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Old 07-26-2012, 07:31 AM   #91
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I'm just glad everyone is alright and that there wasn't more damage.
We as mentioned before had TE juck on ours nad got them replaced under warrnaty. Now have KUMHO 857 LTs on them and a TST 507 monitoring system.

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Old 07-26-2012, 09:18 AM   #92
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There is not a tire out there that does not have complaints.

What puzzles me is those of you that complain about the Trail Express warranty and service from Lionshead.

My tires were cracked, I made one phone call to my dealer and he gave me the number for Lionshead. I made a call to Lionshead and the following day I had four new tires delivered to my door free of any charge.

Not only that they are sending me a check for $60 goodwill.

I had Goodyear Marthons and one blew and two had broken belts and all they would do was give me partial credit for the two with broken belts. Said there wasn't enough left of the other to identify.

Any tires can fail. Buy a TPMS and check the condition of your tires frequently. You can often find a broken belt before they blow by running your hands over the treads.

And remember if you do contact warranty service, "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar".

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Old 07-26-2012, 10:01 AM   #93
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I have read many different articles and had experience with trailer tires. My 2cs is that no matter what manufacture you have there are gonna be problems. In my opinion, 2 years is the most you can get out of a set of tires. I recommend to anyone to use a tire shop close to your house and just know that every two years you need new tires. This is much less expensive than blowing a tire and messing up or wrecking your rig. This also cuts down on being in the shop.
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:56 PM   #94
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Trail Express update.

The dealer replaced all 5 tires with the same type Trail Express tires they took off. This is what were sent to them by the tire suppliers. Can already see they will hold up about as long as they originals. The side walls already have the same deformed look including the sidewall as the originals. Looking to have the state DOT look into these tires. Will most likely replace them on my own dime. Will remember this when it comes time for the next Forest River Trailer.

I tow a company trailer approx 8000 miles per year and even though I have had a blow out it was on tires that were 3 or more years old and overloaded by the other drivers towing the trailer.

To tirewarrantygirl due you work for the tire supplier? I have worked at Goodyear, Michelin and Cooper tire dealers over the years and at Auto dealers and repair shops over the years and have not seen tires fail like with this type of cracking and become deformed like this at such a low mileage.

If heat, vehicle exhaust, sunlight, generators and electric motors have that major of a effect on tires. We would see emergency vehicles (firetrucks, ambulance) crashing every day due to tires failing do to cracking and blowouts. I see these type of vehicles running at emergency calls every day. And trust me they generate more heat on the tires then any travel trailer would see in there lifetime. Large diameter exhaust systems dumping hot exhaust right in front of the rear tires, Generators running for 110 and 220 volt lighting and electric motors running for rescue tools and fans, etc.

These type of vehicles in most cases go for several 3 to 8 years with the OEM tires. Also look at Police vehicles that due the same. In any case they see more than 1000 to 3000 miles before the tires need to be replaced.

I feel that these tire are just poor quality and should not be on the road. Ford had issues with Firestone tires years ago and this could be Forest Rivers Firestone's.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:42 PM   #95
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Originally Posted by rgmiller32 View Post
Ford had issues with Firestone tires years ago and this could be Forest Rivers Firestone's.
To be fair to Firestone, part of the "issues" were created when Ford dropped the recommended inflation pressure to accommodate customer's perceptions of "rough ride". Dropped it to 26psi if I recall correctly.

Granted, Firestone agreed to allow that to be the recommendation.

By the way, Ford later upped their recommendation to 30psi.

Even though other manufacturers didn't have the same failure rate at the lower recommended pressure like did Firestone, Firestones didn't have the same problem at 30psi.

Read more about it here:
Firestone and Ford tire controversy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 07-31-2012, 10:54 AM   #96
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Tire Replacement and Monitors

Replaced "Chinese Maypops" (Trail Express) with Maxxis load range E, installed TST 507 monitors and balanced. Towed 500 miles and trailer pulled easy and monitors worked great. It is interesting to watch changes in tire pressure and temperature, both up and down, depending on ambient air temp, which tires are in the sun and driving through a rain shower.

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