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Old 08-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Yes - another sad Marathon tire story...

Just in case anyone on this forum has not read the many many threads on the Goodyear Marathon tires, we lost 2 tires on our last trip to Canada. One about 10 miles south of Jasper, and the other near Arlington, WA - about 15 miles from our home.

Luckily - because I read a lot of the posts on this forum, I had purchased the TST TPMS system earlier this year and both times was able to safely stop at the side of the road, and then I5 for the second, before any major damage to our rig.

We thought the first tire had a single puncture hole, but as the repair guy plugged the hole and then went to pressure the tire yet another hole popped and then another - the tire was dead. I had to buy a replacement on the spot (which was lucky as I needed it later on I5 when the second tire went!).

Now I have G614s on order, will pull off the 2 remaining Marathons - have no faith left in them. 614's are not cheap - but it seems like the majority of contributors to this forum are running on 614s and seem happy with them (have read a lot of old posts on this forum on tires over the last 2 days).

Key takeaways:
1) Read this forum!
2) Ditch your Marathons if you still have them - its just a matter of time
3) Get a TPMS - its an investment you won't regret.

(for those still reading this, I kept my Marathons for 3 years, diligently kept the pressure at 80 PSI, covered them from being in the sun etc, and don't overload our rig. Generally I stay under 65mph)
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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You should contact Goodyear customer service. They might give you more in trade on the G614's if you let them know how unhappy you were with the Marathons. Ask them if they'd help you upgrade they have done it for others. Worst that can happen is your out the phone call. You'll love the 614's by the way. My wife and I both think the rig rides smoother with them. May be our imagination, but who cares we're happy.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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It is great the tire pressure monitoring system alerted you to the problem. But be aware sometimes the notification is concurrent with a blowout failure. I posted in another thread about our experience this summer with another Montana owner and their loss of three china bombs in 50+ miles. They have a pressure monitoring system too. But the "Pop" noise came just before the alert. The first two times they were lucky with no damage. The third time, not so much.

Frequent visual inspection, proper PSI, no excessive speed, and a pressure monitoring system are good things but still may not save you from trailer damage when one of these bombs suddenly fails.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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I'm still rolling the dice on these tires, but invested in the TST system, keep the speed at 65 or less, cover the tires whenever possible, and hope to get thru this season before replacing with something else next spring. Happy to know the TST kept damage to a minimum. That's all I can ask for. I've seen enough of these Marathon stories to know it's not "if", but "when".
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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To DQDick, I will be contacting Customer Service and hope to recover some of the cost of the 614's - good to know you are happy with them. To CarlnSusan - totally agree - if the tire explodes, no TPMS will help. Sambam, as you listed, I tried all of these tactics and still lost two tires! Be careful out there!
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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"Generally I stay under 65mph"

Generally staying under 65 mph is destructive to ST speed rated tires.
covering tires is not significant. 5 years is the LIMIT whether you cover them or not.
Exceeding 65 mph with an ST tire IS SIGNIFICANT
,,, they probably will not survive 5 years after being "slung" by over speed
...and keeping the sun off them will not counter the damage done by CENTRIFUGAL FORCE



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Old 08-25-2013, 01:16 AM   #7
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quote:Originally posted by sambam

I'm still rolling the dice on these tires, but invested in the TST system, keep the speed at 65 or less, cover the tires whenever possible, and hope to get thru this season before replacing with something else next spring. Happy to know the TST kept damage to a minimum. That's all I can ask for. I've seen enough of these Marathon stories to know it's not "if", but "when".
You're a brave man knowing the risks and still ignoring the obvious.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:55 AM   #8
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:07 AM   #9
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4 years now with BF Goodrich Commercial TA. Absolutley no complaints and extremely pleased. Big thanks to Lonnie B for steering me and many others in the right direction away from the China Timebombs!!
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #10
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4 years now with BF Goodrich Commercial TA. Absolutley no complaints and extremely pleased. Big thanks to Lonnie B for steering me and many others in the right direction away from the China Timebombs!!
Which BFG commercial TAs? About to pull the trigger on some G614s but another option for less $$ would be nice.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #11
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David, before buying tires, weigh your rig. All LT tires are rated @ 3042 lbs each. The G614 are 3750 lbs each (I think).

I went with Bridgestone Duravis 250 (a all steel tire) and after 1000 miles am pleased with them. My axle weight is 10,400 lbs.

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Old 08-26-2013, 11:30 AM   #12
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We replaced all 4 Marathon tires after a 3 year period due to tread separation. We were always fortunate that Good Sam's Rd Service was able to bring an exact duplicate replacement of the GY Marathon because in the long run, Goodyear reimbursed me for all replacements and any repairs to Monty caused by the blowouts. In order to reimburse me though, they needed to have a dealer verify that indeed the cause was tread separation, so I needed to keep the damaged tire. No tire had over 3000 miles, when it blew. I always maintained 80 psi, as I always carried a compressor with me.

I replaced the Marathons with Michelin LT XPS Rib 235/85R16E 3042 Lb rated at 80 psi. We just completed a round trip from FL to MI with no tire issues. The Michelins run much cooler then the Marathons. I now have a great deal of confidence that my tire woes are behind me.

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