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SUBJECT: # 12444: Is there a good trailer tire made?

Submitted by Lucky Al from TEXAS on 1/29/2007 5:00:00 PM

I just found out my second Goodyear Marathon was bad, developing a bulge. On a fishing trip across the Mex. border, the tire was low, had only 30 psi pressure, although started off at 50 lbs. Went to Goodyear. They said it was bad. Did a search for another Marathon. First, they said it was made in Canada so the warrranty (if any left) might not be valid. Then they said there were no Marathons available anywhere in Texas.

Next went to a trusted local tire chain, they broke down the tire, said it had bulge, couldn't even use it for a spare, and it had a small puncture wound. They then tried to sell me a tire made in China. I said no thanks!

This is the 2nd Marathon on this trailer to go. Had blowout last summer, and had to buy a Denman ST tire, made in Mexico.

Before all this on my old boat when the Carliles went to He!!, I was on the road and bought two Titans. They served well for a couple of years and I sold the boat. Now I can't find any more Titans. (I read one one web site that said he would never buy another Denman.)

So what is a good trailer tire and where can I buy one soon?

  1. 1/29/2007 6:49:00 PM Submitted by BASSMAN IA. from IA says Al, I don't know
    I know the Goodyear car and truck tires have had issues over the last few years. I put Marathons on my other trailer about 5 years ago and the guy that owns it now still has them on. The ones on my trailer now are 4 years old, no problems yet.

    Go to this site and look for recalls, complaints, and other news. the site is in tire or goodyear and look around. Good luck

  2. 1/29/2007 9:01:00 PM Submitted by beartrap from GA says try Kelly chargers
    we have a local tourny fisherman in this area who owns a Kelly tire store and many fishermen in this area use them....I've used therm for years and never had a problem notr have I heard of anyone else having a problem....I typically get 2-3 years out of a set (towing a 461 Ranger on single axle trailer)however i tow a lot..usually 12-15,000 miles a year including a 3000 mile roundtrip to Mexico... my experience with goodyear marathons on several boats has not been good either..

  3. 1/30/2007 9:39:00 AM Submitted by Lucky Al from TX says Kelly Tires
    Are Kelly Chargers trailer tires?

  4. 1/30/2007 5:26:00 PM Submitted by Smokin Joe from AL says Trailer tires??
    Go to this web site--- have them and do a good job price wise and getting them to you quick!!


  5. 1/30/2007 6:00:00 PM Submitted by beartrap from GA says Kelly tires for boat trailers
    they are not labeled trailer tires....our tire dealer who is very knowledgeable about fishing,trailering and tires assures us they are more than adequate for bass boat trailers....I have logged many thousands of miles using Kellys on both tandem and single axle trailers and never had a problem nor do I know of anyone in this area who has....

    my thoughts about Goodyear marathons is that they have lableled a not very well made tire a "trailer tire" and jacked the price up....perfect example is my current boat trailer came with marathons and after about a year(running 50lbs of air as directed),the tires started uneven wear tire was wearing on the inside and the other was cupping....took the trailer to two different alignment shops and they couldn't find anything wrong with my trailer...took the marathons off,put Kelly tires on it and not a problem since....that same uneven pattern has happened on at least two previous boats with Marathons...

    finally,Basscat boats do not come with trailer tires so I think this having to have a trailer tire for bass boats is a myth.....

  6. 1/31/2007 5:45:00 AM Submitted by RobShaw from VA says trailer tires
    as mentioned above, BassCat puts Firestone Firehawks on their trailers as an upgrade. I trailered my Puma thousands of miles and the tires looked new when I sold that boat.

    I have 4 brand new Marathons on my Champion 210 Elite. Those tires will be replaced in short order!

  7. 1/31/2007 1:25:00 PM Submitted by mkspaw ( from AL says tires
    I have been running auto tires on big alum bassboats for years and never any will have on the sides what weight they will carry.As long as the tires are not overloaded which would be easy to do with a big fiberglass boat by underestimating the actual weight of the rig I think you would would not have a problem.

  8. 2/2/2007 2:09:00 PM Submitted by Lucky Al from TX says Here's what I did:
    I had a hard time finding any trailer tire down here in the Valley, that wasn't a Carlisle or made in CHINA! So I reluctantly went to a local dealer who ordered me some Marathons, and the warehouse told him they were made in the U.S. When they arrived the dealer called me and said they were actually made in CHINA! I said send them back! I went to another dealer here and I bought the only NON CHINESE (except Carlisles) radial trailer tires -- Towmaster, made in Canada. I don't know how they are, but a Winter Texan friend of mine has towed his Stratos back and forth from Kansas 3-4 times with no troubles. I purchased the road hazard warranty, two tires, $196 out the door, includng valve stems, balancing, and Nitrogen. Thanks, guys, for all your input. As far as the Kelly Chargers, I couldn't get enough information to satisfy me. One dealer said it was against the law (DOT, OSHA, DPS) to put car tires on a trailer.

  9. 2/3/2007 12:37:00 AM Submitted by shelby ( from SC says kelly safari tires
    I use kelly safari's and have for a few years now. I am on the same set on my tandem, pretty good tires if ya ask me. They are trailer rated tires.

  10. 2/16/2007 3:01:00 PM Submitted by Seacraft72 ( from DE says Trailer Tires
    We have heard about the problems with Carlisle and Goodrich tires. Try Loadstar tires. These are rugged and at a good price. Also, nothing negative about Towmaster tires

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