blowout on my old SOB were marathons . After reading alot on the ASforum I decided on Maxxis .When I can I try to avoid chinese products . A lot of the times there is no other way .Here is the link for maxxis 8008 st radial. The tires I got were made in Thailand.

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We're now riding on 4 new Maxxis M8008s. Replaced the original Marathons on our 2006 last Friday. We never had any problems with the Marathons. I checked inflation religiously and never tow over 63 MPH (well maybe a short burst now and then if necessary). Two people I talked to that had blowouts with the Marathons, both stated that the tires that blew had been lower than the others when they checked inflation before towing. I never saw that.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:36 PM   #584
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Just as an FYI, I have had Marathons on all my trailers for the past 12 years, they do great! Just put a set on my 88.

I pull at 65 to 75 MPH regardless of the temp and have never had a failure.
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Our Marathons say "Made in China", though there was a post saying Goodyear was not going to get Chinese made ones anymore. Nonetheless Goodyear is an American company selling tires made elsewhere. Doesn't sound very American made.

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In 2005 I bought a new 28’ SOB with Goodyear marathons on it…. In the 3 years I owned in I had 5 blow outs including 2 with the Goodyear’s and 3 with a set of new greenballs. Last year I bought a never used old stock 2005 Classic with a slide out, my dream stream. After putting a couple thousand gun shy miles on some date coded 04’ factory installed marathons I tossed them and installed a new set of maxis 235/75 LT light truck tires with a load range D. My tire guy talked me into this, he convinced me this is the way to go and that every 15’’ trailer tire was crap! I have put about 500 miles on this new set of truck tires and I cannot tell any difference in towing, I guess I’ll find out if these are any good when this New Mexico pavement heats up to egg frying temperatures this summer. I still can’t figure out why in the hell Airstream did not put a 16’’ tire on the larger units, it seems to me that this would have helped this problem…
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Two people I talked to that had blowouts with the Marathons, both stated that the tires that blew had been lower than the others when they checked inflation before towing. I never saw that.
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Under inflation is the FASTEST way in the world to blow a tire other than a nail. That is why most people grossly over inflate their tires.

You can't blame Goodyear for a blow out when under inflated.
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How much overinflation is too much? As temps have gone up on our trip—about 40˚—so has tire pressure. We had to stop and let air out yesterday when the TPMS warned up a tire was up to 81 lbs. and the others were close.

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