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Old 03-24-2015, 08:13 PM   #21
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Camping Couple: I just finished a 2100 mile round trip to FL with mine, and I have the exact same tires and size as you. I will admit that I did think about it, but in the end they performed perfect.
Thanks CDavid. I'll be watching my side mirrors! It makes me feel better knowing this. Hopefully the guy in China that was running the press when my tires were made had a good night's sleep
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:25 PM   #22
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I had TowMax tires on our old 2005 hybrid, and I had fully intended to replace them after 5 years like everyone recommends. But one thing led to another and I couldn't get around to replacing them until they were 10 years old. There were some minor sidewall cracking and the treads were pretty close to the wear bars, but I never had any problems with them at all. The date of manufacture was sometime in '04 and I replaced them in '14. Yeah, I know I was playing with fire, but it also helped that the tires were covered for 5 months out of the year, and the trailer weighed no where near the combined capacity of the tires. I also religiously checked the pressure any time the trailer was moved. Judging from my experience with this brand, I wouldn't be worried if I ended up with them again.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:35 PM   #23
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well tire capacity is part of it but I know I have had a number of blowouts with trailer tires before the 5 year mark ... dates on the tires are important but I always check between the tread and not just the outside ... all of mine that have blown have been from tread splitting and when one blows look for the other ones to go soon after
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:54 PM   #24
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I don't believe you can see the damage that leads to a blow out in a radial tire. The damage is internal and it leads to heat generated by friction. When the cord layer separates from the outer casing the only evidence will be heat build up or noise. Your tires should run at the same temperature all around, when one is building more heat there is an internal problem with that tire.

I don't use a TPS but I always check the temperature of my tires on every stop and we stop often.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:16 PM   #25
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We had Goodyear Marathons on our last 2011 TT, went out West twice and made several trips to Fla., all total probably put 20k on them and never had a problem. amd towed many days with temps above 90 degrees. But I regularly checked the inflation on them, and checked tire temps at rest/gas stops. When we traded it in in January, the tires showed no sign of wear or sidewall cracking. Hope the Tow Max we have now will do as well.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:53 PM   #26
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Actually, you can SEE the damage. When you look accross the tread area, it will NOT be flat. Instead, it will be very convex with the center tread portion being elevated. This is indicative of a bad belt, and time to get them off! I had many a GY Marathons do this on my 28' Pace race trailer. Have had good luck with Maxxis.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:21 AM   #27
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Much negativity has been anecdotally related about Tow Max tires in online forums. Yet there are no hard numbers or nothing from the NHTSA about recalls or high numbers of official complaints. Many owners have swapped out perfectly good tires out of fear because of anecdotal posts on the Internet. For every post I see where someone had issues, several more post that they've had Tow Max tires for 5 years or more.

While I don't doubt that people have had their issues with them, I'm also not seeing people with blowouts on the side of the road. Keeping in mind that there are many thousands if not millions of these tires on travel trailers.

All that said, I'd be very interested in the date codes on those tires. Rule of thumb is to replace tires at 5 or 6 years regardless of visible condition. I know that our Tow Max tires are 1 year older than our trailer. So potentially your tires could be 4 years old and may have started disintegrating from the inside just from age. Living where you do, I'm sure temperature and humidity play a factor in tire life.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:32 AM   #28
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Not sure I understand this but could you have an alignment problem? The alignment can be off and cause the wheel to not just roll but also slide down the highway and lead to a bad wear pattern. The misalignment can also create excess heat in the tire. Maybe the tire overheated. Then again it could be a bad tire that simply separated. Hope you get the problem solved.
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Actually, you can SEE the damage. When you look accross the tread area, it will NOT be flat. Instead, it will be very convex with the center tread portion being elevated. This is indicative of a bad belt, and time to get them off! I had many a GY Marathons do this on my 28' Pace race trailer. Have had good luck with Maxxis.
I agree to an extent. Lots of normal looking tires blow out. Things go down hill quickly once the bonds break internal to the tire.

On another note: I don't think people should just replace their tires due to internet reputation alone. I changed out my OEM tires for two reasons. First, they were not correctly rated for the load IMHO. Second, I never shop price on tires or brakes, this is where brand means more to me than money.
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China bombs, mine crapped out in the 2nd year... discount recommended Carlisle who moved production back in the US so far so good...
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