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Old 06-04-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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Having tire issues on a brand new camper....

Hey All,

Hope everyone is having a great start to their summers. We have had the camper out 5 times this year (total travel distance 1,100 miles) and the inside tread of the tires are gone. Our Wildwood (2012) is brand new and from the beginning my wife said the tires looked funny to her.....the top of the tire is slanted to the inside. Forest River feels the tires are out of balance and they plan to replace the tires and have them re-balanced.

Would out of balance tires do that much wear with only 1,100 miles on them?
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:29 PM   #2
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you have bent or defective axles. Insist on new axles to go along with the tires. And do not acept any tire stamped made in china.
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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you have bent or defective axles. Insist on new axles to go along with the tires. And do not acept any tire stamped made in china.
For sure something is wrong with axles, out of balance tires would vibrate, wear unevenly across the tread and would not cause the noticable negative camber like described.

Don, I read somewhere on the forums that you cannot buy trailer tires anymore in North America that are not made in China, even the Marathons are stamped China, where did you get some?
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:17 PM   #4
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Not everything made in China is garbage, but you get what you pay for. The factory puts the very cheapest tires they can find on their units, so it is no wonder they give problems.
My Maxxis tires came from Thailand, and while that would scare some people, the dealer said he will stand behind them 100%. Good enough for me.
I do agree that it sounds like a bent axle, and changing tires will solve nothing.
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Sorry, my fiver came factory equipped with LT235 85R16's made in America. When it comes time to replace I will replace with LT American made tires.
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Sorry, my fiver came factory equipped with LT235 85R16's made in America. When it comes time to replace I will replace with LT American made tires.
Thanks don, what does LT stand for, any link for their website?
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LT= Light Truck
P= Passenger
ST= Special Trailer
What size tires do you have on your trailer? That might make some difference as to what people will recommend as a good tire.
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LT= Light Truck
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What size tires do you have on your trailer? That might make some difference as to what people will recommend as a good tire.

225/75/15 D or E rated would be good.
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Nigels, I could be wrong here, but I am not certain LT tires should be put on a trailer. Trailer tires need to be able to have sidewall flex and strength as all the funky turning and so forth puts a different force on the tire itself compared to a truck tire or passenger tire. I would look into this further.
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There are several great posts and threads here on the merits of various tires. This is just one.

I recommend reading up on the pro's and con's of LT tires.
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