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Old 02-03-2016, 05:20 PM   #1
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Another tire question

We have a five week trip planned in June traveling from Colorado to NC, up the coast, then back across the Midwest. I'm debating on changing my tires to Maxxis D rated since my Goodyear Marathons have a born date of March 2011. I heard that on Class A's people tend to change than after five years. Mine appear fine (no cracking and plenty of tread) I'd like to hear your opinions.
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I had good luck with 225 75R 15 E Maxxis 8008's. YMMV..........
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If you don't have TPMS, get a TPMS system, and enjoy your trip with the tires you have.
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Old 02-04-2016, 08:05 AM   #4
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From West Marine:
Oxidation, not tread wear

According to rubber industry research, trailer tires need to be replaced after 3-5 years of use, even though they usually appear to have plenty of tread left. Unlike your car’s tires, it isn’t miles of driving but oxidation of the rubber that wears out the tire. Mostly, a trailer tire sits in one spot for days or weeks at a time, and may travel only 10,000 miles (or sometimes a lot less) per year. UV radiation from sunlight and ozone from exhaust cause exterior damage to the sidewalls, and oxygen from pressurized air creates unseen damage deep inside.


From Carlisle Tire:


– Time and the elements weaken a trailer tire.
– 3 to 5 years is the average life expectancy of a trailer tire,
regardless of mileage.
– It is estimated that in approximately three years, roughly
one-third of a tire's strength is gone.
– After three years, depending upon storage and conditions of
usage, consider replacing trailer tires even if they have tread
depth remaining.
– After five years, trailer tires should be replaced in all cases.
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I appreciate the replies. I'll replace them prior to the trip for piece of mind.
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I think you'll find that the Maxxis tires are better quality than the Goodyears also.
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Old 02-04-2016, 03:17 PM   #7
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And if the rims are rated high enough, move up from d to e rated. The price difference in minimal.
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I put maxxis tires on my current trailer 2 years ago and they have been great. The marathons I took off weren't bad either just old.
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It is difficult to have too good of tires.
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