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Old 10-15-2014, 11:25 PM   #1
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Premature Tire Wear on 2014 Wildwood X-Lite

I am investigating whether Forest River should be held responsible for selling travel trailers with cheap tires that wear out within a few months of delivery. Kindly provide your experience with this premature tire wear issue. All four of my tires, that were always properly inflated, have worn out on the inside tread and the dealer response is "que sera, sera."


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Old 10-17-2014, 12:26 PM   #2
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If they're wearing out on the inside that means that the axles are over loaded or they may be installed upside down. Look under the TT at the axles and see if they crown up. You don't have a tire problem since all are wearing out the same. It's also possible that FR put underrated axles on the TT. Look at the sticker on the axles and see what it says. Have you actually weighed the TT?
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:06 PM   #3
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Doesn't matter if they're cheap or expensive tires. Wearing on the inside edge is an indication of misalignment not a tire condition. Either the trailer is overloaded forcing the camber to be out of spec or something is bent. Take it to a heavy duty truck alignment shop and have it checked out. They can fix it easily. An RV dealer won't be much help, they don't have the right equipment or expertise.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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Mine are doing the same thing with only 300 miles on the tires. Takeing it to the dealer for warranty work tommorow. We will see what happens.
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Old 10-22-2014, 02:03 PM   #5
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took mine to dealer and he said it was tire issue not axles. Of course no one will accept responsibility. I just put new Maxxis radials; if those begin to wear prematurely then it is lawsuit time; kept old tires as evidence. Dealer should have advised me that cheap, bias ply tires would not last 6 months and I would have paid for upgrade. Really cannot trust anyone any longer. My advise to future purchasers is to upgrade tires at time of purchase or go to another dealer or manufacturer. This gives me a bad taste about Forest River.


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Old 10-22-2014, 02:53 PM   #6
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took mine to dealer and he said it was tire issue not axles. Of course no one will accept responsibility. I just put new Maxxis radials; if those begin to wear prematurely then it is lawsuit time; kept old tires as evidence. Dealer should have advised me that cheap, bias ply tires would not last 6 months and I would have paid for upgrade. Really cannot trust anyone any longer. My advise to future purchasers is to upgrade tires at time of purchase or go to another dealer or manufacturer. This gives me a bad taste about Forest River.


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The Dealer lied to you. There should be no tread wear at all if properly aired up, and everything is in alignment. After many years of usage the tread should look fine (20,000 miles and more) , But.... the side walls will crack and degrade and ROT away, because of TIME. Upgrading tires does nothing to save your tires if alignments are out. (imo) Have a Pro look it over (alignments) and have Dealer/warranty fix it. (and then have a Pro look it over again to make sure the stDealer fixed it)
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Agreed NOT A TIRE PROBLEM.

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Old 10-22-2014, 02:59 PM   #8
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I am investigating whether Forest River should be held responsible for selling travel trailers with cheap tires that wear out within a few months of delivery. Kindly provide your experience with this premature tire wear issue. All four of my tires, that were always properly inflated, have worn out on the inside tread and the dealer response is "que sera, sera."
Maybe you should get a new dealer.

FR warranty does include the tires. First year (at least on ours) was through a mystery company called Lionshead. Read nothing good about them online, but never personally dealt with them. We also bought the second year FR warranty and had 2 issues during the second year. One tire failed (tread completely separated from the sidewall) and the valve stems cracked on all four of the others. Both times, I made a call to the dealer and they said to bring it in so they could take a look. In both cases they dealt with FR and the issues were covered under warranty.

If you have an uneven wear pattern on all four tires, it doesn't sound like the tires are the root cause, but a competent service department would take the time to diagnose the issue and submit it as a warranty claim if the tt is under warranty.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:00 PM   #9
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The dealer's just copping out. When I had tire issues I too took it to the dealer and they said the axles were fine and to take it to the local Goodyear tire dealer thinking it was the tires at fault. The tire guy said that ties don't wear out on the outside (which mine were doing) by themselves. They said take it to an axle alignment place, which happened to be in town. They looked at it and said both axles were out of alignment. They bent both back into alignment for $195.00 total.

IMO the dealers just have a bunch of goofball workers and management that really know little about alignment. Guessing they just pulled a string from the front to each axle thinking that was good enough. Axle tech guy said the Lippert axles were soft and put extra camber in.

Both the tire guy and the alignment shop said we'd be lucky to get Lippert to confess that the axles were bent.

If I were you I would go to a tire shop and ask them why your tires are wearing like they are. Then take it to an alignment shop. They will be able to tell if the axles are in dead bent. Then take that info to Lippert and the dealer. Mine was out of warranty so I really had no recourse.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:06 PM   #10
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Not happy because I made a detour to show Dealer's Service Rep the tire wear -- 4 hours out of my way - and when I arrived and he saw all 4 tires going bald on inside tread, he quickly said it was a tire problem or overloading or low tire pressures. Trailer has never been overloaded in 6 months and i always maintain tire pressure at 50 pounds per specs on trailer. If my new tires show the same wear pattern, I intend to take the dealer to task; that is why I kept the old tires. I am lucky to have myself as a trial lawyer with consumer class actionbexperience. I still believe rhe Chinese bias-ply tires are crap and the nitrogen-filled tires to be a gimic of the first order. Otherwise, we really like the Wildwood-X.


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