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Old 11-04-2015, 10:49 AM   #1
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Maxxis M8008 tire - longterm experience?

A number of Airforum members have been running Maxxis ST tires for a long time. Some, like 2Air, have put a lot miles on this tire and the GYM's. My GYM's are starting year 3 with 4,100 miles of service, so I'm starting to think about tire replacement. What do you folks running the Maxxis tires think of them? In your experience, has this tire been more reliable than the GYM's manufactured in the last 10 years? What are some pro and cons? Thanks for your comments.


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Old 11-04-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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So far my e rated maxxis are fine. About five thousand miles. Time will tell. There are e rated and d rated maxxis. Make sure you get the one you want.

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Old 11-04-2015, 12:12 PM   #3
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When we did research on GYM replacements for our 20 Safari single axle and our 25 FC tandem axle, we noted some folks with successful ST tires have three axle trailers and carrying less weight per tire than we were.

So with the conflicting advice on ST tires we just decided to get the 16" wheels with Michelins and set tire concerns aside. Not saying Maxxis are bad, they are probably better than the GYMs according to reports on this forum.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:32 PM   #4
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I now have 21000 miles on the gym's in 21/2 years and they are at 1/2 the tread, no problems with them , will be going to 16"michelins as they are already to go all mounted and just have to be installed this winter. Aren't these maxxis tires made in china? If so why would you want them?
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:59 PM   #5
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I have just over 23,000 miles on mine. Replaced them at the beginning of the 2011 season. Will look at them in 2017. So far they have been great, still lots of tread and they hold air amazingly well. Top them off in the spring and very seldom have I had to add more during the season.

They have been good for me.
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:02 PM   #6
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we purchased five LRE, ST225/75R15 Maxxis M8008s in July 2009.

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about 15,000 miles on them, no problems at all, perfectly happy with them.

will replace them with LRDs next time, as the Es are well over capacity for our Safari 25C.

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Old 11-04-2015, 05:15 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the comments!

TJDonahoe, Maxxis tires are made by Cheng Shin Rubber Co. based in Taiwan and they manufacture the M8008 tires in Thailand. It really is amazing when you see where the big players like Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone and Goodyear have tire plants. All over the world. Pirelli for example builds there F-1 race car tires in Turkey and Brazil from what I understand. You'd think they would be built in Italy. They all look to maximize cost efficiency of course. But to your point, I was told by two different Goodyear tire dealership guys that Goodyear has their own plant in China. But according to the DOT tire code, my tires were manufactured by Triangle Huasheng Tyre Co. Lt. in China. So I guess during 3913 when my tires were made, Goodyear contracted GYM's to Triangle. Made me pause when I saw that. Maybe Goodyear has their own plant today. Be interesting to look at a new GYM tire and see if there's a different plant code than 2V.

Most of the tires I've bought for my own cars and trucks have been Michelin for the last 35 years. I have been hoping to keep my 15" wheels and stay with an ST tire. i've been uncomfortable with the switch to a de-rated P type tire. Jim
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:39 PM   #8
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I decided to stay with my 15 inch wheels and GYM tires this go around. My dot is 4514 2VHH. Have 4500 miles on them with no problems. I also have a TPMS system that works great! Highly recommend it.

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Old 11-04-2015, 05:44 PM   #9
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In many of these Airforum tire threads, the suggested life of GYM ST tires is three years regardless of the miles.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:12 PM   #10
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I installed Maxxis M8008 LR E about two years ago and have about 3000 miles on them. They replaced 5 year old Marathons.
I haven't had a problem with either set of tires and I load them heavy, about 2500 lbs each.
I think the secret to my success is having a single axle (no scrubbing), living in a cool climate, and meticulously balanced hubs, wheels, and tires. .
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:02 PM   #11
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I 2nd Switz's point. I had a 5th wheel for 15 years. Regardless of miles, I found the age of the tires was critical in deciding when to replace them. I went through 4 sets of tires. Blowouts 3 times. Every time, there was plenty of tread. While I keep them covered when in storage, I personally believe, the calendar dictates trailer tire life. My experience =blown tire on a tandem axle trailer = damage to trailer. On the 5th wheel it was minimal and cost of repair $0.
Airstream $$$$ potentially.
My plan GYMSs for 2 years, then MAXXIS on a 3 year change out.
$100 in prevention is worth
$1000s in repairs.
Again, one person's opinion.
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:35 PM   #12
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When I bought my 1990 Excella 29' in 2009 it had GYM load range D. In 2010 I put new Aluminum wheels and 4 new Maxxis M8008 LR E on it. Four years and 7 months later I had two tread separations, fortunately warned by a TMS. Age is therefore a significant factor, because the tread was still very good. I put four new Maxxis on, and went on down the road.

Another significant factor is that ST tires are speed limited to 65 mph and hardly any of us keep it under 65 all of the time. In the past I used to drive for hours at 70 mpg and even 75 on the interstate highways across the Dakotas, Montana, etc. I never knew the tires were speed limited until recently. So speed could be a factor.

When I leveled the trailer in campgrounds in the past I was not always careful to support the full width of the trailer tire on leveling boards. Always at least close, but sometimes with a little tire width hanging over the side, inside or outside. Did that contribute to the tread separations?

Probably all three, as I kept watch on the tire pressure and temp and they were always spot on. I really don't want to keep my speed at or under 65 mph ALL of the time, and in fact its just near impossible, so my next set of tires will mean I have to go up from 15" to 16" rims and Michelin Light Truck tires, even though Michelin says they are not appropriate for trailers. AS JC is using them, but apparently not with Michelin's blessing. I've only had trouble with one Michelin truck tire ever, and it was a six year old that went out of round by a little but still had great tread.

How many of us running ST tires keep the speed under the 65 mph limit? It is clear now, but not earlier, that the Maxxis are speed limited at 65 mph and probably the other ST tires like GYM as well. Life is full of risks and we make the choices, and take the risks we feel comfortable with.

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Maxxis M8008 tire - longterm experience?

I had two E rated maxxis tires fail at the beginning of year 4 of use. Both failures were belt separation. Trailer stored inside, 80 psi pressures, run at 60 mph. I have a heavy 30' Classic slide out. I had a Marathon failure on the last trip of their 3rd season. I don't believe ST tires are reliable on heavy trailers after 3 seasons of use.....and that's under good conditions. Just consider what the life would be if I stored outside with uv exposure, drove in excess of 65 mph, or did not keep my inflation monitored.

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Old 11-05-2015, 06:36 PM   #14
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I have driven almost 100k miles on ST tires. Various GYM and Maxxis. Most of the miles were trouble free. But I have had two blowouts -- both with bent aluminum -- on ST tires. As well as a tread separation with a bubble that I discovered early enough.

Would you rather drive 65 MPH on a tire rated to do 65? Or drive 65 on a tire rated for much more? I prefer a safety margin. I switched to Michelin LT tires that have not given me any trouble. Peace of mind is worth something....

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