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Old 06-29-2014, 08:54 AM   #11
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The tire that had the split was made during the 36th week of 2012. The one next to it was made in the 20th week of 2013. I can't get to the other two right now since my slide is out and old fat men have a hard time crawling under. I'll get those two dates when I break camp today. The RV was built in the fall of 2013. I ordered it and took possession in late November of 2013.
After sleeping on it, I am now leaning to only getting one tire. It will make it easier too in that that one tire is in the bed of my truck. I can take it to get a new tire and put it on myself. That way I don't have to take the RV in to the shop.
I should be back in Louisiana before Thanksgiving so that will put another 3,000 to 3,500 miles on the tires. I'll get them replaced then.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:01 AM   #12
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Happened to me on the last trip. Tire sensor showed a leak, pulled off at the next exit 2 miles ahead, found a closed business to park, changed the tire and held my breath the next 250 miles on the way home. Went the next week and replaced all the Trail Express tires. The tire guys said it looked like a curb check but it could have been a driveway gutter(where the drive meets the main road) coming out of a campground. Could have been turning at just the right angle for it to happen. Kinda strange it happened to the in-side of the tire and not the out-side. If I traveled a lot, I might think about having 2 spares for this very reason. But you have to weight the (cost) of having to never possibly using the 2nd spare.
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:21 AM   #13
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I had a large 5th wheel and I had to be real cautious when backing at an extreme cut degree because one time I split the sidewall on the inner tire. They were Power Kings made in china. I lost all faith in that tire and it was always on the back of my mind until I changed them. Who knows, they may have had thousands of miles left but I'll never know.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:01 PM   #14
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I bought a tire today from Walmart. It is a Goodyear Marathon ST 225/75R15 Load Range D. It is an upgrade from the "C"s that came with the RV. The cost was $125.00 and it is sitting in the bed of my truck now. According to the service guy, Walmart quit mounting/changing tires on RV's about a year ago or I would have pulled the RV in and got 4 new ones. I looked for one of those tire changing ramp wedges at the store but they didn't have one. I could call Coach-net again to put it on, but I'm in a State Park away from the city. I pull out of here tomorrow and will look for a better place to switch the new tire and spare. I'll also order one of those ramps and have it delivered to some Walmart down the road. I just need to predict where I'll be in a couple of weeks. At least I have a spare now and that is comforting.
Just thought ya'll would want to know how it turned out so far.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:47 PM   #15
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Good luck to you Darrell going down the road! Glad to see you got the "D" load tire.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:36 PM   #16
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I have a Keystone Sprinter that came with "Duro?" tires. I replaced all 4 after the first year as 3 of the 4 had sidewall delamination. I have Power King tires mounted for 4 years now without any problems. I suspect the originals were the cheapest available.

We just ordered a 2703WS and will be picking it up in October. Until then, the Sprinter 250RBS will have to suffice. I hope FR comes with decent tires.

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Old 07-02-2014, 02:58 PM   #17
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If I traveled a lot, I might think about having 2 spares...
Although I am new to camping, during my college years I worked for landscaping, utility, & trucking companies that regularly towed tandem axle commercial trailers. About 1/2 of the time we hit an unavoidable larger sharp object, it damaged both tires vs. just one... And, if you don't recognize the first flat ASAP, that extra weight on the good tire can make it go bad really fast. Sometimes that is the reason people will say they had 2 back-to-back flats in the same month, etc...

When I order my (4) Maxxis replacements, I plan on keeping a tire as a 2nd spare for longer trips...
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:21 PM   #18
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Did you scuff the tire sidewall for a reason or was it like that?

Looks like you may have brushed a curb or something.

To me that scuff looks like where he wiped off the hand lotion. (shrug)
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:31 AM   #19
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As a follow up to the tire saga. I searched for a place where I could buy 3 new tires and have them mounted on the RV. Walmart, Sears, Goodyear dealer (too small) all said they don't do that type of work anymore due to liability reasons. I finally found a place in Canton, Ohio. It is a Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center. It is the place where 18 wheelers get their tires for their trucks and trailers. They had the Goodyear Marathon ST 225/75 R 15 Load Range "D" in stock and had them put on the RV within one hour after I showed up. As the tire tech was working, my confidence level in my tires was going up. I was considering myself lucky to have made it to a place where I could get rid of the foreign made tires and replace them with good ole, Goodyear. Much to my surprise, as I was checking the manufacture date on the new tires I notice, "Made in China". When I asked about that, the manager said Goodyear started getting their Marathon tires made in China about 2 to 3 years ago. Oh well, my hope now is that Goodyear is providing a higher level of quality control on the Marathon manufacturing in China than the Trail Express tires made by whomever. As far as I know, they both may be made at the same factory in China and one tire gets Goodyear molded on it and the next one get Trail Express.
Bottom line: I bought a set of tires made in China (hopefully with higher quality standards and control) to replace a set of tires made in China (with standards and quality control unknown).
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Mine were made at a different factory than the Trail Distress... the factory code in the first part of the DOT code came back different.
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