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Old 03-20-2015, 11:25 AM   #11
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I was lucky with my Rockwood Ultra-light. I bought it very slightly used, and the original owner had already swapped out to load range E. We travel year 'round and tires look'in good. Carl's best.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:44 AM   #12
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I put around 5000 miles on my Trail Express tires last year with no issues. I did use a TPMS system though and will be replacing the tires this year with M8008s in a higher load range. I just can't bring myself to risk the cost of damage any longer from a potential blowout that could be easily preventable. The C load range of the Trail Express tires just doesn't have enough of a safety margin for me to feel confident.


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Old 03-20-2015, 03:36 PM   #13
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I had about 3K on mine, then lost 3 on one trip home. Yeah, you read right. a 5 1/2 hour trip took over 14 hours with 3 blowouts. After I got the 5er repaired from the damage, I got 4 new Maxxis tires for it.

I feel lucky to have gotten 3 thousand miles, but I wouldn't wish the triple blowout nightmare on anyone.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:59 PM   #14
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:17 PM   #15
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The pattern is, no problem holding air. No sign of wear or damage. Did great on first trip. Then boom! Boom! Boom!
4 blowouts on 2 5es @$5000 damage on trailers.
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:29 PM   #16
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My new Windjammer 2618 came with Trail Express ST225/75/15 tires. I've read many comments on this forum about trailer tires and those that mention Trail Express tires are almost all negative. Does anyone "out there" have anything good to say about this brand? For example, have you had no problems with your tires and/or are you getting good milage out of them?
I got 6000 miles before my blow out in the side wall. Kept them daily at 50 PSI. Never went over 65 miles per hour except to pass and then back to 65. Lions head wanted me to send the remaining tire to them for them to see. Not worth it to me just put new tires on and forget them. It was shredded what would they beable to tell but that is what they wanted. I was never overloaded and had like 350 lbs below the max.
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:43 PM   #17
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I got them on my new Rockwood and plan on keeping a close eye (and TPMS) on them. ANY signs of trouble and they are gone.

I asked my dealer, who sells a lot of Forest Rivers with them on it, about them and he hasn't heard of any problems from customers. (But he does an outstanding walk-through with each sale and emphasizes proper care for everything, including tires.)
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One of our horse trailers had these on it when we bought it (new).We ran them a 1000 miles and replaced them with marathons.I gave the TE's to a friend of mine for his hay wagon.He really likes them! Blow outs on trailers hauling live animals are a serious thing.All 4 of our trailers have marathons and we have never had a problem with any of them.
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #19
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My biggest problem with the Trail Express tires is not that they are made in China but that no one of any consequence stands behind them. Lions Head, who are they? They are the importer that sells them to Forest River. Try to buy a Trail Express tire somewhere. I have not found any reputable dealer that sells them in my area or anywhere else. I swapped mine out for another Chinese manufactured brand, Goodyear. My Marathons have performed very well since I purchased them and the Goodyear dealer that sold them to me is only 5 miles from my house.
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