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Old 07-16-2011, 12:42 AM   #11
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Pretty tapped out at this point as I have to replace the rubber on the TV due to cracked sidewalls from sitting in the sun for years on end....anything I need to keep an eye on as far as the TT tires go when towing? Pull over and feel the tread for overheating when on the road? Tire pressure?
Or do they just blow without provocation?
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:18 AM   #12
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Tire pressure is crucial for tire life. Keeping them off the ground and on blocks as well as keeping them covered during long storage helps the tire life too, but replacing them about every 5 yrs is key, regardless of how they appear.
The rubber just degrades and breaks down in that time.

The manufacturers always go with cheapest and lightest tires, so I've always believed in upgrading the load rating spec when replacing for peace of mind. Nothing like trying to change a trailer flat on the side if a narrow busy road with little or no shoulder.
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:47 AM   #13
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I know all about changing a tire in a bad place. Had a rear tire blow at highway speed with a 10 foot camper on the back of my truck.
Had to unhook the camper and lift it up into the air on the hydraulic jacks so I could jack up the truck to change the tire. the spare which is located under the truck was nearly impossible to get out as it had not been removed in years. I tell ya...having the camper WAY up in the air... My truck jacked up...being on the shoulder of the highway with only a foot between where I was working and traffic going by....scary to say the least! My wife at the time, would warn me when a semi was coming and I would move far away from my truck...thought the whole thing was gonna come crashing down....
To top it all off....the blowout flapping around on my rim destroyed my exhaust and pushed it into the rear quarter crushing it.

We all came out of it safe and after 3 hours, got the tire changed and went on to have a great camping trip.

....I think I just derailed my own thread!!!!
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:01 AM   #14
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Pretty tapped out at this point as I have to replace the rubber on the TV due to cracked sidewalls from sitting in the sun for years on end....anything I need to keep an eye on as far as the TT tires go when towing? Pull over and feel the tread for overheating when on the road? Tire pressure?
Or do they just blow without provocation?
I am a believer that most tires that "blow out" are have actually gone flat 1st. You can't feel that in the drivers seat, then after a couple of miles that tire shreds. My DD and SIL had that happen on a trip last spring, when the campers in our group driving behind the trailer noticed the trailer start to tilt. After a couple of miles and finally getting a change to pull up beside the camper, that tire started giving up pieces, and we were notified of the problem by 2 way radio.

I use a tire pressure monitoring system to hopefully prevent that situation.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:32 AM   #15
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Dodge guy, are your tires 205 75 R14's or 15"? I have those in 14" on my trailer, and have had to replace 2 out of 4 so far... I really would like a D rated R 14" trailer tire to replace these C rated tires with. I think these C tires are pretty bad, for the size and weight of my camper. Randy
I have the 15" tires on mine.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:43 AM   #16
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When we bought our 2008 Rockwood it came with these tires..... after 3 blowouts we replaced the all to find that the bands were already unraveling from the insides of the tires that hadn't blown out..... all this happened around the 200+ mile mark on the tires.... carlisle was no help with any repair work that.the defective tires did to the slide above one of the blow outs! We will never own a tire from them purposely again!!! Good luck and I hope you have better luck! Two of or blow outs were on the same 30 mile streach home....
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