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Postby xcr-700 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:51 pm

Any recommendations on trailer tires, I need to replace all 4 (dry rot)

I know this is a common issue (dry rot) but this these are like 4 years old,,,

Funny thing is that my other boat has car tires on it's trailer (came that way when I bought it) and they are like 10 years old and only now showing first sign of dry rot. Is it just luck of the draw or am I missing something?

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Postby dancaravelle267 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:46 am

I always run Goodyear marathons and have had very good luck with them. Between trailers i have probably had 4 sets of them. The only blow out I have had is when I briefly switched to Carlisle. I know others on the site have had bad luck with the goodyears.
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Postby twindaddy63 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:53 am

With the luck I have had with trailer tires this past year, I am switching to wooden-spoked wagon wheels. Those babies made it across the country where there were no roads.
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Postby buyfire » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:20 am

i replaced all 5 (marathon) tires on my trailer last year with carlisles. i've read that marathons are now made in china and aren't the same quality they used to be. i honestly don't know where the carlisles are made.
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Postby dsstephens » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:05 am

If there was a Like button, Twindaddy's post would get mine...

I had 3 blow outs on 4 year old Marathons this season. I said forget expensive stuff, and went with cheap bias ply tires (read, disposable). I rarely tow since the boat is in the water during the season, anyway.

My last blow out was a couple of weeks ago, towing the boat back to the marina for the season when the tire blew out in downtown acworth, right in front of a packed Henry's with folks watching from the sidewalks. Rather embarrassing, until I remembered that I was towing a big beautiful boat to the marina...and they were standing on a sidewalk.
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Postby cerrocat » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:52 pm

Pretty much all trailer tires now a days are made over seas somewere. I run MultiMile Towmax on my trailers and have had very good luck with them. If you look down by the bead(right next to the rim) on any tire it will say were its made. I have been in the automotive/tire business for almost 19yrs and its hard to find any tires built in the states these days, but there are still a few companies left.
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Postby 04red207 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:20 pm

Just replaced my last Marathon (after a blow out a couple weeks ago). Now running Carlisles.
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Postby taffy3 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:19 pm

We all know that trailer tires rot out long before they get anywhere near getting thin on tread. Now what's a major cause of dry-rot?

Would you agree that the sun is a major cause?

Years ago I noticed that the left tire on my old Glastron's trailer was pretty beat up but the right tire looked OK. THEN, not long after the tread separated on the beat up left tire. No blow out but a scare never the less.

I figured that the sun was a major cause of my problems. The boat spends most of it's time in the driveway and the left tire is always in the sun (of course the right side was always in the shade).

So I use Armor All on the tires now and I rotate the tires every year. By rotating the tires I figure I balance out the sun exposure and the Armor All might help with the UV degradation.

Maybe I'm nuts, but I've noticed my trailer tires look fine on the Caravelle and they're 6 years old.

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Postby KCKPM1 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:53 pm

I just put on 4 marathons. My deciding factor was that I never had a blowout with them other than them dry rotting before they were worn out. After talking to several tire stores all tires are prone to dry rot, so I went with what I've had luck with before.
Ok here's what I've learned from the dealers and boat marina's while doing my research.

If stored in the sun and on pavement buy tire covers like the RV's use, and get the tires off the hot concrete or asphalt by backing up on a couple of 2x6's. This will reduce the heat in the tire imensely.

Also try the brand Matrixx, they are owned by Goodyear and look just like the marathon for $20 less per tire.
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Postby KCKPM1 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:57 pm

Also my Goodyear store manager said not to spray any armor-all type products on trailer tires the chemical in it prematurely deteriorates the rubber in the sidewall.
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Postby sdk » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:05 pm

I had bad luck with Carlisles on my previous Interceptor's trailer. 3 blowouts at 3 years old.
On my current trailer, I've only lost one Marathon in 7 years and it was a plugged tire.
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Postby xcr-700 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:38 pm

Is there a standard size tire they used on the trailers for Interceptor 232's?

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Postby AndrewT » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:06 am

I am pretty lucky , the boat is parked undercover in the shade
under a carport. I had a blowout when I bought the boat
in Melbourne and I was towing her back to Adelade. Ended up
buying 4 new light truck tires could not risk a 500 mile trip on rotten tires.
I Think we have slightly different tire standards here in Australia.
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Postby dancaravelle267 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:15 am

I trailer the heck out of my 267 which is heavy. We trailer all around Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. I am a clean freak so my marathons are always have armor all on them. They are 4 yrs old with no dry rott but my tread is getting low. I will probably replace them with marathons again.
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Postby Jax » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:48 pm

I've had just the opposite experience as Dan with Marathons, but mine sit more and don't travel as far or as often as it sounds Dan is going.

I have owned three (bought the third one because that's all Walmart had on a Sunday). Both blew out at less than 1 year and next one less than 2 years and VERY low miles. Carlisles have lasted until they were just worn out (and then some). 3 out of 4 are original. So in 5 years, I've gone through 1 Carlisle, which was still holding air, but scalloped. In the last year, I've blown two Marathons.

Although I never lost any Marathons on the old travel trailer, they didn't last as long as the Carlisles -- which I think take lack of use much better than Marathons.

So maybe your use matters.

Also ditto on the covers someone else mentioned. Anything to keep the sun off them.
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