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Old 03-31-2015, 09:18 AM   #29
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You still can by dumping the Marathabombs on craigslist.
I forgot to add, (and buy some real tires).
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:40 AM   #30
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Hey I got lucky with my marathabombs. I posted 'em on CL, and here. Within 2 hours I had them sold for $375. Mine did have <1000 miles on 'em.

Sometimes...ya just gotta love CL. Sure made me a happy camper.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:00 PM   #31
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Partners in crime. Good one!

Pete,
I just threw my GYM tires into the ditch this weekend. I bought 4 new 16" rims and Michelin MS2's E rated. I will be headed to Phoenix in May, then up to UT & CO. 3 weeks out W total. You're putting a good chunk of miles on your rig. I was very concerned about heat. IMHO, trailer tires are far more susceptible to heat.
I'm a big advocate of "Set it & forget it." Get the Michelins and be done with the issue. Worry free travel is priceless to me. I'm still a few years from retirement, so spending my vacation time on the side of the road dealing with some POS tire is not an option. Ask any tire guy in a shop for his opinion about Michelin tires. I have had nothing but them on my TV's for many years. Here's a photo of the old & new going on. SO worth the $. Safe travels to you & your family.
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Sorry but "Set it & forget it." is not a good policy for tires. Unless you are 100% certain you will never drive over a nail or hit a rock and know for certain you will never have a valve leak as some people do you are simply asking for trouble.
Too many RV owners want to claim that their tire is "defective" but the only evidence they have is a failed tire. I have never seen anyone on any of the 5 RV forums I monitor present any evidence of a manufacturing defect. On the other hand I have documented failures on AS due to air loss more than once.
Have to wonder. If you checked the engine oil & water when you bought your TV have you ever checked them another time? What about those monitors on your dash... Did you remove them too? If not why not? Doesn't your check it and forget it apply to the engine too?
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:24 PM   #32
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Looking to replace the overseas brand tires than came on my 1954 FC with something better. Current tires still look fine and made the 800 mile trip from AZ to TX without incident but they are 7 years old so prudence dictates replacement.
Consensus seems to be Michelin LTX MS2 (truck) tires as opposed to GYM, Carlisle or other ST type tires?
Any contrary opinions?
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:50 PM   #33
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Don't think there will be any contrary opinions. I might get some Firestone or some other less expensive than Michelin Load Range E 8 or 10 ply truck tires-


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Tireman,
I think I should have said "Come correct or don't come at all". That clearly states my intention. "Don't send a boy to do a mans job" is another one that comes to mind. I am more than willing to spend the extra dough on a quality tire such as a Michelin, than one I have to constantly worry about failing & potentially causing phyiscal damage to my trailer. Every set of Michelins I have ever owned, have worn out, not blown out. Not saying I don't have to monitor them at all.
My remarks are misleading, but the intention is the same: Quality product= piece of mind.
And yes, I do all of my own maintenance. I am no stranger to a wrench. I was a mechanic in the military.
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I don't think I would be constantly worried about Bridgestone or Firestone tires failing. I might not worry about Cooper, Kuhmo, or Yokohama tires failing.
I do agree that Michelins are the best. Consumer Reports rates them #1 also.


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While I can't speak to the tire issues, I can speak to Out of Doors Mart. They have done work on our Sovereign and we were completely satisfied. We just dropped it back off yesterday to redo our floor and a few other things. Contact Mike in the service department.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:55 AM   #37
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Looking to replace the overseas brand tires than came on my 1954 FC with something better. Current tires still look fine and made the 800 mile trip from AZ to TX without incident but they are 7 years old so prudence dictates replacement.
Consensus seems to be Michelin LTX MS2 (truck) tires as opposed to GYM, Carlisle or other ST type tires?
Any contrary opinions?
Just be sure you:
1. Know the actual load on your tires
2. Don't guess that your axles are loaded 50/50 side to side
3. Consult the tire company Load/Inflation tables to know the MINIMUM pressure needed to carry the load
4. Set your TPMS warning level at the pressure in #3
5. To minimize the Interply Shear run the pressure on the tire sidewall which should be higher than the pressure in #3
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I don't think I would be constantly worried about Bridgestone or Firestone tires failing. I might not worry about Cooper, Kuhmo, or Yokohama tires failing.
I do agree that Michelins are the best. Consumer Reports rates them #1 also.


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Sorry but I have seen CR issue different ratings for identical tires. Their recent tire comparison of a few months ago where they compared $200 tires to $85 grey market tires shows they have no idea how to do a clean and technically sound comparison.
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Sorry but "Set it & forget it." is not a good policy for tires. Unless you are 100% certain you will never drive over a nail or hit a rock and know for certain you will never have a valve leak as some people do you are simply asking for trouble.
Too many RV owners want to claim that their tire is "defective" but the only evidence they have is a failed tire. I have never seen anyone on any of the 5 RV forums I monitor present any evidence of a manufacturing defect. On the other hand I have documented failures on AS due to air loss more than once.
Why the excuses for ST tires,,,, LT tires run under the same condition and don't explode like ST tires often do. Do you actually think there are not any defective ST tires?
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Too many RV owners want to claim that their tire is "defective" but the only evidence they have is a failed tire. I have never seen anyone on any of the 5 RV forums I monitor present any evidence of a manufacturing defect.
Please.

On your website there are pictures of an ST tire that pretty obviously has a defect or two. I know a little about this tire because I TOOK THE PICTURES!
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Too many RV owners want to claim that their tire is "defective" but the only evidence they have is a failed tire. I have never seen anyone on any of the 5 RV forums I monitor present any evidence of a manufacturing defect.

A bit over the top with that post Tireman. Really? "ANYONE?"

You lost ALL credibility with me making that statemement. I hope you didn't post that same statement on the 4 other forums you monitor. Your inbox is gonna be pretty full if you did. Sounds to me like you let your employer influence your words. Facts should influence your wisdom, not frustration in dealing with a poor product.
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Sorry but I have seen CR issue different ratings for identical tires. Their recent tire comparison of a few months ago where they compared $200 tires to $85 grey market tires shows they have no idea how to do a clean and technically sound comparison.

Understandable.
I feel their rating of home appliances suffers, too.
GE clothes washer rated at the bottom, matching GE dryer rated tops-
What do you do? Get a mismatched pair to get the best? LG washer and a Samsung dryer?
Go figure.
I still believe Michelins are the best tires, regardless of what Consumer Reports says.
Consumer Reports exists to help save the consumer from throwing money away. You have to have a general idea of which way to go for reasonable assurance that you are getting a good product for your hard earned money. It beats not knowing at all and getting burned/learning an expensive lesson-


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