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Old 05-21-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Trail Express Blowout Strikes Again :eek:

Not again to me, but again to another Forest River forum member

We've had our Rockwood 5er for ~10 months now and have taken 3-4 (no more than) 500 mile r/t camping trips. Yesterday on the final day of a 3 week, almost 3,000 mile trip a tire blew. On the day we did over 400 miles, and were about 100 miles from home (between Fernley and Sparks, Nv.) on a smooth 4 lane hwy when I felt something (like I had hit a rock). I checked the mirrors on both sides, saw nothing, and after slowing a bit just kept on going (no turnouts anyway).

Just then a car came up beside me and waved. Rolling down our windows they yelled that we had blown a tire. Ugh.

I pulled onto the shoulder, turned on the safety blinkers, and slowly limped to the next turnout. After 3 hours and MANY phone calls our road side service (through Progressive) finally showed up to change the tire...and didn't even have a lug wrench that would fit! Fortunately I had my torque wrench with socket for him to use.

Now I too am in the market for a new set of tires...and I think I will rule out Trail Express

There was some cosmetic damage to the trim above the tire. I called the dealer and was told the warranty was only good for 90 days. Oh well.

I have faithfully checked pressure and done a 'walk around' after each stop...never saw this coming!

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Old 05-21-2013, 08:17 AM   #2
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Maxxis. After my triple blowout last year, I've had the Maxxis, and so far no worries. They actually ride a bit better as well. I always check my tires as well, and rarely exceed 65mph (usually going on the downhill side of a hill, or prepping for a hill climb). I did have about 3,000 miles on my Trail Express tires before 3 went on the trip home last year.
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After my near issues with tires (another brand), I decided on Maxxis tires after an afternoon of googling.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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Sorry to say, but IMO, 90% of trailers with the OEM tires will have a blowout unless they are either Marathons, Maxxis or some other major brand. It is just a matter of time.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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Just out of curiosity, didn't you get one free year of Coach-net roadside assistance when you bought your 5th wheel?
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:14 AM   #6
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Just out of curiosity, didn't you get one free year of Coach-net roadside assistance when you bought your 5th wheel?
We had the road side assistance in our policy with Progressive with our previous 5er, and when got this one we just carried it over. So for a year I guess we do have double coverage.

So when the blow-out happened we called Progressive first...since we were paying for it

Just an observation here, but I am 'subscribed' to this thread, and have instant notification turned on, yet I have not received a single email that there were any responses to my post

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Sorry to say, but IMO, 90% of trailers with the OEM tires will have a blowout unless they are either Marathons, Maxxis or some other major brand. It is just a matter of time.
I gotta disagree with that one! Yes OEM tires are sometimes low end tires
but 90% failure rate???

My almost 5 year old trailer has original Carslile tires on it.
On another chat group a few years back there were folks there who
were having blowouts with them. When I saw them on my trailer I thought
Oh NO! I'm now well over 15,000 miles later and have had no problems.

Here is where some of the difference lies-- my tires say max load 1760 LBS.
Times 4 = 7040 total for the trailer.
My trailer weighs in at only about 4050 LBS axle weight on CAT scales.
That's loaded with full gear, food, water, LP on the way to the campground.

That's a significant safety factor. I think there are too many trailers out
there with Max load ratings way too close to actual loaded weight.
I have a close friend who just purchased a little Roo type trailer.
I was looking at his door weight sticker and his cargo capacity is only 150 LBS.
That's crazy for any manufacturer to sell trailers with numbers like that.

I am thinking new tires next season. I won't be looking at Trail Express!!
I'll definitely look at Maxxis.
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I gotta disagree with that one! Yes OEM tires are sometimes low end tires
but 90% failure rate???

My almost 5 year old trailer has original Carslile tires on it.
On another chat group a few years back there were folks there who
were having blowouts with them. When I saw them on my trailer I thought
Oh NO! I'm now well over 15,000 miles later and have had no problems.

Here is where some of the difference lies-- my tires say max load 1760 LBS.
Times 4 = 7040 total for the trailer.
My trailer weighs in at only about 4050 LBS axle weight on CAT scales.
That's loaded with full gear, food, water, LP on the way to the campground.

That's a significant safety factor. I think there are too many trailers out
there with Max load ratings way too close to actual loaded weight.
I have a close friend who just purchased a little Roo type trailer.
I was looking at his door weight sticker and his cargo capacity is only 150 LBS.
That's crazy for any manufacturer to sell trailers with numbers like that.

I am thinking new tires next season. I won't be looking at Trail Express!!
I'll definitely look at Maxxis.
I agree.

6 years on my flagstaff oem tires and they looked great.
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I gotta disagree with that one! Yes OEM tires are sometimes low end tires...
I might need to clarify, I meant IMO, 90% of the trailers will have a blowout, not 90% of the tires. Might be high, but the odds are against not having a blowout. Just my opinion based on my experiences.
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My almost 5 year old trailer has original Carslile tires on it.

Here is where some of the difference lies-- my tires say max load 1760 LBS.
Times 4 = 7040 total for the trailer.
My trailer weighs in at only about 4050 LBS axle weight on CAT scales.
That's loaded with full gear, food, water, LP on the way to the campground.

I think you just identified the problem. Many trailers come with tires just barely capable of hauling the load. Our fifth came with load range C tires, and at max GVWR, they were overloaded. How on earth the company has the nerve to do that is beyond me.
So even though the Duro tires our fifth came with had a reasonable reputation, we replaced them with load range D Maxxis, the tires the factory should have installed.
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