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Old 03-01-2017, 04:28 PM
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Hi,

I am fairly new there and have already learned a lot. I have been searching through threads about trailer tires. I am replacing my trailer tires due to some bulging were belts have broke.The tires were made in 02 and are GY Marathons. I have read that they had problems with them when they moved plants to China. I only have a few dealers were I live and they all carry the GY's and its nice to buy local cause if you have problems you can return them. I have looked at the Kumho's but my fender clearance is pretty limited. I guess the questions is are they better than they used to be? I have seen were maxxis have been recommended and I have had problems with Carlisle tires with my flat bed so they are out. I usually dont travel farther than 100 miles to fish but it is on the interstate.

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Old 03-01-2017, 05:07 PM
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Made in 02 and it's 2017. You did well. Support your local tire shop and when you need a quick fix or air test on a Sat morning he will always help out.
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:44 PM
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I purchased the boat last summer and was surprised to see that they were in that good of shape for how old they are, but really the whole boat is in very very good shape for a 04 Fisherman. I got very lucky. I agree its nice to have the tire shop close by
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Old 03-01-2017, 10:53 PM
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We had Marathons on our camper from the factory.
Lasted nearly 15 years before we replaced them.
Now our camper and boat are both running Marathons.
Never had a problem with them.
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Old 03-02-2017, 03:45 AM
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Default Goodyear Endurance, made in US, LR D & E

OK, you read it here first,,,,,

https://corporate.goodyear.com/en-US...iler_tire.html

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...odel=Endurance

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Old 03-02-2017, 05:06 AM
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Another quality and priced right options . . . .

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/search...uestid=1149779
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Old 03-02-2017, 06:52 AM
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Medic,
Remember the number 6.

6 is the number of years that you should own a tire. At age 7, you should no longer own the tire, but you should own a new tire.
This is whether you have full tread on the tire, no tread on the tire or somewhere in between.

Age causes tires to get weak and fail. You may have a tire that is brand new and has never been on the road but is more than 6 years old - find that it fails shortly after being put into service.

Folks used to think that you could look for cracks or other signs of tire age and change tires accordingly. However, many of those folks who ran tires that appeared to be perfect - but were older tires have had massive tire failures.

So, remember 6. When you get to age 7, from the date of manufacture printed on the side of the tire - get rid of the tire and install a new tire with 0 age on it. Always check for the date of manufacture on a potential new tire and try to purchase tires that are no more than 3 or 4 months old. No reason to let the tire age out sitting on a distributors shelf.

Note: the age of 6 also applies to "spare" tires that have never been on the road. I have heard story after story of a person having a tire issue, put on a brand new - old - spare tire and have it fail shortly after mounting on the vehicle or trailer.
So, when you replace tires, also replace the spare at the same time. When you rotate tires, include the spare in the tire rotation cycle.

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http://www.discounttire.com/en/learn/tire-aging

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Before moving to this tire changing cycle, I have had personal experience with significant damage caused by older tires that had all of their tread and appeared to be in perfect condition. So, I learned the hard and expensive way to heed the number 6.

Be safe

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Old 03-02-2017, 07:34 AM
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Medic,
Remember the number 6.

6 is the number of years that you should own a tire. At age 7, you should no longer own the tire, but you should own a new tire.
This is whether you have full tread on the tire, no tread on the tire or somewhere in between.

Age causes tires to get weak and fail. You may have a tire that is brand new and has never been on the road but is more than 6 years old - find that it fails shortly after being put into service.

Folks used to think that you could look for cracks or other signs of tire age and change tires accordingly. However, many of those folks who ran tires that appeared to be perfect - but were older tires have had massive tire failures.

So, remember 6. When you get to age 7, from the date of manufacture printed on the side of the tire - get rid of the tire and install a new tire with 0 age on it. Always check for the date of manufacture on a potential new tire and try to purchase tires that are no more than 3 or 4 months old. No reason to let the tire age out sitting on a distributors shelf.

Note: the age of 6 also applies to "spare" tires that have never been on the road. I have heard story after story of a person having a tire issue, put on a brand new - old - spare tire and have it fail shortly after mounting on the vehicle or trailer.
So, when you replace tires, also replace the spare at the same time. When you rotate tires, include the spare in the tire rotation cycle.

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http://www.discounttire.com/en/learn/tire-aging

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Before moving to this tire changing cycle, I have had personal experience with significant damage caused by older tires that had all of their tread and appeared to be in perfect condition. So, I learned the hard and expensive way to heed the number 6.

Be safe

I'm confused . A company that sells tires recommends changing after 6 years, but will work on servicing tires up to 10 years of age. Companies that manufacture and sell tires to places like Discount Tire recommend changing tires every ten years even though their warranties expire after 6 years. Quite a few degrees of separation there.

Obviously, safety is the main consideration and many factors go into when tires would no longer be safe to run. I replaced tires more frequently when living in Texas then I did in Ohio, NC, Pa or Georgia as the ambient temps and surface temps of the roadways were consistently higher during the summer and I drove a ton of miles. I knew that and replaced them before it became an issue.

Although your post may be a good rule of thumb to consider, I don't think one can say that tires should be changed every 6 years and not 7 or 8 or......pick a year. Lots of factors go into when tires need to be changed.

Good topic though. Time to inspect boat trailers and spares.

PjShorthorn

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Old 03-02-2017, 10:02 AM
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I don't know where you live, but your almost never going to get a tire that is only a few months old.
One model of tire is only made at the factory for a few weeks a year, so tires you get are sitting in a warehouse a long time before you ever get them.

Tires don't fail just because of age. Like I said we had 15 years on our Marathons.
By closely inspecting the entire tread and sidewalls you can easily make a good prediction.
Dry cracks, or bulges in the sidewall. Bulges in the tread mean cords are broken, uneven ware means the alignment is off or the tire is of poor quality.
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:30 PM
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I don't know where you live, but your almost never going to get a tire that is only a few months old.
One model of tire is only made at the factory for a few weeks a year, so tires you get are sitting in a warehouse a long time before you ever get them.

Tires don't fail just because of age.
REW, anything to say about this . . . .
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