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Old 07-18-2010, 04:34 AM   #1
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Goodyear Marathons - Back in the USA!

Our five year old original equipment Marathons needed replacing. I have bee researching options, but had not made a decision.

Last week while we were on a trip to Wisconsin, one of the tires had a belt seperate, we were lucky to have caught it before any damage occurred.

Later that day, I got on the computer to narrow down the choices. Michelin LT's like Rich Luhr's, Maxxis as other forum folks had done, or was the rumor about the Marathon true.....are they once again being manufactured in the US of A?

I called Tire Rack, talked with a sales Rep, he verified the 225-75 x 15 load range D Marathons were again American made. They were in stock and were 2010 tires. I pulled the trigger and had them dropped shipped to a Tire Rack recommended installer. When I got to the shop, I found that the tires had the made in the USA stamp and that the manufacture week was the 26th week of this year (less than three week old tires).

The recommended installer, Pomp's Tire in Monroe, WI, had me in and out in 40 minutes, and that included putting the spare back up in the carrier.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:19 AM   #2
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My new GYM's are also USA production, we'll see how they hold up. I think we are all curious to some degree. I even ditched my original GYM China spare in favor of the previous owners single MAXXIS purchase. I know, China also, but 4 out of 5 on one trailer failed. 5th had to go.

Time to tow and stop armchair wishing, coming soon.

Good luck to us all!!
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:42 AM   #3
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Our five year old original equipment Marathons needed replacing.
How many miles did you get before replacing?
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I am guess-timating that we had about 30 to 40,000 miles on them. But there were on the trailer for over 5 years.

Before I found the broken belt, I had just travelled through some wicked road construction on the Indiana Toll Road in the Hammond IN area. Tire pieces from semi's littered the road. Not sure if that assisted in the breakage of the belt.
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best of luck with the new tires, where ever they are made.

30-40K on your 04/05 tires is good service imo...

THOSE gyms were probably made in canada...

and just to be clear the vast majority of REPORTED problematic gyms...

were made domestically (usa and canada) prior to 06.

the china gyms were much better tires imo, looked better and gave good service...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...ons-27999.html

it's EASY to distinguish the older usa/canada and NEWER usa gyms...

since they have NO RUB RAIL ((which came on the 3 years of gyms made in china.))

hey gcinsc2...

check the sidewall on that maxxis, it was very likely made in THAIland...
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keep those new tires INFLATED and balanced and ROLLIN'...

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I am not going to go back and tally the reports of failed GYM's, but it seemed to me, from reading on several other forums,( boating, rving, trucking ) there were multiple reports of Chinese Marathons blowing up, as well as Chinese Carlisles.

I considered the possibility of going to LT tires. BTW, the '05 Marathons were US tires made in the 8th week of '05.
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well there is NO NEED to tally.

simply SCAN the gym failure threads here (or 4 that matter on ANY rv forum)

>>>90% of those reported failures PRE date production in asia.

asian made gyms are from a VERY SHORT window (3 years)

while the belt separation/failure reports are MOSTLY related to tires made from 2000-2006.

don't try rewriting history, just enjoy the tires u have.

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Old 07-18-2010, 05:37 PM   #8
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Made in USA GYM

Had "Made in USA " GYM's put on 4000 miles ago.At 2000 miles they were showing the large indent's and small bulges on side wall's. TWO Tire dealers recommended they be replaced!!! @ 2000 miles.Drove home 2k miles and Prayed all the way. Now with the 4k on them i'm looking for "Another Brand " . Already replaced Good Years on my TV.
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... showing the large indent's and small bulges on side wall's...
post a PIC

these are typically NORMAL, related to belt/ply overlaps...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...tml#post754815

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...tml#post602824

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GYMs Finally bit me!

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We just got home a couple of days ago from a 30-day adventure in the Northeast.....5k+ miles, 18 states and Canada. I had to replace two GYMs in SC due to belt separation. They were made in '08, had the rub rail, and approximately 15k miles on them. Needless to say, I was not a "happy camper," but fortunately they didn't blow.....my TPMS indicated a loss of air and inspection revealed the ugly "out-of-round" appearance of the tires. It only delayed us a couple of hours....and $300. Aside from Jenn trying to tear her big toenail off on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard.....the trip was outstanding! But, these aluminum travel pods get really small after 30 days!

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good report ron, and happy to read nothing was damaged but yer wallet.

a good tpms may pay for itself in ONE event, like this.

just to follow up,

WHERE on the trailer were the 2 problem tires?

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good report ron, and happy to read nothing was damaged but yer wallet.

a good tpms may pay for itself in ONE event, like this.

just to follow up,

WHERE on the trailer were the 2 problem tires?

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Joe,

Sorry about the late response....still unpacking, etc.!

I had just rotated the tires, and repacked bearings, before starting on the trip......about 300 miles prior to failure. The Interstate was very hot, and there were a lot of semi's that were suffering problems. Tires were replaced in Florence, SC. I am very anal about tire pressures, loading, etc. Tires were never more than 3-4 lbs. low (from 65 psi) since we bought the trailer new. Trailer weight was just over 6,000 lbs (it can gross out at 7,300 lbs).

The tires that were replaced (after rotation) were rear driver's side, and front curb side. Most of the 15k mile wear occurred when they were mounted front driver's side, and rear curb side.

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You can find the country of origin according to size here, click on the specs tab near the center of the page.
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I decided to replace my Marathons a few weeks ago, in anticipation of a roughly 1300 mile round trip WBCCI rally knowing that it will involve hot interstate travel. I did the same research; a local company ordered Marathons for me, but they were made in China so I declined them. I called Goodyear and they said that some are now made in the USA, but some still come from the land of short cuts. Like the original poster, I found that tirerack.com had American made Marathon's in my size and load range, so had them delivered to the same installer. Price was right at $101 per tire plus shipping ($78 total for all 6), and then installation at $10 per tire. So far I am very pleased and I didn't have to send any money to China!
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