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Old 06-28-2016, 11:55 AM   #31
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Dealer said he never had my trailer model fail a tire.
Filed a complaint by filling out the camper info this morning but have not heard anything back yet.
That site does not list Trail express power towing tires as an option in their tire listing.
The fact that the dealer claims as not remembering a tire failure is not surprising as most RV owners don't bother to complain to dealer or NHTSA.
RE NHTSA Yes they do not have every tire name in the drop down list. Many tire names are new inventions with dozens sprouting up each year. BUT that is why having the full DOT serial is so important. It will take a few days or a week for NHTSA to respond to your complaint. All you will get initially is a complaint ref number. Remember they are getting thousands of complaints every day on all kinds of things such as TPMS, Car seats, emission failures air bag problems etc.

Did the dealer refuse to take any action on your tire failure? Just not knowing of previous tire failure is no excuse. You might check the phone book for local General tire dealer and tell them you have a tire made by General at the KY plant that failed and see what they say.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:50 PM   #32
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Did the dealer refuse to take any action on your tire failure? Just not knowing of previous tire failure is no excuse. You might check the phone book for local General tire dealer and tell them you have a tire made by General at the KY plant that failed and see what they say.
No action taken.
Only offered to order parts I needed to fix the damage I have to repair.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:03 AM   #33
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Anyone filing a complaint with NHTSA needs to include the cost of damage to the RV in their report. I would also include the name of the tire dealer or RV dealer and identify if they were helpful in resolving the tire failure issue or if they refused to take any responsibility for the tire failure and provide a replacement and any compensation for costs associated with the failure.

After filing the complaint with NHTSA you should receive an email with the Complaint #. I would forward that email to the tire dealer, RV dealer and RV company CEO if the tire was the OE tire advising them that they have been named in your report to NHTSA as being helpful or not.
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:52 PM   #34
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That site does not list Trail express power towing tires as an option in their tire listing.
Look under the name "Voma Tire Corp.." There are a total of 7 complaints on the NHTSA complaint files for Trail Express tires.

"ITG Voma is a joint venture of China’s Xiamen ITG Group Corp. and VOMA Tire Corp., a full supply chain service provider focusing on providing comprehensive services for tire distributors." (Rubber & Plastics news).
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:47 AM   #35
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The fact that the dealer claims as not remembering a tire failure is not surprising as most RV owners don't bother to complain to dealer or NHTSA.
RE NHTSA Yes they do not have every tire name in the drop down list. Many tire names are new inventions with dozens sprouting up each year. BUT that is why having the full DOT serial is so important. It will take a few days or a week for NHTSA to respond to your complaint. All you will get initially is a complaint ref number. Remember they are getting thousands of complaints every day on all kinds of things such as TPMS, Car seats, emission failures air bag problems etc.
I know there has been a Holiday in the mix etc. but it has been 10 calendar days and still no response.
I went ahead and purchased 5 new load range E tires and also had them balanced.
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:01 PM   #36
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So what is causing this type of damage? At first I thought maybe I hit something but to get 2 with the same identical damage I think not. There aren't any obstructions above the tire and more than enough room to the floor above. No flat spot across the width so I'm pretty sure I didn't lock the brakes.

The first time was last August and about 12000 miles.

The second one was last week and about 17000 miles.

Neither lost any pressure and were caught during tire checks every 2 hours.

Could this be the start of throwing the tread? They are Trail Express manufacture 5212 so they would've been changed out this year anyway.
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I am surprised you got that many miles out of them. Most people replace OEM ties with higher load range and better quality.
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I am surprised you got that many miles out of them. Most people replace OEM ties with higher load range and better quality.
I never do. This being the heaviest at only 4800lbs on the axles I think I'll be fine.

Only problems with past trailers was on a 06 surveyor that I bought used in 11 with the original tires. And they didn't start giving me problems until '12 and '13.
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So what is causing this type of damage? At first I thought maybe I hit something but to get 2 with the same identical damage I think not. There aren't any obstructions above the tire and more than enough room to the floor above. No flat spot across the width so I'm pretty sure I didn't lock the brakes.

The first time was last August and about 12000 miles.

The second one was last week and about 17000 miles.

Neither lost any pressure and were caught during tire checks every 2 hours.

Could this be the start of throwing the tread? They are Trail Express manufacture 5212 so they would've been changed out this year anyway.
Looks like it's (sometimes) hitting something in the wheelwell.
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So what is causing this type of damage? At first I thought maybe I hit something but to get 2 with the same identical damage I think not. There aren't any obstructions above the tire and more than enough room to the floor above. No flat spot across the width so I'm pretty sure I didn't lock the brakes.

The first time was last August and about 12000 miles.

The second one was last week and about 17000 miles.

Neither lost any pressure and were caught during tire checks every 2 hours.

Could this be the start of throwing the tread? They are Trail Express manufacture 5212 so they would've been changed out this year anyway.
Looks like localized separation of tread off belts. Would need to probe to be sure. I would consider this a factory workmanship issue. Not sure what warranty is but you are at 3-1/2 years. get thee to tire dealer ASAP.

What is the DOT serial of the tires?
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