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Old 10-10-2016, 06:23 PM   #21
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Old 10-10-2016, 06:25 PM   #22
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Headed home yesterday from FL, DW was headed to the back when POP the outside duel blew, knocked of the wheel trim. TPMS did not show temp or pressure issues. Xpresser, glad yours worked for you. Contacting the manufacturer to find out hte issue. tires have less than 20,000 miles.
If you had a massive tire failure the TPMS wouldn't show anything.
Say the side wall blew out because it was weak.

What does the tire look like will tell the story.
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Old 10-10-2016, 06:59 PM   #24
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Good thing the OP had the TPMS. Even better is now there's a reason to get rid of the Towmax China bomb.
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:09 PM   #25
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Good thing the OP had the TPMS. Even better is now there's a reason to get rid of the Towmax China bomb.
They are not Towmax but rather Tow-Master by Greenball. Although still a China made tire they seem to have a much better reputation than the Towmax you mentioned. Find me a US made radial trailer tire for a 15" wheel and I would be happy to swap them out. May I ask what you use? Thanks
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They are not Towmax but rather Tow-Master by Greenball. Although still a China made tire they seem to have a much better reputation than the Towmax you mentioned. Find me a US made radial trailer tire for a 15" wheel and I would be happy to swap them out. May I ask what you use? Thanks
My mistake. Saw the word Tow and quit reading after that. Not familiar with the Towmaster but a google search brings up a lot of negative reviews.

Don't know of any US made ST tires, but the GY Marathons are made in a dedicated company owned plant in China, which is much better than coming from the factories there that make a limited variety of tires with many, many different brand names. The Maxxis are also made in a Maxxis owned factory in Thailand.

For myself I use Maxxis E-load on my light (9K) TT and Goodyear 614 (US made) on the heavier (15K) horse trailer. The GY tires have 26,000 miles now and show very little wear. Both trailers have TPMS.
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Old 10-10-2016, 07:59 PM   #27
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My mistake. Saw the word Tow and quit reading after that. Not familiar with the Towmaster but a google search brings up a lot of negative reviews.

Don't know of any US made ST tires, but the GY Marathons are made in a dedicated company owned plant in China, which is much better than coming from the factories there that make a limited variety of tires with many, many different brand names. The Maxxis are also made in a Maxxis owned factory in Thailand.

For myself I use Maxxis E-load on my light (9K) TT and Goodyear 614 (US made) on the heavier (15K) horse trailer. The GY tires have 26,000 miles now and show very little wear. Both trailers have TPMS.
Beginning of summer I checked on the US made Goodyear's and unfortunately found they didn't make a 15" tire. I would have to move up to a 16" wheel and my current trailer doesn't have the clearance to go 16". Back then I also looked at the Maxxis M8008 and saw that they were made in Thailand. My new CC 34RL2 will come with Westlake tires, I beleive, and although a Canadian company I think those are China made as well. But that will be a 16" tire, if I recall correctly, and then I can go with the US Goodyear's. Although my uncle who has a CC 36CKTS swears by Westlake tires.

Thanks for the info!!!!
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I appreciate seeing posts like this. My TST 507 has saved me plenty of times over the years. If it only saves you once it pays for itself. BUT...not all TPMS systems are equal. My brother has a TireTraker 414 and he still can't figure out how to use it. In fact the readout doesn't even rotate from tire to tire (you have to manually press a button to change what tire to look at!). He bought it because it was $40 cheaper than the TST 507 system. Please folks...GET a TPMS system but do a bit of research first and get one that has a high consumer rating. I recommend the TST 507 system but I'm sure there are other good ones out there. I would never tow without it.
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So I know that TPMS's are popular with Class A owners as they have dually tires in the rear where sometimes you don't know you have a low or even flat tire due to the other tire supporting the load. But I see very, very few trailers (bumper pulls and 5th wheels) using them. I mean when you have a flat or dangerously low/high pressure you know it when towing a trailer right? Not necessarily.

So the other day we were on I-5 just north of Seattle, we had just resumed our trip after stopping for lunch. After about 10 minutes of driving I noticed that 3 of my 4 tires on my 5th wheel were building pressure just as they should be in that situation but why not the 4th tire? It just didn't seem right. So we pulled off into a rest area and I checked the visible tread of said tire but found nothing. I then asked the wife to slowly pull the vehicle forward so that I may inspect the rest of the tread that I could not see. After the tire rotated 3/4 of the way I saw it...a pretty shinny silver screw stuck firmly in the tire. Looked up the nearest tire center and there was a Discount Tire just a mile down the highway. They fixed it for free and we were delayed only 30 minutes. I'm convinced that if it wasn't for that TPMS we would have woke up the next morning at our campsite with a flat trailer tire and a long, long ways from any tire center.

Folks a TPMS is so worth it. There are many good systems out there and a lot of info on how to choose the right system for you. I highly, highly recommend using one.

Photo: That little black thing on the tire valve stem is the sensor that sends a wireless signal to a display in my truck. It tells me the pressure and ambient temperature of the tire.
That made the expense worth it.

I just had a nail pulled from my car tire. I got in to drive and a second after starting the car I received a warning from my Ford instrument panel. Without the warning I would have driven away.
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