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Old 02-11-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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No More US Trailer Tires????

I've been talking to my tire guy and he says all of his distributors are telling him that there are no US Or Canadian manufactured trailer tires since 2012. All are Chinese or Indonesian. I was hoping for 2013 US Goodyear 6-ply tires, but am now looking at Greenmax or Mastertracks.

Is this true or fabrication? Would appreciate any feedback or suggestions!
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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I think he`s right, at least with ST trailer tires. Good Year did move their Marathon ST tire production back to the US for a brieif time, but they went back to China yet again IIRC. One brand that gets very good reviews is Maxxis. Not US made but still reputed to be a reliable ST tire. My only experience with their tires is a set on my ATV and they have been good. Have Good year China Marathons on the TT, so far so good.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Not a problem as long as I can buy an LT type tire to fit my fiver- Quit using st construction tires in 1990 after we had 7 or 8 st tire failures- Have not had an LT tire failure since we switched- I feel for those whose trailers do not have an LT style replacement- JMHO- DD
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:12 PM   #5
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When replacing my awful GY Marathons, I queried Maxxis as to where their tires are made. They replied that they are made in Thailand, but under strict state of the art US standards. Bought a set of 4 for my 11,000# Designer 5er, and have been very happy to date.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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So everyone's saying Goodyear Marathons are junk? I thought they were a step up from what I had on my previous Forest River TT that didn't last 3 years before the side walls collapsed. Are you saying that you can put regular steel belted radials on a travel trailer? They make lots of tires for a 15in rim. Just curious, Terry
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The reason I will never have another set of Marathons is that one blew out a chunk of sidewall just sitting in the driveway over one winter, and another had a large bulge on the inside, ready to blow. That shouldn't happen to tires just sitting still, when they appeared to be in good condition. I remember another fellow on this forum who had 3 out of 4 brand new Marathons blow out over a 1,000 mile trip. That's plenty of reason for me to switch. Maxxis is currently on my 5er, and will be from now on. I also make sure that new ones with recent date codes are installed every 5 years, regardless of their appearance.
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Not a problem as long as I can buy an LT type tire to fit my fiver- Quit using st construction tires in 1990 after we had 7 or 8 st tire failures- Have not had an LT tire failure since we switched- I feel for those whose trailers do not have an LT style replacement- JMHO- DD
I agree with Diesel Donnie. I have LT tires on my fiver, and will not put on ST tires. Some of the upscale fiver manufacturers are putting on LT tires as an upgrade. I believe Excel by Peterson Industries is one of those manufacturers doing this.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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I wish LT tires were available for my little 165 Sport (13" tires)
I just bought a set of new tires+rims from eTrailer getting ready for the new season.
Hopefully my trailer is so light that they work well.
I know exjay1 has the same tires and has been happy with them.
I could have gotten a radial tire, but they were 10mm narrower than the OEM 185mm tires.
I just felt like the more tread on the pavement, the better so I stuck with the 185's
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:09 AM   #10
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I had Marathons on our 2007 Eagle for over 4 years. Then I replaced them with Good Year Marathons ( ST225/75 R15- D load rated) and they are running fine.
I think many of the horror stories we read about on the Internet are due to people running their trailer tires underpressure. I check our tires out before each trip and they are set at 65PSI. A tire underpressure is going to get real hot going down the Interstate. Also when we stop on the road I feel the tires for temperatures.

For those who have switched from ST (special trailer) tires to LT (light truck) tires remember that those LT tires do NOT have reinforcement in the sidewalls for all the twisting we put our trailer tires through. If you want to see just how horrible that twist looks stand behind a trailer when the driver is jack-knifing backwards into a campsite. They almost look like this / \ They are not straight at all!!

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