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Old 10-08-2016, 09:22 AM   #71
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Back to the original question "Why Michelin tires?"

Because they are not GYMs.
This helped me change my mind. At 5am in the dark I don't even now I had lost a tire till I head the cords ticking against the wheel well.

Some might question how I had the tread if I didn't know I had lost the tire. The tread was wrapped around the trailing arm of the axle and came along for the ride.


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Old 10-08-2016, 09:56 AM   #72
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Back to the original question "Why Michelin tires?"

Because they are not GYM's.



Agreed.

I've run Michelin on my VW two sets, two sets on my Dodge Ram 2500 and better half's Toyota. No quality or negative performance issues to report. Good confidence factor in product.
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You know, Marathons are not the only RV tire Goodyear makes. It's probably the cheapest, which might explain why Airstream uses it, but it's not the only one.

http://www.goodyearrvtires.com/tire-selector.aspx

At least they claim to make RV tires. There are also other brands that make RV tires.

Michelin is not one of them.
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:17 AM   #74
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You know, Marathons are not the only RV tire Goodyear makes. It's probably the cheapest, which might explain why Airstream uses it, but it's not the only one.

http://www.goodyearrvtires.com/tire-selector.aspx

At least they claim to make RV tires. There are also other brands that make RV tires.

Michelin is not one of them.
I used michelins on my big trucks and trailers, there is no such thing as St tires on big trucks, they are also on my 31' classic, 225/75/16, they aren't the cheapest to purchase, but the cost per mile will be lower than a lower cost tire,sometimes the lower cost tire ends up costing you more,especially if it blows out causing a lot of damage to your trailer, you always get what you pay for, there are no bargains out there......
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:55 AM   #75
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Yes my trailer, my choice. Agreed.

Why does AS have the Michelin as an option and when we toured Jackson Center they were in the lobby for sale?

My rig is one of the heaviest AS tandem axle trailers ever made.


My slide out is a heavy Airstream and from my experience the Marathons started failing with belt issues at the end of season 3. My E rated Maxxis ST's failed at the first trip of season 4 with belt issues. My feeling with the heavy units that ST tires probably need to be replaced after 3 seasons of use. I've concluded my 4th season with my 16" Michelin LT's which surpasses the life I've gotten from two different bands of ST tires. Just from an economic standpoint it's more effective to replace the Michelin's at the end of season 5 than replace the ST tires at about the midpoint of season 3 use.

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Why Michelin tires?

Well, Michelins are just tires. And they can and do blow from time to time. No tire is blow proof.
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Old 10-08-2016, 11:43 AM   #77
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Well, Michelins are just tires. And they can and do blow from time to time. No tire is blow proof.
Well maybe you should run the marathons or you might find some other off the wall cheaper tire and feel good about it, after all a tire is a tire.....
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Speaking only for my experience, I have never had a Michelin tire fail catastrophically. And I'm talking high mileage, heavy vehicles, with my family aboard.

The worst issue, if you can call it that, was slow leaks caused by heavy sun exposure and dry rotting. The set still got me 200 miles to the dealer for replacements after adding air.


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Well, Michelins are just tires. And they can and do blow from time to time. No tire is blow proof.


Yep, under particular circumstances, any tire can fail. There are lots of folks where an ST tire is a perfectly good match. My experience is with heavy loads carrying between 8,600-9,100 lbs. From my usage I realize that ST tires just don't have the longevity that I want in my application.

We are also seeing that longevity bear out as those of us who made the switch have now been towing with them for 4 seasons or more without the belt failures that are trademark of the ST's.

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The key words are heavy loads. If you overload the AS you will experience tire failure. This also includes exceeding the speed rating of the tires. I assume that we are all talking about AS trailers.
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Well maybe you should run the marathons or you might find some other off the wall cheaper tire and feel good about it, after all a tire is a tire.....

That's not what I said. I said Michelins are just tires. They can blow like any other tire. Last I checked, Michelin was not making the claim of being blow proof. And especially when used against their own recommendation. Like when used on a trailer.

You get what you pay for. There are other brands of tires, cheap and not cheap. But they are made for trailers. I'd look into one of those before I decided to override the manufacturer's recommendation and put a light truck tire on a trailer. But that's me. YMMV.
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So if the manufacturer recommends it, I'm all for it. If the manufacturer doesn't recommend it, I'd think twice about it. That's all I'm saying.
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This place is some times like a Michelin cult. They are good tires, but also can fail. In 30+ years of driving, I have only had one tire failure on a motor vehicle. That tire was a Michelin LT tire on the rear of a pickup. Incidentally, it happened while I was towing an Airstream, so I guess my story is topical.....lol
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