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Old 03-27-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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1st trip with new to me Sabre 5ver Route was Michigan to Texas and back. Great Vacation with family. On the way home a catastrophic tire failure in Arkansas about 60 degrees out Tires checked in morning before taking off. I carry a scuba tank with air to check every morning before taking off. This tire was a 2011 i bought the 5ver used but barely still had the nubs on the side of tires. Well it blew and did 2700.00 worth of damage. Insurance is covering repairs. I've tried to research LT tires up here in Michigan they say they are against the Law. I think not what should I replace these bombs with. I have sis brand new Michelin 10 Ply with 3240 Max load that were to big for my truck as the dually were touching before the trip soO brought new tires for my truck. The Michelins are 235x85X16 with a 3240 load rating 6K axles, I can't even get them mounted here in my area. 5ver is still in shop getting fixed so I have some time.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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I think you should be looking at either Good Year Marathon or Maxis. You hear about these horror story's all the time on this site. We should all group together and demand that FR put on a better trier on a new trailer. Sorry about all that damage, I know it must have ruined your trip. We are not talking about a lot of money to do it right, I would think that their rep. in the industry alone would make them want to do this. I Like our trailer but the tires where JUNK. Try to find a Trail Express dealer that they put on mine. I couldn't on the internet. This story go's on and on. I now have good year not even being a year old and had to replace all 4 on a trip. I did get 9000 miles before my blow out.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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TPMS is yet again indespensible, as well as GOOD tires.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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So sorry to hear. Had bad incident also, but had DW yell about tire in time. Thought camper was on fire. I look at the b-day of the tires then try to trace via tire rack co. If I find a bad or old (4+) I will get new. Also watch tires on turn for strange alignments. Axles sometimes are the cause. Hope all goes well.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:39 PM   #5
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One of my questions is why can't I get any shops to put on the Lt tires I already own
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:46 AM   #6
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Some trier shops will not put LT on a trailer, They say they could be sued, They are going to want and put ST on. The reason is the cons't of the sidewall. I think LT are fine, but I know they wouldn't sell them to me when I replaced all 4 after a blow out. That was their reason to me, so I went with Good Year Marathons ST. ST stamped tires are made and approved for trailer use only inspected by DOT. Now saying that a lot of company's will put them on. It might be the law in the State you live in.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:33 AM   #7
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If you really want to use your tires, just take each trier down and have the trier replaced on the rim and put them on your trailer yourself.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:11 AM   #8
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I'd call around until finding a tire dealer that would install the LT's.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:21 AM   #9
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LT = light truck such as an SUV, pickup, etc. That is why it is illegal to install on a trailer.

Now your RV is worth lets say 20-80 grand. What do you think the guys towing those huge offshore tunnel hull catamaran style racing boats use? These boats are worth 100K to over a million bucks.

They are converting over to run flat tires which lets you keep on driving if tire goes flat. They don't explode into shrapnel when they go flat as they have an solid inner core that allows you to safely slow down and keep going slow to an exit or turn to change out your tire. Yes run flat tires are expensive but so is your RV.

Run flat tires are for cars and trucks, not trailers. You have to block up your RV and bring in the rims to an independent guy that will do this for you. RV dealers wont do it. Find out what size your RV tire is, then go to www.tirerack.com and look for run flat tires in your size.

Just another option for you guys as ST tires from China we all know suck. Goodyear Marathon tires wear out very fast but they are a good tire. Carlise is brand I have had best experience with.

Go ask guys that tow livestock, horses, and those giant round bails of hay what they use also. Agricultural use is way more abuse than what a typical RV uses.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:42 AM   #10
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I think I got this straight. It may be against the LAW for a shop to put LT tires on a camper wheel because the LT is not rated for travel trailers and the LT tire MIGHT blow-up and cause damage. However it's not against the LAW for the trailer manufacturer to install ST tires that are approved for trailers and most times are barely rated high enough for the load that they are gong to carry, and have a known track record for EXPLODING with less than 1,000 miles on them causing 2-4 grand worth of trailer damage and they also install axles that are hundreds of pounds under rated for the trailer in which they are installed. Those axles also still have drum brakes installed (with few if any offering a disc brake upgrade) when almost the entire vehicle industry has switched to disc brakes because of their superior stopping ability.

WOW!!!!! I'll bet that a lot of these corporate decision makers have a job waiting for them in DC when they are finished in the TT industry. On the positive side it does keep the consumer spending, and spending. That spending also helps to support the tire and TT repair industry.

Over my 40 years working as an automotive instructor my decisions and actions were always based on the betterment and future well being of the lives of the students that I was entrusted. I did sleep better at night.
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