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Old 09-17-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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Chinese tires in the news

Just read this on Fox News.

Chinese tire brands are no bargain | Fox News




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Old 09-17-2014, 10:21 AM   #2
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Unfortunately RV manufacturers have no skin in the game. The tires only need to last long enough to get off the dealers lot. The tires on the last unit I bought had sidewall delamination within months of purchase. Luckily I noticed it when checking tire pressure and got them replaced before anything nasty happened.

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Old 09-17-2014, 10:35 AM   #3
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This is ridiculous. I think it is totally irresponsible to put such garbage on a new unit where there is a potential for serious injury if the item fails within a very short time.

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.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:24 AM   #4
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I didn't get those three brands on my TT so no worries here. After reading the lite Fox story I would want to see the Consumer Reports article to see what Fox left out, hopefully nothing.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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http://m.moderntiredealer.com/news/2...may-surpass-60

And then Tires (even us made) get more expensive too..... ...oh yay....
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:10 PM   #6
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Unfortunately RV manufacturers have no skin in the game. The tires only need to last long enough to get off the dealers lot.
Not exactly true - they warranty them, so they need something that will hold up that long (most of the time). Proving a failure is a warranty issue may be another story...

However, we bought the 2nd year FR warranty and a month after the 1 year warranty on the rims & tires ran out through Lions Head, we had a tread separation around all 360 degrees of the tire with no signs of any road hazard. Fortunately it didn't damage the trailer. The dealer sent pictures to FR and they replaced it under warranty. Then the valve stems on all 4 remaining tires cracked. FR also warrantied those.

I too wish they would just put better quality tires on to start with. Can't wait to get these replaced with Marathons or Maxxis tires in the spring, along with a TPMS.

I did see that in the Wildcat brochure Maxxis tires are now an option. Glad to see they offer that. I would glady pay the extra $$. If they want to leave the cheap ones on there for the people shopping only on price that's understandable, but glad to see they at least have an option for decent tires right off the lot.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:35 PM   #7
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Does anyone know if Carlisle's are US made? Or if Chinese made do they build them to US specs?
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:04 PM   #8
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I read the article from Fox and as I understand it it is saying the Chinese brands are the bad ones the so called American tires that are made in China are held to higher standards by the American companys. I have had 3 sets of GoodYear Marathons in the past that had tread seperation after 5 to 6 years but never a blow out and I drive 60 to 65. But I will get Marathons on my current trailer in the near future thrust them more than no name Chinese.
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:23 PM   #9
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This is ridiculous. I think it is totally irresponsible to put such garbage on a new unit where there is a potential for serious injury if the item fails within a very short time.

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 agree. Remember when Ford was putting defective tires (don't remember brand) on their Explorer vehicles several years ago and some people died when those tires blew out? Ford was held responsible and those tires were replaced with a better quality brand.

I have always said that FR and other RV manufacturers who equip their RV's with these inferior tires know that these tires are junk and should be held responsible for damages.

I had a Trail Express tire blow out with about 4,000 miles on it. I complained to the then FR warranty person and he sent me 4 new GY Marathons.
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Does anyone know if Carlisle's are US made? Or if Chinese made do they build them to US specs?
Consensus on the Forums is to either get Maxxis or Goodyear Marathons. Further consensus is get Trailer tires not Light Truck Tires. when you replace the tires, replace the valve stems with metal ones and always use a TPMS.
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