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Old 07-27-2010, 06:37 PM   #29
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Maxxis makes a E range tire in that size (225 75 15) of which I have a pair 0n my trailer after blowing out 3 explodeathons (AKA Marathons). I am very happy with them. I check the pressure every morning and feel for bulges after my previous experiences.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:18 PM   #30
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Just a quick note and observation about the Michelin XPS Rib tires.

I have a set on my Sprinter service van, and they are approaching 60,000. Just had them rotated and re-balanced, and the maximum weight on any of the 4 was 2.25 ounces, which is nothing really.

They are wearing very well, and I expect to have them on for another 15-20K, given the tread depth that is now present. I run them all day while driving cross country (which I am doing as I write this) OK, I'm stopped for the night!

But watching the pressures go up 8-10 PSI on each tire from the morning's cooler temps, these are one tough tire! Gene is probably correct though, as you don't really need a tire like this on a trailer as they will age out long before you wear them out!
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:42 PM   #31
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I went to the MAXXIS (sp) brand after a blowout of the standard issue, Marathon by Goodyear. Nearly tore the rear lower panel behind the second axle, curb side. Had it been the street side, I might have lost the dump valve connection. Not planning to go back to the standard issue.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:52 PM   #32
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Hey Guys - I couldn't agree more -- The Michelin XPS Rib is probably overkill --BUT -- i did not enjoy changing the blowout along I-77 with the trucks blowing by at 70MPH + -- I was also lucky that the Airstream did not suffer any damage from the blowout --I really like the service dept in Jackson Center but I would not like to replace a wheel well -- and then I just freaked out to find the other 3 had belt separaton also -- I'll get over the expense of the XPS Rib change, if I never have another blowout....i won't say that this is the way everyone should go, but at least I feel a little safer -- I didn't buy the Airstream to park it and look at it....
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:02 PM   #33
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But watching the pressures go up 8-10 PSI on each tire from the morning's cooler temps, these are one tough tire!
The LTX also increases as much or more and seems to perform exactly the same. When we travel across radically different climates—from mid 40's in the am, 100 in the afternoon—pressure can go up 15 lbs and I have to stop and let air out of each tire.

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Old 07-27-2010, 09:11 PM   #34
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Maxxis makes a E range tire in that size (225 75 15) of which I have a pair 0n my trailer after blowing out 3 explodeathons (AKA Marathons). I am very happy with them. I check the pressure every morning and feel for bulges after my previous experiences.
Does your trailer ride the same now as with the D tires? Some guy said going to E from D tires may make for a harsh ride and popped rivets.
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...pressure can go up 15 lbs and I have to stop and let air out of each tire.

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why would there be any need to let air out?

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Old 07-27-2010, 09:33 PM   #36
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why would there be any need to let air out?

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Because the TPMS keeps flashing and making noise. I can stop the noise, but the flashing is too much.

So far as changing from D to E, depends on the tire. Michelins are very smooth riding tires. On our truck we went from Goodrich C to Michelin E and it rode better with the Michelins.

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You always check tires cold as when they are hot they will have more pressure. You can use nitrogen if you dont like the higher pressure.
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Tire pressure should level out after 1.5 hours steady state driving. Gene, are yours really gaining 15-psi? Sounds too much from cold to hot.
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Maybe, but they don't give you pictures with a tire search.
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One of the Marathons separated on my 2005 Bambi 16'. America's Tire said it happens all the time and they recommend Carlisle, which is what I have now.

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One of the Marathons separated on my 2005 Bambi 16'. America's Tire said it happens all the time and they recommend Carlisle, which is what I have now.

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I have been using GoodYear trailer tires since 1977 and have been very satisfied with their performance. Recently, after 4 years and 9 months, I did have a tire start to fail. I bought a Marathon replacement. I specified to inflate the new tire to 60psi. When I returned to pick up the tire at the shop I noticed that they had installed the wrong vavle stem. These tires need to have high pressure valve stems. After I returned home with the tire I checked the air pressure and got a reading of 30psi. If I had installed this tire on my trailer with the wrong valve stem and under inflated think of what would have happened.
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Still learning. Good Year store has Marathons dated 18-10 made in USA. Wal Mart has Marathons dated 19-10 made in China. I smell a woodchuck in the wood pile.
Could it be that Walmart is getting their tires from China while a dealer gets them from the US? I know that there are different lines of lawn and garden equipment sold to the big box stores. A few years back I was looking at a John Deere rider - same model but the dealership had a different engine/transmission - heavier than what was sold at the big box store. I have also heard this rumored about Stihl chainsaw and leaf blower equipment.
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