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Old 05-21-2014, 08:24 AM   #11
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On my last two trailers I looked at the OEM tires as a method of shipping from factory to dealer. Campers intend to take stuff with them when they go camping and the factory only intends to get the camper to the dealer: there in-lies a conflict of goals. Understanding this, I have changed the last two sets of OEM tires within a week of buying the camper......And no blow outs since putting this plan in place.

Next comes manufatures of tires. If you stick with ST tires your choice is China or Maxxis.
Let me think about this for 2 seconds.

Maxxis
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:47 AM   #12
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China or Maxxis??? Guess again.

Maxxis Worldwide operations[edit]

Cheng-Shin Rubber Ind. Co.,Ltd. aka Maxxis

Maxxis’ North American headquarters and the Maxxis Technology Center – USA are located in Suwanee, Georgia. The company has US distribution facilities in Georgia, California and Texas.
Maxxis International – UK plc is located in Felixstowe, Suffolk. Maxxis International – Germany is located in Dageling. The Maxxis Tech Center – Europe B.V is located in the Netherlands.
Maxxis’ global headquarters is located in Taipei, Taiwan.
Maxxis has manufacturing facilities in locations including Yuan Lin, Taiwan; Xiamen, China; Kunshan, China; Rayong Province, Thailand; and Vietnam.
Maxxis has technology centers in Yuan Lin, Taiwan and Kunshan, China. The Maxxis proving ground is located in Kunshan.
Maxxis’ operations in Japan are located in Isehara City, Kanagawa.
Maxxis’ operations in the Middle East and Africa are based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:11 PM   #13
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The series we are talking about is made in Thailand. It's so marked on the tires.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:12 PM   #14
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Maxxis ST 3008 is the only non-China made ST tire on the market today.

Prove me wrong by posting another one.
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One thing that I would definately recommend with getting new tires or as just an upgrade is metal valve stems. I did them on my last camper and it helped tremendously with tire pressure. The rubber stems lose quite a bit of pressure over time.
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Whoa, easy there cowboy. Nobody's picking on you. Maxxis is a Chinese company is what I was pointing out. No need for me to post anything more about it.
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Whoa, easy there cowboy
I am not a cowboy, I am a southern man.
But perhaps I took this the wrong way?
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China or Maxxis??? Guess again.
Maxxis is the largest tire company in the world it's headquarted in Taiwan. Maxxis ST tires are manufactured in Thailand. They are in 170 countries.

Maxxis has never been a USA made tire and then moved to China to save money. It's always been an international company with manufacturing and design centers all over the world.

I don't work for Maxxis but I have researched the issue of ST tires. I used to run Goodyear USA made ST tires. I did run one set of Goodyear China's but the sidewalls began to look funny very soon after I got em.
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Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Maxxis tires. I think they make the best ATV tire you can buy. I have a set for each of my machines. I just haven't been convinced that they make the single best ST tire. I've had great luck with Carlisle ST tires, and pay $200 less for a set of them.
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Thank you all for the info.
We ended up with 235/85R 16 on all four.
Sailum tires made in China. They were more expensive than I thought they would be. Wish us luck.
Still would like to be get a tire for the 5th wheel made in the U.S.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:07 PM   #20
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I switched to the Firestone LT E rated Transforce HT, it is a light truck tire and so far so good. I also put a set of Transforce on my pickup at the same time. LT tires give you the advantage of a higher speed rating so in areas where the speed limit is higher than 65 you can safely do so.

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