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Old 08-12-2009, 08:36 AM   #15
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Interesting information You CAN learn everything right here on this forum...Tom R...going out to look for colored "dots" on my tires...

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Old 08-17-2009, 03:21 PM   #16
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Perhaps but the 2010 I received in June has Chinese Marathons and, yes, the indentations. 2500 miles so far.

The sale date of a unit only has a loose correlation to the actual build date. The tires will have a DOT code (4 digits) that will show what week and year they were made. You could have 2008 manufactured tires on your 2010 trailer.


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Here are the results I got when mounting my chinese marathons.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:37 PM   #18
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Chinese Marathons

I had about 13,000 miles on my Chinese Marathons (manufactured in 2007) and just replaced them with Maxxis M8008's. I had no problems with the Marathons, ran them at 65PSI and monitored them closely. I am getting ready for another 2500 mile trip and I did not want to worry about the whole Marathon "thing" again.

I may have over reacted by changing them out early but if $400.00 in new tires saves me a blow out/wheel well damage I figure it is well worth the money. I realize there are no guarantees, blow outs can occur with any tire for any number of reasons but it gives me a little more piece of mind to have the "dreaded" Marathons off my Airstream.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:57 PM   #19
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When we picked up our Safari in Oct., 2008, I saw those indentations in the Marathons and asked about them. We went looking at other tires on the lot and there were some Michelins on bus style MoHo's and they had the indentations too. I figured if they are on Michelins, they must be ok. No one at the dealership knew anything about tires, a reassuring experience.

I never looked to see where the Marathons were made since some ignorance is perhaps a good idea. I did look at the date and it was mid 2008. I think we're over 15,000 miles and no problems, tread looks good, and next year if we go to Alaska, I will change to better tires.

If you don't see weights on your wheels, look at the back—that's where they may be.

Interesting about dots and wheel notches—I never had to think about all this stuff before I got a trailer. I can't wait to be at a campground and impress someone with all this information.

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Re Indentations on Tires -- The indentations that go "in" are where the belts in the tires join together -- OK, think of that as "In" is Good" == However if you have a bulg outward that is not good --Get rid of the tire immediately-- Thus "In" is Good and "Out' is Bad....Incidently I now have 3 new Goodyear "Made in the USA" tires after a blowout and finding two more with broken belts (less than 10,000 miles I would guess on my 08....I'll have a 4th one as soon as I can get one and use the remaining chinese marathon as a 2nd spare...Yep - we'll look like the Beverly Hillbillies with the spare on top of the suburban, but I won't be hunting for tires on Friday afternoon at 4:45 PM in a town I've never seen before..Hope this is of some assistance. - Countrysong.

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