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Postby dancaravelle267 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:55 pm

This poses another question to all.... What pressures do you run in your tires? My marathons have a max of 50 psi and that is what I run always. I always chech and fill the tires cold. I also rotate the tires every season and balance when new. Those that are having multiple blow outs, is it possible that your axles are not aligned properly?
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Postby xcr-700 » Mon May 28, 2012 1:40 pm

Just got back from the PepBoys with my 4 new Carlisles.

I opted for balancing and all new valve stems, they seemed a bit surprised, I thought both were standard practice,,,

And besides their price was so much better then other tire stores that I still felt like I got a bargain.

I chose the Carlisles as that is what it had and I couldn't find anything that I was sure would be better.

Good timing too, as the white grease on the wheel studs was dried up and turned to powder and the threads were looking very dry.

If these last as long as the last ones I won't be doing this again for another 5 years. :D (I hope,,,)

p.s. the factory disc brakes are nice beefy units, I was quite impressed! :wink:
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Postby Cruzomatic » Mon May 28, 2012 3:49 pm

50 PSI and I check them before every trip out.
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Postby xcr-700 » Mon May 28, 2012 4:35 pm

Cruzomatic wrote:50 PSI and I check them before every trip out.


We are of a common mind!!! :wink:
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Postby dancaravelle267 » Mon May 28, 2012 5:38 pm

I run mine at max (50psi)

They always look at me weird when I want to balance my trailer tires too
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Postby Muncie6spd » Tue May 29, 2012 8:19 pm

I have Carlisle tires on my trailer, this is the 8th season for them and one of them just started showing cracks in the sidewall. It stays outside all summer long facing north so both sides get the same amount of exposure to the sun. I always make sure the pressure is 50 PSI before I tow the trailer and have not had any failures on these tires. Most of my towing is 50 miles one way except for a 700 mile round trip once each year to Dale Hollow Lake in TN. I've decided to replace them all before the long trip this year just to be safe and will more than likely stay with the Carlisle tires.
I did replace the valve stems last year with the metal valve stems at Discount Tire; they also balanced them which is the first time they've been balanced since new.

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Postby brightFish81 » Wed May 30, 2012 9:23 am

When i picked my boat last month the guy that owned it before me said he always runs his at 40psi to take some of the bounce out since its a single axle trailer. I would think this might cause pre-mature wear but I wasnt sure if i should go up to 50psi or not.
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Postby dancaravelle267 » Wed May 30, 2012 9:53 pm

Someone check me on this but when you run lower pressure, the tires get hotter. More pressure, cooler tire.
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Postby cerrocat » Wed May 30, 2012 10:11 pm

dancaravelle267 wrote:Someone check me on this but when you run lower pressure, the tires get hotter. More pressure, cooler tire.


You are correct. The more the tire flexes/bounces, the more heat it creates. More pressure = less flex/bounce by the tire.
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Postby Flyguy242BR » Thu May 31, 2012 10:23 am

dancaravelle267 wrote:Someone check me on this but when you run lower pressure, the tires get hotter. More pressure, cooler tire.
Yes biggest reason for tire failure is low pressure and too much weight..
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Postby luisnieves » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:03 pm

I have 6 yr old Carlises on mine, they have been a good tire, no dry rot, boat and trailer stored indoors, may change them just to be on safe side, although they still look new, run them at 50 psi. always check them before I head out.
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Postby Mercruisin » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:08 pm

I have the factory 10 year old Carlisles on my 2003 Magic Tilt trailer and I towed it up to Chicago from New Orleans last month.

The spare is even factory....no rot.
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Postby sdk » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:16 pm

Well, well, well...the blow out disease hit me last weekend. I lost all the tread from a 7 year old Marathon two miles from the house. The tire did not go flat. Two years ago I lost a plugged Marathon 4 miles from the house. It shredded to pieces. I had the dealer come by the house today and remove all four 7 year old Marathons and will replace them with Tow Masters. I just put over $900 worth of tires on my Camaro and could not see paying $200 more dollars for a set of Marathons over the Tow Masters. Time will tell how these will work out for me. Oh, yeah. The fender is bent all to heck and may have to be replaced, if it can't be straightened enough.
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Postby OldSkool » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:05 pm

I had Carlisle tires on my trailer and just changed out to Maxxis M8008 tires. After having one of my Carlisle shred I hope to have better luck with Maxxis. It seems to me that many RV guys have switched to Maxxis and love them. Carlisle was getting terrible review and many people complaining about the same blow out issues... maybe just a bad run but I'm not going to chance it. I couldn't find one bad review on the Maxxis. All four replaced this month so time will tell.
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Postby sdk » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:28 pm

I'm waiting on a new fender to arrive. My baby is sitting on jackstands in the garage. :cry:
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