In February 2014, we purchased a new 2013 Coachmen Freedom Express Liberty Edition, 297RLDSLE from a mid-Florida dealership. Our trailer came equipped with 225/75R15 D Trail Express - Power Towing tires.
We had the dealer install a Husky 801-1200# load balancing and anti-sway bar system on our 2008 Yukon XL 1/2 ton SUV. We towed our new rig back to Fort Myers 100 miles. During our trip home we had to stop several times to adjust +++ the sway bar tension because the trailer was still swaying. I discussed this with Husky and they informed us that they recommend a 2nd (left) sway bar on ALL trailers over 24FT. So I purchased and installed a 2nd sway bar from Camping World.
Over the next few weeks we drove the rig back and forth from storage lot and home 5 times (60 miles) and then 4/11/14 we embarked on our 1st camping trip, destination Cleveland, Ohio.
Before we left Fort Myers we checked out the entire trailer including tire pressure and set all tires to 65psi cold. During the drive we were very concerned at the vibration and sway of our rig so we stopped several times to check pressure and inspect the tires. On our 1st day we drove to Lake Park, GA.
The next day the vibration and sway grew much worse. To be truthful we blamed Georgia road quality. We were wrong! With only 653 miles on the new rig we experienced a violent tire failure at 63 MPH on I-475 going around Macon, GA.
We then had a 2nd tire fail on the opposite side of the trailer so we replaced all 5 tires.
The Macon TiresPlus store manager said we had experienced severe tire ply separation possibly due to the trailer sitting in one place for so long (14+ months) in the hot Florida sun.
When we returned to I-475 we were amazed how smooth the road really was.
I wish I had known the symptoms of a trailer tire failure prior to this experience. Fortunately, we were not hurt and did not hurt anyone else.
I am wondering if there are any similar experiences with this brand of tire?