Goodyear Announces American Made Trailer Tire

A while back when I had my Serro Scotty Hilander, vintage 2010, I decided the fall after it was built that I’d pull off the Chinese made bias play tires that were on it. I had read online so many issues with “China Bombs” as most Chinese built trailer tires were called, that I felt for peace of mind that I’d invest money into the best tire I could find. The tire that came on it from the factory was an H188ST bias ply by Tredit Tire…made in China.

tire 1Most RV manufacturers like to put as little money into components as they can to help keep production costs down, which I think we all understand, albeit a hard pill to swallow as consumers. Once I started reading several RV forums about tires and blowouts, I soon found that I was educating myself pretty well. I decided one night to inspect the tires on my Scotty and noticed on one side wall there was a nick. That was enough of a red flag for me to get more serious about getting a new set of tires for my 3 month old trailer. That is, GOOD tires. After a good week scouring the internet, the consensus was two choices: Goodyear Marathons (the ones made in America – not China), and Maxxis. Although Maxxis is made in Thailand, they had an excellent reputation in the industry and did their job: they didn’t blow out. This was about the time that Goodyear sent production of their Marathons over to China, and reports were already online of Chinese Marathon failures (blowouts) in some cases with just a couple thousand miles logged on the tires. I went with the Maxxis, and it was an excellent (and only) choice I could’ve made. The Scotty tracked much better behind my truck than it ever did with the bias ply tires. I had those Maxxis on it some 4+ years with no signs of wear when I sold it in 2015. I was sold on Maxxis and highly recommended anyone searching for a replacement trailer tire to make Maxxis their choice with confidence. And I still feel that way today.

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However, I might need to make room for another tire that fits that confidence level. Recently Goodyear Tire has introduced a second trailer tire to go alongside their Marathon called the Endurance. The Endurance is a much more stout tire in comparison to the Marathon, as its load range are only D and E to handle heavier loads. Some of the features of the Endurance include:

  • An optimized tread depth and decoupling groove, which help it remain cool while towing heavy loads;
  • Rugged fabric-steel construction, which offers improved durability and carrying capacity while remaining compatible with tire pressure monitoring systems and typical tire inflation stations;
  • A specialized inner liner, which minimizes air loss in trailer applications; and
  • A scuff guard, which helps protect sidewalls.

One big reason for the confidence that consumers should look forward to is that the Endurance is built right here in the United States. For years, RV owners have chastised…and rightly so…tire manufacturers for sending production overseas where it is felt quality control is lacking, thus causing the many tire failures that foreign made tires are noted for. But the Endurance will be made in the U.S., which should bring some comfort to the majority of RV owners who are savvy about their tires. Jayco has already announced that all of its products will leave the factory on Goodyear Endurance tires, so the industry is starting to listen to what consumers have been wanting for quite some time: an American made tire on their RV instead of something that they’ll need to replace in a couple of thousand miles. tire 3


For those reading who think a tire is just a tire, look at it this way. Most of your small trailers that I cover on this page are going to be single axle trailers. It’s even more critical for owners of single axle trailers to have the most reliable tire on their trailer that money can buy. Why? In the even of a blowout, a single axle trailer can put you in a compromising position especially if on the highway at highway speeds. However if your trailer is on a twin axle and have a blowout, you still have three tires on the ground, and instability will be less of a factor than a blowout on a single axle trailer, leaving you with just one tire on the highway at highway speeds. That’s why tire safety is one of my biggest “causes” I like to preach. It’s worth spending an extra $200 or so to have an excellent set of radial trailer tires on your trailer. After all, the trailer that’s sitting on top of your tires is in the thousands of dollars, so isn’t a cheap investment in a quality tire that you can reduce the risk of catastrophic failure worth it? It’s a cheap insurance policy and smart money spent. So when looking at new tires, do your research, ask questions, and make a good educated decision. Hopefully after reading this you know what my choice would be, but with the Endurance now on the market, you know what my choiceS would be.

To read up on sizes and specs of the Goodyear Endurance, visit the Tire Rack website at:


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12 Responses to Goodyear Announces American Made Trailer Tire

  1. Rhonda

    Appreciate the information! I have a vintage ’69 Shasta Compact and this article has convinced me I need to look into these tires for the safety factor alone. Thanks so much. Rhonda

  2. Wayne

    My Winnebago TT loaded to it’s maximum weights and proper weight distribution puts my tires at their limits. No margin of safety in the specs! I hope we can get a HD 14″ G rated tire soon

  3. Carl Mc

    Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to share this. I’m working on getting me a set now.

  4. KEW824

    Thanks for the info. I had two Goodyear Marathons installed in 2012, both from USA. One was damaged on the sidewall and had to be replaced. The replacement was Goodyear Marathon, but from China. Last week, the China tire, though newer, slung its tread, damaging the lights on the trailer at highway speeds. I’ve only driven a couple hundred miles per year on these tires. Searched frantically for USA made tires and found the Goodyear Endurance, made in the USA. I now have those great, Load D tires on my trailer. I’ll NEVER NEVER buy a tire from China again!!!!! Looking forward to great service from these tires.

  5. Ed

    I contacted my independent tire dealer who is a Goodyear dealer looking for two 205-75R-14 Endurance tires and he said they are hard to come by. He said if he orders them, it could be two to four weeks or longer before they arrive. Does anyone know why they aren’t more readily available.

  6. John

    I have been looking for tires myself and did some reading and research and the marathon tires where suggested but not the Chinese ones. Just purchased some off of eBay. Got them today hold and behold guess where they came from. Made in China date code 2016. So these tires are still out there and if you get them online make sure you ask for the country of origin. These are going back to where I purchased them from. I can’t see taking a risk on tires made in a foreign country at all. Why take that risk?

    • Pat

      John – From what I know, nowadays ALL Goodyear Marathons are built in China. It’s the Goodyear Endurance that are made in the US that you need to put on your RV. I believe it’s Jayco that is putting them exclusively on their trailers..Airstream as well.

  7. Tony M

    I had two tires (made in China) go bad on first trip after they were installed (app 1000 miles on tires). Both on same side of travel trailer. Thank God I didn’t have a wreck. One tire separated and slung rubber, which was noticed by vehicle passing me. When I went to change tire, about 8 inches of steel belts were all that was left in one spot. While changing that tire, I noticed tire in front of it had a LARGE bubble in threads. Put two new tires on (unfortunately also made in China) and limped home. Will NEVER have tires made in China again, except maybe on wheel barrow. Subsequently sold trailer. Now have another trailer and seriously considering changing to tires made in good old USA.

  8. Tim

    Had China Bombs on my TT and bit the bullet and put higher rated Goodyear Endurance made in the good ole USA on instead. First trip noticed that the Endurance ran MUCH cooler. Old tires were significantly warmer when I put my hand on them. Glad I decided to up a class and put D rated on instead of the C rated that was originally on there (the China Bombs). The old adage “you get what you pay for” applies. If you want peace of mind I’d STRONGLY suggest doing similar.

  9. Gary M. Gorski

    I understand the Endurance tires are Assembled in the USA, but where is the origin of components, steel belts, carcass plies, liner, tread rubber, etc.

    Did Goodyear build new US plants to manufacture those components or are parts being manufactured and shipped from existing facilities based overseas?

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