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Old 02-08-2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Our first blowout

Hi all,

We had our first blowout this weekend. I've been waiting for this dreadful moment and it finally happened. With our Airstream manual in hand, we got the spare on successfully. We had noticed one of our other tires looks a little warped so we are thinking it may be time for new tires on the whole trailer. We have a 2008 International CCD 23'. A campground host in the campground recommend a local tire place and we may check it out. Just curious what kind of prices I should expect to replace all of the tires. Any thoughts? We currently have Goodyear and I assume they are the tires that were initially installed on the Airstream (we bought the trailer used last year) so this our first trailer tire purchase. Should we stick with the same kind of tires we have or is another brand preferred?

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Old 02-10-2010, 09:21 AM   #2
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You didn't get much service out of your tires if one one them blew and one of them had bulges on your 2008 trailer. Freeway driving in hot Southern weather spells the end of D rated ST (trailer only) tires quickly. Changing a trailer tire in hot weather is not much fun. Some owners report body damage when their tires disintegrate.
Lots of threads on this forum on Good Year Marathon tire failures and what to replace them with.
Atter 4 Marathon blowouts, I went with Maxxis E rated ST tires and am going into my third year with no tire failures. The E rated tires are stronger and Maxxis may have better quality control than other manufacturers. Some claim the stiffer E tires will damage their Airstreams. No damage so far on my rig despite thousands of miles on rough Mexican roads.
Others have replaced their tires with LT tires which are made to much higher standards. The downside of LT tires is that new wheels are likely required. I think LT tires are the best solution, if you are willing to spend the money for new wheels.
Or, you could park your Airstream and not drive it unless air temps are 80 and below. Seriously, many posters, most with Northern addresses report no tire problems.
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Hello,
It sounds like you guys got lucky and didn't sustain wheel well or worse damage and got the tire changed safely. Do a quick Air Forums search on Goodyear Marathon, blowout, Maxxis etc... and you will find major discussion on this topic. We have never had a blowout (I'm pretty fanatical on tire maintenance) and swapped out the Goodyears after 3 years. We're running Maxxis now. Same load range (D). I highly recommend making an investment in a Pressure Pro Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Good insurance. It will cost a lot more to repair your wheel well and aluminum panels.
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Good Year marathons are made in the USA now.I have a TPM- it can save your life and trailer.
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It sounds like you guys got lucky and didn't sustain wheel well or worse damage and got the tire changed safely. Do a quick Air Forums search on Goodyear Marathon, blowout, Maxxis etc... and you will find major discussion on this topic. We have never had a blowout (I'm pretty fanatical on tire maintenance) and swapped out the Goodyears after 3 years. We're running Maxxis now. Same load range (D). I highly recommend making an investment in a Pressure Pro Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Good insurance. It will cost a lot more to repair your wheel well and aluminum panels.
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

We have a 2005 safari 25FB, named Lucy, that we bought new. Lucy's original Goodyear Marathons lasted about 12,000 miles, when she suffered 3 catastrophic failures (blowouts) on the same long trip. Lucy's original Marathons were made in China. We put a 4 Maxxis load range E's on Lucy. The maxxis lasted 28,000 miles without a failure. We replaced these with four more Maxxis E's.

Lucy is a heavy traveler having logged over 50,000 miles in the last three years, and has spent almost 600 nights on the road.

I realize that the newer Marathons are made in the US, but I am still a little frightened of anything Goodyear.

You can expect to pay somewhere around $100 per tire for quality trailer tires.

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Hi all,

We had our first blowout this weekend. I've been waiting for this dreadful moment and it finally happened. With our Airstream manual in hand, we got the spare on successfully. We had noticed one of our other tires looks a little warped so we are thinking it may be time for new tires on the whole trailer. We have a 2008 International CCD 23'. A campground host in the campground recommend a local tire place and we may check it out. Just curious what kind of prices I should expect to replace all of the tires. Any thoughts? We currently have Goodyear and I assume they are the tires that were initially installed on the Airstream (we bought the trailer used last year) so this our first trailer tire purchase. Should we stick with the same kind of tires we have or is another brand preferred?

Thanks!
Lani.

Why did the tire blow, is always a good question.

Did it hit an object? It certainly wasn't very old, but it would be wise to check the date of manufacture, in case someone may have switched tires.

Were they properly balanced with the rest of the running gear? If not, that could be the cause.

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Old 02-10-2010, 03:55 PM   #7
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There are lots of threads on tires, Marathon and others. I put 4 new tires on last fall. After posts on this forum, I tried to get Maxxis. Unfortunately, I was unable to get the Maxxis and bought a new set of Marathons. They were produced a month before I bought them and were made in Alabama. Haven't put many miles on them yet, so I don't know how they will hold up. I paid about $120 per tire for them. The Maxxis were only going to run about $89 per tire, as I recall. I have since purchased a Pressure Pro air pressure monitor in the hopes of avoiding the experience you just went through. Good Luck. jc
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Maxxis tires are made China, I believe. Maybe Moosetags could let us know where his came from?
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Thanks everyone! I checked the Maxxis site and can't seem to find any local dealers near us at the moment. I'm working on getting an appointment at a tire place this weekend to have the tires check and replaced, if possible. Glad to have some feedback from you all in this thread and older tire threads so I know what to look for, questions to ask, etc.
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As others have stated, you have some researching to do. My only advise is for you to ask yourself how fast of a driver are you? ALL trailer (ST) tires are rated for 65 MPH max. If you like going the speed limit or above, there are some other tires out there that will do what you need, and you do not have to change wheels to do it. Happy hunting
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Make sure you check the tire date code on each tire you buy some tires can be a year or older when sold as new best to buy no mre than 3 months but not always possiable.
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...<snip>...I highly recommend making an investment in a Pressure Pro Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Good insurance. It will cost a lot more to repair your wheel well and aluminum panels.
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Ditto what Ken said, no matter what kind of tires you run. We are on 2nd set of Marathons but have had no blowouts...(where's the wood to knock on!) but we did have a rubber valve stem failure...and the Pressure Pros saved us from ruining the tire...we now have metal stems....
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:50 PM   #13
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Goodyear Marathons are crap!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a 2003 A/S Classic 34' and it came equipped with this tire. Had 2 blowouts in NM and TX in the heat on the same trip. Lots of damage to the RV wheel wells. Bought new tires and was vigilant about speed, and proper inflation of these D-rated tires. Then I had a blowout in Wyoming coming back from Yellowstone. It was not hot there in September. I'm now going to Carlilse E-rated ST tires. Never going back to Goodyears! Headin' for Alaska this summer. Anybody got ideas on tow vehicle insurance for trucks and/or RV's? Keep on trucking! drsneed
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We bought 6 LT tires and didn't need different wheels on our 1994 34' and have a good 6000 miles on them. We have run from Nebraska to California to Texas twice in both summer and winter and have had no problems. I believe they are C's and 55 lbs. air pressure. LT's are stout.
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