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Old 06-29-2015, 12:21 PM   #1
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Blowout concerns! How scared should I be?

I have towed many a trailer over the last 15 years. Many have been boats, GN or BPs. I've rented TTs for several years also. Over the period of 15 years, I've never had 1 single blowout of a trailer tire (perhaps remarkably).

My question is, we have a 2016 Forest River Vibe 30' coming in next week. It comes with Constancy LY188 tires on alum. wheels. I've actually seen these tires before on a few rental TTs we've used. I called and spoke with the Forest River tech who claims they are actually pretty good belted tires.
I've also read on several threads that people haven't had an issue with their Constancy tires (ranging from 1-3years of use).

How many of you have had blowout of TT tires in general? How bad was the damage? How many miles did you have on them?

ALSO,

In extremely HOT climates (100+ degree days) did you run high, low, or recommended tire pressure?

I've heard people letting a little air out on very hot days to counter the effect of pressure build-up in their TT tires.

How concerned should I be that I will have a blowout in the first 5000 miles of pulling it, so long as I keep the tires maintained (covered and pressured properly)?
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:31 PM   #2
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Personally, I keep tires inflated to recommended max pressure stated on sidewall, keep it under 65mph, and try my best to not hit curbs and other obstacles. My first travel trailer had non radial tires and two were replaced under warranty the second season. My old fiver, I ended up replacing the radials after one season due to a slipped belt on one. Keep an eye on them and run them till they show any sign of failure or defect.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:34 PM   #3
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I am now well over the 5k mark with OEM tires, Just had them balanced and checked by Discount Tires.

If I was worried about anything including tires I'd never leave the driveway.

Stuff happens in life when it does handle it and then move on.

Air the tires to the recommended PSI on the sidewall the tires should handle the PSI increase caused by heat, an underinflated tire will heat up faster.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
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I don't know how concerned you should be but I was concerned enough to replace them with 1000 miles on them. Cost $1,000 for the 6 GY Marathons at Discount Tire.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:42 PM   #5
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I'm just stressed out with the possibility that a tire will blow and damage the structure of my TT..... probably overblowing the likelihood. I know it is a pretty common occurrence for road worriers, but not something I have had to deal with. We will probably only use ours about 1000 miles a year. so not heavy use
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:47 PM   #6
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I personally think that you can get thousands of miles out of them provided they are short trips of less than 3-4 hrs on the road. I think the blowouts on oem tires are on the extended road times of 6+ constant driving. I just use Goodyear Marathons LRD with TST TPMS monitors and don't worry about them.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:24 PM   #7
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I had 2 in the last two trips.. but the GoodYear Marathon tires have ALL (5) been replaced.

1st blow out in April 2015 was on a friday 4:30 PM traffic on HWY I4 just west of Orlando doing about 65 MPH, I was in the middle lane and it was not bad getting over and off the shoulder. Most drivers will get out of your way.

2nd blow out was on HWY 1 about 96 miles out of Key West.. doing 45 MPH @ 1PM on a Sunday in the slow lane and it was easy to get of the road and take care of business... as long as you have double axles or more you should be able to get off the road. Now for damage that depends how the tire blows as to damage to your rig.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:31 PM   #8
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We usually take long TT trips throughout the US and have had an average of two tires ruined per trip. Luckily the only damage was to the plastic skirt covering the outside of the wheel well. Unfortunately you don't know when a tire starts loosing pressure and when it happens it totally deflates and shreds the tire and anything in it's path. We normally don't even know that we had a failure until someone drives along side and points to the rear.

This year I bought a tire monitoring system that measures heat and pressure in the tire. I was able to have a tire repaired rather than ruined last week. I would strongly recommend purchasing a system that monitors your tires.
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Definitely do not under inflate the tires - they will most certainly blow on a hot day. Use the sidewall pressure (when the tire is cold) and keep it there. If it blows, it blows. If it causes damage, it causes damage. Your only other choice is to park it in the driveway and admire it.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:55 PM   #10
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If it blows, it blows. If it causes damage, it causes damage. Your only other choice is to park it in the driveway and admire it.
That's the way I look at it too.We bought it to pull and go places.If some thing breaks,I'll try and fix it,if it doesn't we go on.
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