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Old 07-20-2013, 07:25 AM   #11
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buckster, like you, I had real concerns with my Trail Distress 'Blow Max' tires on my year old fiver. I sucked it up and replaced them with Cooper SRM LT's after the first very nervous trip out and gave them to someone that needed new tires badly with the provision that I took no responsibility if anything was to happen with them. He took his trailer out and had 2 blowouts in three trips. The last one caused $1,500 worth of damage. He's now running Coopers as well. I'm glad I listened to my gut feeling.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:25 AM   #12
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Kinda like the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me". Experience with OEM tires is a good teacher and does cost dearly.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:36 AM   #13
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Thumbs up Tires

My rockwood sig. ultra light, came with the trail king C rated.
We were planning a cross country trip.Up graded to Carlisle E.
It's all about peace of mine.
No matter what tire you choose,you should look at them every time you stop and check the pressure every day before you start out,when they are cool. Good luck on your decision.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:54 AM   #14
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Some people worry too much. Is there not a spare tire onboard? Changing brand new tires for brand new tires dont make sense to me! If you have money to throw away, you can throw it my way. Seems like your trailer is getting very little use anyways so personally i would not change any tires (especially new). Remember the old adage "if it aint broke, dont fix it".
I don't think anyone is worrying too much, we simply learn from the problems others have experienced, and use common sense to come to the conclusion that there is a reasonably high chance that the cheap tires that come on our new campers will fail long before they wear out. And a tire failure will undoubtedly create damage that will cost far in excess of the price of a set of new name-brand tires.

And for myself, the factory tires were C-rated, and did not have the 20% load safety factor that is recommended, which would cause them to fail even sooner. So, for me, I was getting the peace of mind of running a premium tire, plus the load safety factor that the camper should have come with from the factory.

It was a no-brainer for me. I do hope you never have the misfortune to experience a high-speed blowout.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:46 PM   #15
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We have 8311s 2013, and have been out 4 times, drove from Biloxi, ms to Pigeon forge tn and back on our 4 th trip, no issues yet. Just check Tire pressure reg. and the tire for wear.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:56 PM   #16
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We have 8311s 2013, and have been out 4 times, drove from Biloxi, ms to Pigeon forge tn and back on our 4 th trip, no issues yet. Just check Tire pressure reg. and the tire for wear.
If you're on OEM tires, it like borrowed time. Just speaking from experience.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:03 PM   #17
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If you're on OEM tires, it like borrowed time. Just speaking from experience.
Please!! That's YOUR experience with tires that had a marginal weight
rating compared to your trailer axle weight.

My experience is that my OEM tires now are nearly 5 years old with
well over 10,000 miles and I've had no problems.
Previous trailer was 4 years old when we traded with similar miles and
still had OEM tires on it when we traded it.

Not everyone needs to upgrade their original tires.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:06 PM   #18
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Please!! That's YOUR experience with tires that had a marginal weight
rating compared to your trailer axle weight.

My experience is that my OEM tires now are nearly 5 years old with
well over 10,000 miles and I've had no problems.
Previous trailer was 4 years old when we traded with similar miles and
still had OEM tires on it when we traded it.

Not everyone needs to upgrade their original tires.
I agree, but they are what FR furnished. My first experience with FR.
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The problem is not limited to the inconvenience of only changing the tire but what can happen the the trailer when the tire comes apart it can wreck the hell out of unit.
This is why we pay for insurance!
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This is why we pay for insurance!
So true, but I prefer paying insurance, not using it and dealing with the hassle of getting estimates, having a damaged trailer, waiting to get it repaired AND still having to buy new tires.
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