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Old 03-18-2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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Forest River doesn't care about your safety

Had nothing but problems since I bought my trailer. This is the most concerning, since it's a safety issue. Tires are cheap Chinese garbage and all my valve stems are cracking. I talked to customer service and at first they were going to reimburse me and let me buy good tires on my own. Then they came back and said since it's only the valves that is all they'll cover.

Putting cheap tires on these trailers is a bad move by Forest River. There are lots of complains about people who get hundreds or even thousands of dollars of damage when these things blow. Is anyone buying a $30,000 trailer really going to walk away because it cost $300 bucks more for good tires? Doubt that. But they'll risk the company's reputation by putting this garbage on your trailer with no concern about the damage they can cause or the safety of your customers. You're now stuck either having tires that are a safety issue or forking over $600 on good quality tires. Not happy about this at all.
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Had nothing but problems since I bought my trailer. This is the most concerning, since it's a safety issue. Tires are cheap Chinese garbage and all my valve stems are cracking. I talked to customer service and at first they were going to reimburse me and let me buy good tires on my own. Then they came back and said since it's only the valves that is all they'll cover.

Putting cheap tires on these trailers is a bad move by Forest River. There are lots of complains about people who get hundreds or even thousands of dollars of damage when these things blow. Is anyone buying a $30,000 trailer really going to walk away because it cost $300 bucks more for good tires? Doubt that. But they'll risk the company's reputation by putting this garbage on your trailer with no concern about the damage they can cause or the safety of your customers. You're now stuck either having tires that are a safety issue or forking over $600 on good quality tires. Not happy about this at all.
You complain that nobody will balk at paying extra for better tires, then you essentially balk at paying extra for better tires.



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p.s. as for "lots of complaints", figure for every guy burning up the interwebs griping about their tires, there are 10 that have no issue at all. I have had 2 FR campers with supposedly "cheap chinese junk" tires. Never, not once, had an issue with any of the 8, and would not hesitate to drive my camper to any corner of the US on the stock Castle Rocks.
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Old 03-18-2019, 01:37 PM   #3
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I have a buddy who works for one of those commercial tire companies that come to you and swap the tire on your rig. I asked him a while ago about how many tires he does on RVs during the summer, he said during the summer he does hundreds of tires on motorhomes and travel trailers. When I asked further, he stated that most travel trailer customers that he came across knew nothing about speed rating and load rating of the tires that were on their trailer. He said at least half had admitted to driving faster than the speed rating on their tires. Many of the customer's campers we're obviously well over max weight of the tires.


I have had blowouts on campers before, but I can admit some of them were my fault. I shouldn't have taken off across the country with 12-year-old rubber underneath my camper. I should not have set the cruise at 80 when the speed rating is 75.
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First I believe most blowouts are from low pressure, too fast, or road damaged tires that are not visible from the outside. I often wonder though if blow outs happen so often why don't I see more RVs along roads with a flat or damaged RVs anywhere? I think it is because the actual problem is not as big as it is screamed from the mountain tops to be!
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:01 PM   #5
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First, WELCOME!!

second, its about consumer education. this is my second trailer, i had no idea that the factory tires we a real issue. i replaced my first campers tires simply because it was time, but didnt give my new campers tires a second thought. now that i am here on the forums, it changes your perspective.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:08 PM   #6
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The main issue, IMHO, is that they use tires that are rated for just BARELY what they'll be carrying almost all the time. I predict that if campers all came with 1 step up in load range over what they currently have there'd be almost no tire issues. Actual cost would be maybe $10-$20 per tire- probably less considering they buy in bulk.
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The RVIA are making some headway getting higher rated tires for all RV's installed. Some manufacturers do but for a $30,000 trailer you get what you pay for. All trailers come with messy wiring, sawdust and unplugged mouse entry points at no additional charge.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:31 PM   #8
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For a $20,000 TT, I fully expect to get cheap tires..
If I bought an Airstream, I would expect new Goodyear Endurance tires.
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First, welcome and sorry you're having problems.

Original equipment tires do have their limitations and if you're going to carry a heavier load that the tires are rated for or if you're going to exceed their speed limit (usually 65mph), you probably need to upgrade those tires.

Keep in mind that you need to keep your cargo carrying capacity below max and distribute your load to minimize the weight on any individual tire. That's not easy to do for most people.
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Wow, that really went over your head. I'd rather pay the $300 extra when I buy the trailer and have good tires than to have to take new tires that are garbage and have to throw them away so I can spend $600 extra. Not a hard concept to grasp.

I will say I have been working with customer service on this issue and they are going to credit me 300 bucks and let me put my own tires on. I've known a lot of people that have had the sides of their trailers blown to bits when a tire explodes.

Enjoy your cheap Chinese tires. I'll see you back on here when they finally catch up with you and you can't defend it anymore.

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You complain that nobody will balk at paying extra for better tires, then you essentially balk at paying extra for better tires.



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p.s. as for "lots of complaints", figure for every guy burning up the interwebs griping about their tires, there are 10 that have no issue at all. I have had 2 FR campers with supposedly "cheap chinese junk" tires. Never, not once, had an issue with any of the 8, and would not hesitate to drive my camper to any corner of the US on the stock Castle Rocks.
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