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Old 11-01-2011, 01:53 PM   #1
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Well my 25 month old Good Year Marthrons made in the USA let go on my 5th wheel. Luckly I have an Air Pressure Monitoring system. I got off the interstate with 40 lbs in the tire. The tire had a nail in it but the Steel belt was coming out half way around the tire.
No more Goodyears !!!
I was looking at BFGoodridch TA's as I had on the other trailer. Stopped today at a tire store and a guy said look at Carlise they have a 12 ply tire but its a 85r rather than a 80r which is one inch taller. My axles are spacer at 33 inches C/C. the space between the old tires is 3 inches. I'm thinking we're good to go but don't know much about the Carlise Tires, but they are made in the USA.
OK what do you think ????

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Try a search on Carlisle (note the spelling) tires here on iRV2 or other RV forums.

What size and load range are your current Goodyear Marathons? The reason I ask is that our Jayco Designer 3610RLTS 5th wheel came equipped with LT235/85R-16 load range E Goodyear Wrangler HTs.


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Old 11-01-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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This will answer all your questions about where the tire is manufactured, and the "Goodyear" Marathons are Chinese.

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:27 PM   #4
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My Goodyears are made in the USA as on the tires.

Rusty my Designer came with 235/80R / 16 load range E

The tires are 2yrs 4months old with about 12,000 miles
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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Go buy either Michelin XPS Ribs or BF Goodrich commercial TA's in LT 235 85R16 or LT245 85R16 and you will be good to go.
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Since you already have 16" wheels and load range E tires, I'd highly recommend going to the LT235/85R-16E (32.2" diameter) or the LT245/75R-16E (30.6" diameter) Michelin XPS Rib tire. These are an all-steel casing construction commercial truck/trailer tire that has proven itself to be a dead reliable performer under heavy 5th wheels, oilfield hotshot gooseneck trailers and other severe truck and trailer applications that can use a 16" load range E tire.

These tires aren't cheap, but the peace of mind they provide is worth it. I changed the Goodyear Wrangler HTs on our Jayco over to the Michelin XPS Ribs (LT235/85R-16E) and never had a problem with them. After hours of running on the Interstate during 100+ Texas summer days, I couldn't even approach the Wranglers for the heat radiating off of them, but I could comfortably lay my hand across the tread of the XPS Ribs under the same conditions.

If you have 33" center to center on your axle spacing, I'd go with the LT245/75R-16E tires - they would give you plenty of tire-to-tire clearance with their 30.6" diameter.

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My dealer just put 4 new Carlises on our 5er. He said that they were good tires and he has had good luck with them. Honestly I never heard of Carlise until he put them on. I just told him I didn't want to cut corners and wanted good quality tires. I have a very honest dealer so I'm putting my trust in him. Only time will tell.
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No matter where this reference pops up it immediately gets reactions from the nay sayers. It's an industry standard. All the major tire manufacturers abide by it. I can't confirm it's originator but believe it to be the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Here I'm using Cooper's version. If you have no confidence in what they say than you can go to your favorite tire manufacturer for conformation.

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No matter where this reference pops up it immediately gets reactions from the nay sayers. It's an industry standard. All the major tire manufacturers abide by it. I can't confirm it's originator but believe it to be the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Here I'm using Cooper's version. If you have no confidence in what they say than you can go to your favorite tire manufacturer for conformation.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company - Load Capacity

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I know that the tire dealers around here conform to it. They won't install a tire that is rated less than the OEM tires on a vehicle.
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Lately, the GY Marathons have a horrible reputation regardless of where made. Mine were 2005, US made and while they served me well until 2010, had developed cracking around the bead - and they had never been run low. I did much of my size and capacity research on the Tire Rack web site to replace my 16" 'D' rated tires with an 'E' though an LT. I ended up with General Grabbers from Tire Rack, as the best rated Michelins were well out of my budget. So far, those tires are exactly what I needed. While I was doing my on-line tire research I did run into many Carlisle horror stories - but these are without any personal experience, just stories and hearsay.

What I'm saying, do your research and choose well as the costs if you don't gets really expensive
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