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Old 08-15-2016, 08:33 PM   #11
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Ridgeway tires are junk

I have a 2016 Forestriver Salem 27 RKSS with 3000 miles on it. I maintain my tires very well. On our trip last week, when we arrived at the campsite, I noticed two of my tires had strange "bubbles" on the sidewalls? I had to have those two tires replaced in order to get home.
I bought Kenda K550's which I am more familiar with and will be replacing the other 3 this week.
BOTTOM LINE 2 TIRE FAILURES ON A 1YR OLD TRAILER, TELLS ME THE TIRES ARE JUNK!!!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2016, 11:35 PM   #12
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We recently purchased a new Wildwood 262BHXL that came with Ridgeway Sport ST tires on it. The size is ST205/75D14. The specs state that it is a load rance C annd a max load of 1760. Has anyone had any issues with this tire? I cant find any real life info on this tire. We have been reading on here about tire horror stories and we are thinking about just replacing these tires before something happens. We have not had a chance to take out TT out yet so not sure how they ride. To be honest we are kinda worried about taking it out on a long trip just because we do not know anything about these tires. If anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated or if you recommend a good tire for this trailer i am open for suggestions, thanks!
As you have described it the letter "D" in the size means the tire is a bias-ply tire. They have durable sidewalls and track well but are not a tire of choice if you're going to do a lot of traveling.

Your current tires do not provide hardly any reserve load capacity if you're traveling heavy - close to fully loaded. Your best upgrade without having to worry about replacing your rims would be the ST215/75R14C. They are about 1/2" taller and wider. They will provide a much needed 110# of extra load capacity per tire.

I would go with the easiest brand to find in your traveling area.
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:58 PM   #13
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We recently purchased a new Wildwood 262BHXL that came with Ridgeway Sport ST tires on it. The size is ST205/75D14. The specs state that it is a load rance C annd a max load of 1760. Has anyone had any issues with this tire? I cant find any real life info on this tire. We have been reading on here about tire horror stories and we are thinking about just replacing these tires before something happens. We have not had a chance to take out TT out yet so not sure how they ride. To be honest we are kinda worried about taking it out on a long trip just because we do not know anything about these tires. If anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated or if you recommend a good tire for this trailer i am open for suggestions, thanks!
It has now almost been a year with our ST205/75D14 tires and still no failures. Our only problem has been picking up a roofing nail early this summer. I didn't discover it until reaching a campsite. Called Coach-Net who sent someone out to put on our spare. Very pleased all around with the way that worked out. The problem I had with losing pressure seemed to go away somehow but not sure why.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:58 PM   #14
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It has now almost been a year with our ST205/75D14 tires and still no failures. Our only problem has been picking up a roofing nail early this summer. I didn't discover it until reaching a campsite. Called Coach-Net who sent someone out to put on our spare. Very pleased all around with the way that worked out. The problem I had with losing pressure seemed to go away somehow but not sure why.

So if you drove on the tire with the nail did you scrap it? If you don't know hoe many miles at what load or speed you traveled you probably did structural damage. This is a good example of why a TPMS is a good investment as if you had been warned when the tire started loosing air you might have saved the cost of the tire.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:00 PM   #15
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I have a 2016 Forestriver Salem 27 RKSS with 3000 miles on it. I maintain my tires very well. On our trip last week, when we arrived at the campsite, I noticed two of my tires had strange "bubbles" on the sidewalls? I had to have those two tires replaced in order to get home.
I bought Kenda K550's which I am more familiar with and will be replacing the other 3 this week.
BOTTOM LINE 2 TIRE FAILURES ON A 1YR OLD TRAILER, TELLS ME THE TIRES ARE JUNK!!!!!!!

Bubbles on sidewall could be indication of incipient sidewall flex failure due to running low inflation. TPMS might have given you warning.

Junk or the best... Every tire can fail if you run it low on air.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:24 PM   #16
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So if you drove on the tire with the nail did you scrap it? If you don't know hoe many miles at what load or speed you traveled you probably did structural damage. This is a good example of why a TPMS is a good investment as if you had been warned when the tire started loosing air you might have saved the cost of the tire.
Thanks tireman. Our campsite was about 10 miles from home. I checked all the tires before going, didn't see any nail and all pressures were at 50psi. Upon reaching the campsite on Sunday, I noticed the nail as I was putting on the tire covers. The picture was taken when first noticed and was at the 11:00 o'clock position. (It appears to have rotated 90 degrees when I uploaded it). I checked pressure and the tire with the nail in it was still at 50psi. I checked again the next morning and it was at 49psi. The guy came Monday afternoon and put the spare on. When we got back home on Friday, I took the tire to a reputable repair shop. They weren't sure it could be patched because of the location. When I went back to pick it up, they said it did patch ok but only keep it as a spare. What do you think? Thanks again.
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Thanks tireman. Our campsite was about 10 miles from home. I checked all the tires before going, didn't see any nail and all pressures were at 50psi. Upon reaching the campsite on Sunday, I noticed the nail as I was putting on the tire covers. The picture was taken when first noticed and was at the 11:00 o'clock position. (It appears to have rotated 90 degrees when I uploaded it). I checked pressure and the tire with the nail in it was still at 50psi. I checked again the next morning and it was at 49psi. The guy came Monday afternoon and put the spare on. When we got back home on Friday, I took the tire to a reputable repair shop. They weren't sure it could be patched because of the location. When I went back to pick it up, they said it did patch ok but only keep it as a spare. What do you think? Thanks again.

You were lucky. If the tire didn't loose air then no damage from running low was done. The puncture is in a "no repair" location as the damage to the body could grow with use. Keeping as spare is OK. I would suggest you paint "SPARE ONLY" on both sides just to be sure someone (future owner) doesn't put on for regular service.
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You were lucky. If the tire didn't loose air then no damage from running low was done. The puncture is in a "no repair" location as the damage to the body could grow with use. Keeping as spare is OK. I would suggest you paint "SPARE ONLY" on both sides just to be sure someone (future owner) doesn't put on for regular service.
Thanks tireman9, great idea for identifying.
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I have a 2016 Wildwood X-Lite 261BHXL. I bought this TT in October 2015. This TT came with the ST205/75/R14 RidgeWay Pro tires mentioned in this post. We live in Louisville, KY and since we bought it the TT has been in 6 states. This past weekend as we pulled into our campsite at General Butler State Park Resort I notcied that a pretty nice portion of tread was missing out of the tread of the rear passenger tire. I changed it with the spare and have replaced all 4 of my running gear tires. I do not have the info on the tires since I haven't picked it up from the shop. When I get it back I will post later. What is weird is it seems like the center three rows of tread were higher elevated than the outer rows of tread on all four tires. Any thoughts?
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I have a 2016 Wildwood X-Lite 261BHXL. I bought this TT in October 2015. This TT came with the ST205/75/R14 RidgeWay Pro tires mentioned in this post. We live in Louisville, KY and since we bought it the TT has been in 6 states. This past weekend as we pulled into our campsite at General Butler State Park Resort I notcied that a pretty nice portion of tread was missing out of the tread of the rear passenger tire. I changed it with the spare and have replaced all 4 of my running gear tires. I do not have the info on the tires since I haven't picked it up from the shop. When I get it back I will post later. What is weird is it seems like the center three rows of tread were higher elevated than the outer rows of tread on all four tires. Any thoughts?

I have see a number of tires with very round tread (much rounder than a new tire) IMO these tires may have internal separation between tread and belts. Tire should be dismounted and completely inspected by dealer.
What is your measured load on your tires? What is the Load Range of your tires? Do the tires have at least 15% more load capacity that you are loading to? How old are the tires?
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