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Old 09-14-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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china bombs

Well after 2 warranty tires and a third tire going bad, went down today and replaced all 5 with bf Goodrich commercial ta's in 235/85/r16. I think it pulls better and rides better. NO MORE china bombs for me. By the way I pulled off tow max tires and they were NOT over loaded or over sped. I hope my tire problems are over as we are leaving for 45 days next week.


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Old 09-14-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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Have a great trip and I too hope your tire worries are over. When I purchased my TT after only one camping outing I went over and replaced all 5 tires and rims with load range 'E' Maxxis, the original was 'C'.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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China does not make tires, you should look for the manufacturers code and name it, there are not to many manufacturers so you will find that your tires are made by a multinational skirting the system and moving to which ever country it can get away with cheap manufacturing process.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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I disagree that China does not make tires.

OP-Good choice on tires. I have over 25,000 miles on my BFG Commercial T/A's. They were removed from my previous rig and placed on my new rig as part of my deal.
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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Hmmm.... My 2013 Sanibel came with Goodyear Marathons and I've been very happy with them. Mine was made In March 2012. I think you should have stayed with ST tires but wish you luck with your experiment.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:53 PM   #6
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I have over 15k miles on ours and not a single problem. We take frequent trips during the season and store the trailer indoors at the fairgrounds (dirt floor) during the winter. I check the air pressure before every trip and use Aerospace 303 (?) after each trip's wash down.

I really hope the new set works out for you but blaming a blowout on their country of origin is a silly. There are far too many variables .. blaming China is the easy way out.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:00 AM   #7
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I pull my rv approx. 20-30,000 miles a year. I do not drive over 60 miles an hour and have weighed it several times to make sure its not overloaded. Tire pressures are checked every other day. On my 06 Montana I lost 8 tires in 4 years 7 due to internal tire failures. (Friend is an accident investigator) in 2010 I put a set of bf Goodrich commercial tires on it, only 1 flat due to a screw. Bought a Sanibel 3500 in Sept of 2012. Lost two tires within a year both from internal tire failures. Installed new bf Goodrich commercial tires last week, form my experience china bombs are junk.
All you hear about on the news about china is how bad their products are, they killed their own people with tainted infant milk. Ship products here that have to be removed from the store shelves that are tainted or made improperly.
Do you really think they care about quality control on their tires. I am really not china bashing, I believe there is a better product out there for our rvs.
Mfgs do not put on better tires on because of the cost, its whatever meets spec.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
Its bad enough out there on our highways, I do not want to worry about tires.

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I traveled over 13,000 miles from Missouri through the Canadian Rockies and through the Arizona desert with my original "Road Rider" 15" load range 'D' tires with only 2 slow rim leaks, that were easily fixed. They were showing a little wear and were over 2 years old, and had see many miles over gravel roads. (My wife insists that I fly-fish in odd places... or so I let her think)

I replaced them this year with 15" Gladiator load range "E" tires as recommended by my local 2nd generation tire dealer in rural Missouri who is is still in business with no bullet wounds after many years.

I trust him, as do multitudes of my well-armed and unforgiving neighbors. (If that means nothing to you, you don't know rural Missouri!)

Anyway, I asked him about "China Bombs" and he laughed in my face. Didn't really say much; just laughed.

I needed more than that and pressed him on the subject.

After a long and detailed explanation of why "ST" tires were mostly made in China, with the remainder made elsewhere in Asia (he thought it was mostly a liability issue rather than cost; as most RVers tend to overload, under-inflate and press the speed limits and then want to sue the ***** off any tire manufacturer for any damage related to the same.)

When I inquired about 'LT' tires over 'ST', he simply refused to consider it as it was a (quote) "silly thing to try on a trailer", and referred me to his competition.

All he handles now are Gladiator ST tires. (Made in China by a company headquartered in Singapore)

Why? Because of a process of elimination; he hasn't had a complaint or problem with them, and he really hates complaints or problems out here. He did recommend I upgrade to load range 'E' and I did so... for $98.00 per tire.

This is how things go here in Missouri... the "Show Me" State. For whatever it's worth.
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Gee I wonder about all those "Indiana Bombs" (refrigerator failures and fires).
Could it be lousy Indiana workers or could it be that since most RV refrigerators are made in Indiana one would expect most failures of refrigerators to come from Indiana.

Correlation is not proof of causation. 98% of people in prison have eaten Micky-D fries so eating those fries makes you a criminal if we follow your logic ??????
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Gee I wonder about all those "Indiana Bombs" (refrigerator failures and fires).
Could it be lousy Indiana workers or could it be that since most RV refrigerators are made in Indiana one would expect most failures of refrigerators to come from Indiana.

Correlation is not proof of causation. 98% of people in prison have eaten Micky-D fries so eating those fries makes you a criminal if we follow your logic ??????
Man, while it is humorous, your french fry analogy is way off. Tires from china, stamped "made in china" are blowing up on trailers. I've had three blowouts and one tread separation. Now if Micky d employees were found to be throwing the fries at customers, there might be some correlation. Lol. But the blame would be on Micky D's employee screening and not the fries.
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