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Old 06-18-2016, 09:08 AM   #11
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3 hours each way is something to consider for sure. Do you have a CW anywhere near; or closer? I got mine through them. I get the regular tire warranty from Carlisle plus CW has their own warranty (I forget the details) and I can take the tires into them just as I would a tire dealer, so, the locations I can take tires in the event of a failure is not only all Carlisle dealers but all CW locations as well.

Some folks buy tires and have them delivered, then installed etc. I've done that in the past but it's not the same as buying a tire from the local dealer. I did it once and decided I would just rather buy from someone local, get free mounting and balancing, then free rotation and balance for life. Works out more or less in the end. In the end I've finally started using DT for nearly everything. At home in TX it's one hour each way to their location and in NM it's about 30 minutes. I've had super luck with them.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:47 AM   #12
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Is it free shipping on Amazon? If you check with DT, they will probably match the Amazon price. My biggest concern buying from Amazon is if they are a new tire or will they have an old date. If they do have an old date, what's the return policy?
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Old 06-18-2016, 12:40 PM   #13
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Yes, the Amazon shipping is free. But the age of the tire was my concern too. I doubt they'd take them back if I didn't like the date. But would DT take them back? I guess if I was there in person they might try to get some others, but if I had them sent to me then what? I'm going to call around this coming week and check out some things. There is a hole in the wall tire place I pass often about 30 minutes from me. They have really good reviews online and they are a Carlisle dealer. I also see Pep Boys is a dealer and I have them local, but I don't know their reputation anymore.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:35 PM   #14
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For a RV I think I would buy from a national chain. I would go with Pep Boys if they were handy. I can't remember doing any business with them. I imagine service varies store to store.
If I was buying tires for a utility trailer, yeah Bubba's Tire and Bait Shop would work.
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:29 PM   #15
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Yes, the Amazon shipping is free. But the age of the tire was my concern too. I doubt they'd take them back if I didn't like the date. But would DT take them back? I guess if I was there in person they might try to get some others, but if I had them sent to me then what? I'm going to call around this coming week and check out some things. There is a hole in the wall tire place I pass often about 30 minutes from me. They have really good reviews online and they are a Carlisle dealer. I also see Pep Boys is a dealer and I have them local, but I don't know their reputation anymore.
DT will absolutely work with you if you feel the tire is too old. I initially ordered 5 Maxxis M8008 from DT. Took them 2 days to come in. When I went in to have them mounted, I ask for them to check the date. The tires were 13 months old. I expected an attitude from the salesman, he was nothing but helpful. When he couldn't find newer M8008 close by, he suggested the Carlisle HD. He had them in the next morning. DT is excellent!
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Old 06-19-2016, 04:07 AM   #16
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We bought our new Carlisle radial trail rh from tread depot.com. They had the best online price we could find. Tires arrived in 2 days with a date code of less hen 6 months. I have a buddy that changes tires on the side, $40 to mount and balance all 4. Stepped up from 8 ply to 10 ply. we have 2 trips on them so far and tows well. I buy all my tires from tread depot.
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Old 06-19-2016, 04:25 AM   #17
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I never hear anyone mention Goodyear trailer tires, I worked for a Goodyear shop for years so yes I did drink the cool-aid. I wouldn't use any other tire on my tv, I have put the Goodyear trailer tire on a car trailer at work but it only sees in town use. Have you camper uses seen bad things from the Goodyear trailer tires?
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:18 AM   #18
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I never hear anyone mention Goodyear trailer tires, I worked for a Goodyear shop for years so yes I did drink the cool-aid. I wouldn't use any other tire on my tv, I have put the Goodyear trailer tire on a car trailer at work but it only sees in town use. Have you camper uses seen bad things from the Goodyear trailer tires?
The Marathons used to be a really good tire and where the tire of choice for many. In recent years they seem to have dropped quality and people are seeing more problems than in the past. If I remember correctly, this seemed to coincide with a switch to manufacturing them in China. The G614 seems to be a good tire and I haven't really heard of anyone with problems. Of course I haven't heard of anyone having problems with any G rated tire. IMO the biggest problem with any Goodyear ST tire is that they are overpriced. I can get a equal or better quality tire for much less.
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:47 AM   #19
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From my research it appeared that the Marathon (which I have used many years ago) used to be a good trailer tire. They started having them made in China and they started having problems. They moved them back to the USA and they were good. Then back to China and now they aren't (this is all from my memory as I was researching what to buy before I bought the current Carlisle tires). I went to the NHTSA website and pulled up the complaints on the Marathons and almost fell out of my chair. Loads of complaints; I went with the Carlisle.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:30 AM   #20
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Thanks for the tip on Tread Depot. I looked there and they have them for $54 less per tire than DT. That's pretty impressive.

As for buying from a national chain vs Joes Bait and Tire store, I guess that is a consideration I hadn't thought about.

As for Pep Boys, I'll have to look into their current reputation. But from all the comments I'm really leaning toward a 3 hour drive to Raleigh now. There's a nice campground down there I can go hang out at for a few days.

As for CW, the closest one is also 3 hours away. I live in a pretty urban area and there is NOTHING (useful) around here.

Again, thanks so much for all the input. Very much appreciated.

ETA: Correction, the $54 less was for the RH, it's $75 less per tire for the HD, although the HD is listed as out of stock and to call for special oredering so that price might not hold. But the RH is in stock.
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