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Old 09-12-2014, 01:44 PM   #11
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There is a FOUR DIGIT CODE within a small circle on the face of most tires that will give you age of the tire. The first 2 digits give the week and the last 2 give the year of manufacture. The rule of thumb I have heard is 5 to 7 years. But having said that there are several factors to consider, i.e., miles traveled, exposure to UV rays, etc... Where folks get into trouble is that the tread wear looks good and they don't look any further. My opinion.
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Old 09-12-2014, 02:10 PM   #12
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Had one blow yesterday. It was less than 2 yrs. MarathonClick image for larger version

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Old 09-12-2014, 02:20 PM   #13
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Had one blow yesterday. It was less than 2 yrs. MarathonAttachment 15193
Any body damage to the camper?
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Oh-oh, I have D rated Marathons on my camper that are 2.5 yrs old. No problems yet, but that is scary. Hope your damage if any was limited.
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Some damage. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-12-2014, 03:33 PM   #16
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Some damage. Attachment 15194
Ouch, that aint a pretty sight.
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Seems to be a fairly common problem. Are trailer tires that poorly made? Are there any really good brands?
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The China Syndrome at play??
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If you do some research and read various posts on tires on this forum and others it seems that Maxxis is a suburb brand of tires. They have a state of the art factory in Taiwan. A friend of mine works at a LA tire distributor that handles Maxxis and in the three years he has worked there they have never had a tire returned. Nada, zip. I am in the process of replacing the Towmax tires on my new 2014 Eagle with Maxxis tires going from a D load rating to E.
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I would say from my experience between 4 and 5 years ... mine blew out at 5 but I wont push that again because I ended up changing all 4 on the side of the road at the same time .... I didn't trust driving 10 more miles to tire store after the first one blew out.... look between the tread as that's usually where they crack before blowing out ... just my two cents .... hey bill sorry I lost you on the phone today
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