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Old 12-16-2015, 10:16 AM   #31
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Put 12K miles on my Hercules power STR tires in the first 18 months of ownership. 450 miles is nothing to worry about.


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Old 12-16-2015, 10:58 AM   #32
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Just bought a new 5er and I refused to leave the lot or buy it unless they changed out the ST tires for LT tires. We do lots of traveling and most is at 65-70 mph. For the last 8 years with a 5er and never a problem with tires. If you own a 5er with 6000 lb axles change now to LT tires but if you have 7000 lb axles you need G rated tires. If your trailer weighs lest then 10k lbs you may be ok with ST tires if you keep your speeds under 60 mph.... Just do a search on line and you will find many posts on this subject....
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:03 PM   #33
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My wheels are 15''. The options for 15" tire are very limited. 16" wheels have lots of options. I'm now riding on 4 Hercules with two Hercules spares. The Akurets are now stacked in the garage ....where they belong.mad:
The insurance estimate for the blowout damage just came in at $1,900. It's being repaired as I speak.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:34 PM   #34
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I have over 7k miles on my Westlake original equip tires on a Rockwood 2703ws. We have had one tire go bad and replaced by FR under warranty. This includes the 2900 mile trip to the FR rally in August. I am crossing my fingers to get 1000 more miles on two upcoming trips before we trade for a Motorhome in February.


Love the trailer but these tires scare the wife.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:30 PM   #35
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I upgraded to Tow Max E rated 10 ply tires on my 829FKSS Flagstaff 4 years and about 5000 miles ago and have not had a single problem. They still look new with no sign of distortion or bulging. I do admit that these are several ratings higher than what the factory put on and I am a fanatic about taking care of them.. The Carlisles from the factory self destructed in about 2 years. I had the same problem on My previous Sunline in the same time frame. The factory just puts on the bare minimum tire required to handle the load. Heat is out biggest enemy.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:04 PM   #36
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I upgraded to Tow Max E rated 10 ply tires on my 829FKSS Flagstaff 4 years and about 5000 miles ago and have not had a single problem. They still look new with no sign of distortion or bulging. I do admit that these are several ratings higher than what the factory put on and I am a fanatic about taking care of them.. The Carlisles from the factory self destructed in about 2 years. I had the same problem on My previous Sunline in the same time frame. The factory just puts on the bare minimum tire required to handle the load. Heat is out biggest enemy.
You would think ALL RV manufacturers would be most concerned about safety more than anything else, but not so or they would spend the small extra dollar to install one load range higher tires than base minimum to get them out the door. I believe it will catch up with them sooner or later. It isn't just FR. Somebody has to lead the way out of this practice.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:12 PM   #37
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Put 12K miles on my Hercules power STR tires in the first 18 months of ownership. 450 miles is nothing to worry about.


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Thanks. I need the support. I'm told they are the best of the worst as there are not a lot of options for 15" wheels and 16" will not fit in wheel wells. I guess I'll just deal with it. My tire guy says he will stand behind them and I know where he lives AND his home phone #.
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Old 12-18-2015, 08:29 PM   #38
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If you want to know where your tires come from, check the DOT code on the sidewall. The first two numbers/letters indicate the maker and factory location.
Tire DOT Plant Codes €“ Sorted by Plant Code - Tire Safety Group
I count 47 different tire companies coming out of the Shandong China plant. Hercules an Akuret are just two.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:52 AM   #39
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I plan to drive and see the country for the next 5 years and these Goodyear G614 that I have on my Cedar Creek will last that long.


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Off topic just a little bit but do you multiply the weight of what each tire says to get the total weight that the camper can carry


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