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Old 09-03-2009, 02:47 PM   #29
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I'm replacing the Goodyear Marathon on my Bambi due to sudden wear on the outside edge of the street side tire. Luckily, I inspect my rig often, as many of us do, and spotted the unexpected wear before it blew. The outer edge wore very quickly and unexpectedly down to the point where the metal cord is visible in places. Yikes! Another 100 miles and...
I checked the inflation pressure and it matched the curbside tire to within 1 1/2 psi, so inflation was not the issue. Trailer dealer says axle and wheel are within spec (toe-in, etc). There was no reason for this tire to suddenly fail. Estimated towing mileage was approximately 3k miles, and tire covers are always used when parked for more than a day or two.
I put the spare Marathon on the trailer, and am replacing the spare with a Towmaster. I've never had a tire suddenly wear like the Marathon did, and there's not much doubt that it would have failed catastrophically, had I not spotted it in time. I'm going to keep a close eye on those remaining two Marathons, I promise you, and when they're shot, they'll be replaced with something else.
I appreciate hearing others' experience with tires, but in the end, it's up to me to keep an eye on my tires, and I no longer trust the Marathons that came with my Bambi.
I love my Bambi, and I wish Airstream made tires, too.
So many tires being made in China these days! Does anyone but me find that frightening?
Happy trails!
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:05 PM   #30
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For the three years I owned my boat, I had Towmaster tires on the trailer. I never had a problem with them. We have had Carlisle tires on our Sovereign since 2005 without one single problem....no cracking, no drying, just a really good tire. I had Marathons put on our 21' Sunline travel trailer and they blew not too long after. Never again.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:22 PM   #31
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Since June I now have put about 1800 miles on my 07 Towmasters including a 1300 mile round trip a couple of weeks ago. No problems at all and for the most part the air temps were above 90. The Goodyear dealer who I have used for tires and service for years has been selling Towmasters for a couple of years now and said he does not see a lot of problems with them. If I do not have problems I'll keep them until 2011, if something comes up I'll update.
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:38 AM   #32
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I know this will cause some hackles to come up on longtime Rver's but, here goes.

I have practically brand new Towmaster Tires on my 28' Excella. I use the trailer for fishing once a year for about a month. I noticed the other day (where I store the trailer), that there were some small cracks on a couple of tires where it sits in the dirt in the storage yard.

I was thinking that instead of just replacing the tires why couldn't I just put tubes in them. The cracks aren't that bad and I would assume that tubes would give me extra insurance that they would not blow out.

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Old 09-11-2009, 12:09 PM   #33
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I would be worried about putting a tube in a tubeless tire. Everything that I have seen says it will increase heat and lead to early failure. It make sense to me.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:10 PM   #34
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STILL no comments on here about customer experience with Towmaster tires. Totally off-topic now. DOES anyone have any experience with Towmaster?
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:33 PM   #35
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its interesting TOWMASTER is the only brand, other than Goodyear, Jackson Center carries.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:26 PM   #36
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Our last trailer, a '75 23' that we bought used, came with three Towmaster tires that looked new. One had a puncture and the tire shops wouldn't fix it because it was too close to the side wall.

I had it plugged, and we drove to Alaska and back (11,000 mile trip), and all the tires made it fine.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:03 PM   #37
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drbad, my last post (#30) talks about Towmaster tires. Granted they weren't on our Airtream, but I did have them.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:49 PM   #38
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I put new Towmaster Tires on my '63 Tradewind (single axle) last year.

I have driven about 2000 miles with no problems.

I had new axles put on at Jackson Center earlier this year and they gave me a thumbs up on the tires.

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Old 09-17-2009, 01:58 AM   #39
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Talking my apology

I apologize for my "off topic" comment. Obviously, I had not read the entire thread, and I was "off my rocker."

I'm a newbie, bringing a 1977 International 31' from Reno to San Diego on Saturday. It's been parked a long time, tires covered, so I'm replacing all 4 before the trip. I'm in Reno right now and having a tough time finding Maxxis M8008 which is what I really hoped for. I think I've found em at Big O. But it's good to know I could go with Towmaster or Carlisle if I had to ... seems like anything at all is better than Marathon.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:43 AM   #40
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Goodyear stands behind its products as well. I had a small bubble in one of my tires and the local goodyear dealer replaced all of the tires without a charge -- I have never had a problem with Marathon tires and have them on several trailers ---- inflation, inflation, inflation....... that is the key
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:01 PM   #41
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Tomorrow I am having Maxiss 8008s installed in Dayton, Ohio which is about a 60 mile drive for us. Jackson Center had the Marathons and Towmaster LR E in stock but, I would have to have new rims for the E load range. I am keeping 2 towmasters on the Safari as they are less than 3 years old and going with the Maxiss on the front axle. All tires will be LR C which is quite sufficient for the load I carry. Just wanted to let you know that I am buying from Discount Tire and they were shipped from sunny California. When we return from Arizona next spring I will order 2 more of the Maxiss from Discount Tire. No more Carlisle or Goodyear Marathons for me...tinhut
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:37 AM   #42
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THANK YOU, tinhut! I am also getting Maxxis installed tomorrow on my new old 1977 Sovereign Int'l. M8008s, just like yours. I requested LR D; hope they will fit my rims (15" ... did not even consider that, actually, but believe they will fit). I'm picking trailer up in Reno, where Discount said 24 hrs, then said 3-4 days. I could not wait that long, went to BIG O Tires (north Reno) where they got the tires in within half a day. Amazing. The guy who I believe may help restore/customize this AS said that I should insist on Maxxis. Your email is very helpful ... drbad
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