Originally Posted by Gyrogearloose
I'm thinking that maybe it doesn't work and the industry has been trying to ignore it.
This would explain why there are more complaints of tire failures on trailers than would seem reasonable, and why people feel compelled to go out and buy new tires to replace the brand new tires on their trailers. Even the RV dealers in my area that I've talked to think there's a problem.
It'll be very interesting to see what the NHTSA finds as they look into this.
Other than in some forums such as this I do not see more complaints than would seem reasonable. Not if you take into account they shipped 34,000 towables in the first four months of 2015 alone.
People are compelled to buy new tires to replace tires on new trailers because they read this stuff on forums. I would bet the people buying these new tires are a miniscule percentage of new trailer buyers.
The Chinese tire thing has been going on as long as I can remember in RV forums I have participated in. As far as complaints there are only 5 official complaints of the brand being used currently by FR, Heartland, Dutchmen among others shown at NHTSA. 5 complaints out of how many trailers? Hundreds of thousands, with most having at least 4 tires? That's a lotsa tires.
Among a group of friends we camp with at a State Park, the topic of the China tires has popped up around the campfire many times over the years. Out of around 10 of us, all with Chinese ST tires or so we thought, from a couple of different brands, none of us have had so much as a flat tire or any tire problem in the last 6 years and the man that did had Marathons, go figure. Those were made in the good ole USA Marathons to boot we found out. That's not scientific analysis by about 10000 miles and I knock on wood after saying it.
These threads are like snowballs rolling down hills, or maybe tires rolling down hills.