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Old 03-17-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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tire replacement due to age

Sometime last November, I started a thread about tire pressures, and ended up getting some very valuable tire advice from a lot of folks out there. One in particular, I think it may have been edatlanta, said he wouldn't run these apparently original '04 vintate GY marathon tires much farther than the local tire store.

Based on JOF comments and advice, I decided to put new Maxxis tires on our 5er in the spring (2012). That time is approaching rapidly, and I planned to follow edaltanta's and others' advice and take the Designer to the tire store before the first outing of the season.

Well, my first observation of the trailer today was a blown out GY marathon, just sitting there all this past mild winter. That sure was an eye opener. I now understand fully the apparent rule-of-thumb not to run tires over 5 years old, even if they haven't been run much on the road. These tires look to be in great shape on the outside, but obviously are blowouts waiting for a place to happen.

Bottom line - advice to anyone who is unsure about whether to run older tires - LISTEN to those on this forum who have been there, done that. Their advice might just save your camper, or even your life. Thanks again to everyone who sent their valuable advice to me.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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When you replace the bombs, be aware of where the replacement tires are made- U.S or Canadian made tires are far superior to chinese made tires- They are more costly up front but pay off in the future- A plus is we are supporting our own workers- JHMO- Don
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We are all just glad it blew while parked rather than while going down the highway...
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One other thing to add, your tires may be considerably older then the date your unit was made. My trailer was made in late Sept. 09, but the date codes on the tires were from mid O8, so the tires were already well over one year old.
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Yikes! Thanks, glad it happened off-road.
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Another thing is the more you use the tires the better they look and last.

Seems that the rubber lasts longer when rolling down the road than sitting in your driveway. Still a good idea to replace them every 5 years due to dry rot and cracks.
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It's not just old tires that have problems. I bought a 2007 Puma, new in January 2007. I towed it home approximately 500 miles and parked it in a temporary parking spot. Two days later when I went out to move it to the semi-permanent parking spot I found a bubble the size of two silver dollars on the outside side wall of one of the tires. I called the manufacturer and they immediatley sent me a whole new tire and rim with the tire already mounted. Six months later at the lake I had to crawl under the camper for some reason, can't remember why, but found another tire with a bubble on the inside of the side wall. Again the camper manufacturer immediately sent me a a whole new tire and rim assembly. The moral of this story!! Check your tires every time you move the TT/5ver/MH regardless of the age.
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When you replace the bombs, be aware of where the replacement tires are made- U.S or Canadian made tires are far superior to chinese made tires- They are more costly up front but pay off in the future- A plus is we are supporting our own workers- JHMO- Don
What ST trailer tires are currently manufactured in the US or Canada?
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What ST trailer tires are currently manufactured in the US or Canada?
In my opinion, LT tires are the way to go- They are built to carry more weight and at higher speeds- ST tires have less extra capacity then LT tires- ST tires are not to be used on anything but a trailer per the manufacturer of the tire- We have used LT tires on all our 6 units for the last 20+ years- We have been down the road on ST tires- Had 6 failures on Marathon ST tires in 1990 before we switched to LT tires- Goodyear ponied up and "adjusted" the last failure and paid for the structual damage- An American or Canadian made LT tire is my requirement for all our equipment- Examine whatever tire you choose for the "Made in U.S.A." stamped on the sidewall and you will have peace of mind on your travels- JHMO- Don END OF SERMON
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In my opinion, LT tires are the way to go- They are built to carry more weight and at higher speeds- ST tires have less extra capacity then LT tires- ST tires are not to be used on anything but a trailer per the manufacturer of the tire- We have used LT tires on all our 6 units for the last 20+ years- We have been down the road on ST tires- Had 6 failures on Marathon ST tires in 1990 before we switched to LT tires- Goodyear ponied up and "adjusted" the last failure and paid for the structual damage- An American or Canadian made LT tire is my requirement for all our equipment- Examine whatever tire you choose for the "Made in U.S.A." stamped on the sidewall and you will have peace of mind on your travels- JHMO- Don END OF SERMON
Can you name an LT tire to fit the 15" rims on my trailer? Currently it has 225 75R 15 tires.

I have not found an LT to fit, unless I replace the rims with 16".
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