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Old 07-31-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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Yet Another Tire Question

The tires (Goodyear Marathons) on my 2011 Jayfeather 242 look brand new, they even have the little new nubs on them, but they were made in 2010 so I guess I should replace them before our trip half way across the country.

The present tires are 205/75/14 load range C. I really don't know what to replace them with, after hearing so many horror stories about Chinese made tires blowing off in less then a year. The problem is every trailer tire appears to be made in China. The Marathons on our horse trailers have been great, but they were made in New Zealand of all places.

Maxis tires have been recommended but they are crazy expensive up here in Canada. I have also found a Kenda tire which has a load range D and a higher speed rating or do I chance the Goodyears again.

Could I go up a size to 215/75/14 for more options. The trailer has a GVWR of 6500 pounds.

Anyone had any good experiences with a tire and would reccomend them?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-31-2016, 07:35 PM   #2
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Ive heard good thing about these : Radial Trail HD

I think you can get them from Can.tire
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Old 07-31-2016, 07:41 PM   #3
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Ive heard good thing about these : Radial Trail HD

I think you can get them from Can.tire
Carlisle makes a good tire, haven't seen any complaints on various forums.
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Old 07-31-2016, 07:42 PM   #4
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From what I have read, according to the tire manufacturers you do not need to replace the tires simply based on age. They recommend you start to visually inspect the tires very closely after 7 years for any signs of failure.

Whether you replace them simply based on age or you carefully inspect then periodically is a choice you have to make. I would also add the reputation of the brand into the decision making process as well as the type of towing you do. If you tow for long trips at highway speeds or do you just take some local roads to a local campground?

With that said, I replaced my Goodyear Marathons a couple years ago based solely on age as the cost saving by getting an extra year or 2 out of them was not worth the risk to me and my family. I chose Maxxis.
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