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ccg951
09-05-2013, 01:41 PM
Tires on my "new to me" 353 hour '92 ProStar 205 were older than I thougt as both gave up the ghost last weekend on our 2 hr. tow to the lake. What a pain in the arse....

I've always run Marathons but the set I bought for the fishing boat earlier this year came stamped "Made is China" and sure enough the recent reviews are not good so I'm moving on. Went looking for the highest load rated R14 I could find: Kumho 204R14 load range D at aprox. 2200 lbs.

I have only a 1/2" free space at the garage door header with the tower folded so moving up to a 15" higher load rating is not an option right now.

Tires are ordered and will be here in a couple of days. Any other option I'm missing before giving these a shot?

Forrest-X45
09-05-2013, 04:29 PM
Good tire selection. I had the Kumho 857's installed in the spring and they have performed great all summer. They barely get hot even towing at higher speeds. They are speed rated to 99 MPH. :) I don't recommed towing that fast BTW. ;)
I paid extra $$ for them because I wanted the 8 ply 14" tire since the 6 ply were overloaded with my setup. My old tires would get pretty hot with normal towing speeds. Now I have peace of mind while towing without the expense of moving up to a 15" setup.

thatsmrmastercraft
09-05-2013, 05:17 PM
PM sent.

gts-20
09-05-2013, 05:39 PM
I need to replace the tires on my tandem axle trailer in the next few weeks. Where are you finding these tires, or other brands? I need 215 75 14's, at least I think thats whats on my '08 trailer. Its been almost 4 years since I replaced the worthless marathons. I have no name tires on there now from a firestone store that happened to be open on the Sunday afternoon that my original marathon blew out.

thatsmrmastercraft
09-05-2013, 05:50 PM
I need to replace the tires on my tandem axle trailer in the next few weeks. Where are you finding these tires, or other brands? I need 215 75 14's, at least I think thats whats on my '08 trailer. Its been almost 4 years since I replaced the worthless marathons. I have no name tires on there now from a firestone store that happened to be open on the Sunday afternoon that my original marathon blew out.

PM sent.

ccg951
09-05-2013, 07:46 PM
Discount Tire price matched the best web price I could find and they will add replacement warranty down to the wear bars or 10 years whichever comes 1st, seriously on a trailer!! I may have just paid for my last set of tires...... We'll see which set lives longer, the China Marathons i just bought 2 wks ago or these Kumhos.

StrmChzr
09-07-2013, 12:03 AM
Don't think you can go wrong with either Kumho 857 or Maxxis M8008 for trailer tires. I've got pair of Maxxis and pair of cheapo trailer radials on my tandem. Need to purchase another pair of Maxxis in the off season to replace trailer radials.

thatsmrmastercraft
09-07-2013, 09:54 AM
There are a number of other brands of trailer tires that will perform equally as well as Kunho and Maxxis. I have been selling Kenda, Gladiator & Akuret ST tires for years and I have not had a single tire returned for warranty.

TeamAllen
09-07-2013, 06:05 PM
I saw a posting on Malibu's site where an owner had a problem with his Maxxis trailer tire and it sounds like he took meticulous care of them.
http://www.themalibucrew.com/forums/index.php?/topic/45868-kumho-857s-are-on-the-way/?hl=kumho

thatsmrmastercraft
09-07-2013, 06:21 PM
I saw a posting on Malibu's site where an owner had a problem with his Maxxis trailer tire and it sounds like he took meticulous care of them.
http://www.themalibucrew.com/forums/index.php?/topic/45868-kumho-857s-are-on-the-way/?hl=kumho

Any tire can fail from a defect in manufacturing. The tread separating from that Kumho doesn't mean that the other four on his trailer are bad, but I would be tempted to replace them as well. Used trailer tires are easy to sell.

Also, I wouldn't condemn a tire manufacturer from one bad experience. Kumho and Maxxis make fine trailer tires. Perhaps over-priced, but a fine tire none-the-less.

TeamAllen
09-09-2013, 02:10 AM
Those aren't Kumhos that separated it is a Maxxis tire. The owner is replacing all 5 of them with Kumho Tires.

I agree it can happen to any of them. I just hadn't heard of a problem with Maxxis until that one. I am currently trying the Kumho tires myself. We shall see. I'm on season 2 with thte set of Kumho's.

Forrest-X45
07-28-2016, 05:57 PM
I think I have to retract my recommendation for the Kumho 857's I made in post #2. This is my third summer with the tires and now had my second major tire failure. I always check tire pressure and keep them at max pressure. I never thought the Greenball tires that came on the trailer were any good but never had any issues in 6 years before replacing them with the Kumho's.

This happened on our return trip from Eastern Washington on Tuesday. Thankfully I have aluminum fenders or it would have made a mess of the trailer. Only black marks on the frame and fender bracing. I couldn't see the tire since I was pulling the boat with the motorhome so other cars flagged me down on the long straight section of freeway.

MCKiwi
07-28-2016, 06:08 PM
+1 for Kumho. I put new Kumho tires on when my boat arrived here in NZ. We don't have the large range of manufacturers represented here but Kumho is available and a well respected brand. I agree with Peter that one issue is not enough to judge the brand objectively. I haven't read on here or anywhere else bad reports? (other than the link posted above)

KyleNowad
07-28-2016, 06:28 PM
I am getting new tires next week to replace my original 2006 ones. I already forgot the name.

thatsmrmastercraft
07-28-2016, 07:59 PM
I am getting new tires next week to replace my original 2006 ones. I already forgot the name.



They should be Kenda Loadstars.


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waterlogged882
07-28-2016, 09:07 PM
+1 for Kumho. I put new Kumho tires on when my boat arrived here in NZ. We don't have the large range of manufacturers represented here but Kumho is available and a well respected brand. I agree with Peter that one issue is not enough to judge the brand objectively. I haven't read on here or anywhere else bad reports? (other than the link posted above)

+2 on Kumho 857 trailer tire. Load range D

Carries a 190 on single axle well...

ccg951
09-09-2017, 06:55 PM
Well it is 9-9-2017 and both of those 857s I installed four years and fours days ago today just gave it up. I noticed the first one just after leaving 3 miles from home, turned around and swaped it out at home with the spar 857 I bought too. I also grabbed the spar off of the fishing rig, good thing because an 1-1/2 later the passenger side failed. Both tires failed on the side wall near the transition to the tread. I always run max rated pressure and boat is always garaged. Drivers side failed on the outside sidewall the other was inboard sidewall. No Scuff marks from impact anywhere and tires have never been run at low pressure.
Discount Tire put a warranty on them so I'm about to give it a test drive🙂

Our shortest lake trip is 2hrs one way with several trips from OKC to Beaver which is about 5hrs so they've seen some miles. As a single axle the tires are fairly well loaded. I might move up to a 15" rim to get into a Load Range D.

How has everyone else faired with their Kumhos? This was my first set, always Marathons prior.

waterlogged882
09-09-2017, 07:13 PM
Mine are five years old. Nothing bad here.

kman
09-09-2017, 08:29 PM
I too bought a set of kumhos back in 2013 , and 2 of them recently blew, so haven't faired well for me.
I replaced them with the new Goodyear endurance tires made in usa. They are 14 inch with a D load rating, so well see how they do.

Rossterman
09-10-2017, 10:54 AM
Been running the 857's for a number of years with zero issues. Unmounted and Placed side by side with the crap towmax tires (I had a belt delamination on the RV on a trip and the only tire available) is startling. Sidewall of the khumo is easily twice as thick and much stiffer.

ccg951
10-03-2017, 07:17 PM
Well, Discount Tire kept up there end. Actually replaced the two failed 857s with GoodYear Endurance NO COST!

The Endurance is American made and is one stiff tire!

My ProStar 205 is for sale so whomever winds up with it will have the best 14" tire I know of.

curver900
10-04-2017, 11:19 AM
Discount tire is a great place and they are all over the country... I do all my tires with them and get a bunch of free goodies from them all the time...

if you order from discounttiredirect.com you don't have to pay tax except in AZ, no shipping and they mount/balance them at any discount tire for around $18 bucks IIRC...

My last truck needs RF balancing and they did it for the same cost as spin balance and they redo them for free for the life of the tire... just can't beat them...

my last tires where carslile and they are fine for the 400 miles a year I put on them... I just bought a new TT and it has good ol' chinese marathons.. yikes.. so off to DT...