Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-04-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Perth Western Australia
Posts: 25
Exclamation FYI EVO RV Tire Issues

FYI - August 2014
Re Forest River EVO T2050 2013 Twin Axle RV
I imported the above RV from America in late 2012 and it was delivered in February 2013. The RV has been on two journeys since delivery to Perth in Western Australia to Broome in the same state, and return.
The first trip was event free and the overall distance traveled was 2300 kilometers or 1429 miles. However on the second trip and only after 600k’s (370 miles) a tire blew and was replaced. Two days later approximately 600k’s further on a second tire blew taking out its partner tire.
After spending 3 months in Broome and having replaced the tires and having had the underside of the RV electrics repaired we did the return trip to Perth last week. While in Broome I bought a second spare rim and tire just in case. Similarly I fitted a set of TPMS (Tyre Dogs) to the RV tire valves. On the first leg of the return trip back another of the original tires blew and on the last day the final tire blew. (All five of the original tires are now totaled.)
Overall none these tires have ever done 4,000 kilometers (2485 miles). The vehicle was never taken off road and driven on very good condition bitumen. The pressures were set at about 46PSI when cold and through the Tyre Dog’s monitor never went about 51PSI.
The RV when loaded weighed 2860Kilograms (6,292lbs). I had the RV weighed while in Broome as I had some concerns the weight could be an issue. I have been driving RV’s for over 11 years all over Australia and have never had one puncture or blowout until this year.
I realize there is no warranty I can claim but as I am resident in Australia thought it worth recording this data just in case other RV owners or buyers have similar experiences and to make them aware to check there tires.
The tires that came with the RV were marked as being for “Trailers” and complied with the caravan specifications. However they were not a branded tire. In my opinion to provide some good reliable tires is something that the manufacture should address as lives could be lost and/or considerable damage incurred.
For the sake of say an extra $400 to have branded reliable tires would be a sensible move as tires are an essential component of any vehicle.
I presently have 2 Kelly and Michelin tires and intend to review the best tires to get before heading off again on any journey. Also having Tyre Dogs helped to ensure me of any tire issues. (This is not a add for Tyre Dog's as any TPMS will do a similar job.)
Incidentally while on our vacation in Broome I met an owner of a similar RV imported to Australia who had had a similar issue with a tire and was unaware that the tire had blown for over 100klms (60 miles).
__________________

__________________
Frances Richards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 10:03 PM   #2
Engineer of Crazy Train
 
ChooChooMan74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tiverton, RI
Posts: 1,559
It could be any RV. Chinabombs are all over. NO QUALITY
__________________

__________________
TV - 2015 Ram Truck EcoDiesel
TV - 2006 Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel (Retired to Daily Driver)
TT - 2015 Rockwood Roo 183
Locomotive Engineer
Nights Camping --- 2015 - 19 Camped | Winterized -- 2014 -18
Come read my Camping Blogs
ChooChooMan74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 10:08 PM   #3
NELA
 
Weezer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 3,220
I've about decided that all of our RVs should come with a caution:

Soon after purchase, replace your tires!

We did, with less than 500 miles on the originals.

I feel like I can actually exhale now while DH is towing our 5er.

The original tires are stacked in the back yard...maybe I'll put 'em in a yard sale.
__________________

If age is a state of mind, and I've lost my mind, I'm AGELESS, right?
Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around:
Flagstaff 5er 2014 8528 IKWS, Platinum Package, Regency Interior "Buffy"
F250 Super Duty 2013 Tuxedo Black "Biff"
Days camped 2014: 30
Weezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2014, 10:16 PM   #4
ARLO
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: N Chili, NY
Posts: 557
Check the load range on the old tires.
Most Mfrs put the bare minimum required for the load. You may want to consider going up to a higher load range like a D or E. I went from std tires to load range E tires and they appear to be doing just fine after about 8500 miles.
__________________
rlocicero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2014, 01:30 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Perth Western Australia
Posts: 25
Yep, I learned the hard way. Shame they (Forest River or agents)don't make anyone aware of the tire limitations.
However I expect Australians buying Amer ican RV's would expect something more substantial or be given advice from whoever they buy the vehicle from.
In a perfect world.
By the way the RV is brilliant and both of us love it.
__________________
Frances Richards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2014, 01:45 AM   #6
Plain Old Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Full Timing in South Louisiana
Posts: 1,938
I realize that each sub-brand under Forest River is like its own little company in itself, but, they are all part of Forest River, which do communicate. So, why is it that when you purchase a Cedar Creek or Silverback, you get Goodyear G614's / Load Range G tires (Very good tires with high load and speed rating) as original equipment from the factory. Yet you go get a similar priced Columbus, XLR fifth wheel or any other unit in the $50-70k plus / same weight range, and you get the crap. Prices on above units are pretty close. I know it's hard to put an LT or high load rated tire on a smaller trailer sometimes due to size, but there are better tires than what they put at the factory. Why not have the Maxxis or certain GY Marathons as OE. Not a big price difference really.
__________________
John and Rebecca Dickson
Emma-7 / Little John-5 / Iva-1
Full Timing Again, Rev B
2013 Ford F-350 Lariat CC LB PSD
2015 SOB TT - With OC's Awning Poles (#8)
At least in Heaven, RVs will be perfect, and I won't have to keep fixing them.
BigJohnD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2014, 02:00 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Perth Western Australia
Posts: 25
Couldn't agree more Big John.
My point entirely, alternatively provide an option if you are prepared to pay a bit extra at the time of purchase.
__________________
Frances Richards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 12:14 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 496
All trailer use tires are Chinese garbage. Go to a real E load LT tire. I use the Firestone Transforce HTs and they have been great reliable.
__________________
Doc
____________________________________
2014 V-Cross Platinum 365VTSB (Bought Labor Day 2014)
TV: 2016 GMC 3500 Denali - Motor Ops Tuned
Days Camped 2016: 28
Days Camped 2017: 25 so far
DocGTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2014, 12:19 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 496
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigJohnD View Post
I realize that each sub-brand under Forest River is like its own little company in itself, but, they are all part of Forest River, which do communicate. So, why is it that when you purchase a Cedar Creek or Silverback, you get Goodyear G614's / Load Range G tires (Very good tires with high load and speed rating) as original equipment from the factory. Yet you go get a similar priced Columbus, XLR fifth wheel or any other unit in the $50-70k plus / same weight range, and you get the crap. Prices on above units are pretty close. I know it's hard to put an LT or high load rated tire on a smaller trailer sometimes due to size, but there are better tires than what they put at the factory. Why not have the Maxxis or certain GY Marathons as OE. Not a big price difference really.
Reality is the Marathon, Maxxis, Towmax, ect are all the same Chinese crap, just branded different. Only the Goodyear G is a real good trailer tire.
__________________
Doc
____________________________________
2014 V-Cross Platinum 365VTSB (Bought Labor Day 2014)
TV: 2016 GMC 3500 Denali - Motor Ops Tuned
Days Camped 2016: 28
Days Camped 2017: 25 so far
DocGTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2014, 10:46 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Airdale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 734
The enclosed reference contains (IMO) the best information about care and maintenance of ST tires. I realize it was written by a tire manufacturer. They have been in the trailer tire business for a long time. Trailer tires are all manufacturer to similar specs and tested to those specs. The guidelines in the reference parallel all other trailer tires.

http://www.carlisletransportationpro..._Practices.pdf

Airdale
__________________

__________________
Airdale is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tire

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:08 AM.