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Old 09-09-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Okey gents, been a heck of a year for me maintenance wise on the 5er.. First it was electrical 9 fixed, (and yes it was a bad GFI) then had Brake problems going to Colorado, thought we got it fixed and more problems on the way home, ( $800 later all new brakes and wheel Barings pack please new grease seals ) Now its time for New tires.... Leaning towards Goodyear Marathons 235-80-16. anyone have theses or other Idea ???
p.s. Thanks for all the help so far.....
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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All I can say is for people to please replace their factory tires. We just completed a 2400 mile trip and had to replace three of the Trail Express Load C factory tires. They are ST225-75-15. Total mileage on the tires is 7500-8000 miles. Had to replace one last Tuesday and two of them today on I-80 in nowhere, NE. I check my tires religiously for air pressure, drive no more than 63 miles per hour, keep them covered when sitting in the sun. Nothing I could do about three tires literally shredding apart.

I love my Forest River product but lesson learned when I buy my next trailer--keep your cheap Chinese tires and the deal will hinge on better quality tires being mounted up before I drive off the lot.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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What Randy said (or Patty). My Trail Express tires had less than 3,000 miles on 'em before 3 of them shredded. I now have Maxxis E rated 16" and am happy so far, but I don't have many miles on them yet.
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If your search for tires, you will find plenty of reading material, a lot of opinions, and some rather heated arguments at times. As for me, I replaced mine, but went up a load range, so far, so good, after 4000 miles.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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I never see anyone complain or praise about DURO tires ?
I know the sabre's have them.

Any idea's ?
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I have DURO's on my Flagstaff. Nothing negative to report. My problem is I can't check the torque of the lug nut because I don't have a socket that can fit in that small space between the nut and the rim.
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Not having a socket doesn't have anything to do with the tires, that is the configuration of the rim.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:22 AM   #8
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I have DURO's on my Flagstaff. Nothing negative to report. My problem is I can't check the torque of the lug nut because I don't have a socket that can fit in that small space between the nut and the rim.
They make a thinwall lug socket.
Unfortunately the only suppliers are mac snap-on or matco. (That I've seen)
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They make a thinwall lug socket.
Unfortunately the only suppliers are mac snap-on or matco. (That I've seen)
What size is the lugnut?
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All I can say is for people to please replace their factory tires.
Hi Randy,

What tires did you buy to replace the O/E (original equipment) Trail Express tires - what brand, model, size, load range, etc? Assuming you increased the load range, did you mount them on the O/E aluminum wheels or did you also replace the wheels for the higher load range?

As FYI - I toured the Rockwood/Flagstaff factory during the recent FROG Rally and asked the warranty manager for tire advice for our model trailer. He said most of his customers don't tow very far or very often so that's why they install basic tires at the factory. However, he didn't hesitate to say that anyone who will be towing more than a typical owner should definitely upgrade tires by one load range level. He didn't have a brand preference - said any decent brand will be fine - as long as the load range is one step up.

Based in his advice, it looks like I'll be replacing my V-Lite tires before the 2013 camping season begins. I'm just wondering if I will also be shopping for new wheels.
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