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Old 06-13-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Good Year Marathons

I've been hearing a lot of bad things about the Good Year marathon tires and would like input from anyone using them. We have them on our Redwood and have 3500 miles of uneventful use on them. I check them regularly as i would any tire and see signs of tread separation or bulging.
I know there was a problem with them after they sent production overseas but haven't those issues been addressed by now?
How much of the bad talk about them is just internet gossip by uninformed people that need something to say?
Just curious.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:25 AM   #2
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Steve, a majority of folks over on the Montana Forum have dumped the Marathons for either the G614s or LT tires. Several have even made deals with Goodyear to buy back the Marathons to enable purchase of the G614s, others have filed rig damage claims with Goodyear as a result of a Marathon blow-out and received payment from Goodyear for repairs. Some seem to do fine with the Marathons logging thousands of miles, while others have blow-outs and rig damage, some on their trip home from the dealer. Recently while having a valve stem replaced at a Goodyear dealer, I struck up a conversation with the Manager about the Marathons. His opinion was they were a good tire for smaller TTs, 5ers, and lite duty utility trailers, but had no place on the heavier 5ers. Being a Goodyear dealer of course he recommended the G614s. I know I feel better riding on G614s than I would on Marathons. We each have to make our own decisions.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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I have to agree somewhat with what the tire man said. We just traded a 7 yr old Carriage for a Redwood. The Carriage had G614's on it that were about a year old with about 5,000 mi. on them. While checking out the Redwood, I saw that it had Marathon's. I took the GVW of the trailer, figured the total weight capacity of the Marathons, and decided the weight capacity of the tires was to close to the GVW of the trailer. As long as you weren't over the GVW, and the weight was evenly distributed over the four tires, you would be in the safe limits. If either of those n't the case, you were asking for trouble. I had the dealer change out the Marathons for my G614's. The Redwood comes standard with the Marathons and the G614's are an option. They should make the G614's standard.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
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I've been hearing a lot of bad things about the Good Year marathon tires and would like input from anyone using them. We have them on our Redwood and have 3500 miles of uneventful use on them. I check them regularly as i would any tire and see signs of tread separation or bulging.
I know there was a problem with them after they sent production overseas but haven't those issues been addressed by now?
How much of the bad talk about them is just internet gossip by uninformed people that need something to say?
Just curious.
I replaced the Mission tires on the Cruiser back in Feb. of 2010 with a set of Goodyear Marathon's. Have not had any problems to date. Approx. 5000 mi.
A lot of people claim they are made in China. Maybe some are, I don't know. Mine are stamped on the sidewall (MADE IN USA).
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:58 PM   #7
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The ones coming on most of the new trailers are made in China from reports I have read on different forums. Maybe you have to buy the trailer with China Marathons then buy the ones made in the USA. The RV industry as a whole takes the cheap way out.
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