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Old 10-08-2008, 07:49 AM   #11
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That is a great informative post on pressures, storage etc. Some of it I was not aware of.

Who the heck is Greenball? (China).

My load range E tires are rated for 80 PSI according to the sidewall. The vehicle ID plate from FR states that all tires should be run at 65 PSI. Manufacturers need to make sure that they are providing proper information to their customers on these issues.

I generally run at 75 PSI, I have made this decision because the first time that I ran the recommended pressire on my old camper is when I blew 3-tire on the one trip. I can not say if that was the cause but it gives me a little comfort that I am just below the threshold, at least in my mind, right or wrong.

I do check my tires prior to each tow and that is part of my frustration with tire failures, I think that I am doing what I can to prevent them. Last week the pressures were @75 PSI all the way around,at the start of the trip. Safetly is always my first thought, and tires are a primary concern along with proper hitch and hitch connections, lights (they get checked every time before pulling away from home or the campground, I have had lights work one minute an dnot the next-bad ground two weeks ago) etc.

Maybe it is a fact of life in the towing community that tires will fail more often than we expect, no matter what precautions we try to take.

I looked at greenball.com and that is where the wheels on the camper came from also, they are pictured on the home page. I will be investigating this further.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:46 AM   #12
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yup...greenballs
http://www.tirereview.com/files/PDF/brandlist.pdf

Here's a place in Canada that's having a clearance on their last 4... http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/pts/838795992.html
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:32 PM   #13
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Since everyone was curious about those greenball tires, including myself, i emailed greenball corp directly to find out some info. Here's their response:

Joe,

The Hiway Trooper has not been discontinued we still have carry them and have them in stock and warranty should be good for 3 years depending on what the issue may be.

Hope this helps.

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Heather (sent from: hguthrie@greenball.com)

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Old 10-09-2008, 07:38 AM   #14
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They still list Hiway Troopers on the Greenball website. If you go to G rated tires watch your pressures. Your wheels may not be rated for 110 psi.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:44 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=rthrbelsewhere;21286]Edit - Wow...i just realized that this was all about FR and tires, specifically. Not just any RV tire....sorry about hijacking the post guys...I'm at work and i guess i got a little sidetracked. Admins...if my specific post needs to be moved somewhere else, please do. J. - Edit


Yup...it happens...more then we all want it to, that's for sure. I've done a lot of research on this subject right after I got back home from dragging the Roo back from Des Moines to N.E. Colorado.





Thanks, Joe, for a great post. I'm sure a lot of members will gain from your advice.

We have one more weekend out camping and then it's winterizing 'till next spring. Already arranged to get those wheel covers for the storage lot.

Thanks again.

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Old 10-10-2008, 10:16 AM   #16
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Hi John,

Thank you for the positive response. I have to admit, i was a little embarrassed after I reread the post and realized what I did, but accidents happen and at least I identified it before I got the ax.

Maybe I'll copy it and repost it in another section of the forum for easy reference instead of letting it sit embedded in this one. It might be hard to find later for anyone who wants to keep that handy. What do you think?

I haven't heard anything from the admins about it, so I guess it's okay here too. All I know is that what should have taken me 10-12 hours to get back home on that Saturday, took me over 16 because I didn't know some of the things that I should have before I left and picked up this camper. It was a little frustrating and yet it was kind of a nice break from sitting in the truck for so long. Ok....truth or dare? I pick truth: (here's my story)

Saw the camper on craigslist early in the week. Emailed back and forth with the owners and made an offer. Offer accepted and wife and i packed up for a quick trip to Des Moines to go get it over the weekend. Left out Friday night after work (3pm) and drove all the way to Des Moines and hit the hotel bed with all 200 lbs of my willingness to sleep. Saturday morning, we headed to their house for the 9am meet, did a complete walk through, inspected every inch of the camper and finalized the transaction. Pulled out of their driveway around 11am, stopped for lunch and fuel and hit the road. 100 miles from their house...bamm...lost the first one. Changed it out on I-80 () and then, just as i was getting ready to pull back out into traffic, I was pulled over by the County mounty who just wanted to check on me and make sure everything was okay. He advised me to stop at the next exit to get another spare since Omaha/Council Bluffs was another 40 miles from there. Stopped at the truck stop, they had one 13" tire...90 minutes and $55 bucks later, I switch out the opposite side and i'm back out on the road. Made it to Council Bluffs camping world and pulled over to buy a raise hitch (i had the 6" drop on at the time). Went to change it out...forgot my key to the pin lock that holds it all together. Called for a locksmith over the CB and found one that was 3 hours out (busy) and would run $90 to pick it. Drove the works over to the Sapp Bros across the street and they cut it off for 10 bucks. Inserted the new hitch and pin and found myself level again and ready to go. By now, it's 5pm, so got some more grub and back on the road we went. We drove all the way to Julesburg (1:30am) before my body just said...to hell with this. Pulled over for the night at some gas station with a huge dirt lot and we called it a night. I told my wife, let's get about 4 hours of sleep and then we can make it home, it was only about another 3 hours to go. Well, we slept 8 full hours and never heard a single 18-wheeler take off from the parking area, nor did we even see the sun come up. This camper just earned it's first $1000 bucks in my eyes. I hadn't slept a full 8 hours in months! Left there around 9:30am and made to the driveway around 1pm. Now thats a freakin story on how to do things the hard way....

Happy Friday all...

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To be honest I didn't read your earlier post when you posted it but after reading the above post I went back and read it. It was extremely good info. I think you should post the meat of it to the Towing forum and maybe the mods could make it a sticky.
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Towing forum...
Will do.
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Bought a new Forest River Sandpiper 5th wheel to live in. Needed waranty repair on stove, window, microwave, plumbing, electrical, hot water heater, satelite cable, springs, and now after 4,000 miles my Highway trooper tire had a blowout and tore the plastic material covering the underbelly all the way across with wire hanging out dragging on the road along with fender damage. Now the Forest River dealer near Portland, ME says that those are cheap Chinese tires and to "go back to Minnesota" where I bought the trailer because he can't help. No tire dealers have ever heard of this brand. What is the manufacturers responsibility?
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:41 AM   #20
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Tires are warranted by the tire manufacturer, not the trailer manufacturer. It is that way across all of them, including automobiles. My new Malibu has a card in it from Goodyear for tire issues should they arise. The trailer manufacturer will take no responsibility for them at all.

You should have received paperwork when you bought your trailer for every component in it including the tires which outlines who to contact regarding warranty issues. If you did not, ask your dealer why you didn't receive that paperwork.
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