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Old 09-23-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Keep a close eye on those front tires!!!

We have had our new Georgetown for just a year now and I hadn't given it much though but the other day a guy walking by in the campground asked if I knew my front tires were shot! I never expected it from a 1 year old rig but sure enough the front tires were worn bald for the inside half of both of them and the outside half was almost gone. Seems that FR must not have re-alligned the front end after building the coach on the chassis. I ended up having to have two new tires put on to the price tag of $880 installed. Thankfully they were able to come to me in the campground instead of driving the rig into a shop as we were trying to get some fishing done.

Moral: If you have a new motorhome keep a REAL close eye on those front tires for irregular wear. I feel stupid (if not a bit poorer) for not having done so.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:55 PM   #2
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Yikes!! $880 for 2 tires? I hope they were special.

If your front tires were worn on the edges, inside and outside, perhaps under-inflation? Could cause pre-mature wear. Also, if the front axle tires are worn and the rears are not, perhaps the front axle is doing most of the work? Does your trailer tow nose down? I could see mis-alignment tearing off one side or another but both sides seems like under-inflation or over-loading.
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Thank goodness for our fellow campers.
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My apology. Not familiar with Georgetown and just noticed your signature; apparently a coach. Still, under-inflation is a possibility?
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You mention one year old, but you failed to give the mileage. Also check the brand tires that came off for a recall. Oh, and don't forget to have the alignment checked now that you have new tires, or you're no better off.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:39 PM   #6
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I'd be curious to know your mileage, weights and pressures if you have that information.

I have 7500miles on mine and they still look new. It's only a ferw months old though.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:51 PM   #7
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I'd be curious to know your mileage, weights and pressures if you have that information.

I have 7500miles on mine and they still look new. It's only a ferw months old though.
I had 9300 miles on the rig since new, the tire pressure is as stated by the manufacturer. The wear was on the inner half of EACH tire not of the same tire indicating a poor alignment. My suspicion is that FR failed to have the coach realigned after the coach was built as they should. Since the warranty is out now there is no recourse other than to just take it to have the alignment checked. Since the tires are the big ones (22.5s) they ran $371 each plus installation and tax. Also since the mobile truck doesn't have a spin balancer they had to use Equal internal balancer which is an extra charge. I wished I had been carrying the spare I had bought with the rig, would have at least saved me $371. Problem is when you need it you need it, no time to shop around for best price. Uggghh.
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Thank goodness for our fellow campers.
Amen to that brother, gotta look out for each other...
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:24 PM   #9
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I concur with the alignment (negative camber) theory if its just the inside of the tire wearing faster. You mentioned outside also which confused me into thinking the center was fine and you were wearing your edges.
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We just turned over 8500 miles. I haven't noticed any wear but will definitely be keeping a closer eye on the tires. Thankfully it was spotted while you were parked instead of on the shoulder after a blow out.Thanks for the heads up.
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