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Old 12-28-2016, 12:13 PM   #1
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Maxxis ST225 75 R15 Tires

After a "general search" of the internet for possible links to Maxxis tires being used on Airstream Trailers and finding none here's my question.

I have a 22FB Sport Bambi 2016 model and I am getting un-comfortable with the GY Marathon tires. I don't have the time, energy nor money to deal with the aftermath of a GY tire failure.

After talking with local resources and personal research I am leaning hard towards the Maxxis tires. The GY is a 5 ply whereas the Maxxis is 10 ply. All the tire specs are better with the Maxxis tire....load rating, etc.

I don't feel the need to change out my rims to a larger size, so that is out of the question.

Any one using this tire as a replacement for the Gy's?

Comments welcome.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Old 12-28-2016, 12:31 PM   #2
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I had considered switching from GYM to Maxxis ST tires on our trailer as I had heard good reports about them.

In the end, I did not,

(a) Because I could not source any Maxxis tires locally

(b) I was hearing a lot of good reports about the Michelin LT tires at the time


So in the end I did go the 16" Michelin LT route for our 31 ft trailer.


I wanted to mention though that as an alternative to 16" Michelin LT's it might be possible on your size trailer to use a 15" Michelin if you are interested.

I only had to go to the 16" on ours to get the required load rating. I don't know if that would apply in your case. might be worth checking if that is at all of interest to you - unless you already know if it is an option or not.

Even on my trailer, when I spoke to someone at CanAm RV about tires, it was suggested to me that I could use the 15" Michelin LT.

But when I looked at the Michelin load charts it did not seem adequate for our trailer so I did end up changing wheel size for the larger 16" tire.

Brian.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:56 PM   #3
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I have had 4 of these (Series E) on my ATC Kayak/Bicycle Trailer (7,000 lb capacity Motorcycle trailer) since 2011. (Just about time for a new pair.) I have put over 40k on them, much of that during hot summer days in California, Neveda and Utah. Can drive at 65mph in 90F-100F for hours, with 6,000 load, with no problem.
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:23 PM   #4
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I just replaced the original GYM's on our 2013 25' FC with a set of the Maxxis but have not yet gone on a trip to try them. Got an excellent deal online and had them mounted on the wheels at my local tire dealer, taking two wheels at a time to them so that I didn't have to take the trailer to the dealer. I'm hoping they give somewhat better service than the GYM's which gave no problems at all until showing signs of imminent tread separation when they aged to about 4.5 years.
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Old 12-28-2016, 02:15 PM   #5
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I have a set. I bought them (and the rims) from a fellow Airstreamer when they were about 4 years old. They are D load. Now they're almost 6 years old. I've gone about 3500 miles in the last 2 years. I had a leak at the valve and the guy at America's Tire commented how good they looked for being almost 6 years old. For safety reasons I plan on replacing them with another set of Maxxis.
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Old 12-28-2016, 03:32 PM   #6
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I replaced my Goodyear Marathon tires with Maxxis M8008 Load Range E three years ago.

The only problem was the steel Dexstar wheels which sprung a small leak at 80 psi. Quickly detected by my PressurePro TPMS system,

Replaced the wheels with 15" Sendel wheels. No problems with the tires at all.
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Old 12-28-2016, 03:57 PM   #7
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Rpatrick16, in the search drop down just below your name, then in the search forums you can type in maxxi. I just did that and apparently I had searched previously for maxxis carlisle as it popped into the text box. You'll find a number of forums threads.

I too am considering the replacement of the GYM’s and prefer to stay with 15's. My research offered the Michelin's, Maxxis, Carlisle and Nokian's. I can’t locate a 15” Michelin LT in our size and load requirements and the P rated math 15's doesn't work for our 20. At this time I‘m trying not to follow those who have jumped to
Michelin Defender series LTX LT225/75R16 115/112R (2680 lbs) requiring new 16” rims.

My recollection of the research is that that some folks really like the Maxxis's & Carlisle's but there seemed to be a recurring theme of blowouts but very good warranty replacement. Personally I have scratched both off my list. I hadn't heard much of the Nokians (Nokian Rotiiva AT All Season LT235/75R/15 116/113S LR E (2760lbs) but the more I research, I find that feedback is positive and that many have used them on both trailers and trucks for years. That’s where I‘m heading for now. The
Michelin Defender series LTX LT225/75R16 115/112R (2680 lbs) are my plan B

This is what got me thinking about the Nokians....available at Discount tires and WM online (for about $103 mounted, bal'd and metal stems)

https://www.nokiantires.com/all-season-tires/nokian-rotiiva-at/



http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...15-156339.html


Re my per wheel math as it applies to our 20

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post1892255

A whole lot of info but start at post 87 by Phoenix…drop down to “Anyway, later, back in Phoenix”. This entire thread contains a lot of info re ST vs LT as well as PSI/Load Chart discussion that to me was very educational.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f465...tml#post944334

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...148274-25.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...es-151766.html



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Just about 2 and 1/2 years ago I put Maxxis M8008, Load E on our Safari. Have driven just a little over 12,000 miles. So far no problems.
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Just my honest opinion, but...
Switching from one brand ST tire to another brand ST tire isn't really accomplishing anything.
I've had bad luck with several different brands of ST tires.
The real improvement is switching from 15" LT tires to 16" wheels and LT tires.
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I switched from Goodyear Marathons to Maxxis M8008 five years ago and have put close to 5000 miles on these D load tires. They are great tires and will be replaced with the same Maxxis ST tires when it comes time to replace them.
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Late last year I bought a 2016 FC 27 FB & immediately replaced the Goodyears with Maxxis E-rateds. So far 15K miles without any problem.

The Maxxis tires are on Amazon at $124 w/free shipping:

https://www.amazon.com/Maxxis-M8008-...5+75+15+10+ply

I bought them elsewhere, but with shipping, the set came to around $480. It cost me $70 to have them installed on the rims & balanced, so I have around $550 in them.

I sold the Goodyears on Craigslist for $300.

Net cost of replacement: $250.
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After a "general search" of the internet for possible links to Maxxis tires being used on Airstream Trailers and finding none here's my question.

I have a 22FB Sport Bambi 2016 model and I am getting un-comfortable with the GY Marathon tires. I don't have the time, energy nor money to deal with the aftermath of a GY tire failure.

After talking with local resources and personal research I am leaning hard towards the Maxxis tires. The GY is a 5 ply whereas the Maxxis is 10 ply. All the tire specs are better with the Maxxis tire....load rating, etc.

I don't feel the need to change out my rims to a larger size, so that is out of the question.

Any one using this tire as a replacement for the Gy's?

Comments welcome.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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It will beat the crap out of your AS. Go to Michelins or something similar.
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.......Even on my trailer, when I spoke to someone at CanAm RV about tires, it was suggested to me that I could use the 15" Michelin LT.

But when I looked at the Michelin load charts it did not seem adequate for our trailer so I did end up changing wheel size for the larger 16" tire.

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Maxxis ST225 75 R15 Tires

Went to the E rated Maxxis 8008 ST's after I had a slipped belt with the Marathons after 3 seasons of use. Had 2 tires with slipped belt failure on the front axle after the first trip of season 4 use of the Maxxis. Starting season 5 of use with my 16" Michelin LT's.

I have no confidence in any ST tire lasting more than 2.5 years on my heavy 30' Classic slide out.

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