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Old 02-01-2019, 03:23 PM   #1
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Is it time to buy new tires?

I realize there's been many threads on Marathon tires, mostly negative but some positive. I'm on my 3rd set of Marathons thinking it's time to upgrade to Endurance. I've been running these tires with centramatic balancers since Jan. 2015 with no issues. They have about 20000 mile on them. The DOT on them is Nov. 2014. I'm planning a 5000 mile trip in March and would like some input on weather I should change them out or go one more season. The tires look great but going on year 5. Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Old 02-01-2019, 03:28 PM   #2
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Is it time to buy new tires?

Personally, given my experiences with Goodyear Marathon tires, itís time to change them out. So far the GY Endurance appears to be causing less problems and may be a better built tire.

You canít tell by how they looked. Ours looked just fine, had proper air pressure, etc. When the tread peeled off and did $3,000 worth of damage that was the first and only symptom of any issue. Donít push your luck, IMHO.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:38 PM   #3
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The last thing I would want to happen on a trip is to have one or more tires fail, so I plan to replace my Endurance tires after 5 years. I only went 2 years on the Marathon tires that came with it. Something (road hazard) could also happen with new tires, so you still need to be prepared, but I think you'd lessen the chance of having a problem if you switch to Endurance tires before your trip.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:42 PM   #4
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Five years and out. Never use "good" tread as the determining factor. IMO
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:57 PM   #5
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Good advice! Thanks everyone for you input. New tires it will be!


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good advice! Thanks everyone for you input. New tires it will be!


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Iím swapping out 5 year old Michelins this spring for a new set of sneakers (GYEs). 5 years on a trailer, even with relatively low mileage, seems like enough to me. Good luck!!
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4 years for me. I would rather not have one fail on the road that could have been prevented.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:54 PM   #9
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IMHO, by 2015 the China built GYMs had improved to reasonable quality. However, you got your use out of them. Do not roll another mile. Replace them now. Pat
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If you're wondering, yes.
Blowouts do a lot of damage to the trailer.
So far, I've been very happy with GY Endurance and a TST TPMS.
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IMHO, by 2015 the China built GYMs had improved to reasonable quality. However, you got your use out of them. Do not roll another mile. Replace them now. Pat
The Endurance is a much heavier tire than the Marathon. I compared two unmounted tires. The Marathon felt like a water balloon next to the Endurance.
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Tire Change

Yes! If it's even a question, yes! Before traveling from El Paso to DC, I wanted to worry about as few things as possible. Long trips like this have enough risk without the added stress of worrying about tires. It was an easy choice to go to Sams and swap them out, even though I had to take the wheels off and put them back on the AS myself.
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Replace the existing tires. And Marathons are no longer available.

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A properly inflated 3 year old Marathon, blew on our very light 1949 Curtis Wright Clipper. No weather crazing, lots of tread, reasonable speed. Tore up belly pan, blew off closet door, tore up plumbing.

I donít use them any more. And change any trailer tire by 4 years. No matter tread or miles
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