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Old 07-29-2016, 10:51 AM   #11
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I highly recommend adding a TPMS system and diligently checking pressures. If you do this I feel you will be fine with the factory specd tires.
+2...as long as speed is kept at or below max rated speed of the tires.

Many, if not most, "China bomb" incidents are caused by improper inflation or exceeding max speed or both...not because of where they are made.
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:15 AM   #12
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+2...as long as speed is kept at or below max rated speed of the tires.

Many, if not most, "China bomb" incidents are caused by improper inflation or exceeding max speed or both...not because of where they are made.
I have to disagree with this one again. I have several examples from our group where improper psi and speed had no factor in blow out of 'China bombs' that were less than 2 years old. You can't deny that manufacturers put the cheapest tires on the new rigs that are sub standard quality and it happens that most are made in China.
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I have to disagree with this one again. I have several examples from our group where improper psi and speed had no factor in blow out of 'China bombs' that were less than 2 years old. You can't deny that manufacturers put the cheapest tires on the new rigs that are sub standard quality and it happens that most are made in China.
Did you miss the part about "Many, if not most..."? I stand by my statement that user maintenance...or, specifically, lack thereof...is a (notice "a", not "the") major cause of trailer tire failures which some like to attribute to "China bombs".

The takeaway point is this: use a TPMS, inflate tires properly and drive at or under max rated speed for the tires...no matter where they are made.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:00 PM   #14
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Did you miss the part about "Many, if not most..."? I stand by my statement that user maintenance...or, specifically, lack thereof...is a (notice "a", not "the") major cause of trailer tire failures which some like to attribute to "China bombs".

The takeaway point is this: use a TPMS, inflate tires properly and drive at or under max rated speed for the tires...no matter where they are made.
Nope.. didn't miss it. Still don't agree with your implications that China bomb problems are a myth and are most likely caused by user error or misuse.
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Nope.. didn't miss it. Still don't agree with your implications that China bomb problems are a myth and are most likely caused by user error or misuse.
Statistics are on wingsurfdog's side.
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Statistics are on wingsurfdog's side.
Where are these statistics?
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Where are these statistics?
NHTSA, RIVA, RVSEF, RMA etc. etc..
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NHTSA, RIVA, RVSEF, RMA etc. etc..
So... No specific stats on tires made in China failing from defects vs abuse.
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Sure is a lot easier for peeps to yell "CHINA BOMBS" than admit to shoddy maintenance practices.

That said (not implicated), I would be interested to see statistics on tread separation failures on properly maintained tires. My gut feeling would be that they are more prevalent the less expensive the tire is...and we can all reasonably assume that RV manufacturers would gravitate towards lesser cost tires for OEM installations. So, I would believe the statistics would show OEM installed tires to fail at a greater rate. BUT, not at the rate the "China Bomb" theorists would have you think.
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That said (not implicated), I would be interested to see statistics on tread separation failures on properly maintained tires. My gut feeling would be that they are more prevalent the less expensive the tire is...and we can all reasonably assume that RV manufacturers would gravitate towards lesser cost tires for OEM installations. So, I would believe the statistics would show OEM installed tires to fail at a greater rate.
Thanks! MY point exactly. And where do most of these cheaper tires come from? China. Does that make me a China Bomb theorist? Guess in your eyes it does, but I will still refuse to run OEM tires from China and advise anyone who asks to do the same based on my groups experiences with 'China Bombs'.

I also feel 'most' RVers are very cognizant of their tires requirements, unlike others who feel most tire problems are caused by RVers ignorance and neglect.

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