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Old 03-12-2016, 04:55 PM   #15
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Ray Eckland, you don't want to know what I think of Maxxis, greenball and Carlisle tires ,they are all Chinese ,no more of junk here....

Maxxis tires are made in Tiawan not China.
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Old 03-12-2016, 05:04 PM   #16
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Just be aware that the Maxxis are SPEED LIMITED to 65mph. If you are going to drive 70 and occasionally faster, keep looking. If you actually drive 60 mph with occasional 65, buy them.

I am on my second set of Maxxis. The first set aged out at 3 years, and I had driven them at 70-75 mph not knowing about the SPEED LIMITED factor, and I had two tread separations, caught before any damage was done.

My next set of four will be an upgrade to 16" Michelins LT E rating.
These have an R speed rating:

http://www.amazon.com/Maxxis-M8008-R.../dp/B004QL6I0U
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Old 03-12-2016, 05:30 PM   #17
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The Maxxis E rated tire has a speed rating of 100 mph. I drive at 65 mph max when towing, sometimes exceed that to pass so that 100 mph speed rating Is well within my limits.
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:21 PM   #18
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Ray, Michelin LTX MS/2 tires, over a year now, they're great tires and do well with all the boondocking. On 16 inch wheels. No regrets. Also from Costco.

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Old 03-13-2016, 10:05 AM   #19
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Don't believe everything you read. They also say that Marathons have an R rating. Neither is correct.
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And I wish that the E rated Maxxis had been the tire that I had been able to prove to be the successor to the Marathons. I kept these inflated to 80 psi and traveled around 60-65 mph all their life. Indoor storage when the trailer wasn't in use and two of the four suffered belt separation on their first trip on year 4 of use. The Marathon's started to fail at the end of year 3 of use. ST tires just don't have the ability to handle a heavy Airstream reliably for the 4-5 year lifespan that most of us expect from trailer tires.

The tall tires next to the shorter ones are the failed Maxxis tires with separated belts. Luckily I detected these before a blow out.

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Maxxis tires are made in Tiawan not China.
There is a difference ?. I wouldn't run either one on the steer axle of my KW ...
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No body is saying that they should be run on a steer axle. They are ST tires.
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No body is saying that they should be run on a steer axle. They are ST tires.
What I am saying is if they aren't good enough for the steer axle then I don't want them going bad on my airstream and doing damage to it, costing a lot of money...there are no bargains out there, you get what you pay for....16" michelins-$187... 15" greenball- $138..
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What I am saying is if they aren't good enough for the steer axle then I don't want them going bad on my airstream and doing damage to it, costing a lot of money...there are no bargains out there, you get what you pay for....16" michelins-$187... 15" greenball- $138..
Tires that are not designed to be on a steering axle are not good or bad. They have been designed to do a specific job. Using something not designed for the job you have assigned means the user has misapplied the item for the job.

Like using a screw driver to punch a hole in metal. It may do the job and yet was not designed to do that job or application.

So using tires that are designed to be used on a trailer in the manner the tires was designed (Speed, inflation and ....) should work.

Or using directional speed rated tires on a trailer that are designed to be used on a passenger car doesn't work either. Sure they are designed for a steering axle. They are not designed for a travel trailer.

There isn't good or bad. Only in application or mis-application does the tire become good or bad.

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