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#1 Horace & Dianne

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:03 AM

Spring is almost upon us and it is time to get the Casita ready to hit the road. Our 17SD Casita is a 2008 and I have order 15 inch aluminum wheels which are rated for 2,830 lb @ 80 psi and should arrive soon.

We still have the original Goodyear Marathon tires on the trailer and they look great. But after three years of use, I am looking for new tires. So many people recommend the Maxxis UE-168 Bravo Size 225/70R15 Load Range D. I know that these tires can be purchased from Gripston.com at a good price and free delivery. However after checking with multiple tire dealers in our area; these Maxxis tires have to be special order and most dealers can not obtain these tires. However most Maxxis dealers can order the M8008 ST tires with quick delivery, most of the time they can have them in the same day.

There are lots of Goodyear dealers in the area that sell numerous Goodyear Marathon tires in the ST225/75R15 Load Range D. I know that Casita has been installing these Goodyear 15 inch load range D tires since 2009. How are these tires holding up and would you purchase them again?

I have mixed feeling about which replacement tires to purchase. The Maxxis UE-168 Bravo has a great reputation among various types of trailer owners; but most agree that these tires are not readily available.




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#2 OREGON5432

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:29 PM

I ordered 3 14 inch rim tires from Gripton Tire Co. last Feb. 4, 2011. It was a pleasant experience. They were shipped from their headquarters, I guess. For 3 Maxxis Radial M8008 sized ST 215/75 R 14, the price was $302, I think, and they were delivered via FedEX for free. I received them in three days. I removed the old tires/rims from my 17' Casita, hauled them to town in my P/U where a local tire store removed the old tires, installed the new tires, installed new stems, balanced all three, and disposed of the old tires all for $45.00 (no tax in OR).

My tires were manufactured in Thialand. The date stamp on each tire was 1010, and the tires are NOT marked non-directional (No one-way arrow embossed on either sidewall.) I plan to rotate all three on a regular basis as an expirement. So far, I have only pulled the Casita 100 miles for a test. I expect them to last many years.

I did measure the tread depth to verify Gripons' claim. I believe they reported the tread depth to be 7/32nds. The measurements on all three was .265 i.e. 17/64ths, i.e. 9/32nds, which is the depth to the WEAR BARS. The full depth down to the base of the tread is .312 i.e. 5/16th, i.e 10/32nds.

I also plan to over inflate the tires to 55 psi. I have not measured yet, but on my old Marithon TowMasters, I ran at 55 psi. By doing so, 1" less tread (width) on each side of the tire was contacting the pavement, which I felt may amount to less fuel usage, and also less likely that the trailer may try to pass the tow vehicle during unusual drividng conditions. The torsion bar axle seems to me to take up the extras shock of hard tires quite nicely.

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#3 Sue and Sandy

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 07:04 AM

Horace and Dianne,

This was our post in fall of 2009 about the Nankang tires with which we replaced our Marathons. We have had no problems so far and have traveled to Arizona and around Colorado and Utah since they were added.

"Sandy decided it was time to replace the old Marathons this week. They had given us 26,000 miles of service since June 2003. Well one did, the other one came up with a divot down to the steel belt during our last trip in July (2009)and was replaced.

We found out how close we came to a tire failure when the man at the tire store said the reason the tire was bulging was it was about to separate! Yikes! But it held together for 26,000 miles, so we got plenty of use out of it.

We have replaced them with Nankang 195R14 Commercial Series Load Range D. We wanted the Kumhos, but tire guy said he couldn't get them. He recommended these since they are used by Vanagon drivers and have a rating for highway speeds. We only travel at a max of 60-65, so that should be fine. The weight they can carry is 350 more lbs. per tire than the Kumhos."

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#4 roadcam

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:10 PM

my 15" MAXXIS 8008 tires have roughly 16,000 miles on them,(plenty of rough road included)... I keep them inflated at 60# Cold, and usually drive about 55-60 mph ... they still look like new, treadwise, I couldn't be happier with them ... however, I will likely switch to 'LT' tires on the next set, we'll see ...
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#5 Horace & Dianne

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:39 AM

In June we replaced our original Goodyear Marathon tires on the trailer which looked great. But after three years of use, we were questing their life.

The new tires are Maxxis UE-168 Bravo Size 225/70R15 Load Range D, which I located from a dealer in North Carolina, not too far from us.

Plus I installed new 15 inch Americana Aluminum wheels, purchased from etrailer. We run 60 psi in these tires and they ride excellent; I would highly recommend these Maxxis tires.

Attached is a picture of the new wheels and tires.



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Horace & Dianne

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RV: 2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II 23' 6" Hull Number 93

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#6 roadcam

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:03 AM

I have been having great service from my Maxxis 8008 tires
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2008 Ford E-250 Supervan

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