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Old 12-02-2015, 07:39 PM   #1
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Tow max tires

Huge bulge in one of my Tow Max tires today..glad I spotted it at the rest area..
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:53 PM   #2
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Huge bulge in one of my Tow Max tires today..glad I spotted it at the rest area..
Make sure you report it to the NHTA. They need to know so they can get the TowMax trash off the highway. I think their website is Safecar.com. If not, someone else will correct me.
I've had 4 TowMax tires explode on my TT.
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:57 PM   #3
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Same, those things go BOOM. Chinese junk
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Old 12-03-2015, 05:34 AM   #4
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I will post a pic soon ..still on the road...the bulge was 3x3 " on side wall
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5TH Blowout

Well, guess what? Had an Akuret tire explode on me while driving through Atlanta during rush hour traffic yesterday. Full tread separation and BOOM! No indication on the TPMS of any problems, pressure 80psi cold, temps in the 80s, just BOOM!
I've weighed the Aviator twice and both times a 1,000 lbs or more under Max weight. The last tires to blow were TowMax, but Akuret's are still China Bombs.
I don't know what it is going to take to get these garbage tires off the market.
My hometown tire guy has recommended LT LRG Steel tires to me, but to keep the two Hercules spares that I just put on the ground. He claims they are the best of the worst. This has been a total of 5 blowouts in exactly one year. Four happened last Christmas eve headed to the FL Keys for the holidays.
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:02 AM   #6
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So.... as of Dec,13 2015 ...Whats the best replacement tires for us to buy ? mine are currently ...235/80R 16 ST
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:26 AM   #7
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I put Goodyear Gladiators on mine beginning of this season. If I recall, they don't come in 235/80/16 and I went with 235/85/16. They are 1" taller after mounting, and it makes triple axle clearance a little tighter. Towed them on 1 1200 mile trip and I like them. They make a 235/80/16 in a trailer tire, but it's for construction/landscape type trailers and doesn't have the flex in the sidewall. I am wondering if my issues have been with how hard I need to jack my trailer to get in my driveway. Coming or going it's a hard turn on macadam with lots of scrub on the tires.
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I will double check later today if...they are "80" or 85's ...I have the same twisting of the side walls when backing in to the drive way...
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Personally if you have to get new tires, I'd go with a real E load commercial truck tire. Much more robust then any ST trailer tires. I use the Firestone Transforce HTs. My fiver came with 235/80-16 China bombs so I went with 235/85-16 Firestones. Very minimal height difference but the tire is 100 times better. Good luck.
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Tow Max

Took my Crusader out on its first trip into the mountains by Flagstaff last spring. "Tires" dated mid 2013. When I got to my campsite, 2 seemed to have less room between them than the other side. Enjoyed my week. Decided to drive very careful and slow around turns. On the drive back down, I took another look. 3 of the 4 are now huge and almost rubbing each other as they had grown. The 4th showed signs of doing the same. Made it into Payson, and got them replaced, as by now, the first two were actually beginning to rub. Unfortunately for me, the only tires around were a Big O house brand.....commodore. At least they were able to warranty them out such that my out of pocket was just over 100.00. I am extremely fortunate they did not let loose, as I would have been left up the creek without a tire! (Actually, 4!)

My point is, they were almost 2 years old, and the year I had the rig, tires covered, parked under a shade structure, 80 psi, most of the weight taken off the springs. I drive at or below the speed limit, and might get to 65 briefly going downhill. Try to drive between 55-60. My camper calls for load range d. Mine had the optional upgrade to load range E. Tires never got hot or lost air. Tread separation on all four. This could have been tragic, had I not been overly diligent with my stuff! I am not the only one. I got very lucky with my angels! What can we do? This time of crappy product has got to come to an end before somebody gets killed!

How long will these commode-door tires last me? I cannot find any information on them anywhere!
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