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Old 02-20-2016, 03:40 PM   #57
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I have had blowouts on Michelins, too.
I have also had blowouts on other brands.
My statement is based on my own experience.
I don't have Michelin on my trailer.
I have Firestone on my trailer.
Firestone has some bad history, too.


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Old 02-20-2016, 07:35 PM   #58
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I fulltime. My replacement protocol is once a year despite mileage!
At the 1 year anniversary it's off to the tire shop I go....
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:40 PM   #59
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How many miles to you average annually?
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:47 PM   #60
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I would also go to Michelins ASAP. Good insurance and piece of mind IMO.

Is your life worth the cost of not getting new tires?

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Old 02-20-2016, 07:59 PM   #61
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Historically for me anyway, Michelins have been the tires I have had fail!
Actually the only brand I have had fail!
I'm back to st Carlisles, and really like their performance.

Since 2010 I average between high twenties to mid thirtys (thousands).
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Old 02-20-2016, 08:02 PM   #62
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So I went with the Maxxis Radial ST D tires, I'll chime back in after a couple of trips and report on how they are holding up.

They come with a five year warranty. Excluding road hazards.
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Old 02-20-2016, 08:41 PM   #63
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I ain't the smartest man in the world, but my personal experience tells me this:
I have never had a tread separation on a P-rated tire.
I have never had a tread separation on an LT tire.
I have had many tread separation ms on ST tires.
What does this tell me?
Even taking RV shear into consideration:
Never, ever buy an ST tire ever again!


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My sentiments exactly.
I have beater 1998 Explorer I use in Florida. There are a set of 10 year old Michelin tires on it. The car sits for 5 months without moving. I never check the tire pressure because it rarely loses any pressure.
The GYM on my Airstream was babied. Checked air pressure religiously, before ,after, during trips. I would get anxiety attacks when the speedometer
went to 66 miles per hour. I installed a tire monitoring system. Regardless after 12,000 miles major blowout thread separation on one tire with 2 others imminent. The hassle involved was unbelievable.
Needless to say I am running Michelin's and I am a happy camper. I quit being a GYM tire slave. Back to cruising at 70 mph my favorite cruising speed.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:41 AM   #64
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How to inspect tires

Sorry this took so long. Needed to get permission to post the direct link to posts on the topic of inspection on my blog on RV Tire Safety

http://www.rvtiresafety.com/search/label/Inspection

I think the video link of the "Free Spin" is one of the best ways to see early indications of separation.
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Old 02-25-2016, 11:29 AM   #65
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I heard Goodyear calls them Marathons because they only last 26.2 miles.
I heard guys in the tire shop call them Marabombs.
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:52 PM   #66
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Well, maybe not a bomb if you can visually inspect and identify separation early enough to replace prior to the big bang. Thanks for the link TM. Pat
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:28 AM   #67
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I can't believe the Taiwan built Maxxis tires and Chinese built Carlile are better than the Good year marathon built in china, like calling the kettle black, my marathons got 22000 miles and are 50 per cent tread in 3 and 1/2 years...just replaced with michelins made in the USA!
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:05 PM   #68
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No.

Hi, OMG, the sky is falling replace everything!

(1.) Five to seven years old

(2.) Dry rotted or cracking.

(3.) Wearing badly or un-evenly.

(4.) Worn to wear bars; Very rare on a travel trailer.

(5.) Signs of separation, bubbles, cuts, Etc.


I ran ten years on Marathons and only replaced them as needed. Two at 3 years due to small sidewall bubbles. Two at 7 years due to separation. I now run Carlisles with a 82 MPH rating. Miles? Just on my Alaska trip, it was for 50 days and over 10,000 miles. My new Carlisles went on my 2015 cross country trip of 3 1/2 months and over 13,000 miles.


Replacing trailer tires at 2 years and / or X amount of miles is ridiculous.
Consider yourself very fortunate.
Running GYM tires is like playing Russian Roulette IMHO.
30' International, GYM tires, 2 years 10,000 miles. Massive blowout, thread separation, $ 9,200.00 damage to the Trailer.
Not counting the hassle of getting the trailer to Ohio for repairs.
Two other tires were ready to blow as well.
I maintained those tires religiously, matter of fact they were my biggest worry before embarking on any trip.
I am running Michelin LTX never have to add air and can drive any speed I choose.
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Old 02-27-2016, 03:06 AM   #69
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And the question: If you were me, would you replace these "good" tires now?
Wondering how you are feeling about getting new tires after all the feedback here? It seems as if they would offer peace of mind for your upcoming trip. We are in a similar situation and are considering get new tires (single-axle FC20) to reduce risks, if only a little.

Thanks,

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Wondering how you are feeling about getting new tires after all the feedback here? It seems as if they would offer peace of mind for your upcoming trip. We are in a similar situation and are considering get new tires (single-axle FC20) to reduce risks, if only a little.

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Hi, after decades of working at new car dealers, we determined that "New doesn't mean good". Parts for your car, truck, trailer, or even your house can be defective.
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