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Old 03-18-2015, 02:10 PM   #1
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I have used several sets of Goodyear Marathon tires, the last set came on my new 2014 airstream classic limited. 6000 miles and 17 months later I am done with Goodyear trailer tires, I have replaced 3 so far. I had 2 sets of them on my 2005 Airstream with no problems. At some point Goodyear decided a made in China tire was what they wanted to sell, I will not buy another one of them. A 75% failure rate is too high for me.
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"A 75% failure rate is too high for me."

Yep, that seems to be what they do best. Problem is, I don't know of a 15" ST tire that isn't made in China.
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I moved to LT on my triple axle beast. Workie jes fine.
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I moved to LT on my triple axle beast. Workie jes fine.
Yep, I went to 16" LT's a little over three years ago, and about 36,000 miles ago. So far I've only had one failure to the tune of about $2,500 damages.

When it comes to trailer tires, I'm not sure there is a panacea.
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I've had a Marathon ST load range D fail at the end of year 3 of use. I've had two Maxxis ST load range E's fail at the beginning of year 4 of use. All failures look pretty much like belt separation from the tread. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that with my heavy Classic slide out, 3 years is probably max for an ST tire. I take care of my tires keeping the pressures up and storing the trailer inside when it is not in use, so UV really can't be blamed.

After weighing the alternatives of more frequent ST tire changes or going to LT's, I upgraded to 16" wheels with Michelin LT tires. Based on the reports on the forum so far, those making this upgrade seem to have found success. This will be my third season with the LT's.

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About 10,000 miles on my GYMs. They look good and have minimum wear. I see no reason to reason to replace them at this time. I treat my tires with respect, proper air pressure, have not run them into curbs and I do not drive over 60.
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About 10,000 miles on my GYMs. They look good and have minimum wear. I see no reason to reason to replace them at this time. I treat my tires with respect, proper air pressure, have not run them into curbs and I do not drive over 60.
I can probably mirror your last sentence as far as how I treat my tires. That's why I really feel it has a lot to do with the weight of the trailer over time. I've had ST's on a lighter SOB and on my 27' Safari with no incidents of problems. I think when you are putting between 8,600 to 9,100 lbs (or more) on a tandem axle set of ST's, 3 years seems to be their limit before structural issues pop up. My Safari weighed in at 6,000 lbs on the D ST's. My SOB was 4,000 lbs on D rated ST's. I really thought moving to E rated ST's was the answer but as it ended up it wasn't.

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I am researching tires for my 1988 Excella. The GYM that are on it are dated 2003 and made in Canada. ! Has anyone used a Carlisle Radial Trail HH? ST 225/75R15E

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My Carlisles all failed catastrophically without warning.

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The "new" Carlisles are supposed to be great, wonderful, and won't fail like that.

Says, Discount Tire who sells them. Yea, right.
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I am researching tires for my 1988 Excella. The GYM that are on it are dated 2003 and made in Canada. ! Has anyone used a Carlisle Radial Trail HH? ST 225/75R15E

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No, but FYI the Marathon that failed on me was Canadian built. The Maxis tires were built in Taiwan. I wish I could pin this on a country of origin but can't.

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Well, that is a conundrum isn't it? I will continue research.....Does anyone recommend any trailer tires? I think it is best that I keep the same size tires and not try to use LT's on the old girl.

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I think it's interesting that my '15 Classic came "standard" with 16" wheels and Michelin LT tires. My '12 28' Intl CCD came standard with 15" wheels and Goodyear Marathons. After reading hours of the experiences of other owners on AirForums I replaced the tires and wheels on my brand new trailer before I took it on its first trip. (I sold the wheels and tires to someone who was finishing a refurb of an old trailer.) In the 3 years with my Intl, and around 20,000 miles of travel I had zero issues with the 16" wheels and Michelin LT's. They looked like brand new when I sold my Airstream last October. Everyone has to make their own choices on this. Safe tires rank at the very top of my priority list.
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About 10,000 miles on my GYMs. They look good and have minimum wear. I see no reason to reason to replace them at this time. I treat my tires with respect, proper air pressure, have not run them into curbs and I do not drive over 60.
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On our second set of GYM's, one puncture.
Next tire change due in 2 Seasons.....considering ST225/75R15 Radial, Load Range E, 2830lb. M.B.
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Personally, I can't stand the Marathon's. I cannot tell you how many times I have been dragging a boat down the road & and have had one of them give out.
Not to be mean, but they are a POS tire. I have had much better luck with Maxxis. I have been saving my shinies for some 16" Michelin's for awhile now.
I have a ways to go, but I will get them sooner or later.

Like nancy Reagan used to say:
"Just say no!" to GYM's!! 'nuf said.
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On two of the tires I had trouble with I discovered the ply or tread separations during my tire check preformed every day before I pullout. Tire pressure is checked as well as looking at each tire. I noticed the bubble in the surface of the tread on two different occasions, removed the tire and took it to the local Goodyear store. The first one was at six months of use got the standard Goodyear BS of trailer tires have no warranty because trailer tires are so abused. Paid for my new $145.00 made in China tire and left after complaining to the store manager about the tire being made in China. I was told the tires were made in the USA, I pointed out the made in China marking on the tire to the manager and just got an open mouth stare. 3 or 4 months later the same exact thing happened, same story different town Goodyear has lots of stores out there to service there customers. This manager also did not know the tire he was selling was made in China. He was able to show me a recall list for all the major tire brands that showed the Goodyear plant in China had a great ratings, no open mouth stare this time. On my last Goodyear tire issue things were more serious I did my tire check, pressure was at 60 psi on all 4 tires did not see any problems. My wife finished exercising the slot machines in the casino and we pulled out of Lake Charles down I10 to Biloxi. I was driving along just as we started on to the bridge crossing the West Peril river the tire blew out. The blowout sounded like a shotgun going off, the tire tread instantly pealed off it was visible in my mirror. I reduced my speed and made it over the bridge pulled over on the shoulder and changed the tire. I visited the same Goodyear store in Biloxi I was in 6 months ago with the same problem. This time the same line of BS from Goodyear, I left the store mad with no tire and a trailer damaged by the defective tire. At this point I am pissed off and will never buy another Goodyear tire. If Goodyear can not make a quality product they should not make it at all. I do not believe that my tires were abused.

1. Tire pressure checked and adjusted each day on the road.
2. Tire tread looked at each day.
3. Most driving on interstate or highway very few dirt roads.
4. Trailer not overloaded.
5. I do drive fast but check tire temp. when I stop and never noticed the tires being hot.
6. The trailer never sets for more than 6 weeks.
7, I have always replaced the tires between 2 and 3 years

I do not like changing tires or working on my stuff on the side of the road.
just purchased a Carlisle trailer tire for a spare and intend to change the other 4 out when i return home. The Carlisle tire is made in a new plant in the USA. I an looking to have a better product.

On my previous Airstream trailer I had several sets of the Goodyear Marathon tires and never had any problems, other than a few flats from nails and screws. I do not understand how Goodyear could let their standards fall so low. I fear this is an example of a Iconic American brand being run into the ground, charging top dollar for a substandard product made in China.
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This should make future posts easier.....

Personally, I can't stand the ________ . I cannot tell you how many times I have been dragging a _______ down the road & and have had one of them give out.
Not to be mean, but they are a POS tire. I have had much better luck with ________.
I have been saving my shinies for some ______ for awhile now.

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Blade, how fast were you towing? Is 60 psi the correct pressure? Peace,jom
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I do not understand how Goodyear could let their standards fall so low. I fear this is an example of a Iconic American brand being run into the ground, charging top dollar for a substandard product made in China.
I have a feeling the marathon is a cash cow. I would be surprised if they are paying more than $20 for a marathon from china.
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