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Old 06-19-2014, 03:59 PM   #31
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And, then there is my anecdotal evidence: haven't had a flat or blowout on my Marathon tires in six years.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:16 PM   #32
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Hi: cpaharley2008... The last glass of red wine I drank, looked like new, had low miles, and I still didn't like it!!! Tires don't improve with age. Alf
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:19 PM   #33
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Yeah, I know, it is either new tires or a new truck. I can not remember the last time I had to buy tires, nor brakes!! Hell, I have never refilled any of my propane tanks on any of my trailers over the past 10 years!!.
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:51 PM   #34
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I could not find a speed rating on my Carlisle Radial Trail RH's, nothing on their web site either so I'll go with the 65 mph that is standard for ST's.
Radial Trail RH's are a new model, they had a lot of issues with previous ones. Couldn't find any feedback on these. Supposedly they were made to go up against the Maxxis.
I have a 1 yr old set of Maxxis M8008's on my other trailer (replaced TowMax's), considered by most on the big RV forum to be the best, they look very similar to the Radial Trails. Marathons get mixed reviews. Towmax flat out stink.
The Maxxi's were our choice too when we swapped out the original equipment Goodyear Marathons after we bought our used 2008 Escape 5.0. The original tires were dated 2007.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:01 PM   #35
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Goodyear Marathons had a bad rap. After following ALL the molded forums, I came to the conclusion that was ONLY for the 14" tires. I never read ANYONE that had a problem with 15" tires. Conseqently when I changed the axle on my Scamp and went to 15" tires... I bought Marathons. ZERO problems until they aged out.

Carlise, Maxxis, etc. have all had problems. There again, following the forums, I've come to the conclusion, it's not weight... it's the temperature of the asphalt and SPEED towing that has caused most of the problems.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:10 PM   #36
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Goodyear Marathons had a bad rap. After following ALL the molded forums, I came to the conclusion that was ONLY for the 14" tires. I never read ANYONE that had a problem with 15" tires. Conseqently when I changed the axle on my Scamp and went to 15" tires... I bought Marathons. ZERO problems until they aged out.

Carlise, Maxxis, etc. have all had problems. There again, following the forums, I've come to the conclusion, it's not weight... it's the temperature of the asphalt and SPEED towing that has caused most of the problems.
We didn't have any problems with the Marathons...but they were 6 years old when we bought the trailer so we figured it was time.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:20 PM   #37
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We didn't have any problems with the Marathons...but they were 6 years old when we bought the trailer so we figured it was time.
Exactly. If you follow the forums, a number of problems were because the all molded towable was "heavy," towing at 70+ mph and at 90+ ambient temperature (can you even imagine how hot the asphalt/road was?). Any and all could be contributing factors for a blow out.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:25 PM   #38
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For about 100.00 bucks cdn + tax. You get a ballanced tire a and white rim from ETI. So just UPS them. And forget all the headaches from shopping around. The tire alone is good and shipping would be less by weight. Just use your old rims.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:58 PM   #39
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One of the options I added to the Skylark this week was to have ETI add rock protection for wheel wells. As I recall, there was a discussion a few months ago about tires blowing out, and some thought that adding a material like that used for lining pickup truck beds would minimize damage to the trailer.

That said, I strongly agree that the best thing to do is keep the tires properly inflated, and replace the tires before they need replacing.
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:26 AM   #40
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And, then there is my anecdotal evidence: haven't had a flat or blowout on my Marathon tires in six years.
Knock on wood, but I too have not had anything but a couple PSI drop in 5 years. Heck, this spring, all the tires were right up 50 PSI. Not in a rush to change them either, but if I was to head out on a long trip, I might consider it.
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