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Old 06-19-2012, 11:20 PM   #71
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Had to call the toll free phone number. Be ready to be questioned if you are sure they are trail express and not one of the other brands that started in trail.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:59 PM   #72
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Had to call the toll free phone number. Be ready to be questioned if you are sure they are trail express and not one of the other brands that started in trail.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:12 AM   #73
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That's interesting. My dealer told me FR was only offering $20 per tire. I said no- send me the tires. Makes me wonder- like some other people it was more cost effective for me to get them installed on my own instead of dragging my trailer 40 miles each way. I wonder if FR really offered that, or that was what my dealer was offering me. Because by doing the tires on my own I'm sure my dealer was able to submit a bill or removal and replacement of the tires.

What size were your tires? I would imagine there isn't that much difference between 14" and 15" tires; definetely not 600% more.
mine were originally 205/75/15 rejects. Even my spare had the surface defects and was never on the road.

My new radials are KUMHO 857 235/70/15
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #74
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Something new to add to your PDI list - No Trail Express Tires

Well it seems FR is now refusing to address any Trail Express tire issues and pointing the dealers to the distributor, (who is not returning the calls), my recommendation to anyone considering purchasing from FR is to refuse to accept any unit that has Trail Express Tires on it. I would also asked the dealer to address this prior to ordering a unit, especially now that FR is not going to stand behind a product they selected to be part of your unit.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:23 AM   #75
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Its truely unfortunate because when a manufacturer contracts out for providence of a supplied product and that product is nothing but trouble (incase the kids find your screen open) and they knowingly continue to promote it - there is a legal term for what happens when someone is killed or injured because of that product.
I'm not a lawyer or a judge - just a cop that investigates accidents.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:33 PM   #76
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Cracking can be accelerated by too much exposure to heat, vehicle exhaust, ozone and sunlight, as well as electric generators and motors (that have armature brushes). Alot of tires are only under a 12 month warranty so it is best to check the date codes on your tires because the date code will tell you when your tire was made. In your case, your tires should be warrantied by the distributor of the tire to Forest River till March of next year.


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Looked at the tire on our new Wildood X lite 24QB trailer from March of this year. To find that two out of the five Trail Express tires have started to get cracks aprroximately 2" from the rim. Tires have DOT codes of R2KC 2011 and R2KC 2111 on all the tires. The trailer has approx 1200 miles including shipping from Middlebury, IN. We have put approx 600 miles on it. All tires are at 55 psi where they were when the trailer was picked up at the dealer. Tires are rated at 1760 lbs each with 3500 lb axles and GVWR of 5700 lbs. Trailer scaled at 5375 lbs on first trip out loaded. Cracking looks like something you find on 5 or 6 year old tires.

Dealer working on warranty for new tires.
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Cracking can be accelerated by too much exposure to heat, vehicle exhaust, ozone and sunlight, as well as electric generators and motors (that have armature brushes). Alot of tires are only under a 12 month warranty so it is best to check the date codes on your tires because the date code will tell you when your tire was made. In your case, your tires should be warrantied by the distributor of the tire to Forest River till March of next year.

Who in their right mind would replace these awful tires with the same under warranty? You would have to be nuts.

I do not understand why any manufacturer would use such an inferior product or distributor on what I consider to be one of the most important safety items.

As stated, all it will take is a few nasty accidents caused by inferior tires and Berkshire will be out of the RV business.

They really should rethink the crap they are sending us home on. I am not sure how they sleep at night knowing there is a problem and doing nothing about it.

We are already considering upgrading in a year or so to a 5th wheel and based on how FR is handling this issue (or not dealing with it) they will more than likely not be getting any repeat business from us.

Yes, I know, "they all do it". But what a lame response. And what a lame way to do business.
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Cracking can be accelerated by too much exposure to heat, vehicle exhaust, ozone and sunlight, as well as electric generators and motors (that have armature brushes).
the sun I can see.... but
What sort of exhaust pipe would your TV have to have that would effect all 4 rolling tires and the idle spare covered on a TT or 5'er causing it to crack and or seperate?

Is it the fact that the armature brushes are on a generator or the generator exhaust is in the vicinity of the tires.

I don't know anyone who uses a generator and places it directly under their slide out where driver side tires would be or under an awning where passanger side tires would be. I look my muffler and modified the exhaust - venting it upwards with tubing. Wind catches it and its gone. Less noise as well.

Face it Trail Express are the worst of the worst tires you could risk your life on while hauling from my own experience anyway. KUMHO 857's are on my unit now.
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I have an appointment to have my 4 new Maxxis tires put on this Saturday. The damage to my RV is finally repaired, so the tires are next. It sure will feel nice to be on the road again, and feel safer about it.
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I have an appointment to have my 4 new Maxxis tires put on this Saturday. The damage to my RV is finally repaired, so the tires are next. It sure will feel nice to be on the road again, and feel safer about it.
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