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Old 08-11-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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What would you do?

Wouldn't you know it. We FINALLY settle on a bright and shiny (new to us) Chevy 2500 gasser to get the new 27FB Airstream on the road, and discover (on the scales at the local truck stop) that all FOUR of the Marathon tires have weird bulges on the sides. After consulting a few handy, mechanically inclined relatives -- it appears they all have "broken nylon chords". We bought our NEW 2007 FB Safari three months ago and have towed it a couple of times -- but nothing more than a handful of miles. Perhaps it sat on the lot for too long at the dealership? Not sure. It still has the "dimples" if that tells you anything. The question is this... we're planning a trip weekend after next. I've seen the marathon thread, but have to admit it's a bit over my head. Would it be best to drive it the 60 miles back to the dealership? Or simply take it to a local NTB and replace the tires with a better tire? It's probably not so simple, but thought I'd throw it out there. ; ) I know they are under warranty.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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Are they actual bulges or are they depressions in the side walls? It seems unlikely that all the tires would simultaneously be developing bulges or bubbles (which is not good and a sign of separation)...but if they are depressions it might not be so bad... look at this thread, on page 34, beginning with post #466....http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...-28293-34.html There is a discussion of these depressions that run form the rim to the tread in several places on the side walls...apparently they are not uncommon and may not be signs of trouble. We have these slight depressions on our Marathons, too, so I am watching this closely...
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TB, still a little new to this. The link doesn't appear to take me to a thread, but multiple threads. Would love to read what you reference.
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TB, still a little new to this. The link doesn't appear to take me to a thread, but multiple threads. Would love to read what you reference.
My mistake...I put in the wrong link...I've gone back to the previous post and corrected the link...

Sorry for this misdirect!
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:57 AM   #5
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We have the depressions also. With several thousand miles on them they seem to be doing fine.
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Indentations in the sidewall are from where the steel belts are attached to each other. Bulges in the sidewalls are from either air getting between layers of the rubber in the sidewall, or steel belts separating.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:33 PM   #7
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Whew, I thought I knew the difference between a bubble and indention, but seems not! I'm off to check to see if maybe I've mistaken one for the other given that all FOUR seem to have the mysterious -- possibly benign ailment. Our friends at the Air dealership says it's typical on Marathons but nothing to worry about as long as you keep your speed below 65. Alex, I'll take "I like that answer" for $450. If we discover otherwise, you guys will be the first to know. Thanks for the replies!
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The conditon of your tires is very important for the safety of your trailer. I think it is unlikely that all four of your tires would be having major structual problems and your probably seeing the same imperfections that many of have seen on the Marathons. I would suggest that you contact one of the Goodyear Dealers in your area and arrange to have them do an inspection of your tires. Good luck.
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It still has the "dimples" if that tells you anything...
didn't ricky nelson have dimples? and kirk douglas and clark gable?

LOTS of famous dimples out there right?

HEY where are the girls with dimples?

now i know what u r thinking, don't go there!

ok enough humor...

in addition to the link tbrich provided,

here is a quick/simple explanation and a picture of one type of bulge 2b wary of...

Tire Tech Information - Sidewall Indentations, Undulations and Protrusions

i agree that tires are important so if u are the least bit uncomfortable...

have a gy shop INSPECT them for you, and be sure they are properly INFLATED.

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We have the same thing on our tires. While at JC last month I asked them to check them and they told me it was normal. Normal?? Yea don't worry about it they said. Oh ok......
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Glad to see that my suspicions about those depressions are born out...that they are normal and not to be worried about...unless they become bulges...thanks for the link to that article, 2air'...very helpful...
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