I have researched this due to tire problems of my own. My next tires will be Goodyear marathons. My trailer came with 2 ply load B Carlisles and they are not good tires. Mounted ,installed and balanced are approx. $ 100.00 a tire.
I have blown 3 out of 4 of my Carlisles and unfortunately replace them with what I can get as long as they are different. I have Big O and some others, but Carlisles are junk. How much are the Maxis tires?
Jeff-- Just wondering how old the tires were ? Did you have your boat overloaded with camping gear ect.? What was your rate of travel ? I have been making an effort to drive between 60 & 65 mph. Also not to put more than say 700-800 lbs camping gear in the boat. Hopefully I will change out my Carlisles with Goodyears before going to Tahoe next month.
JTW, The tires are 4 years old and appeared to be in great shape and we had nothing in the boat but boards and vests ect. The heavy stuff was in the pickup and we were running about 65mph and felt a vibration. We stopped to look and didn't see anything funny and took off again. We didn't go a minute before they went. The rear tire completely flew apart bending the fender into it and peeling it like an apple. The diamond plate was knocked off and a piece of the rubber must have swung around and broke off the valve stem on the front tire. Somehow nothing touched the boat but the trailer will have to have the fender cut off and replaced. . Spent a few hours on I-5 until we could get things back together. It looks like Marathons and steel valve stems are in my future. Thanks to all for input. Jeff PS Shasta was great! Still stuff floating around. If you are heading that way be sure and buy your gas at Holiday Harbor. 3.89 gal. Cheapest on the lake by far. Bridge Bay 4.95 gal. The average was about 4.50 gal.
Make sure you get a load range-c. That is a 6 ply tire. Tire manufactures recommends replacing tires if they are 5yrs old regardless of how much tread is on them. Trailer tires tend to dry crack faster from lack of use and will cause a tire to fly apart.