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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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Old 03-18-2015, 02:30 PM   #2
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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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Old 03-18-2015, 02:45 PM   #4
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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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