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Old 11-12-2014, 06:25 PM   #31
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PLOWTOY; 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.

Seems like a good warning for everyone? The recommendation of ST tires is to replace them after 5 years of mfg date. The rubber gets harder as tires age. Even a well protected tire from UV will look good on the outside. Then our thinking goes to; another year........another year! Wrong......replace them with a reputable tire after the 5 year mfg date. Think about safety.......not your wallet.
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:43 PM   #32
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Seems like a good warning for everyone? The recommendation of ST tires is to replace them after 5 years of mfg date. The rubber gets harder as tires age. Even a well protected tire from UV will look good on the outside. Then our thinking goes to; another year........another year! Wrong......replace them with a reputable tire after the 5 year mfg date. Think about safety.......not your wallet.
I remember reading that the time is 7 years. Is there an actual legitimate recommendation from a manufacturer, NHTSA or some legitimate source. If it really is 5 years then I will change mine at that point, but I don't want to waste money if not necessary. I normally keep my trailers for 5 to 7 years.

Edit: OK, I see that Carlisle recommends that trailer tires be replace at 3 to 5 years depending on weather and storage. I guess that means that if left uncovered in the Texas sun then 3 years or 5 years if covered in Minnesota.

Edit 2: According to a Trailer Life article, it varies by manufacturer from 3 to 5 years for Carlisle to 7 or 8 years from other manufacturers. I'd like to find a list of what each manufacturer recommends.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:03 PM   #33
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Glad to see no damage. Could have been worse!
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:07 PM   #34
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I am planning on replacing the tires on my trailer next year. I have marathons on it but I think they are US made ones. I will get 8 ply Maxxis instead of 6 ply like I have.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:41 AM   #35
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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.
I think the very reason most manufacturers do not put them on is they cost more. In my search they were the most expensive ST tire I found out there, in some extreme cases more then twice as much as others. But hopefully you get what you pay for with these.....
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I remember reading that the time is 7 years. Is there an actual legitimate recommendation from a manufacturer, NHTSA or some legitimate source. If it really is 5 years then I will change mine at that point, but I don't want to waste money if not necessary. I normally keep my trailers for 5 to 7 years.

Edit: OK, I see that Carlisle recommends that trailer tires be replace at 3 to 5 years depending on weather and storage. I guess that means that if left uncovered in the Texas sun then 3 years or 5 years if covered in Minnesota.

Edit 2: According to a Trailer Life article, it varies by manufacturer from 3 to 5 years for Carlisle to 7 or 8 years from other manufacturers. I'd like to find a list of what each manufacturer recommends.
I can't imagine a process that would yield an 8 year specification driven life on a product made from natural rubber. For example: a P tire on a car is lightly loaded while an ST tire is running it's whole life at max specification load. So the ST tire life has to be at full spec.......they will not do that no matter who makes them or how they make them. IMHO
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:26 PM   #38
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2 of the Maxxis are mounted, balanced and on the trailer. The other two Friday or Sat.
Nothing like new rubber to ease the mind......
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Your are lucky since you had no damage. When this happens to me I hope I am that lucky. I have less than a 1000 miles on our tires on our TT but I will go out to the shop tomorrow and check what brand I have.
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I personally would NOT do this, but it would be interesting...

I suspect that you see a lot fewer reports of blow outs on Maxxis tires vs Goodyear for many reasons, fairly certain one is they are a better tire.

That said, I think the way one takes care of thier tires, doesn't overload and maintains proper inflation are probably the biggest factors in blow out frequency. Further I suspect the people who really takes care of their tires are the same folks who are willing to pay the premium for Maxxis ST tires or another brand LT tire.

Therefore I wonder if that person put two Marathons on and two Maxxis or ST tires would they see the Marathon fail prior to the others.
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