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Old 09-08-2016, 07:03 PM   #21
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Before our trip I was getting nervous with all the stories of tire failures, I have experienced them years ago on an old toy hauler 5th wheel.
On our 2015 Wildcat Maxx I was seriously considering getting all new tires for our trip last July. Our Les Schwab guy said I couldn't put 80 PSI tires on our load range 'D' rims. New 10 ply tires and new rims would be around $1,000. We didn't want to spend that much just weeks before our trip.
In reading and reading it came down to these 3 things, how old are the tires, ours less than 3 years. Will we be overloaded? No, and do NOT exceed the 65 MPH maximum speed on the tires.
So, almost 3,000 miles and keeping the cruise control set at 62 and checking the pressures and not being overloaded we luckily had no problems.
Still concerned though and will probably still spring for new wheels and tires before next year's trip. Our TT axles are rated for over 4,000 pounds so how we travel I highly doubt we'll ever overload the axles or overload the tires. Even if we had 'E' rated tires I won't be going faster than 62. It shouldn't be a race to see who gets to the accident first, I get passed by big class A's to triple axel toy haulers doing about 80 so I feel they should be able to afford the blow out or accident! Cruising at 62 I still pass lots of RVs and big rigs too!
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:12 PM   #22
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I have had an LT tire go flat because of a road hazard. Bolt punctured the tire. But I have NEVER had one blow out on the RV.
Not to put a curse on myself as I've only been towing for 42 years. Never had an RV flat or blow out. Rarely over 65 and keep a close eye on tires. Tires are the weak link in all of our travels.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:52 PM   #23
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We got rid of China tires as soon as we bought our 31 RK Silverback due to previous issues. We have Goodyear LTs at G range (100 PSI) and haven't looked back.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:53 PM   #24
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I had problems with my Rockwood original equipment tires, Trail Express?????. I switch to Goodyear Marathons, from LR C to LR D, have TPMS. No problems 3 years. Stay with a name brand, watch your tires pressure with a TPMS, don't overload don't exceed 65 MPH.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:08 PM   #25
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In 2014 we bought a gently used TT & immediately replaced the stock Trail Express with Maxxis E & a TPMS before our first out-of-state trip... Three summers later the Maxxis tires look new & have demonstrated good performance in emergency braking & corning situations. Our TT is 8,000 loaded & I stay around 65 mph.

For a number of years I drove a variety of trailers for construction-related work & when we hit unavoidable road debris in tended to take-out both tires on one side vs. only one... Therefore for our trip out West I plan to take (2) spares...
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:21 PM   #26
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We've all heard of many, many tire failures... but has anyone actually had a wheel failure from too much tire pressure or over loading? And if so, what happens? Does the rim just come apart or do the lug nuts waller out? Or??
I've seen a few posts about aluminum wheels with cracks, but don't recall any definitive proof WRT the cause.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:23 PM   #27
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We have not had a blown tire our first long trip we noticed the tires had worn so we had then rotated on the rim so we would make it home safe .the axles they are just not strong enough to Carrie any load ! ( lite) I believe when they put that on your tr is what you get ! Am I wrong ?
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:44 PM   #28
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I had 3 2 shred and 1 leak on the way back from AZ this spring replaced with 10 ply e, rated tires. I went to a frog Goshen and a vender recommended LT tires.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:44 PM   #29
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Something I discovered the hard way is that you have to use the correct valve stems. My first camper had repeated tire failures and I figured out that the valve stems were blowing out. Went to the Truck style stems and no more problems. So if your camper has rubber stems like your car you are asking for trouble.
I believe that what you are calling "Truck style stems" are what are generally referred to as "high pressure" stems. They have a metallic stem with a rubber type grommet base. Much preferable to the all rubber type used in most passenger/LT/trailer applications.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:46 PM   #30
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I have a Wildcat 5th wheel, GVWR 11,950 pounds) and I ordered it with the tires upgraded to the Maxxis M8008 tires. I have 15k miles on the tires and I'm pleased with them. I think the Maxxis tires would be a good choice for your rig.

I think the rim's maximum PSI rating is stamped on the inboard side of the rim.
Not always. My wheels were marked with a maximum load rating only and no reference to inflation pressure.
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