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Old 09-26-2016, 02:47 PM   #1
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TIRES???

Just bought 2017 Sandpiper in July. China "bombs" from factory. 1st blowout "Westlake" third time out!! Need recommendations for good, safe, and dependable tires. Never will I understand why FR puts CHEAP tires on brand new RV. Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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I know why FR does it, to save money.


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Old 09-26-2016, 08:33 PM   #3
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1st thing to do IMHO is to look at the published gross trailer weight and compare that to the OEM tires load range ratings. Determine if there is any safety factor built into the OEM tire's loading... you may opt for a bigger load range tire with a larger safety margin... then shop for a brand and reputable dealer to supply those tires.

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total gross trailer weight - 7000#
Load range is a measure of an individual tire's maximum capacity to carry a load. Many trailer tires have a load range of C. If a tire has load range C, it can carry 1,820 pounds per tire/wheel.[/QUOTE]

1820# X 4 tires = 7280# total weight load carrying capacity of 4 tires

only 280#/4 = 70# per tire safety margin... not enough IMO...
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:51 PM   #4
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Personally, I will never again drive off a dealer's lot with Chinese tires on the unit. I've learned my lesson the hard way and will not go down that road again. If the dealer refuses to change out the tires, I will drive away without another word and find another dealer. JMHO.... and experience!
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Goodyear LT G614's is what we went with after our first blowout last year. Pricey at around $330 apiece plus a TPMS set but, I don't worry anymore.

2 weeks ago, I found low tire pressure in one just before leaving the campground. I gave it some thought as I "topped it off" & thought I would check it more thoroughly at our next stop. Well, just as I was unhitching it at our new destination, one of the brass/rubber combination valve stems let loose........on a different tire! So, I decided I would take that opportunity to take all 4 off and bring them in for new steel valve stems. Found that the one that was low on air was because it had a small nail in the inside sidewall!! I had kept a close eye on the TPMS and the pressure & temp never varied from the other three for the entire 200 mile trip. I have no idea when, prior to my discovering the low tire pressure, I picked up that nail. The tire showed no bulge or any other signs of damage or imminent failure other than the nail sticking out of the sidewall.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:29 PM   #6
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Rracer5, does that tire require a special rim?
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I routinely replace ALL my rubber valve stems with screw down stems. Valve stems are ASAE rated by design. Normal all rubber stems are rated for maximum 65 psi, metal / rubber stems are rated maximum 85 psi and screw down stems are rated 135 psi. Why take a chance. Metal screw down valve stems are the safe bet.

The issue is, most tire shops don't stock them. I get mine from NAPA (Schrader or Milton) and when I have tires done, I have them install the screw down stems.

One other thing that most consumers don't know is, all new tires have a balance mark on the sidewall from the factory (that's a DOT requirement by the way). When you have new tires installed, makes sure the tire jockey installs the tire with the balance mark at the valve stem. I mount my own tires at times and I rarely have to add weight to get one in balance.

..and yes, I stand there when a tire jockey mounts my tires. I make sure the balance mark is on the valve stem part of the rim.

Note, the balance mark will be a red dot or a white one, depending on brand but it will always be on the tire sidewall.

Rubber stems will eventually fail, screw down metal stems rarely fail.
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I need new boat trailer tires soon; my original tires (Nanco 4.80 x 12 tires that came with a Shorelander trailer) are getting seriously weather-cracked.

Online searches find Kenda, Taskmaster, Carlisle, Hi-Run, Greenball Towmaster, Nanco, and an unnamed brand from Northern Tool as my available choices.

It appears that quality choices for many trailer sizes are few.
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I run Kenda's on my ADV bike with no issue and I have them on my Shorelander quad trailer... no issues. Put on screw down stems too and balance them.

You need to keep the tiny tires rock hard. any low pressure is an instant blow out.
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On my last trip I had lost a sensor on one of my tires and would you not know that tire started to leak, leaking valve stem. I want to change to metal valve stems, how do I find the size?


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