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Old 02-27-2015, 06:49 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Vallgrlx2 View Post
We recently purchased a Coachmen Catalina 243 RBS. The PDI went went smooth. Only 1-2 minor items to correct. However, after reading the FR forums, it appears the FR installs China Bomb tires on all units. If so, how do I identify a China Bomb tire, and what recourse do we have with the dealer or FR?
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If you read the tire sidewall you will find a "Made in xxxx" statement.

You can also use THIS web site and the first two characters of the DOT serial to learn the actual plant where your tires were made.

If you review my RV tire blog, you should find answers to almost every question you have on tires and the proper application on Rv service.

If that isn't enough you can send me email (address posted under my picture on my blog) and I will answer your specific question other thaan to make recommendations on what tire to use.

I even have ten posts that mention China made tires.

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Old 02-27-2015, 06:55 PM   #22
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Like them or don't, I just purchased a set of Gladiator ST225/75r15. 10 ply.. What I read, on reviews was good, so I went for it. A feller at work has a set of gladiator mud tires on his Chevy and had nothing but good things to say about them. No matter what, I feel that they will be better than the Lions head 8 ply that they are replacing. I will let y'all know.

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Old 02-27-2015, 08:12 PM   #23
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My last two fivers had tires made in China as standard and on both I told the dealer if he wanted the sale the tires had to be made in America. With you already buying the unit it may be a tough sale to get them replaced, if you can afford it I would change them out for piece of mind.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:58 PM   #24
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There is zero nada none zilch incentive for FR to upgrade tires...Tire goes boom... Trailer goes boom...daddy buys a new 5er. The trailer tire wells on these rolling wonders are junk design. Add a metal box around the area with tires to protect everything. If passenger and LT tires blew at the rate of trailer tires the roads would be a mess.

I tow trailers all the time. Two boats and one is always hooked up. Kept undercover and maintained I am good for at least one blow out a rear on one of my trailers...sometimes two.

I am of the opinion the only thing to do is swap them all every 2 or 3 years.

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Old 02-28-2015, 08:29 AM   #25
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Lt's Vs St's

Everybody has an opinion on tires. You just have to go with your gut. I have been pulling 5th wheels since the 70ís and am always anal about the tire pressures and still have had a few blowouts. Be careful putting LTís on a trailer. You can pull the sidewalls loose on LTís if you get in a bind and have to make some sharp maneuvers while backing. It is a sure disaster and the tire will eventually fail. This can happen on STís as well but they have a little more flexibility in the sidewalls
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:59 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by elind View Post
I believe that how these tires are used leads to trouble more than who made the tires. Just because they were made in China doesn't make them all equal. The same is how they are used on different RVs. Take a load range C tire on an average RV and the max load is 1,000 over dry weight. Add 1,800 pounds of cargo into it with something too heavy in the front or back. Now hookup your RV to your TV only to find out the hitch height was a little off and one set of axles is carrying too much weight. Oh yah, the tire pressure wasn't up to the max inflation. Oh well, time to head down the road and your doing 70-80 mph all day. When bam, the China bomb blew up!! What is the first thing to blame? Maybe all of the above. But a start to the problem would be upgrade to a load range D or E tire. Then figure out the rest.
I agree 100%. All tires can fail. The stock ones I replaced had a bead issues with crumbling, more so to do with install than actual manufacture. I had a lift kit put on my trailer due to what blind said about towing level and equal loads.

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