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Maxxis M8008 ST Radial Trailer Tire Review

Dec 7, 2015
Photographers: Jason Gonderman, Kevin Morgan
Testing tires is a difficult process that requires a high level of awareness and discernment. Even more difficult is reviewing trailer tires. Trailer tires are rather interesting. You don’t write directly on top of them, so monitoring noise and vibrations is challenging. Then there’s the issue of miles. On the highest end of the scale, recreational towers might do 20 percent of their driving with a trailer in tow, meaning that a person who drives 15,000 miles a year might only put 3,000 on their trailer. And the reality is the average number of miles a typical trailer sees in any year is far fewer than that. Luckily, we like to tow a lot and with several different trailer types and sizes to boot.
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If you search for trailer tire reviews on any RV forum, the answer is fairly unanimous: the Maxxis M8008. The trailer tire market is flooded with options, and most of them aren’t worth the rubber they are made of. Out of a desire to make everything less expensive, trailer manufacturers frequently buy the cheapest rolling stock available, often leaving much to be desired. Most of the time these tires barely meet DOT standards and need replacing due to failure sooner than later. On our first trip out with our ’15 Carson utility trailer, we picked up a screw between the tread blocks of the factory installed bias ply tires. This was enough push us into slapping on a set of Maxxis M8008s before the nubs had even worn off the other three tires.
In the interest of testing, we actually installed them on two fairly similar trailers. One brand new and one well aged with a history of eating tires. One trailer carries a 10,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) while the other 7,500 pounds. Since installing the M8008s and continuing to carefully monitor tire pressure before and during each trip, we’re happy to report that we’ve had no failures or punctures. Throughout the thousands of miles we’ve logged, we’ve also noticed that the trailers pull noticeably straighter and smoother than on the cheap generic trailer tires.
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Maxxis’ success with the M8008 can be attributed to its construction. While most generic overseas tire manufacturers (and a few name brand ones as well) build their trailer tires to the minimum specifications, Maxxis has gone above and beyond. The first thing we noticed was the weight. Mounted to the factory steel wheels, the M8008s added 7 pounds per corner over the factory installed bias-ply tires. This jumped the weight from 64 pounds to 71. Our 235/65R16 testers measure in at nearly 31 inches tall, sport an E load rating, and feature 10-ply construction. The tread receive three polyester, two steel, and two nylon plies, while the sidewalls are comprised of three polyester. An advanced tread compound is specifically designed to reduce rolling resistance, which helps to improve both tread life and fuel economy of the tow vehicle. Double steel belting on the tread enhances stability while increasing strength and puncture resistance. Additionally, a full nylon cap creates improved uniformity and, you guessed it, added durability.
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Without sounding too much like a cheerleader for Maxxis, we simply haven’t found a better trailer tire yet. Sure, a lot of people these days opt for LT tires, but that’s a conversation for another day. In the ST trailer service realm, Maxxis has it nailed with the M8008. Quality and construction are second to none, which leads to less blowouts and a far greater service life. If you like changing tires on the side of the road, then stick with the cheapos. If not, then the M8008 is what you need to keep your trailer happy.
Size Tested: 235/80R16
Type: Radial
Load Range: E
Maximum Load (lb @ psi): 3,420 @ 80
Sidewall Plies: 3 polyester
Approved Rim Width (in): 6-7.5
Tread Depth (in): 9/32
Section Width (in): 9.5
Overall Diameter (in): 30.8
Revolutions Per Mile: 672
Weight (lb): 43.4
Test Vehicle: ’15 Carson
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Sources

Discount Tire
888-544-9235
http://www.discounttire.com
Maxxis
Suwanee, GA 30024
800-462-9947
http://www.maxxis.com

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