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Old 08-27-2015, 06:45 PM   #1
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Replace My Goodyear Marathons?

I bought a brand new set of Marathons 2 years ago for my TT when I was in Kansas. I put about 5000 miles on them, then parked it at the RV park I'm at now. They've been sitting on asphalt, unmoved, for 16 months now. Tread looks good, and visually I see no bubbles or bumps on the inner or outer sidewalls.

I'm going to drive from NW Washington state to southern AZ in October, and have been wondering if the fact that the tires have sat in one position for so long could have compromised their integrity.

I'm tempted to buy a new set of Maxxis load range D tires and replace the marathons just for peace of mind.

So what do you think? Should I just go ahead and replace the Marathons, or do you think they will be OK and not separate or blow out on my trip. The original set served me well. I got 30K miles out of them with no problems.

If I decided to keep using the Marathons, I'd get a TPMS system so I could monitor them on the trip.

What should I do?
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:52 PM   #2
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Your trailer is similar to mine in length and weight, here`s what happened to one of my China Marathons but it was 5 years old at the time. Was not going fast or overloaded. I`ve got a set of the New Zealand Marathons on my boat trailer and they are 10 years old and still going......

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Old 08-27-2015, 07:04 PM   #3
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Holy crap, Crabman! That's frightening! I know that the original Marathons were US made, and the new ones are China sourced.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:10 PM   #4
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It aint pretty. Only thing saved my wheel well etc was it happened just before I made a turn and when I made the turn I was looking in the tow mirror and saw something was wrong. I had also just left the CG so speed/load/overheating were not to blame for sure.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:21 PM   #5
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I've had 2 sets of Marathons. One built in the USA and the last built in China. Both sets lost a tire at the 5 year mark. One to a blow out (USA), the other had steel showing, do to tread separation (china). I just bought the 3rd set of Marathons while on a trip to N. Carolina. I'm convinced that you are asking for trouble after 5 years if you don't change them out. All three of the undamaged tires on both sets looked fine but I've had enough body damage when I had a blow out to make me gun shy of stretching it any further.
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Your trailer is similar to mine in length and weight, here`s what happened to one of my China Marathons but it was 5 years old at the time. Was not going fast or overloaded. I`ve got a set of the New Zealand Marathons on my boat trailer and they are 10 years old and still going......

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...out-23566.html

I replaced a set of off brand Chinese tires on my boat trailer last year that were 10 years old. I'm convinced the weight is the big difference and I do tow the FW a lot farther distances!! But the weight is the big killer!!
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:30 PM   #7
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i went with maxxi e range on mine 10 ply... the d range always looked half flat to me even at full pressure
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:23 PM   #8
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I bought a brand new set of Marathons 2 years ago for my TT when I was in Kansas. I put about 5000 miles on them, then parked it at the RV park I'm at now. They've been sitting on asphalt, unmoved, for 16 months now. Tread looks good, and visually I see no bubbles or bumps on the inner or outer sidewalls.

I'm going to drive from NW Washington state to southern AZ in October, and have been wondering if the fact that the tires have sat in one position for so long could have compromised their integrity.

I'm tempted to buy a new set of Maxxis load range D tires and replace the marathons just for peace of mind.

So what do you think? Should I just go ahead and replace the Marathons, or do you think they will be OK and not separate or blow out on my trip. The original set served me well. I got 30K miles out of them with no problems.

If I decided to keep using the Marathons, I'd get a TPMS system so I could monitor them on the trip.

What should I do?
Do you plan to stay put in AZ for a while? If you are looking at staying parked the majority of the year with only a trip or two to get from WA to AZ I would probably take my chances on 2 y/o marathons. Mainly because if you buy new Maxis, they might be a better time, but they too will be compromised if the essentially sit for 350 out of 365 days each year.
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With that low mileage and age I would think they would be okay. My Marathons are 4 years old and have a;most twice that mileage and still look good. When the trailer was inspected this month, the mechanic said the tires look good, but have some uneven wear so I should consider replacing them next year.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:23 AM   #10
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if you do decide to replace them discount tire has a 100 dollar mail in rebate on the maxxis tires 225/75/16 10 ply on their e bay store through august 31st. I have bought tires from discount tire a few times and have always been very please and I get them in 3 days or so. a set would be 464 dollars with shipping.
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