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Old 05-01-2008, 05:54 PM   #15
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Which rim did you get? And what bolt pattern?
Hi Greg,

Rim: Carlisle white eight spoke "wagon" wheels design, 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern (for Dexter #9 wheel)
http://www.tiresunlimited.com/images/carli...sle%20Spoke.jpg
http://www.tiresunlimited.com/trailer_wheels.htm

(chrome lug nuts and cap shown in picture not included)
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:15 PM   #16
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Hey Ches,
What came on your Escape?
Did it come with metal valve stems, although I am not sure why this is important?
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Just a point----I have seen tires which looked perfectly good, but had to be changed due to rot starting. Lots of trailer tires never see enough road travel to wear them out while traveling.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:41 PM   #17
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What came on your Escape?
Did it come with metal valve stems, although I am not sure why this is important?
Rubber Stems---Good Year Marathons
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:37 AM   #18
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I am in the process of putting on a new axle on my 1980 Scamp. The old Axle ate tires like they were White Castle Hamburgers! So i am about to enter a brave new world and I will need tires to go with it. I have have good luck with Carlisle Radials and terrible performance from Discount Tires Bias Ply Cheapies- more to follow on that- So heres my question: Who make the best trailer tire (13") and about how many miles do you get on a set of them? How good are the Goodyear Marathons? I have a Galaxy brand that seems good but its its only got 1500 on it. I am sold on radials.
Waddya all think?

I looked at my six ply Marathons and they say 4 ply 2 steel +2 nylon sidewall. 2 ply for the tread
I called Goodyear and there are no six ply 13" trailer tires. Only 4 ply. The tires are load range C and that is as heavy as they get. Tires made in China. Who knows more about this?
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:19 AM   #19
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Boy, this thread has been interesting to follow, regarding Goodyear Marathons. It seems that most people on this site seem to be happy with them, but it is not so on the Casita Travel Trailer forum. There is a general mistrust and many recounted horror stories posted about tire failures, mostly associated with Carlisle and Marathon tires. Well worth reading through if you are seriously interested in tire performance (or lack thereof).
There are some pretty scary accounts of problems posted there. Just my personal take, FWIW, is I wouldn't use either Carlisles or Marathons based on what I've read. Lots of input there, well worth perusing.
Happy travels!
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:14 PM   #20
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What apparently happened in the RV world was that Carlisle had a really bad run of tires (don't know why; prior to that they had a good reputation), so everyone stampeded to Marathons. Then Marathons got a bad rep. Now, Marathons are being made overseas, so the plants are different and who knows about the tires. I believe the same stories would be in the archives of this group if it hadn't been hacked.

BTW, the number of plies is no longer valid, which is why most will say "...ply rated". The key term is the Load Range.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:46 AM   #21
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I looked at my six ply Marathons and they say 4 ply 2 steel +2 nylon sidewall. 2 ply for the tread
I called Goodyear and there are no six ply 13" trailer tires. Only 4 ply. The tires are load range C and that is as heavy as they get. Tires made in China. Who knows more about this?
In the olden days (using his "gram pa voice") before radial tires, load range "B" tires had 4 plies, load range "C" tires had 6 plies and "D" was 8 plies. These days, this nomenclature is is still used as it relates to load ranges even though it doesn't relate to the actual number of plies in the tire. (2007 Tire & Rim Assn. handbook, pg XVII)

FWIW, put me down in the category of someone who's had good luck with his Marathons.
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Old 05-06-2008, 12:11 PM   #22
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after reading this intresting thread, I had to go out and look at my new purchase (1972 trillium). there seems to be all kinds of room iffin you wanted to put a 14 inch rim on with a lower profile tire. this would open up lots of options for better tires. and by measuring my bolt pattern its the same as a ford,which also gives you many options for rim styles and design
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The bolt pattern is the same, but that's not too much better than saying the wheel is round. There's offset (too much means too much load on bearings), hub centering (vs lug centering) and PSI rating of wheel to also consider.
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The bolt pattern is the same, but that's not too much better than saying the wheel is round. There's offset (too much means too much load on bearings), hub centering (vs lug centering) and PSI rating of wheel to also consider.
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I have two sets of steel wheels at home , one set is off a 78 grenada and one set off a t-bird both have a 2 and 5/8 center hole and a 3 inch offset . the same as the 13 inch tillium wheel
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OK - Dexter no longer has an application manual listed on their site, but a copy of the old one I have shows the Dexter wheels (they no longer make wheels) in 13"/14" as having 4 or 5 lugs and most were zero offset, with the odd ones having no more than 1/2" offset.

The 2" offset wheels you have there might be from a previous owner, not original. Just keep in mind that offset reduces weight capacity because of the leverage on the bearings.
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sorry ,I should have mentioned, I was measuring the negative offset from the back of the wheel
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:35 PM   #27
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This article on tire aging just posted on ABCNEWS.com
Tire Danger: The Cryptic Code That Could Save Your Life

Dozens of Deaths Attributed to 'Ticking Time Bomb' Aged Tires That Look Safe But Aren't
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Hi: I have always maintained that "Old tires arn't like wine...They don't improve with age". As for which ones are best...well the ones that properly suit the job at hand and are inflated to the correct pressure for that job.
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