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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mckenzie, TN, USA
Some anecdotal reviews I've stumbled across:
Goodyear Marathon trailer tire:
August 08, 2016
Owned 2sets of these and use them on my twin axle toy hauler that weighs 7,500lbs fully loaded. My first set lasted 4 yrs before belt separation appeared so replaced with a new set of Marathons and only got 2 1/2 yrs out of those before same problem occurred . I feel the tire sidewall on Marathons is not up to the task to give a solid foundation to support the tread belts when making sharp low speed turns. You can see this in the huge sidewall deflection that occurs when you are backing your trailer into a tight space. I always kept my tires inflaed to maximum air pressure and the problem always occurred. So after years of having bad experiences with trailer specific tires, I decided to try Yokohama RY215 tires which are a LT tire. I must say, the Yoko's have proven to be a far superior tire for my trailer application than any trailer specific tire that I have ever owned - including the Marathons.
June 09, 2016
I am a professional special cargo hauler. I tow four different style trailers: (1) 24 ft, 2 axle, 4500lb box trailer (2) 10 ft, single axle flatbed (3) 16 ft boat trailer (4) 28 ft travel trailer camper. They all use 15 inch Load Range "D" trailer tires. I can say this. The boat trailer never had a blowout and the tires will dry rot before tread wears out. The flatbed experienced only one failure due to sidewall bulge. The camper had one episode due to a wheel failure. My "bread and butter" trailer is the cargo trailer. I keep a log on my individual tires by using an paint pen to date and mark starting mileage. I am fastidious about monitoring my tires during a haul and inspecting them back at the my shop. I cannot afford to lose a load due to tire failure. Tire failure is inevitable. And, being a cross country driver, I handle blowouts immediately and replace the tire at the next stop to always have a new spare. This results in buying whatever in-stock trailer tires the dealer carries. Right now, on my hauler are two Chinese "Karrier "Load Star" tires, one "Tow Master" and one "Hi Run BCT JK42". This last tire replaced a blown GY Marathon in Illinois. I have run Carlisle's tires but do not have any right now. Let me sum up what years of hauling have taught me about trailer tires. Its not mileage or time that does a tire in. It is load weight, tire pressure, speed, and heat cycles that limit a tire's life. I spoke with a Carlisle technician several years ago in an attempt to better understand trailer tires. He said if I am careful with my loads (do not exceed tire/wheel ratings), that tire pressure and the heating and cooling cycles of a trailer tire are the critical elements of tire life. He also advised me, as a professional hauler, to replace my specific trailer tires at 7500 miles no matter what they look like. Not one of my tires has made it that long. In my case, it is the heat cycles, because I control load weight, speed, and tire pressure.
From another motorcycle forum:
Ricky Racer fla
Those guys are full of shit!! Trailer tires are fucking junk!!!
Stay with LT tires!
I would check the alignment on a multi axle trailer though! They can be off quite abit!
a car and motorcycle racer, fla
yea, i gave up on buying "trailer specific tires" long ago...regular light truck tires work great!
and as mentioned...tire pressure is the number one cause of blowouts.
I read lots of reviews on car and truck tires, I've never seen anyone griping about blowouts, tread separation or sidewall delaminations (goose eggs) like I have from reading reviews on Trailer Specific tires.
BTW, one of the reviewers said his Goodyear Marathons were made in China.
The only good trailer tires I've run across in Load Range E are the Maxxis, but at $125 a pop, they're $15 more expensive than the Goodyears. By good, I mean all glowing reports. Several people having run 2 or 3 sets and never a blow out or delamination.
'95 M900, '87 750 F1b, '95 GL1500, '06 620/800 MiniStrada...
Running on coffee and sarcasm...
Last edited by Dukerdr; Jan 26th, 2017 at 10:28 pm.