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Old 03-16-2015, 06:59 PM   #11
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So...what is the safe alternative to replace the poor quality Chinese tires?


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Old 03-16-2015, 07:24 PM   #12
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Going with name brand tires or a 2 helicopters to fly your tt to your destination 😄
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:28 PM   #13
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Sounds scary for sure. Do you have more details to share? Was it road hazard related, age of tires, brand? Looking for something common. Have you weighed your trailer and speed driving at might help. The more information will help others understand the need to change/check tires.
The tires were Tow Masters and less than two years old with less than 3,000 miles on them. TPMS showed all tires within temp and pressure
parameters. Never hit anything with them and kept them covered in storage. Never over 60 MPH and it was cool weather. [Christmas].
The first indication of a problem was when the TPMS and the blowouts happened at the same time. Full tread separation on first blowout, part sep on the second and very fast deflation on the third. We carry two spares but had to stop every 20 miles to pump up the third. This was on Christmas Eve at 10:30 PM in South Miami, heading to Marathon Key. Couldn't have been a worst time or place.
The "Road Ranger" followed us for the first 20 miles after pumping us, then headed back to his AO. We do thank him.
Just trashy built tires, no other reason. I'm sure Forest River puts the cheapest tires they can find on their units just to get them off the lot. I'm to understand it is an industry standard, not just FR. The almighty dollar!
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:46 PM   #14
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I've towed our RV with Chinese tires for 10's of thousands of miles with no incidents of any kind. Carlyle, Goodyear, Kumho. The Goodyears in particular saw brutal National Forest Service roads, all day tows in 95 degree heat with no issues.

I suggest:
Have sufficient tire load capacity reserve
Drive 65 mph or less
Don't overload
Balance your load; side to side; front to rear
Make sure your trailer tows level so as not to stress one axle
Get a TPMS so you can detect road hazard damage before it's a problem
Don't run with tires more than 5 years old
Protect the tires from UV exposure
Be careful not to damage the tire internally by hitting curbs, large rocks, etc
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:10 PM   #15
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I know of no other choice at the time. Personally, I would spend the extra bucks for QUALITY TIRES and peace of mind, but there are no options. I still have 6 China Bombs [two spares] but sold to me by my local tire dealer and personal friend who warrants them. He told me he hasn't had a problem with the company that built the ones he sold me. If there had been a problem, he would have NEVER sold them to me. I know where he lives!! lol
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:32 PM   #16
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This is the scoop on ST tires from Carlisle Tire.
http://www.carlisletransportationpro..._Practices.pdf
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:21 PM   #17
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This is the scoop on ST tires from Carlisle Tire.
http://www.carlisletransportationpro..._Practices.pdf
I noticed that in the pix of the tire where it points to where information is stamped, it makes no mention of the stamp that tells you where it was made.
Everything in the article can be applied to ALL tire manufactures, not just Carlisle. That "Made in China" stamp is on all ST tires that I know of. Wish I was wrong.
I'm glad some of them have survived for years on other TTs, but mine didn't.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:25 PM   #18
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4 seasons on the tires and toss them in the trash. I tired to milk a 5th season last year and lost a total of 3 tires in 3 months. Treads still looked good on all of them except for the one where the tread completely separated from the tire. Luckily that one I was able to tow the last 10 miles on a slick tire. The factory tires are usually rated for about 3 pounds more than your camper. I recommend upgrading at least one load rating after the first 2 years on the factory tires and then replace all of them every 4 years.
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4 seasons on the tires and toss them in the trash. I tired to milk a 5th season last year and lost a total of 3 tires in 3 months. Treads still looked good on all of them except for the one where the tread completely separated from the tire. Luckily that one I was able to tow the last 10 miles on a slick tire. The factory tires are usually rated for about 3 pounds more than your camper. I recommend upgrading at least one load rating after the first 2 years on the factory tires and then replace all of them every 4 years.
X2 Upgrade a load range and pray for the best. The tires on most TTs are the very least to cover your max TT weight.....if that much. Pay the difference and go up a load range.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:43 PM   #20
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This is the scoop on ST tires from Carlisle Tire.

http://www.carlisletransportationpro..._Practices.pdf

Have heard most...still interesting to see in one place.


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