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Old 04-15-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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Help with new tires

Ok. I'm a new owner of a Rockwood ultra lite fifth wheel. New to the forum also. I have to tell ya, all these posts about cheap Chinese tires is scaring me. I have some pretty big trips planned this season, so I think I'm going to change the tires right out of the box!

So my question is. What do I buy? Good year or maxxis ( I think that's the name) or is there something else?
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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I read the same horror stories 5 years ago when we got our trailer. Some things just don't change. I decided to give the OEM tires a try and got 4 1/2 years and 9K miles out of them. They were still in good condition, but getting older and I was gearing up for an eight thousand mile trip so I changed them out and also upgraded load range. I took good care of them (keep em aired up and was careful not to hit curbs) and they took care of me. Your results may be different but I doubt it.


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Old 04-15-2015, 06:15 PM   #3
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Now I'm really confused! Hahahha. Thank you for your response. A year ago I did experience a blow out in my TT, and it was scary. It was a used trailer and I chalked it up to old tires. So I changed all 5. ( spare) and bumped up from 8 to 10 ply. So I'm
Just wondering if I should do the same now.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:18 PM   #4
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Not going to hurt but hard to say whether it is necessary. I would suggest a TPMS which ever way you go.


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Old 04-15-2015, 06:19 PM   #5
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What size and manufacturer tires do you have on trailer now? Before changing tires, I would get a Tire pressure monitoring system first and go from there.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:25 PM   #6
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We bought our Americana GS39 new in 2007 and only got 50 miles before losing a tire, they were Chinese tires. I immediately replaced them with Goodyear G rated G614 tires and ran them until 2013. Then while coming back from Wisconsin one tire tread separated and did some damage to my rig. We pulled into Elkhart, IN and I went to the local Goodyear Dealer I took in the Tire and they sent it in and determined it was a tread separation defect and they would replace it and Pay my insurance Deductible. Then I told them the other three tires were the same date code and they replaced them all. Bottom line " Go with Goodyear".
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:30 PM   #7
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A lot of stories out there about China bombs. Most of the ST tires are made in China are so-so, good, or better. Many of the tires installed on RVs go 10-20k without problems. What percent really go bad prematurely and blow up? TPMS is a good idea to monitor the tire pressure. But if a tire starts to separate the TPMS may not tell you anything till the pressure goes down. When it starts to shed rubber it becomes a China bomb and it's over. But how many miles before this happened did it start? If we had a camera on each side of the RV maybe it catch it when it started instead of after it rips every thing apart. Just a thought!
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:48 PM   #8
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After four trail express blowouts on two 5ers, I have Goodyear marathons now, with Tpms. I don't think tts are as bad about blowing as 5ers but not sure. My 26' TT came with maxxis. No blowouts in 5 yes. Both 5ers came with trail express. 3 blowouts on load Es within 5000 miles and 1 on load range c @ 5000 miles. Upped them to GY lr D now.
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I would never claim to know everything there is about trailer tires. I think no matter the brand,There are a few things that you can do to make them last longer 1 tire pressure maintain the proper pressure. 2 Instead of air use Nitrogen most trailers are coming with it from the factory. It will help maintain proper pressure, and help reduce heat it the tires. which is the main reason for blow outs, you can also add air if you need to if nitro isn't available. 3 How fast you go, and check them every time you stop for how hot and any defects.
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Instead of air use Nitrogen most trailers are coming with it from the factory. It will help maintain proper pressure, and help reduce heat it the tires. which is the main reason for blow outs,
Nitrogen will help maintain pressure, because (1) it contains no water vapor, so there is no drop in pressure below the dew point temperature, and (2) 100% nitrogen permeates through rubber somewhat slower than air's 78% nitrogen/21% oxygen mix.

However, the thermal conductivity of nitrogen and oxygen are almost identical, so it has no effect on heat removal.

TireRack - Clearing the air about nitrogen inflation
Are nitrogen molecules really larger than oxygen?
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