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Old 07-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #310
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I'm trying to learn and figure out what tires to buy. Why did you get fed up with ST tires? Is there something about them I should know?

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I got fed up with the ST tires because I had three separate catastrophic failures (blowouts) with OEM Marathons. After that, I went to the Maxxis E's. They all suffered premature tread separation. I just got fed up with looking for new tires every time I turned around. At one point I was held up for almost a week in rural Maine, waiting for a new ST tire to be shipped in from New York.

We tow use our Airstream a bunch (1,090 nights/100,000 miles in six years). We also tow a little on the fast side (70 mph). We finally decided to bite the bullet a little over a year and a half ago and got 16" wheels and Michelin LT's. That was 35,000 miles ago. The LT's show no wear and have not given us any problems. I check the pressure often, and they never need any adjustment.

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #311
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Brian. Wow that's a bunch of miles and I knew you would put them to the test. Good report. I haven't read of any issues with them on any trailer. We opted for the 15" Michelin LTs last year as we simply couldnt justify the extra cost of switching size due to our much lower mileage than you. So far as I know, there have been no issues with the 15" tires either and they are in use on hundreds of Airstreams.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:08 AM   #312
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Don't forget that the cost is the difference to go from your 15" to 16" AFTER you sell the old Marathons and rims. We got about $350 for the old tires and rims which made the move to the 16" LTX a lot less painful.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #313
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I recently took my brand new trailer on its first "semi-long" trip (a couple of thousand miles round trip). After I bought it last November I spent A LOT of time on this Forum trying to avoid lessons learned by other people who have years of experience with their Airstreams. It seemed to me then that if I were to prioritize any upgrades it would be safety related. The many threads on catastrophic failure of ST tires motivated me to buy 16" wheels and Michelin LT's. I did. I also invested in a TPMS. Now having towed my trailer, and having watched the tire pressure while driving up to 70 MPH (not my preferred speed), I can tell you that I would absolutely positively make the larger wheel/LT change. Remember the adage: "we repeat lessons until we learn them!" Well, this thread has way too many people who have suffered the loss of inadequate tires.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:42 AM   #314
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New Wheels, Tires, and Axles...

After having given much thought to the 16" upgrade I pulled the trigger a couple weeks ago. My wheels and tires came in last week.

Considering the complete Marathon failure I experienced last May - I knew that I was going to do something to limit the probability of having it happen again. I was fortunate with my blow-out that it didn't cause any collateral damage to the trailer - others of us have not been so lucky.

Reading this thread, it was extremely helpful to me in listing the Pro's/Con's regarding the upgrade. I settled on the Michelin Ribs - five of them. I'll be mounting them on new axle sets from Inland RV this week. My spare will be mounted on a newly acquired "A-frame Rack" from Out-of-Doors-Mart, as my '85 didn't come with a spare tire rack.

Regarding Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems - they provide me a peace-of-mind in knowing I'll be alerted to not only the "slow leak" but also immediate blow-outs caused by nasty road hazards. The system I use attaches an RF sensor directly to each of the valve stems, others use an internally mounted sensor inside the wheel/tire - I'm sure there are other types of systems out there. The point is, from a safety perspective, I believe TPMS's are useful technologies to minimize damage, or even injury, as we pull these rigs around on the highways.

More pix to follow after the axles are installed...

NOTE: For those who have experienced tire failures - EUBANK is conducting an interesting poll and I would recommend taking a few minutes to participate in uploading the details of your tire failure experience(s).

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:39 PM   #315
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Don't forget that the cost is the difference to go from your 15" to 16" AFTER you sell the old Marathons and rims. We got about $350 for the old tires and rims which made the move to the 16" LTX a lot less painful.
Also remember the cost to repair the damage a shredded tire can cause. For all intents replacing the wheels and tires cost less than the damage and the potential cancellation of a trip due to the damage.

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Old 07-26-2012, 12:08 AM   #316
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Also remember the cost to repair the damage a shredded tire can cause. For all intents replacing the wheels and tires cost less than the damage and the potential cancellation of a trip due to the damage.

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:43 AM   #317
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Also remember the cost to repair the damage a shredded tire can cause. For all intents replacing the wheels and tires cost less than the damage and the potential cancellation of a trip due to the damage.

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Holy cow! -- Is the $17,931.82 total the actual cost to repair, or did Airstream come down from this quote? I hope you didn't have to pay this out-of-pocket...

Boondockdad; a couple of questions, if you don't mind disclosing the details:

* I notice that after the initial Goodyear Marathon tire failure, the tire failure poll indicates that you had another failure within 30 days, and more after that (within a year of the initial incident). Was all of the damage from the original tire failure; or was this damage the cumulative result of several incidents?

* Could you please advise which tires have subsequently been installed, what you are running now (tire size, brand and model), and your tire-related experience since April of 2009?

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #319
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Holy cow! -- Is the $17,931.82 total the actual cost to repair, or did Airstream come down from this quote? I hope you didn't have to pay this out-of-pocket...

Boondockdad; a couple of questions, if you don't mind disclosing the details:

* I notice that after the initial Goodyear Marathon tire failure, the tire failure poll indicates that you had another failure within 30 days, and more after that (within a year of the initial incident). Was all of the damage from the original tire failure; or was this damage the cumulative result of several incidents?

* Could you please advise which tires have subsequently been installed, what you are running now (tire size, brand and model), and your tire-related experience since April of 2009?

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IIRC, that was pretty much what the actual repair bill ended up being. Of course, that doesn't include the cost of gas getting the trailer there and back- or more significantly, the cost of my time to transport it. No, the actual repair bill wasn't 'out of pocket', per se...

These two repair quotes were for damage that occurred while on vacation to FL. The streetside damage happened just west of Jacksonville, on the freeway. Goodyear Marathon ST blew apart at 60mph, and left a long reinforced rubber tread attached at one end, that flailed the side of the trailer until I could get to the shoulder safely (heavy traffic).



The curbside damage occurred, from my best guess, somewhere north of Toledo, OH on our way home (about 2 weeks later). I had stopped for gas, and part of my regular routine is to walk around the rig, check the hitch, and check the running gear (psi and also temp using IR gun). Everything was AOK. But once home, I noticed the tread had completely come off the front curbside, and tore-up the lower panel, along with the wheel well lip and other trim. Interestingly enough, the tire was still inflated.

The other (3) Goodyear Marathon ST failures didn't cause any damage. One of those failures was an 'attached tread separation', that is; the tire looked fine, except it was larger in diameter-- and the disturbing thing was it did not trip my TPMS alarm. Either the sensor was not working, or the PSI drop was not enough to set off the alarm.

I'm now running 16" Tredit T02 rims, Michelin LTX M/S, 'E' load at 80 PSI. There's just under 10k miles on this new set, no problems.

PS. Goodyear covered the insurance deductibles, and reimbursed me for the cost of the tires, in all instances.

PSS. It only now occurred to me, you might be familiar with my experience- under my former screen name of "Finalcutjoe"
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Thanks; really appreciate you taking the time to include the information in your last two posts.

You've certainly paid your dues for tire failures, and I wish you continued good luck and worry-free roadtrips with your 16-inch wheels and LT tires.
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Eastern Marine carries some very good deals on trailer tire/wheel packages. I ordered 16" load range E tires on aluminum split spoke rims mounted, balance ready to go for under $200.00. They also have excellent value for wheel bearings and Dexter electric brake back plate packages for under $30.00.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:40 AM   #322
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Just finished-up mounting the new 35-degree axles, new 16" wheels, and Michelin Ribs. Hopefully, the Marathon headache will subside. The resultant overall height increased by 2 inches.
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