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Old 11-12-2014, 06:03 AM   #21
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I will also add there were no cracks in the sidewalls, the tires looked good so that means nothing.
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:52 AM   #22
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norty1, I replaced my original "E" rated marathons last year before anything "blew up". Every trip I made with the original tires I was sweating for the entire trip. After 3,000 miles I replaced them with G614's also.

Now maybe I should have waited so I could get a deal from Good Year? haha - heck no.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:02 AM   #23
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edatlanta: It is not worth it. Goodyear bought back all my 4 remaining Marathons, (credit towards the G614's) and paid the deductible on my insurance. They also paid me for a spare tire I had to purchase to get back home, which I sold on Craigs list.
My insurance cut me a check for the damages minus my deductible.
Still cost me a bundle in $$$ but I am better off in the peace of mind dept.
No reimbursement for the headache of dealing with it.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:28 AM   #24
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Glad to hear you caught it quickly and there was no damage to the rig!
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:12 AM   #25
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Hey Crabman, if D's are good, E's are better...

That tire looks like the one I had blow out on me earlier this summer and cause about $500 in damage to my slide out controler (completely my fault). The only differance was my tires were a bit older, like original to the camper (1997). I knew they needed replacement, but I was just hoping to make it to spring to replace them. Needless to say, I have a full set of Commodore's on it now. Never knew you could get a load range E tire in a 15 inch wheel...
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:48 AM   #26
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I'll bet nambarc was messing with them when you were not looking...
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:48 AM   #27
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Crabman,

Glad you were uninjured and you caught it before it could cause any trailer damage.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:06 PM   #28
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Sooner or later it will happen to all of us. A rite of passage I suppose. Glad it was only the tire that was hurt.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:41 PM   #29
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Crabman,

Very glad that no accident, nobody hurt, no significant damage to trailer.

I did a lot of reading when I got my first trailer. It was clear that trailer tires are a problem.

I do note that of all the many threads on various forums I have read on ST trailer tire blowouts that Maxxis is never mentioned; lots and lots of threads on how well Maxxis works.

My trailer had ST 15-inch load range D tires from the factory. I replaced with LT 16-inch load range E tires. These tires are one inch in diameter greater than the factory tires and so fit with no problem. I use the manufacturer inflation chart and inflate for the load (actually, about 5 psi over what the chart says - still less than maximum inflation on the tire). I got a TPMS for the first time this year and over all of the travels this year the tires consistently ran between five degrees and ten degrees warmer than the outside temperature - which is to say that the tires ran cool. The trailer tires feel cooler to the hand than the truck tires.

I use Firestone TransForce HT because that is what my truck came with from the factory and I have read lots of positive reviews. I understand that Michelin makes an excellent tire as well, although the price is quite high.

Just offering my experience with a possible alternative to ST tires.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:57 PM   #30
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I have no doubt that Maxis tires are excellent and probably the best trailer tires, but I would not expect to see many problems reported on. None of the trailer manufacturers that I have seen put Maxis tires on at the factory. Also, most people are nowhere near a Maxis dealer. This means that 99% of trailers on the road have Chinese tires and not Maxis, so 99% of problems will naturally be with the Chinese tires. In addition, many people have the original tires that are 10 to 15 years old, so expect to have problems with those.
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