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Old 08-23-2014, 06:18 AM   #11
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The wooden air return slats on the stairs?? Haven't seen anything like this on the 2014's (8289ws) What and where are they?

What's the max pressure and temp you've seen on the road with the factory C range tires?

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Old 08-23-2014, 08:48 AM   #12
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dtomstant,

You did not ask me but since I am watching the Chinese made tires very closely I will throw my observations out also.

On ST 225/75R15

I have been using the tireminder tpms system for about 4 trips now. All of the sensors seem to read 2-3 pounds less than what 2 different gauges show. I air to 50 pounds and they all show around 47 to 48 once they sync up. It was a concern on the road until I figured this out and I did that by checking them again once we stopped. My main purpose was detecting a leak or a catastrophic failure anyway. Tireminder guarantees accuracy within 2 to 3 percent so I am close to their "expected" error margin.

What I am seeing going down the road in Texas on a 90-100 degree day is starting with a cold pressure as indicated by tireminder of 47-48 (actual psi of around 50) I see an increase to around 52-54 as indicated by tireminder (an actual of around 54-57) depending on the side. Temps start out at around the mean temp and increase to around 105 to 110 with temp being higher on the side facing the sun.

I hope this helps.






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Old 08-23-2014, 11:04 AM   #13
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I just re-read what I wrote. Boy is that confusing......


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Old 08-23-2014, 12:50 PM   #14
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I don't think there are any ST tires made in the U.S.A. Most are from China and some from other Asian countries. Hence when someone has a tire problem it's because of the Chinese junk, there mostly Chinese so yes it's lets blame it on China. Even the GY Marathons, some are made in the china plant or one of several other plants in Asia
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:35 PM   #15
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The attached photo shows the metal replacements I installed. The originals were wood composite that broke when hit by the heal of your foot. I believe these are the return vents for the heating and AC system. Our 8289ws is a very early 2014, manufactured in June 2013 and I believe Forest River corrected this problem by moving these vents on later models.

Regarding my Tire Traker. I have found that when the tires are cold, in the morning, this system registers about 47-48 psi. At this same time, three different digital gauges show 50psi.

On the road the pressure and temps, of course, vary based on ambient temperatures. I'm generally seeing the Tire Traker reflecting a psi of about 55-57. Temps, as I recall, are 80-105.

Bottom line for me is that it will hopefully give me a warning in time to pull over and prevent injury or damage.


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Old 09-23-2014, 03:09 PM   #16
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We have a 2014 8989WS and were down in Utah when I noticed that the right rear tire was well worn, but only about one third of the outside edge, and after only 1500 miles. We decided to replace these C rated tires with better quality E rated tires at a loacal RV repair place in Bryce Canyon. We noticed an immediate difference. Gas mileage improved and the RV was much sturdier going into switchbacks in the mountains. We brought the bad tire back to the dealer and they worked with Forest River to get us a $300 refund. We also had: a wardrobe slide leak and the dealer pumped a whole tube of silicone into the bottom left corner and while less frequent, rain still enters from time to time; our dining slide also sagged however the dealer was able to adjust the supports so that it now sits level; our kitchen island light has fallen off several times therefore I decided to replace the original thumb wing bolt with a normal bolt which sits flush with the collar so that it dissappears; our landing gear motor died and is going to be replaced by the dealer; the fridge fan made a lot of noise on hot days until the dealer moved it; the shower door would not close properly; the fantastic fan's exterior cover sticks and will not open easily and; after all these little issues the unit is back with the dealer as the roof membrane ( a 4 foot section along the front edge where it meets the front cap) has separated and pulled away from the nails and the sealant. It appears a new roof is in order...we will see how that one is handled by Forest River. All this and the unit only hit the road in May 2014! I agree that there is not an RV out there without some issues....we are just beginning to think that we may have ended up with a lemon, probably built on a friday late afternoon!
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:23 PM   #17
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I'm generally seeing the Tire Traker reflecting a psi of about 55-57. Temps, as I recall, are 80-105.

Bottom line for me is that it will hopefully give me a warning in time to pull over and prevent injury or damage.
Unfortunately if the tire doesn't leak before it blows, you won't get any warning.
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Unfortunately if the tire doesn't leak before it blows, you won't get any warning.
That's what happened to me. Alarm didn't go off until I was stopped.
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:01 PM   #20
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I don't expect the system to be 100%. Only hoping to improve my chances! FYI we now have over 10,000 miles, over 14 months, on the original Chinese tires. No problems so far. I do check the pressure before every outing and during extended trips. Also do a regular visual for separations, bubbles, etc.


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