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Old 07-10-2015, 07:33 PM   #21
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We used LT's on our last trailer as it had 16" wheels. Never any issues and we got over 35,000 miles on them. I would get another set if possible but the new Windjammer got a set of Carlisle 15" - 'E's put on right away. 6,000 miles so far. I think the OEM problem is a 9,000-10,000 lb trailer on "C' tires more than brand issues. We saw 4 stranded Rv's with blown out wheels last winter. Stay Safe!


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Old 07-10-2015, 07:46 PM   #22
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Had three blowouts within 350 miles last year on one trip. $2,300 damage that my local RV dealer [Newcastle RV] fixed in three days. Fender skirts, sub-paneling, wiring harness and propane line all shredded. All three China Bomb Towmasters.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:54 PM   #23
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2 tires unraveled on our Silverback

We never lost air pressure. Both times the tires de-laminated and the steel belts beat the side of the rig. We were on a narrow, windy road, no choice but to drive it. I was very upset, sick to my stomach watching the side of the rig being swiped by the steel belts. We didn't know the problem until I googled Trailmate and it came back China Bomb. The dealership claimed not to be aware. BS
I paid for the first repair, turned the second one in to insurance.

Interestingly, a man pulled over behind us and offered to help. He said he had been doing yard work and heard us go by. Being a trucker, he knew the sound. So, he followed us knowing we were in trouble. He even went back to his house to get a 3 ton jack and helped my husband change the tire. In the process, his spark plug socket broke. I bought him a new one, Craftsman, and set out to give it to him. On three occasions, I drove up and down the road looking for his car, I asked the rural mail carrier, I knocked on doors. I timed my search to coincide with the day of the week and the time of day,thinking trucker schedule, long hauler. Again interestingly, trucker treated my husband like my husband was "older or fragile" when I thought them to be about the same age. Neither were spring chickens. I did find an obituary for a man with a similar name but he was older than 60 something.
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:13 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by HSVBamaBob View Post
ALL RVs with the exception of top of the line (e.g., Cardinal's come with Goodyears and you can even upgrade them to a higher load rating)

Rather than start a discussion here, I encourage everyone to search the threads on the LT Tire discussion - LT Tires are NOT a good Idea for RV's especially multi-axel RVs

Just say'n

I have read the theoretical reasoning of why you should use ST tires over LT. But in all my reading on various forums I can't recall anyone making the switch to LT regretting it.
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:27 AM   #25
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I am curious. When a tire blows and beats a hole through these light foam/luan composite floors, how are they repaired?
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Old 07-11-2015, 04:26 PM   #26
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I saw on another forum where someone installed steel fenders like those on a boat trailer over the tires. I thought it was a great idea because if a tire blew up it would be a first line of defense before it hit the RV.
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:03 PM   #27
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:15 PM   #28
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Old 07-12-2015, 09:23 AM   #29
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Blowout prevention

I still would rather work toward keeping a tire from shredding in the first place than try to minimize the damage it did during a blowout. Install a good tire pressure monitoring system and you will know immediately if a tire has lost or is losing pressure, if it is getting too hot, or is just different from the other tires so you can stop and check on it. The TST-507 (there are others available) is the system I have and it continuously reads pressures and temperatures on the 4 trailer tires so I know I have no problems. It has a very loud alarm when it senses the pressure is lost, alerting you to stop and check on the tire. To see what would happen, I unscrewed one of the sensors to simulate lost pressure in a tire and the cab monitor alarm is sufficiently loud to get your attention. While you cannot keep a really bad road hazard from immediately blowing a tire, anything bad enough to blow a good tire should be easily seen even if you can't avoid hitting it. I would then slow down considerably until I could pull over and inspect all the tires for damage. What is the old adage? "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
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Dustman, that is a great idea!

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