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Old 09-15-2009, 12:43 PM   #197
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Gene,

Makes sense, but I still want to go back to the bias ply tires, which have a stiffer sidewall to begin with, which would explain why you were able to use an LT bias ply back in the day.
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Old 09-15-2009, 01:22 PM   #198
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Makes sense, but I still want to go back to the bias ply tires, which have a stiffer sidewall to begin with, which would explain why you were able to use an LT bias ply back in the day.
One of the reasons I went with YOKOHAMA RY215 in 7.00x15 was that its appearance was similar to the old bias ply tires. It gives up tread width compared to the GYM, but is of heavier construction; an LT tire designated for commercial service. 2,040-lbs per tire at 65-psi. Ran cool on 100F day in South Texas, moreso than the cast-iron MICHELINs on my truck by around ten degrees as I recall (an old post here somewhere).
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Old 09-15-2009, 01:50 PM   #199
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How do the Yokohama's track?
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:21 PM   #200
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What I heard was that the US will put a tariff on Chinese made tires because China has been accused of dumping (i.e., selling tires extra cheap to get market share) tires here. China has threatened to retaliate.

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That's the way it was reported yesterday on BBC America.
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Mounted 4 brand new chinese made marathons about 1 year ago. Replaced canadian made 04 marathons that had about 18k miles, just time made me do the exercise. So far, and fingers crossed the chinese tires have about 9k miles, and some in high heat and speed conditions. Time will tell??? Heading west in 3 weeks, after short east coast run. Mine are d rated on a 28 that is light by comparison to most. I run less than 6500lbs fully loaded. Most towing in the winter also. Still they have been abused and used. I keep them at 65psi.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:27 PM   #202
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Setting tarrifs now is like shutting the barn door after the horses got out.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:45 PM   #203
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Setting tarrifs now is like shutting the barn door after the horses got out.
This would apply to several industries currently, however I digress.

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Old 09-16-2009, 08:31 AM   #204
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I recently wrote to Airstream Customer Support about my removing the Goodyear Marathon tires made in China. Here is my letter and the response that I received from Airstream just his morning:

I purchased my second Airstream this year from Airstream of Arkansas and it was a very nice experience. It is a 28' Flying Cloud and my wife and I are very pleased with it. However, I feel that I need to say something about the choice of tires that was chosen for our new trailer. The Goodyear Marathons (made in China) are giving a lot of Airstream owners a problem with tread separation and blowing out (please see Airforums.com for personal experiences). I had a tire blow last year on my 23' Safari and was fortunate enough that it didn't cause a lot of damage. This is not the case for others, I understand. So, instead of risking my tires blowing and damage to my brand new trailer I have taken off four brand new Marathons and have replaced them with a set of more reputable tires. Needless to say I had to grit my teeth a bit to discard a set of brand new tires. I am holding on to the retired set of tires in case you might can help me with this matter.

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Good afternoon,

Tires have been a topic on the forums for a while. Marathon ST tires have been made back in the states since January 2009. Goodyear Marathons are a premium tire and are widely used. I am sure that you have read on the forum that people have tried various brands of tires and none of them can prevent a blow out. What brand of tire did you switch to? Tire air pressure ,weak valve stems,UV rays and road debris all can affect the life of a tire.

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I notice that Lemons refers to the possibility that "weak valve stems" can affect tire life. Airstream is responsible for the valve stems as well as the tires they install.

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It is stories like this I am glad we paid less than 50% of the original purchase price, no warranty and no high blood pressure from denial of claims. It really mirrors having little or no health insurance. Pay as you go, negotiate a deal with the doctor and say good by to sorry but that is not covered. I have always said you really must want that new Airstream to justify the cost over just a 2 or 3 year old unit. Anyway, this is nothing compared to the corrosion issue. But that is another LONG thread indeed. Back to Marathons.
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I notice that Lemons refers to the possibility that "weak valve stems" can affect tire life. Airstream is responsible for the valve stems as well as the tires they install.

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I noticed that also. Just out of curiosity, are the new Airstreams coming from the factory with high pressure metal valve stems installed?

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Don't know about the newer ones, but in '08 they had rubber stems.

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Old 09-16-2009, 09:01 AM   #210
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Silvergate, interesting thread. If my memory is correct years ago the standard fix for a tire was the plug, but there were concerns they wouldn't hold air well, so they went to the interior patch. I repaired some tires myself with plugs many years ago and never had any problems with them, but they were LT tires on a truck. So there's another tire issue to worry about.

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