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Time for new tires

Unread postby skipnchar on Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:06 pm

Question for those of you who put some serious miles on your trailers. What kind of tires are you running? I've always used Goodyear Marathons on my last two trailers (the only two RVs that we put a LOT of miles on) but both of those sets were manufactured before Goodyear moved their manufacturing operations to China. Got 40,000 miles plus out of my Canadian made Marathons and my current set of Marathons, made in New Zealand also now have over 40,000 miles. Seems that 40,000 is about all they're good for with most of the tread now gone. I just don't have any faith in Chinese made tires but it looks like I have no real choice (Titans are the only US made ST tires and they've got a horrible reputation for failures). If I have to put on a Chinese made tire I'd rather not pay premium prices for them. Goodyear believes their Chinese tires are worth $140.00 each. I'm seriously considering Maxxis for about $100.00 each. Tell me about YOUR experience with different tire brands please. Thanks / Skip
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby dakotakid on Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:57 pm

I bought 4 new hercules hercumile trailer tires. We use them at work and have good luck with them. I see you are in Topeka, our company heated hwy 75 south to hwy 31. Now we are working north of topeka on 24 by perry. I run a big white milling machine.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby Limey on Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:25 am

Skip - I had Maxxis tyres on my Jayflight and they were great. Had no problems other than a puncture when I ran over a piece of wood with a nail in it leaving a campground. 20 miles later while making a turn I noticed in the mirror that it was flat, but the other tyre took the load and never failed. I would buy Maxxis again in an instant.

My new 5er came with US manufactured Marathons and as of now ( about 4000 mile) is see no wear and have had no problems.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby cwit on Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:24 am

I want to keep track of this thread I now have china tires and are doing well with them, they are a replacement for Milestar witch were junk. When I do change I would like to go to a lt tire. :D
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby skipnchar on Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:30 pm

dakotakid wrote:I bought 4 new hercules hercumile trailer tires. We use them at work and have good luck with them. I see you are in Topeka, our company heated hwy 75 south to hwy 31. Now we are working north of topeka on 24 by perry. I run a big white milling machine.

I've seen the work being done on US24 on the way to perry but I had no idea what was being done except the highway seems smoother when they get done. If you're still in the area we're going to be heading to Perry next Wednesday afternoon for 5 days at Rock Creek. Stop by if you get a chance.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby skipnchar on Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:12 pm

Appreciate the feedback. Information here along with other sources led me to put on 4 new Maxxis tires this morning. If they hold up as well as the Marathons I've used in the past I'll be happy. After removing the Marathons with over 40,000 miles on them I DO find that they're not as good as I thought they were though. One had a broken belt and another was crooked, looking as though it were about to break also. One was flat and changed for the spare as we left the campground a couple of weeks ago. I didn't see any obvious reasons for the flat (nail embedded etc) so no telling what that was but over-all it was TIME to get rid of all of them. I'll let you know how well the Maxxis work out. Found that the Maxxis are NOT Chinese made but were made in Thailand. Since I've never heard of the Thais poisoning our children or out pets, I'll say that's probably a good thing LOL.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby dakotakid on Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:42 am

They should be done heating on saturday and i should be done milling off the bumps on monday then moving to the silver lake area. The 25th im heading to kansas city for the nascar race. I will let you know how my new tires do.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby catmom on Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:57 pm

I'll be interested to know how the Maxxis are working out for you too, Skip. Our trailer came equipped with (shudder) Carlisles. So far they're holding up, I think - we have probably about 5000 miles on them. We have the JC Whitney valve caps that are rated for specific max tire pressures, which we also used on our old trailer, and those have been great for maintaining the desired tire pressure! So far the tread looks good, no bubbles in the sidewalls, etc. - but just being Carlisles, they make me a little nervous so I do give them a look rather frequently.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby skipnchar on Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:09 pm

I'll keep everyone updated on anything I learn about the Maxxis but so far they've held the trailer just fine (sitting in the driveway). One thing I do notice is that the side wall does not bulge as much as the Marathons did but that is likely just because they're new and being compared to tires with over 40,000 miles on them. My original plan was to run 3 new Maxxis along with my spare Marathon which had only about 2,000 miles on it and use the best of the ones taken off in the spare position. when I got the tires off of the trailer I was amazed at how bad they were so I ordered another Maxxis and the spare will once again be the Marathon with 2,000 miles. It MAY have been a blessing that we cut our trip short or we'd likely have had tire problems at some point. Found a few wires showing on one edge of one tire and saw what appeared to be a broken belt in another. Glad to have them off of the trailer anyway. They served me well but certainly reached their limit.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:38 pm

Skip, I didn't respond to the original post because I do not put a lot of miles on mine, but since switching to the Maxxis I have been very pleased and had no issues. Been on now for about 1.5 years and on the road many times.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:04 pm

We put a new set of Hercules on ours at the strong recommendation of a tire dealer that I trust. We've since put about 8000 miles on them this summer and I was checking them out yesterday and they look to be in excellent shape.

I was going to go for Maxxis (it's what our trailer had on it, the original tires AFAIK) because I'd heard good things about them, but they weren't available up here except by special order at considerable additional cost.

The hercs have proven to be good tires and are covered by a nationwide warranty and dealer network, so it worked for me.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby dakotakid on Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:47 pm

I hope my hercules do well, we abuse them at work and have great luck with them.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby MCBOWERS on Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:04 pm

skipnchar wrote: If I have to put on a Chinese made tire I'd rather not pay premium prices for them. Goodyear believes their Chinese tires are worth $140.00 each. I'm seriously considering Maxxis for about $100.00 each. Tell me about YOUR experience with different tire brands please. Thanks / Skip



I have used the same dealer for over 25 years.He claims he can supply about 15 different brands of RV tires & of course most all come from China.

The brand he picked for me was Triangle [a Armstrong subsidiary].His price [all inclusive] $75 each for what appears to be a great looking tire.I guess time will tell.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby dakotakid on Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:47 pm

Well i put on 300 miles on last weekend going to Kansas city nascar races and no problems. No wear so far. :D At the end of the month we are going to the Texas nascar races and i hope to have good luck thereand back.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby CHEROKEE GYPSY on Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:34 pm

Skip we have 6000 miles on our Maxxis tires and have not had any problem or wear.CG.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby Limey on Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:03 pm

Cherokee Gypsy - I see that this is your first post - Welcome to the forum! Jump right in :)
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby Hunter11 on Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:33 pm

I am getting ready to put new tires on our trailer after the first of the year. I am probably going with BF Goodrich Commercial load E.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby Limey on Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:06 pm

Welcome to you too Hunter11 ! :)
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby cwit on Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:59 am

Hi Hunter11 and welcome to the forum. I've been waiting for you to come on over. :D
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby Hunter11 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:40 am

Thanks guys. Yeah Charles it took me a while to find this forum. I see Frank is on here as well.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby graywolf67 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:40 am

Welcome Keith there are a few Crossroad folks here :mrgreen:
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby Hunter11 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:47 am

Hey graywolf67, did you see my post on the CR forum about the Texas Rally? I hope you guys get to come.
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Re: Time for new tires

Unread postby graywolf67 on Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:37 pm

Hunter11 wrote:Hey graywolf67, did you see my post on the CR forum about the Texas Rally? I hope you guys get to come.


We would like to, I have visit the rally section at the CR forum and saw the info I am just trying to figure out when the DW wants to go on her cruise, but I would love to up there the rest of y'all :D
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