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Old 11-26-2014, 11:12 PM   #91
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Thanks KLbrown 53 for your concern. I had the mechanics pull the tire and check the others. The one that was leaking had a rim problem and they took it to a tire dealership to smooth it out. The others looked good. They approved the trip.
However I will be taking an air pressure pump with me and checking them on every stop.
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:07 PM   #92
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Trail Express tires

8289 came with the "C" rated Trail Express tires. Having read some bad reviews on them I paid close attention to the PSI and did regular inspections for separations or bubbles. After sixteen months and over 11,000 miles they seemed to be doing fine. Then I took one in to have a slow leak fixed and the tire shop found a split on the inside and running parallel around the rim. They wouldn't patch it due to this condition. I checked and found two others with similar splitting. This was in a location on the tire that was difficult to see. The tires were only nineteen months from manufacture. Although out of warranty, I have filed a claim with Lionshead and just waiting to see if they might provide some kind of adjustment. It never hurts to ask!
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #93
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This has been a very helpful topic. I feel like I am ready for the 2000+ mile trip later this month and will probably get a new set before we return next May.
From all I've read I'm probably going to go with the Costco brand since I have a lot of faith in them and their products.
Any comments?
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:35 PM   #94
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I check pressure regularly. i have a tire thumper and use it at most stops. Didn't matter - had a passenger side rear tire shred. Tire store basically said near impossible to aviod China tires.

Also have bad valve stems on car from batch of stems made without UV protection. I only use steel stems anymore.

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Old 12-03-2014, 04:51 PM   #95
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Then I took one in to have a slow leak fixed and the tire shop found a split on the inside and running parallel around the rim. I checked and found two others with similar splitting. The tires were only nineteen months from manufacture.
This is why so many people replace the tires that come on FR trailers asap. You've been very fortunate not to have a blowout.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:16 AM   #96
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2015 2014G pop-up picked up last week came with Westlake brand.
Nitrogen filled Class D, which was a bit of a surprise.

(In a rare win, we managed to get TWO(2!) sets of free tires on our 1999 Explorer from the Firestone issue mentioned earlier)
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:01 PM   #97
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How would the RV industry respond if someone got a blow out and died on the way home from taking delivery and the only defense was that the Chinese tires saved money.
I know this is a little late to the party but they really wouldn't give a sh-t. If anybody believes human life trumps corporate profit, they are sadly mistaken.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:32 PM   #98
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Indeed it was Firestone. I do remember there were lawsuits and such and I do believe that the requirement that all new vehicles have a TPMS was borne out of this problem. I also know that Ford redesigned the suspension on the front of the Exploders and no longer used Firestone tires on any new product. Not sure why Ford took it in the shorts for a ****** firestone tire but it is what it is.

I personally would not buy any tire with a name ending in "stone"
Had a Bridgestone tire lose it's tread on me 30 years ago and soon after a friend lost his tread on a firestone, swore off all bridgestone/firestone tires then and have never gone back.

You left out a couple of important points. The Ford spec for tire inflation was the min allowed and Ford increased the inflation spec after they had the recall issues. The same tires that had problems on the Explorer were on a Toyota truck but didn't have the problems Ford did BUT Toyota spec'd a higher inflation from the start. Explorers with different brand tires but with the old suspension continued to have fatalities from rollovers.

Looks like the main point is that if tires have low inflation they are more likely to fail and it is the vehicle MFG responsibility under law to spec the tire inflation.
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Does anyone know if Carlisle's are US made? Or if Chinese made do they build them to US specs?
You can check out THIS post. It has a link where you can learn the exact plant, town and country where your tires are made.
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Late news on CR tire comparison. It seems the low cost tires were black market rip-offs and were not made by the company that owned the brand name.
I wrote a couple of posts on "Tire Quality" after reading the CR article.
Part one
Part two.

and my most popular post
How good are Chinese tires?
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