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Old 02-24-2010, 07:49 PM   #15
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Charlie, you made an interesting statement about the original spare. I have a different mind set when it comes to buying trailer tires. I prefer to buy TWO of the very best tires I can afford, and spend as little as possible on the spare. This only works if you don't rotate the three tires, but you can still rotate two. After all, a spare's job... in my mind, is to only get me to the tire store. As long as it's the same size, holds air and is round... that's its job. I wonder how many members have an original spare or a spare that's never touched the asphalt. Probably most. I buy tires for my tug the same way. The spare has only been used once in 10 years, and that was to go about 15 miles to the tire store. I have better uses for my money than a tire that will rot before it ever gets used.

I learned this at my father's knee... a true car guy. He only purchased four tires at a time ... the best tire he took off always became the spare.

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Old 02-24-2010, 08:18 PM   #16
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Hi: All... The only reason I bought 3 new tires for our former Boler was changing from bias ply to radials!!! It's what Donna D said... a spare is a spare...so my vote is for two matching Goodyear Marathons and keep them properly inflated.
"Our Escape Hatch" is running 15" Marathons and our former Boler had 13" Marathons on it!!!
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:37 PM   #17
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Well.....now we are getting somewhere. This is the kind of help I'm looking for. So, if I only get two new tires, should I keep one of the Denman's (currently on the ground)or keep the current marathon spare (which looks new, it's been covered). I couldn't see the date on the spare, it's on the back side, but I imagine it is close to the year of the trailer ...2002.

Donna, I agree, I always put the best tire as my spare when replacing car tires. But, my concern with trailer tires is that a new tire may not be readily available when traveling. Trust me, saving money is a priority...but, I don't want to get hung up somewhere for a couple days waiting for a tire, and maybe pay through the nose. Of course, it may never happen either........

I sure do appreciate everyones thoughts on this..... I always believe that 2 heads, or 3 or 5 are better than one..... as long as I have the final say !!! LOL. My work experience showed me the power of committees....if you don't want to ever make a decision, form a committee. Of course, I worked for the government.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:48 PM   #18
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Donna and Alf....... I forgot to mention. I also have a Coleman tent trailer. It's a 2002. I bought it 5 years ago from the original owner, who only used it 2-3 times. It was garage kept, and since I've had it, it's been in my garage. Anyway, last year I noticed the tires starting to crack. I have probably put 3-4,000 miles on the trailer, but the tread still looked new. I looked at the spare, which has always been covered as well as in the garage, and it too had cracks !! Go figure. I replaced all three. Perhaps I wasted my money......Dang, I hate that when it happens. LOL
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:55 PM   #19
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Charlie when I last purchased tires for my Scamp, I bought two fresh 15" Marathons, then went down to Les Schwab (Oregon Tire Guy!) and bought the brand new spare there... at less than half the cost of a Marathon. I used the money I saved to buy two new fancy wheels for the trailer

Your point is well to be observed about maybe being stranded. But, I think unless you're buying some really strange size and hard to get tire, you'd be okay. It really doesn't hurt the trailer to travel on two mismatched tires for a while... not permanently tho! So, if the treads are different, that should still get you down the road to a different town. That may be a different concern if traveling alot of unimproved roads or going to Alaska however. As they say, you make your decision and live with the conseqences. And this is one decision only you can make for yourself.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:14 PM   #20
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Thanks Donna...... it has become clear as I re-read my post and yours. Whether a old spare or new, I will need to get a new tire....spare or otherwise as soon as possible in any case....I'm not going anywhere without a spare. So, I may or may not have to hang out somewhere. Hey, and if I do, I have a place to sleep, and I'll just explore a new town a little more in depth!!

2 new marathons it is. I'm going to keep the current spare, since it's always been covered, never on the ground, and doesn't have any visible cracks.

Thanks for talking me through this.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:28 PM   #21
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Hi: charliej... Rubber unlike wine...doesn't improve with age... but if your spare has no visable cracking then I'd leave it and replace the 2 roadies. With new rubber on the road the likelyhood of needing a spare is somewhat diminished!!!
I had to replace all my valve stems on the trailer due to cracking. Seems in 2007 there were a few million valve stems from China that went bad in their boxes. To bad that a lot of tires took a bum wrap for blow outs when it was probably the stems fault!!!
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:36 PM   #22
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Thanks Alf. I agree, keeping the current spare is the best idea. I am vigilent about air pressure in my tires, and fully understand how tires overheat and fail due to low pressure. I think I'll be fine and save some money as well.

Yeah, this crap from China.........hope the Marathons I see are NOT from china. I might have to re-evaluate in that case. "Buy American".

Thanks for your input. All you folks here are swell !!
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:20 PM   #23
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In an earlier post i stated that Kumho's are an LT (light truck tire) I was wrong as someone more knowledgeable pointed out to me.... Kumhos are called "C" as it's a Commercial Tire and are still a load range D.
Sorry for any confusion
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:24 PM   #24
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hope the Marathons I see are NOT from china. I might have to re-evaluate in that case. "[b]Buy American".
I'd be interested to know what you find on your Marathons, should you buy them. I have heard from what I thought was a reputable source that the Goodyear trailer tires are now made in China, but I have not checked it myself.

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Old 03-04-2010, 06:27 PM   #25
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Well I got new tires.

I ended up with the Goodyear Marathons. I hope they work out.

I increased the size from 175/80R13 to 185/80R13. The load range increased from 1360 per tire to 1480. Still a C rated tire, but with a greater load capacity. Fit just fine.

They are made in the USA.

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and opinions.

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Old 03-09-2010, 07:01 PM   #26
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The tires on my trailer are 10 year old Marathons, I phoned around for prices, heres what I found;

Tire size is 175/80 R13

Prometer 6 ply $61 (China)

Milestar 6 ply $88 (China)


Carlise super trail $85 (China)?


Anybody have any experience with any of these brands? any opinions on the best?
I was told by one tire place the 13" are going the way of the dodo bird soon anyone eles hear this ?
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:10 PM   #27
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The tires on my trailer are 10 year old Marathons, I phoned around for prices, heres what I found;

Tire size is 175/80 R13

Prometer 6 ply $61 (China)

Milestar 6 ply $88 (China)


Carlise super trail $85 (China)?


Anybody have any experience with any of these brands? any opinions on the best?
I was told by one tire place the 13" are going the way of the dodo bird soon anyone eles hear this ?
Rick.....sounds like you've gotten good service from the Marathons. The 175's from Discount Tires were $86 out the door. The 185's I got were $94. (and they say US of A on the sidewall).

I can't give you any opinion on the others. I doubt 13's are going anywhere as long as there is a market.

Good luck.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:21 PM   #28
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This trailer ( 2000 Shasta) has always been used on a seasonal lot, the tires are original with the trailer they look brand new and have less than 2000 miles on them but they are 10 years old.I want to go on a few thousand mile road trip this summer. The marathons are special order and priced at $130, if I put a couple thousand miles a year on and change every five years the cheaper ones might work out, another consideration is this trailer has four tires to replace.
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