Originally Posted by KMP44
I would disagree. One of our fine OEM Trail Express tires had a 360 degree tread separation while driving on the highway and I had absolutely no idea it happened - but for the guy that pulled up along side us waving his hat out the window. I cannot see the curb side tires in the mirror and felt absolutely no difference in the ride. I was only 15 miles from the house, but I have no idea how long I was driving with a flat.
Replaced the OEM LR C junk with LR D's and bought a TST. No way will I ever tow with out a TPMS. Got really lucky once - the tread completely separated, but did not break across the width, so the entire tread was wrapped around the axle and caused no damage to the trailer. No plans to push my luck in the future.
I am kind of keeping track of the amount of time on failed OEM tires.
How long had yours been on? (timewise - mileage really isn't important)
I'm thinking of starting a "survey thread" for OEM failures.
Simply to give us all an idea of how quickly these OEM's become a problem.
1. Make of tire
2. Tire size (including load range)
3. Published rig weight (from yellow sticker)
4. Age of tire(s) when failed
5. What air pressure you run (be truthful!)
6. Did a TPMS help detect a problem before failure (yes/no)
7. What tire size/brand you selected as a replacement.
Any other info we should be gathering?
Let me know and I'll start a thread.