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Old 05-22-2016, 09:54 AM   #1
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Gotta replace tire

We are on a final check out camping trip before our long 4,500 west bound trip.

I found this on rear drivers side tire.

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I have no idea what caused this. It looks like deep puncture then scratches across the sidewall.

I think, I am going to move the Castle Rock spare up to replace this tire. The tires would match and all have less than 600 miles on them.

I then would replace the tire with whatever I can source locally.

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Old 05-22-2016, 10:19 AM   #2
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That will work. My previous TT had Nanco tires and I had a flat on my first serious trip. Put on the factory spare and when I got home, replaced the spare with a Dunlop in the same size. Ran like that for the next 9 years (yes, I know: too long, but they were used way below rating).
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:41 AM   #3
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We are on a final check out camping trip before our long 4,500 west bound trip.

I found this on rear drivers side tire.

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I have no idea what caused this. It looks like deep puncture then scratches across the sidewall.

I think, I am going to move the Castle Rock spare up to replace this tire. The tires would match and all have less than 600 miles on them.

I then would replace the tire with whatever I can source locally.

Suggestions or other thoughts?

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I wouldn't play around with a 4500 mile trip coming up, I would replace it now alot cheaper then the damage that can occur from a blow out, I remember crossing the USA and even if you used that for a spare depending on your route, you sometimes see nothing for miles, I also learned that in certain states do not pass up fuel, sometimes they are far a few in between....
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:03 PM   #4
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I have seen and been able ti duplicate this damage with High Pressure washer.

The tire needs to be examined by a dealer for that brand of tire. The damage might simply be surface and cosmetic or it could be deeper and to the body cord, in which case I would consider the tire scrap.

Some supporting info
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and as seen in this tire autopsy

Hope this helps understand the problem
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I guess I'm just fortunate as ALL Chinese tires that have been on my 2 TTs have had tread separation or blowouts and none of the Maxxis M8008 have ever given me a minute of problems. I just can't accept this as a coincidence. I still drive the same speed, run max pressure and monitor my TST 507rv system. I even run it across the CAT scales before any trip if I have added anything and I'm still 1,200 lbs under the max. Someone at the Shin Dong plant isn't paying attention.
And yes, I did report all blowouts to the NWTSA. No more TowMax.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:54 PM   #6
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Thanks Tireman. Interesting pics, but no pressure washing here.

I am thankful I noticed before we got back on the road. Got to use my Andersen rapid jack in a more controlled setting of the campground.


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