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Old 10-12-2014, 04:44 PM   #41
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I don't know how good they are but almost everyone says get rid of them. Lots have had blow outs with them. I ordered my new Goodyear china tires last Thurdsay get them Monday. Beside the blow outs reported here I checked on the Westlake tires as best as I could out side of this forum also and I found out them to be about half the price of Goodyear so that was my final decision if they are that much cheaper they can't be very good. Not the most scientific way I know but thnk it is a purty good indicator. Also look up china brand tires in the news recently lots of problems with them.
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Old 10-12-2014, 05:07 PM   #42
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Thanks I'll check it out
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Old 10-13-2014, 12:21 PM   #43
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Westlake tire reference.

http://www.westlaketire.com/trailer-tires

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Old 10-13-2014, 03:14 PM   #44
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The Goodyear "China" tires don't have a very good reputation either...can easily find tons of posts of people having issues with them as well...they may fare better than other Chinese tires but just barely.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:40 PM   #45
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I'm in the same boat as you, Mud...the XLR came with Westlake 235/80R16, load range E tires. I'm thinking of replacing them but I'd like to know if what I currently have is any good. They have a max load stamped into the sidewall of 3520#, which is pretty good for the "E" tires I've been shopping for. Anyone else have any first-hand experience with them?
3520# interesting. Since load capacity is controlled by the inflation and tire type (LT, P or ST) I have to wonder why Westlake thinks their tires can carry 100# more than the competition. Could it be that they were asked to provide a ST235/80R16 LR-E to be applied to a 7,000 axle?

Regulations require that tires be rated to carry the specified load. The mfg may have decided they did not want to de-rate the RV to reflect a more reasonable load capacity or to spend the money needed to use larger tires with a normal load capacity.

This would much like marking 1000# chain for 1050# and counting on most users to only loading the chain to less than 1000#.

IMO this is a strike against the RV MFG for playing games with established engineering principles and a strike against the tire mfg for playing along.

This is not the first time I have seen a tire company and RV mfg stack the deck. Of course if you go this route you would be forced to always find tires with 3520# rating. Good Luck with that.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:48 PM   #46
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Tried to get info on the tires. The site indicated it is for Canadian customers only.
Wonder if the tires are available in US?
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:59 PM   #47
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The Goodyear "China" tires don't have a very good reputation either...can easily find tons of posts of people having issues with them as well...they may fare better than other Chinese tires but just barely.
It is a fact that over half of RV trailers are overloading one or more tires.
Also many exceed the tire speed capability of their tires.

If the number one spec RV assemblers have for the tires they buy is low cost and neither the tire company, importer or RV assembler show any willingness to offer more than a few months warranty (if that) why would the tire mfg spend extra $ to improve the durability of the tires and loose the sale?

If 95% or more of tires on RV trailers are made in China why would we be surprised if most complaints of tire failures are about tires made in China?
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Tried to get info on the tires. The site indicated it is for Canadian customers only.
Wonder if the tires are available in US?
I added the link because it does provide this information.

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Old 10-13-2014, 11:17 PM   #49
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We have about 18k miles over 2 seasons on our Columbus 320RS that came with Westlakes and haven't had any problems. I have a friend in the tire business that says Westlakes aren't bad tires. I check pressure religiously, stay 65 mph or under, and run a TPMS. I think all those things make a big difference no matter the tire manufacturer.
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We have about 18k miles over 2 seasons on our Columbus 320RS that came with Westlakes and haven't had any problems. I have a friend in the tire business that says Westlakes aren't bad tires. I check pressure religiously, stay 65 mph or under, and run a TPMS. I think all those things make a big difference no matter the tire manufacturer.
I'm kind of thinking the same thing, I keep my speed between 55 to 65mph and I keep my air pressure checked.
I may have been lucky over my last 16 yrs. of towing our old TT and never had a tire issue(flat) but I kept my speed 55 to 65 and my tire press. checked also. I have always had Goodyear Marathon tires and never had a issue with them the way I maintained my tires. I think these Westlake tire will preform as good I hope any way, I will find out. I don't want to waste my money on tires I haven't given a chance to preform. I'll just keep maintaining these the same way as I always have my other tires and see how they do. If I have any issues then I'll look for a different brand of tire. I think we are hard pressed now days to find products produced here in the good old USA. I try to always buy MADE IN USA OR CANADA when at all possible to keep our countries a float and I think all US citizens should. I know sometimes it can't be helped but we should when possible.
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