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Old 04-23-2012, 09:55 AM   #11
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Who checks them?
The DoT sets the specifications and requirements for all tires used on American roads. Tire manufacturers send "First Articles" to the DoT for testing to make sure it meets their requirements and "certifies" the manufacture to make tires for use in the USA. They issue the manufacturer a DoT code that has to be molded into each tire.

That assures the purchaser that the DoT has certified the manufacturer and that tire as "safe" for its intended purpose. For most "No Name" tires that is all the QC you are going get until there is a recall based on failure reports.

If you buy a Goodyear or Michelin or "Name Branded" tire, you get an additional level of QC since they have their own inspectors who actually work in the plant after certification and ensure compliance even after certification. Not saying you still won't get a bad run of tires, just that you get two eyes looking at the product before you buy it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #12
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I know you love your Goodyears, but the truth of the matter is the Marathons are no better than any other tires coming out of China. Doing a lot if reading on four different forums it appears Maxxis is the only ST tire out there with minimum issues. And a track record of standing up to the punishment from abuse on trailers. Years ago when I was in the tire business Goodyears had the worst life of any tire. Yea I know things have changed, but that does not help the sour taste in my mouth from dealing with them.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:55 PM   #13
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I know things have changed, but that does not help the sour taste in my mouth from dealing with them.
Well that sort of sums it up then. FYI my Goodyear Marathons were made in Gadsden Alabama. While not "exactly" in the Union, Alabama was still in the USA by conquest.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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For the size of tires your A122 is using I think you will have a hard time to find a tire for trailer use that is not made in China. I have the Triangle brand on my Rockwood and I have no complaint at all regarding these tires even if they are made in China.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:30 PM   #15
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warning I have a 2010 Salem and just found out my tires that have less than 200 miles are dry rotted and they are 2008 tires, Forest river put 2008 tires on a 2010 trailer.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #16
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Bias ply tires have had many more posts on tire failure than radial tires. I also was worried about my DURO tires, but they are radials. I decided to give them a try and after 4700 miles last summer they look like new. They also were exactly the same pressure this spring as when I left them last fall. I will replace them with Maxxis after five years though, but for now are very happy with them.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:01 PM   #17
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Hi everybody:
Lately I have read about some bad things about the tires that FR has been putting on their travel trailers. Being the new owners of a Rockwood A122, we were wandering if there was a certain brand of tire that was the problem, and if so, what brand is it? We were thinking about putting some better tires on before we go any long distance with the trailer. We would like to know what other owners have experienced?
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Laura - before I brought a 2012 Silverback 29 rk and started reading this forum, I never gave much thought about RV tires and much less what brand of tires my FW came with from FR.

After reading about the so called "china bombs" RV tires I checked the tires on my RV. They are the Trail Express ST 235/80R16 brand made by Tri-Ace Tire Company in Hong Kong.

We have pulled our FW a total of 5496 miles to date and with the exception of a leak in one of them caused by a screw, we have not had any problem (s) with the 4 of them.

I will add the following: 1) I always keep the pressure at 80 PSI cold and check the pressure at the start of each travel day, 2) I drive a max of 60 MPH, 3) I brought a Porter Cable C1010 portable air compressor forthe purpose of being able to top them off if necessary and had to top two of them one morning because they were reading 75 PSI cold.

I cannot explain the cause of some of the problems others have had with their FR supplied tires, but this has been our expereince so far.

As others have stated here, keeping them properly inflated (as is also necessary for any tire), and staying within the load and speed limits as specified is always a good practice.
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"I always keep the pressure at 80 PSI cold"
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B47, your camper came with load range 'E' tires?
I wish I were so lucky!
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:21 PM   #19
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"I always keep the pressure at 80 PSI cold"
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B47, your camper came with load range 'E' tires?
I wish I were so lucky!
DG - what load range tires do you have and what load range tire is required?
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I will make a wild statement here and say that it is my opinion that a vast majority of all tire failures are from underinflated tires that get hot and explode. Sure there are those that are caused by road hazards, being curbed, etc. but that also happens to vehicle tires. In my 36+ yrs of camping all over the US, I have seen very, very few people check the tires of their mh, 5ers or tt either the night before or the morning they leave. I was guilty of the same thing until 2 yrs ago as I had checked tire pressures when we left Concord, NC and never checked them again UNTIL after we had one explode, taking off the fender and causing about $1800 damage 3 weeks later. Stopped the next day and had 4 new LR D GY Marathons put on and joined the crowd of Chinese bashing when it was either a low tire or a road hazard that caused my problem. DW & I have now "bit the bullet" and invested $259 in the TST tire monitoring system. Will I have another blowout, I hope not, but it will not be because the pressure is not at the max allowed for my tires.
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