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Old 08-23-2016, 03:35 PM   #57
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After ST tire failures twice, I am hedging my bets with LT tires.
I have had p-rated tires fail, but not within 3 years.
When I have had a P-rated tire fail, the tires were very old- way beyond 5 years.
The ST tires failed within 3 years.
I ignored all the anecdotes until it happened to me.
Then my opinion was formed not based on anecdotes, but personal experience.
I don't recall ever having an LT tire fail, but have had 2 blowouts on Michelins of unknown age or unknown road debris.
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:52 PM   #58
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Tires & Guns...both get everyone on this forum all fired up, every poster is an authority of sorts including myself. So, let's respect every opinion because after all we all know it all......I like Maxxis, I own a Glock, my choice not yours!
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Tires & Guns...both get everyone on this forum all fired up, every poster is an authority !

What, excluding hitches?

Insert smiley face here.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:24 PM   #60
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For what it's worth we have Maxis tires on some of our SOB brands. We found the reliability to be similar to Marathons so not great.

Interesting we are on a trip at the moment and due to a last minute trailer change I am running marathons on a 26U. Another unit in or group is a 2012 19 Flying Cloud running P235/75 x 15 Michelins. When following them both the 19 bounces less than the 26. Which really shouldn't be. As well the 26 is on a smoother tow vehicle.

Besides the virtually perfect reliability record I think the biggest benefit of the 235/75 x 15 Michelins is the reduced road shock in the Airstream.

There may be other tires just as good but when we have had such a great track record with a product it is hard to justify experimenting with something different.

Other than a few heavily loaded classic 30's Airstreams are not heavy enough to make E range tires ride properly.

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Old 08-23-2016, 07:45 PM   #61
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What, excluding hitches?

Insert smiley face here.

...and tow vehicles...


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These tire threads are a hoot. So I do a google search for "premium tire brands", and what do you know, I find a listing of what a source considered the top 5 premium brands, and guess what? Goodyear was on the list, and they make an ST tire. But this thread is about Maxxis ST tires, and I will consider them when it's time to replace my current tires. Note: I prefer towing at 65 MPH or less.

Goodyear is a second rate line. Same with Firestone. The "premium" lines are Michelin and Bridgestone.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:03 AM   #63
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Interesting we are on a trip at the moment and due to a last minute trailer change I am running marathons on a 26U. Another unit in or group is a 2012 19 Flying Cloud running P235/75 x 15 Michelins. When following them both the 19 bounces less than the 26. Which really shouldn't be. As well the 26 is on a smoother tow vehicle.


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I'm a bit surprised you're using 15" Michelins when all I've read on these forums were people switching out to 16". Have you tried the 16" as well? I would love to know what your experience has been.

Your insight is always appreciated.
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I bought a new set of Maxxis STs last year after experiencing great performance out of a previous set that had lasted eight years.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:48 AM   #65
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When I got a call from the Factory to ask "...how's it going with your new Airstream?," I grumbled about the lug nuts and the GYM tires. The TechRep suggested I consider Maxxis as replacements for the GYM's, but didn't indicate AS was considering an OEM change away from the GYMs. As for the lug nuts, AS is considering alternatives to the two-piece ones, and I believe will make that change in the not distant future.
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Hi, the original lug nuts will last forever if you use a 1/2" drive, 6 point, thin wall, 3/4" / 19mm, deep impact socket.

Short, worn out, sloppy fitting, wrong size, or 12 point sockets will destroy these lug nuts and any other lug nuts made.

The right tool always works better.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:17 PM   #67
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...the original lug nuts will last forever if you use a 1/2" drive, 6 point, thin wall, 3/4" / 19mm, deep impact socket.
Absolutely right, assuming they weren't mangled at delivery. Two of mine were, and three others were just cracked---all as they came from the Factory. I didn't want to be on the side of the road somewhere, swearing at lug nuts that won't come off. The replacement cost was insignificant compared to the inconvenience of being stranded.
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Maxxis Tires

After reading the post on this subject it seems the Maxxis tires are a descent tire. I have a 1972 31' Sovereign and need to get tires since my rebuild is almost complete and was wondering which load range would be better. I am looking at the ST225/75R15. Airstreamer67 can you add anything on this since you have ran these tires. Thanks
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:18 PM   #69
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I do not know any of the previous posters on this thread.

Some could be among those who could navigate around roofing nails on the highway and drive over a roadless mountain without damaging their tires... or trailer.

Some may be like those seen at RV Parks and pulling out of gasoline stations wreaking havoc with sharp turns as their tires squeal in anguish. Others leaving rubber 'kisses' along side curbs and pulling their tires over broken objects in the road. Some drivers having no idea where their tires or trailer are tracking on the road or pavement and hit every pot hole in the process.

Large RV's pulling their vehicles over curbs and thru bushes at parking lots is another... visual to experience!

At Jackson Center, OH, watching trailer owners backing into a spot was a good education in what people say and what they do not know they are doing. Some trailer owner's tires were rippling on the sidewalls, when at right angles to their tow vehicle and backing into a concrete slab. After five days... we saw enough to be skeptical of statements being made and accept them as proof beyond doubt.

MY statements also should be suspicious and incorrect....

Myself... I prefer to do, watch and learn from all sources of information. I take many posts with a 'grain of salt'. Possibly two grains. Take my statements with a grain of salt, although my mistakes are admitted.

FOURTEEN INCH C Rated Marathons are a poor excuse for any use for an Airstream.

Fourteen inch Maxxis and Tow Masters served my 23 foot Airstream well. The only complaint is the amount of tread on these tires... little.

I never had an issue with Marathon FIFTEEN INCH tires during the limited time I had them on my 2014 International. Although from previous experience with the 14 inch C Rated, and both having minimal tire tread compared to any LT Michelin... I paid to be confident while traveling highway speeds.
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Cole3444, I use the Maxxis E rated 8008 tires on my 25 ft AS. We just completed a 10,000 + mile trip. The tires are inflated to 75 psi using nitrogen in lieu of air, they preformed without a flaw in temps ranging from 60 to 110 degrees.
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