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Old 04-29-2016, 12:37 PM   #21
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The only tires that have plugs in them around here are on the quads,never on a TV.I wont even run a inside patch repaired tire on the steering axel,and only on the drive axel to get somewhere and replace it.
I've had blowouts on the same vehicle, one front, one rear. IMHO, based on actual experience, you definitely want a front blowout,,,,,, you can steer your way through it. On the rear - well, let's just say it's a pants cleaning event.

As far as plugs - were those tires plugged and patched, or just plugged? Speaking from experience as a tire dealer, any plug without an inside patch will void the warranty on a tire. Also more than 3 repairs to a tire and it's recommended to replace it.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:42 PM   #22
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I will take your word for the tread, but will speak to the plugs. Never say never but plugs that have been present for some time are likely to stay good forever. When you put them in you usually have a good feeling about the likelihood of them holding and if they hold for the first week or so they as noted above are usually good to go. Things like tread separation are visible indications that it didn't work and no sense trying it again.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:43 PM   #23
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Interesting conversion. Now where is the spare and why not swap out and use it. That's what they are for. Telling me if I have 20,000 miles on tires no good. Just saying. Later RJD
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:45 PM   #24
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As far as plugs - were those tires plugged and patched, or just plugged? Speaking from experience as a tire dealer, any plug without an inside patch will void the warranty on a tire. Also more that 3 repairs to a tire and it's recommended to replace it.
I wish I could answer that question. I had it plugged once but over the course of the next year it was losing enough air that I had to add every week, so I took it back, and they said they fixed it. Sure enough, no more leaks, but I have no idea if the prob was with the original plug, or if they found another hole. I also don't know if they included a patch. They just said, "plug." won't be buying my tires from them.

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Old 04-29-2016, 12:50 PM   #25
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I wish I could answer that question. I had it plugged once but over the course of the next year it was losing enough air that I had to add every week, so I took it back, and they said they fixed it. Sure enough, no more leaks, but I have no idea if the prob was with the original plug, or if they found another hole. I also don't know if they included a patch. They just said, "plug." won't be buying my tires from them.

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If the tire leaked through that repair that long, I'd be expecting a separation. Virtually every tire we had come to us with a tread separation had a string plug repair in that area.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:52 PM   #26
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Well then, that's enough information to inspire me to shop for some new tires. Thank you!

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Old 04-29-2016, 12:54 PM   #27
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I agree with clr on the BFGoodrich. I've had two sets (Long Trail T/A) on my pickup (not a TV), and have been very happy with them. No air leakage. BFG is owned by Michelin, so that should tell you something. May not be quite as good, but great for the price.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:27 PM   #28
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Our Sam's here in Concord NC doesn't sell LT tires. The guy at the counter looked at me like I had two heads when I asked him about LT 10 ply tires
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I hate to bring this up, but since you are going on such a long trip......I'd seriously consider buying new tires for your trailer too. Check the tires which are on it now and then see how much those tires go for new. I'd bet they would be the cheapest on the market. We are going on a 7,000 mile road trip with a Wildwood 262BHXL (which is a bit heavier than your trailer). It came with bias ply tires! I'm not a tire expert, but if you do a quick internet search of bias ply vs radial tires, I'd think you might conclude, as we did, that the radials are a better bet for towing a TT, especially in the heat of the summer. We went with Maxxi tires, as we have had good luck with them on other travel trailers. (Sold the bias ply tires on craigslist). A blowout on a TT can cause lots of damage and you may have to replace the other tire on that side also depending on how long it carried the extra weight. Having high quality tires and a TPMS are important safety features you'll want, especially on a long trip. And don't forget to check the air pressure/condition of the spare. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:59 PM   #30
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I hate to bring this up, but since you are going on such a long trip......I'd seriously consider buying new tires for your trailer too.
I think you all must have stock in the tire companies

J.K. I'll definitely look into it. I've been seeing them referred to as China bombs. Thanks for the tip!

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