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Old 11-08-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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US made ST tires??

This last week I called my tire shop to get the price on the Maxxis ST M8008 tires. I was trying to figure out if I can buy them this spring or next. I always thought they were US made. On a whim I emailed the company just to confirm. They emailed back that they were made in Tailand. I was almost in disbelief since I had been sure they were US made. While the reviews for Maxxis have been good here and other sites I would like to buy a US made brand if they are reliable. Are there any US made ST tires? I'd like to buy American. Canadian made would be my second choice.

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Old 11-08-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
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No, there are no US-made ST tires. Except for Maxxis, they are all made in China.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:38 PM   #3
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Not sure of your tire size, but I have had great success with the Kumho Radial 857. It is a metric sized tire, but it fit the bill when I had a Maxxi blowout a couple years ago. They are speed rated up to 99 mph, carry the weight needed, and are built with standards required to be on a delivery vehicle. A member of another forum is how I found out about them.

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Not sure of your tire size, but I have had great success with the Kumho Radial 857. It is a metric sized tire, but it fit the bill when I had a Maxxi blowout a couple years ago. They are speed rated up to 99 mph, carry the weight needed, and are built with standards required to be on a delivery vehicle. A member of another forum is how I found out about them.

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My trailer takes a 205/75R 14. I'll revisit the Kumho Radial 857

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Old 11-08-2015, 07:52 PM   #5
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If there are any ST tires still being made in the US they are going to be bias ply and probably in limited sizes. Maxxis is a good tire. I have used them in the past with good results. Just looked up the Kumho, they are made in China or Vietnam...

Read the reviews... guess what? Yup people complaining about blowouts.

I don't know if there is any sure fire way to avoid them.
However I take the following steps:
  1. Check for proper inflation
  2. Inspect at every stop
  3. buy highest weight range I can find
  4. run a TPMS for real time warnings
I really wish there was a way to REALLY know why various tires fail.

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I have not checked on them for blowout reviews...I know when I was looking for them, there were very few complaints...much like Maxxis. With that being said, it doesn't matter where the tires are made, if they are operated beyond their limits and fail, you cannot blame the manufacturer...let me stress.......I am in no way sticking up for the Chinese made tires...I think they are complete crap. However, the RV industry is notorious for putting tires on the trailers with marginal room for weight and these tires have a speed rating of 65mph....I bet those hotshot drivers don't abide by that...

I have had my fair share of tire problems...I 100% agree...check pressures, run TPMS, stay off the curbs, run within weight/speed limits...may not stop a blow out, but will decrease the chances.

Now, why aren't there any made in the USA, probably not a high demand for them...sounds funny, right? But for the amount of vehicles out there, the ratio of trailers may be quite low. Yes, this is me talking out my rear, but the number of trailers on the road is less than vehicles, why spend money making better tires when you have all those cars to win over...

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Old 11-08-2015, 08:41 PM   #7
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No argument from me Cale. I am sure you know how I feel about the bean counting profits at all costs RV industry.

I agree that most of the entry level tires that they put on many RV's are complete garbage. BTW 16.5 million new cars sold in 2014 versus 356,725 RV's. And you have to figure some of those RV's were on a truck chassis with decent rubber from the manufacturer. I would WAG that MoHo's are probably 10%-15% of the total market.

Another factor is owner education. How many people are really aware and educated as to what tires they need and how different tires perform? I would suspect that it is in the single digit percentages.

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What about the Goodyear G614 G rated tire. Ive had two sets of them. Ok so far.Are they junk also thanks GW.
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What about the Goodyear G614 G rated tire. Ive had two sets of them. Ok so far.Are they junk also thanks GW.
From what I understand, they are good tires, just ridiculously expensive. I opted for Sailun tires instead of the G614 tires...almost half the price.

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Old 11-10-2015, 04:53 PM   #10
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OK, my dumb...what is an ST tire?

Looking to go with LT Light Truck tires this Winter and will make sure they are load an speed rated for what I need/want.

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