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Old 04-13-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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Disaster with Windjammer 2715 vs

We purchased our 2015 Windjammer in January. We have camped a total of 11 nights and driven around 250 miles. Saturday a tire blew on the TT, causing it to fishtail. The truck turned over completely and the trailer turned on it's side. I was trapped in the wreckage. Fortunately, neither my husband, our dog nor myself have any serious injuries (only cuts and bruises). We are blessed beyond measure to be alive. However, we can't imagine that tire blowing. This is our fourth TT and we've only had one minor tire issue in all our years of camping!

The dealer couldn't or wouldn't even tell me this morning what kind of tires were on the TT. (They are Westlake -- I had the wrecker company check this for me). He said that he would have the rep contact me but I haven't heard anything. I have left a message on the Forest River contact us page.

We are very sad and hope this won't be the end of our camping days but it will depend on the insurance!
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:37 PM   #2
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i can't believe FR is putting this kinda crap on there units, i would think liability would make them a little wiser.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:45 PM   #3
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We purchased our 2015 Windjammer in January. We have camped a total of 11 nights and driven around 250 miles. Saturday a tire blew on the TT, causing it to fishtail. The truck turned over completely and the trailer turned on it's side. I was trapped in the wreckage. Fortunately, neither my husband, our dog nor myself have any serious injuries (only cuts and bruises). We are blessed beyond measure to be alive. However, we can't imagine that tire blowing. This is our fourth TT and we've only had one minor tire issue in all our years of camping!

The dealer couldn't or wouldn't even tell me this morning what kind of tires were on the TT. (They are Westlake -- I had the wrecker company check this for me). He said that he would have the rep contact me but I haven't heard anything. I have left a message on the Forest River contact us page.

We are very sad and hope this won't be the end of our camping days but it will depend on the insurance!
Just wondering...how fast you were going, and if you checked tire pressure?
Happy nobody was seriously injured!
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:49 PM   #4
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Way less than speed limit and yes, tire pressure had been checked.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:04 PM   #5
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Hi boxfordhp glad to hear you were not seriously injured.

Hope every thing works out with the insurance Tim
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:33 PM   #6
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First I am glad that no one was seriously injured. As bad as it is that would have made it worse. I hope that Forest River and or the tire distributor of the China made tires will step up and cover damages. If it were me that is what I would be pushing for. Maybe an attorney would be an option if your dealings do not go well with Forest River. Unfortunately if you take that path then it is likely to drag out for an extended period of time.

A lot of people on this forum have been warning users about the cheap tires that they are putting in these trailers. Some of us have been able to get by with them but I will never accept delivery on another trailer until it has tires on it that I trust......

I am so sorry with what has happened to you and what you are most likely about to have to deal with......


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Old 04-13-2015, 10:39 PM   #7
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File with your insurance company, they will persue the matter with FR and/or westlake
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:40 PM   #8
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I would gladly pay more for a trailer with decent tires. Instead they put junk tires on these trailers that are only good from the plant to the dealer. Shameful.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:43 PM   #9
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I am glad everyone is alright, that is most important! Remember folks there could have been road hazard that caused the blowout, not the problem of Forest River or the OP skills to maintain his trailer.
We have to careful jumping to conclusions. dannybear has the right tact, let your insurance company handle this, you certainly can provide them will all the information including NHTSA recall on different tires on RV and loading near limit.
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So glad none of you were seriously injured. Our 360 IBL has Westlake tires. A sidewall gave out on one tire just before the delivery driver got it to our storage area. Many reasons why this could have happened--was it properly inflated for drive from plant to Texas dealer? It was in dealer off site storage lot for a few months. Delivered to our storage area. Was it ever properly inflated? Did driver hit a curb? So many possible causes but we are not taking any more chances and will be getting new tires before we hit the road.
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