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Old 07-07-2006, 04:19 PM   #29
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Marathon and other sidewall failures

Well folks you all can continue to debate this until the "the cows come home". Nothing will ever be accomplished because no one wants to take the time to actually FILE A FAILURE REPORT WITH THE PEOPLE THAT CAN MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.
Go to this web site:
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/pr...callsearch.cfm
File your reports of failure.
These people are driven by numbers. Lets Choke em with numbers. Most of you are retired or blow a couple of hours a night on this thing, I do. So take 30 minutes and fill our a real complaint. Lets force the retesting of these tires.
Lets make something happen for the community in general.
There are two failures mentioned in this thread. There should be two complaints filed.
Come on folks, I'm the
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It slmost sounds like bad tires have been with us so lo long that it accepted as a way of life. Something to whine about about instead of our last surgery.
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Old 07-07-2006, 04:48 PM   #30
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hello 85MH325 ,and others,

Fist of all I in many other tire threads have stated multiple times about the
tire of any type being overloaded ,too much heat causing the tire to come apart.I also respectfully would ask that you refrain from calling me reckless ,
there is plenty of information to support the failure of the tire we are dicussing .I don't think you speak for many others that have had tire blowouts ,If you do not want to look at noted failures that others have had
and your clearly discounting the idea that these reports are really false
or not worth taking note of ,thats your choice ,please do not discount
my knowledge or decision to research data that clearly shows some
problems . Do you really think goodyear is going to post failure information ?
Consumer reports research many things ,mostley cars and trucks .Should we then discount there reports also as anecedotal also ? read readers feedback in any rv magazine say trailer life ,where I read about the sob with the marathons ,4 blow outs bringing the trailer home ,new tires on it .That must be a fluke also ,I also stated that marathons on lighter trailers should be fine .I busted tires for a living ,was a tire adjuster ,needed
to find the failure ,identify the type of failure ,sidewall ,tread separation,or
and also note the reason if possible for the failure ,so I have alot of knowledge about tires .Feeling the tread ,the circumference of the tire ,checking for tread separations and irregular tread wear.The negative
response directed at me says it doesn't matter what you read or evidence
provided .you guys can put on whatever tires you like ,I have read many
posts praising marathon tires and ST tires with NO consideration for anything
else or any other brand of tire .Then if failures occurr well the curb must have damaged the tire or its this or that or somthing else .You give your opinions
that should not be questioned or Im reckless or the information can't be true.Then believe what you will ,do what you want .I say there are other
choices as others have .All here remember I am not the only person that has
talked about tire failures or talked about the rate of marathon tire failures
on these forums ,I have put out some thought about this issue and Because
it is popular to use this tire then ,it must be the greatest tire ever.Im trying to help educate and inform as we all here are doing .Bhayden stated most ST
tires are cheaply made ,so why don't you call him reckless ?? is that statement true? The fact of the matter is you like the marathon and my
knowledge and supporting information is irrelevent .These forums are for
knowledge sharing and I see that the popular knowledge is what we like.

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Old 07-07-2006, 06:15 PM   #31
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Old 07-07-2006, 06:25 PM   #32
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Ok, Scott... this is my last post on the matter.

The sky does NOT appear to be falling no matter how much folks proclaim it to be true.

Anecdotal evidence of tire failures, of whatever brand, are merely that; they do NOT amount to an indictment of that brand or model without a supporting statistically significant data sampling. To know whether Marathons fail more frequently than other brands, there needs to be research done into the failure rate. In other words, tire sidewall failures per X number of tires produced for Marathons as well as all of the competitors. That's the only way I can think of to know if the failures we see are in line with or are signficantly higher or lower than other tire brands, and reasonable conclusions drawn. Any conclusions drawn outside that kind of comparison really don't mean much. Even in the NHTSA article I linked to, it mentioned that the Firestone Wilderness AT tires failed much more frequently than the similar Goodyear tires on the Explorer. That's empirical, comparative evidence.

Drawing conclusions from incomplete data is sort of like saying that GM products are involved in more crashes in the U.S. than any other brand of car, so we should warn everyone not to buy them. And because they outsell all of the other brands, and there are more of them on the road, they probably are involved in more crashes than any other brand. Does that mean that GM products are inherently more dangerous? I don't think so. I think it just means that there are many many more of them out there TO crash. Crashes per X number of GM product built versus a similar other make of car would be a valid comparison.

Another similar example of making an analysis on anectodal data would be saying that there are valid reports of people regularly dying in hospitals; and since people regularly die in hospitals, I won't go to a hospital for treatment. If a specific hospital has an unexplained mortality rate significantly higher than another similar hospital across town, then there might be reason to avoid that hospital. Otherwise, there are many reasons that folks die in hospitals; few of which have to do with the hospital itself, or the care recieved there.

I merely said I have not seen any failure rate data on Marathons, or any other ST rated tire for that matter. I clearly said in my posts that I have Marathons on my Airstream. I also clearly said I have also had other brands on other trailers that performed equally well in trailer service.

You're drawing conclusions based on heresay (anectdotal evidence) , and not valid data (statistically significant sampling). No one is disputing that Marathons fail. All tire brands have failures. Before I can propose a conclusion that the Marathons have flaws in design or engineering, I need to see some valid data from which valid conclusions can be drawn.

I am neither supporting Marathons as "THE" tire, nor am I condemning them as "THE" tire to avoid. I'm just saying that I think you're drawing conclusions that aren't necessarily supported by empirical evidence; your conclusions are supported merely by anecdotal evidence you've heard and presented. I hope you understand the difference.

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Old 07-07-2006, 06:51 PM   #33
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Boy ,this tire debate can get heated-I know marathons came on my trailer from airstream. Even AS doesn't come out and say buy marathons-they only give a correct tire size in the manual. Maybe there isn't published data regarding tire failure on trailers. Proof doesn't always come in a publication. I've called several dealers regarding tires and all have been negative on the marathons even when they stocked them. Unfortunately there is not alot of alternative tires to chose from-but I'm looking.
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Old 07-07-2006, 07:22 PM   #34
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Scott,

What Roger and some others have said is you present the drama not the facts. Tires blow out all over. Due to age, loading, heat and some defects.

To say that 4 tires had a blow out and they were all one brand doesn't mean that they were defective. They may have been if they were a year old, filled at max pressure that morning, balanced last month and the total load was 80 percent of the rated capacity.

You offer none of that data and no one can determine what actually happened. Other than there was a tire failure. So to say there was failures and many of them doesn't mean much. And if you don't like Marthons is OK. We get your point.

However others may not agree with you if that is OK.

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Old 07-07-2006, 07:38 PM   #35
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well 85mh325 ,
I hope it is your last word ,You insult me ,then make the firestone tire
comment ,post a link which does not support your position ? You can twist
and turn your words as you wish to your benefit .You have plenty of conclusions from your firestone link yet that does not even give you a concrete position to where you are at .If 50 people were injured and 25 died
and you still can't come to a conclusion ,then you won't on anything .Your post said the firestone tire MAY or MAY NOT have been a problem ,claimed it was the right rear tire only ,Said ford recommended low pressure etc.
Did Iread yourpost wrong? The link clearly and decisively stated firestone
said YES there was a defect ,so what are you saying ? they failed or not
cannot be both ,you are trying to be on both sides of this issue ,faulting me
will not change anything .I have experience in the tire field and yet ,
you discount me and all others as having no merit ,Does no good as I can
see to continue talking with you ,you are about being right no matter what .

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Old 07-07-2006, 07:38 PM   #36
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How to lie with statistics ;-)

100,000 trailer tires sold per year
80,000 are Goodguy brand Sprinters
20,000 are Carpile brand Radical Trailers

800 complaints are filed regarding failure of Goodguy Sprinters
400 complaints, only half as many are filed regarding failure of the Carpile Radicals

What should we conclude? The Goodguys tire with twice as many failures (1% failure rate) is twice as good as the Carpile tire (2% failure rate).

Obviously I just pulled these numbers out of my rear axle but I hope that it illustrates what we're trying to convey which is the failure reports can't be used to draw any conclusions without more data.

As far as the Goodyear Marathons having only two plys in the sidewall I beleive that's true of all radials. It's inherent in their construction. Adding more material would result in more heat build up and defeat the advantage of radial design. ST radials use larger diameter cord in the plys in order to handle the higher inflation pressure necessary to provide the increased load carrying capacity.

Radial design allows the tread to be engineered independently of the sidewall. For this reason radials can use extra material, usually steel belts to reinforce the tread. While this provides improved pucture protection, less heat and rolling resistance and improved traction tread separation seems to be the most common cause of catastrophic tire failure.

Bias ply have thicker sidewalls and are going to be more tolerant of damage from something like scrubbing curbs. Flexing in the sidewalls directly affects the tread area resulting in more heat and a loss of traction. From most accounts it also produces a softer ride. Radials allow side to side movement that keeps the tread patch in contact with the road but at the expense of a harsher ride. FWIW it's bias ply that are more prone to "cupping" which is flat spots from sitting in one position.

Radials, because of the way the sidewalls are designed to flex are built with lower aspect ratios. That's why we can't get 15" radials that match the diameter of the old 7.00-15 bias ply tires. Note that car manufacturers have been steadilly increasing rim size since the introduction of the radial. Trailers on the other hand seem to be stuck in the 60's.

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Old 07-08-2006, 11:01 AM   #37
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Marathon and other side-wall failures

I just checked the web site:
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/pr...aintsearch.cfm
This is a Federal Government Web site, not affiliated with any tire manufacturer in any way shape or form.
I see complaints in the forums about the Marathons but there are no complaints on file about the Marathon that I could find in passing.
Yes the squeaking wheel gets the grease, but only if you know whose house to drive by at 3 am when its squeaking.
Want to do something constructive?
Go to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administrations web site and file an official complaint.

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

We pay these people, lets get some work out of them.
File a complaint. Give a government worker something to do.
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Old 07-08-2006, 11:52 AM   #38
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Marathons and General Whining

I agree with the assumption that since more GoodYear Marathons are installed on new travel trailers/fifth wheels than all others COMBINED that they would be over-represented when comes to reporting failures.

I have four 2-year old 225/75-15 LRD Marathons on my Excella and have complete faith in them. My trailer typically puts 73-7500 lbs on the tandems which is below the capacity of four load range C Marathons. Airstream recommends 50 PSI cold for my trailer which again is within spec for LRC tires. I run 50 PSI as an absolute minimum COLD and frequently adjust slightly higher for hot weather trailering. I check my tires EVERY TIME I pick it up from storage. I also check them 2-3 times a week while on the road. The prevailing reason for tire failure is UNDERINFLATION!!! Remember the Explorer/Firestone fiasco??

I did a quick search on Tire Rack (by far NOT the only source for information) and here's what I found:
Yokohama sells a 7.00-15 LRD tire, the RY215. Good for 2040 lbs @ 65 PSI. This tire would be marginal for my trailer but would work well on an older Airstream that was originally equipped with 7.00-15s.

The only "non-ST" rated 225/75-15 I found that would work was an XL rated Pirelli Scorpion STR A (I'm sure that there are others). 2094 lbs @ 50 PSI. I run this tire (in a larger size) on my F250 and like them well enough that I bought 2 more when I severely damaged one 3 weeks ago.
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Old 07-08-2006, 11:54 AM   #39
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Hi--I've been following this thread with interest, and from the comments above here is my conclusion. I believe A/S people are basicly honest. The reason trailer tires do not show up on the Gov. web site is that most people realize that their tire failures were really the result of overloading, underinflation, or tire age.--Frank S
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Heywood
I did a quick search on Tire Rack (by far NOT the only source for information) and here's what I found:
Yokohama sells a 7.00-15 LRD tire, the RY215. Good for 2040 lbs @ 65 PSI. This tire would be marginal for my trailer but would work well on an older Airstream that was originally equipped with 7.00-15s.
Thanks for the info. The Yokohama didn't show up when I searched by brand. I had to put in the size. Turns out Yokohama also makes the Y742S:
http://www.yokohamatire.com/tbs_tire....asp?tireID=62
Interesting thing about this tire is it's M+S rated for winter driving AND, if I'm reading it right a 7.00R15 steel belted radial! I thought all the 7.00-15 tires were bias ply.

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Originally Posted by bhayden
Thanks for the info. The Yokohama didn't show up when I searched by brand. I had to put in the size. Turns out Yokohama also makes the Y742S:
http://www.yokohamatire.com/tbs_tire....asp?tireID=62
Interesting thing about this tire is it's M+S rated for winter driving AND, if I'm reading it right a 7.00R15 steel belted radial! I thought all the 7.00-15 tires were bias ply.

-Bernie
The Yokohama RY215 IS a radial. Years ago Michelin made a 7.00-15 radial.
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Hi--Goodyear still makes a 7.00-15 LT D bias ply tire, called "Workhorse Rib". Wal Mart sells them for $107.20 (special order). It is rated 2045lbs at 65psi.--Frank S
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