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Old 07-28-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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Another Tire Story

My camper is a 1 year old 2012 Prime Time 290RLT Crusader. I have kept track of the miles traveled. From June 2012 unit June 2013 we traveled 6025 miles.
The original tires are Road Rider ST ST/225/75R15 Load Range D. 65 psi cold tire pressure. I always check tire pressure each morning before we hit the road. We stop for breaks about every 2 hours and I always check the temperature of my hubs and tires using a HDE Infrared Thermometer model ST38GA.
June 7th we left on a three week camping vacation from Southeast Louisiana to Carlsbad, NM, Show Low, AZ, Chandler AZ, Grand Canyon, AZ Monument Valley, UT, Durango, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Dallas TX, and Home. 5200 miles.
We stopped for coffee 2 hours into the trip. As we walked away from the camper I heard air releasing. I looked back towards the camper and saw a truck parking behind us. I thought the air I heard was that truck setting his air breaks. When we returned I noticed that the camper had a flat.
I noticed that the center of the valve stem had blown out. This was a plastic stem. I found a tire dealer to replace the valve stem and had all stems replaced. We continued on our trip and did not have another problem with valve stems.
The 1st blowout occurred in near Carlsbad New Mexico at Brantley Lake. We had been on the road for 8 hours. We stop every 2 hours for a break and check out the camper. We turned o the road to the camp ground. I was traveling about 25 miles per hour when the right rear tire on the camper blew out. I didn’t even realize it. I pulled up to the gate for Brantley Lake and walked around the camper. That’s when I noticed the tire was not only flat but was destroyed. I changed the tire. Checked in at the camp ground. Parked the camper and went back down the road to find the pieces of the tire about 3 miles from the gate. I could not find anything in the road that might have caused the blow out. I ought a new tire in Carlsbad the next morning. I upgraded to Load Range E tire.
The 2nd blow out occurred 3 hours into day 4 about 75 miles from Socorro, NM. I was driving at 55 mph. It was a very hot day. Over 100 degrees. In my rear view mirror, I saw smoke coming from the tire on the front driver side of the camper as it blew. I pulled over. The tire was shredded. I checked the temperature of the hub and what was left of the tire. The Tire was 120 degrees, hub 100 degrees.
I checked the other tires and hubs. The tires were 130 degrees and the hubs were 100 degrees. I checked the road surface and found it to 135 degrees. Changed the flat and found a tires service center. This time I not only replace the failed tire but decide to change the remaining 2 original tires upgrading to Load Range E. Did not have another problem with tires the remainder on the trip.
Since I could not provide the Insurance with tire tread depth or proof of a road hazard, they will not cover the tires.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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Been there, done that! Glad you had no camper damage. It only took one blow-out for me to decide to change all tires to LR E. Trailer damage cost $2,200 ($500 deductible).
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
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A TST 507 tire pressure monitor system would have at least let you know you had a flat before you drove 3 miles on it. It might have even alerted you to a low pressure situation that could have avoided the blowout. I'm glad I have one.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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What brand tires did you find to replace the blown ones?
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:35 PM   #5
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I found only one brand. Hi Run made in China. $109 per tire.
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Did you go up load class? I would want class E's on a 5th wheel.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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To who ever post the reply about Why did I buy tires made in China,: I would have preferred not have bought tires manufactured in China, but when you are 2000 miles from home you take what you can get. I plan on researching RV tires and buy American made. Any suggestions?

Road King, I did upgrade from the original tires to Load Range E.
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To who ever post the reply about Why did I buy tires made in China,: I would have preferred not have bought tires manufactured in China, but when you are 2000 miles from home you take what you can get. I plan on researching RV tires and buy American made. Any suggestions?

Road King, I did upgrade from the original tires to Load Range E.
For some reason my post was deleted (my fault for making a personal political statement about Chinese imports ). What I meant to say is that I have purchased many Chinese tires in the past and in every set at least one of them would blow out or just start to fall apart. So I am not faulting anyone for purchasing a Chinese made tire, some GoodYear Marathon tires are made in China and seem to have better quality control than others made overseas. I remember years ago I purchased a new camper (dual axles) and I had to replace all four tires in the first week. Hope I did not offend anyone.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:51 PM   #9
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Not defending Chinese made tires but, I had a flat tire (nail) in Ft. Stockton, TX. The tire tech repaired the tire, aired up to the 80 lbs I requested. I checked with my gauge to find 93 lbs. He had been using that gauge for years. The owner made him throw it away.
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I plan on researching RV tires and buy American made. Any suggestions?
I agree the manufactures should put something but the bare minimum load rating and cheapest tires. I'm looking at tires my self now. It seems the most highly rated tires for a TT are Goodyear Marathon and Maxxis M8008. I'm looking to go up to a class "D" and Sam's Club carries them (special order). Out camping now, but when I get home I plan on ordering a set. Don't know if they carry the size and load rating that you need but it might be worth a shot. Here is the web page from Sam's. (Kind of hard to find on their web sight).

ST225/75R15 Goodyear® Marathon Radial - Sam's Club

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/search/...navAction=push
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