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Old 07-26-2016, 07:17 PM   #1
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Correct tires on Cherokee

We bought a 2006 Cherokee 27Q last year. Our first time out this year we had a tire blowout. In looking at the sticker on the trailer, it appears this has the wrong size, and load range tires. Thinking a previous owner swapped out tires at some point, or a manufacturers error. Has anyone else run into this ? I have sent 2 e-mails to Forest River service to try and verify correct wheels/tires, but no answer yet. Wish I caught this at dealer when we picked it up. Any thoughts , or suggestions on buying tires and wheels ? Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:20 PM   #2
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Did you check the pressure in them before leaving?
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:21 PM   #3
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It's pretty common to change out tires for higher load ratings. This may mean a larger size to get the load rating they want. How old were the tires? 5 years is about the max sometime up to 7.
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The correct tire size and inflation should be on the placard which is on the side of your unit. Mine is yellow, but some are white.
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The correct tire size and inflation should be on the placard which is on the side of your unit. Mine is yellow, but some are white.
He already knows the "correct" tire size, he said he saw the sticker already.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:32 PM   #6
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Thank for quick responses. The tire decal is very worn, faded, and I put the pieces of it that I can read together to come up with what I believe to be correct. As far as I can tell, they should be ST225/75R15 LRD, on 15X6 rims. What I have is ST205/75R15 LRC on 15X5 rims. Looking at date code, these could be original tires ( other than wrong size). The pressure was checked that morning before leaving campground, however, it was a 90 degree day, and old, underrated tires. (explains the blowout) However, in reading tire reviews, I see mostly negative comments on pretty much every brand. New to forum, didnt include enough info in first post.
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Is the 27q a toy hauler? All the Cherokee s I've seen had 14 c's on them.

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Thank for quick responses. The tire decal is very worn, faded, and I put the pieces of it that I can read together to come up with what I believe to be correct. As far as I can tell, they should be ST225/75R15 LRD, on 15X6 rims. What I have is ST205/75R15 LRC on 15X5 rims. Looking at date code, these could be original tires ( other than wrong size). The pressure was checked that morning before leaving campground, however, it was a 90 degree day, and old, underrated tires. (explains the blowout) However, in reading tire reviews, I see mostly negative comments on pretty much every brand. New to forum, didnt include enough info in first post.
Perhaps dealer swapped out "your" higher load range tires to a different unit he sold to satisfy that owner??
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Not a toy hauler. Bedroom in front, couch and dinette in slide out, and bath in back. 62xx Dry weight, 10080 GVW. A little bigger than we wanted, but we really liked the layout.
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Thank for quick responses. The tire decal is very worn, faded, and I put the pieces of it that I can read together to come up with what I believe to be correct. As far as I can tell, they should be ST225/75R15 LRD, on 15X6 rims. What I have is ST205/75R15 LRC on 15X5 rims. Looking at date code, these could be original tires ( other than wrong size). The pressure was checked that morning before leaving campground, however, it was a 90 degree day, and old, underrated tires. (explains the blowout) However, in reading tire reviews, I see mostly negative comments on pretty much every brand. New to forum, didnt include enough info in first post.

Major loss in load capacity if the OE size was ST225/75R15 LR-D 2,540# per tire at 65 psi. While the ST205/70R15 LR-C is only rated for 1,820 at 50.

I think you need a serious discussion with the dealer about them selling a vehicle with grossly overloaded tires. This is clearly not a safe condition.
They may try and side step responsibility but they do have some responsibility for selling a unit that meets basic safety requirements.
As they try and hem and haw you might ask if they would sell a motorhome with worn out or non-functioning brakes? Or would they by-pass a blown fuse with a piece of wire?

Complaint to BBB is warranted so is a complaint to NHTSA on the dealership. You might also drop a line to Forest River and advise them how their dealer is operating. CEO Pete Liegl

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Of course based on past history Safety may not be a focus of FR.
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