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Old 06-06-2012, 06:06 PM   #41
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I did have one blow out on rear driver side "Trail Express" after 300 km from home about 3 weeks ago, but since I had a TPMS TST 507,it did alarm before I lost all pressure and prevented damage to the trailer, I was able to pull over and change with the spare. Here is a picture of the tire damage. Also when tire failed, I did hear a loud "pop" and it took app. 30 sec for the TPMS to show a drop in pressure as it was a fast leak but not a blow out. I was able to drive off the expressway #40 going to Quebec City. Once I was in a safe location, I used my digital pressure gauge and the pressure was down to 45 psi. Thanks to the TST 507 it prevented any damage to the trailer. I did get the tires balanced after this event and was surprised at the amounts of weigths that was needed: 3, 3.5, 3.5 and 3.75 oz. The one that failed required 3.5 oz. I have a 8000 km trip coming in July, Calgary Stampede, and will see how everything performs since balancing the tires. I replaced the failed tire with a GoodYear Marathon. Also I checked tires in the morning and all top up to 52 psi cold, check the hub/bearing temperature with infrared thermometer and all at around 90 degrees F after about 200 km. Tires have a total of 6000 km since I bought trailer in May 2011.
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You say you top your tires at 52 psi cold?

Is that the correct pressure for that size tire? I ask because you didn't provide the tire size.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:08 PM   #42
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Tires are ST225/75R15 with max cold PSI of 50 psi.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #43
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Tires are ST225/75R15 with max cold PSI of 50 psi.
OK - that is a smaller tire than mine - FWIW.
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New member of the triple-blowout club

Like I said in the other post, I did everything right. I don't have a TPMS. I wonder if it would give you enough, if any warning of a blow-out. And that's what mine were...a blow-out. Very loud and very dramatic. The DOT code on the tires indicate the 34th week of 09, so not quite 3 years old. Maybe in the neighborhood of 3,000 miles, but probably less. I suppose I could go back and calculate the miles from all my trips since I bought this trip, but let's not get too ridiculous.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #45
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Like I said in the other post, I did everything right. I don't have a TPMS. I wonder if it would give you enough, if any warning of a blow-out. And that's what mine were...a blow-out. Very loud and very dramatic. The DOT code on the tires indicate the 34th week of 09, so not quite 3 years old. Maybe in the neighborhood of 3,000 miles, but probably less. I suppose I could go back and calculate the miles from all my trips since I bought this trip, but let's not get too ridiculous.
I don't know if a TPMS would give you a warning of a pending blow out or not. But I think it would given that the tire that is losing air would show up on your TPMS monitor as would the temperature as the tire losing air would heat up as the air pressure drops. I guess that is why the system monitors both tire pressure and tire temperature. In addition, several posters here have said that their TPMS did give enough advance warning allowing to safely deal with the situation.

I don't consider keeping a record of how many miles you have on your tires (RV tires or other tires) to be "ridiculous."

I find keeping a record of such things to be useful in knowing how long certain items in my vehicles such as batteries, oil changes, maintenance, etc.)have been installed or when they are due to be replaced and/or repeated.
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New member of the triple-blowout club

Like I said in the other post, I did everything right. I don't have a TPMS. I wonder if it would give you enough, if any warning of a blow-out...
Don't really know the answer to that, but any warning at all might have lessened the damage. Could have been a slow leak and got hot and bang. Hard to tell what caused any of them.

We had one that didn't blow, but just disintegrated and caused $1800 damage. Bought the TST tire monitor this yr and hope it will at least minimize the damage should another incident happen.
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Well thanks to those who actually took the time to read and replied to my questions.

I have decided to go with Maxxis and also will be upsizing to a 15" wheel. Tried to get the Kumho 857's but hard to find.

So, I hope this does the trick. It certainly can't be worse than the Trailer Express crap I have.

Thanks again for your time. And to those who decided to hijack the thread..........start your own!!!!!
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And to those who decided to hijack the thread..........start your own!!!!!
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I think you will be happy with the Maxxis. But if you are going to go to a bigger wheel, just make sure you have the clearance above the tires. On our camper, there isn't a lot of space there, and we wouldn't even be able to put on a bigger tire, let alone go to a bigger rim. But that is probably because we have the rubber torsion axles, as they are usually mounted that way.
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I think you will be happy with the Maxxis. But if you are going to go to a bigger wheel, just make sure you have the clearance above the tires. On our camper, there isn't a lot of space there, and we wouldn't even be able to put on a bigger tire, let alone go to a bigger rim. But that is probably because we have the rubber torsion axles, as they are usually mounted that way.
Thanks Don. Appreciate your help. We should be ok on the bigger size. We have 7 inches between tires and about 6 to 7 inches above.

That should work....right?
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That sounds like lots of clearance. Even if the bigger tires are 3 inches larger in diameter, that would only eat up 1.5 inches of space above the tire, leaving lots of clearance. Just don't go to a HUGE tire, not that there are that many options anyway!
Oh, and if you are going to Maxxis, get the real thing, the Maxxis M8008, probably 225/75R15 in the 8-ply, D-rating. May as well get the best!
C-rated tires are lots for your camper, but if the Ds aren't too much more, what the heck!
You could save a bit of clearance, and maybe a few bucks, if you went with the 205/75R15. Choices, so many choices!
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