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Old 07-25-2015, 12:23 AM   #1
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Just brought home our new 8289ws. Hubby thinks the tires may be junk. They are made in china 225/75/r15. Any suggestions on an alternative is appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2015, 01:36 AM   #2
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Do a "search" at top of page on tires; endless info.
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Old 07-25-2015, 11:23 AM   #3
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Endless info for sure.

For the life of me I do not understand why Forest River does not offer an optional tire upgrade. I would have gladly ordered and paid more for better quality tires. I am no tire expert and I can only tell you what I did. I pushed our China made tires to the limit and did get through 7000 miles and the first year with them. One of them had developed a split on the sidewall before I took them off but thankfully never blew out. After researching I replaced ours with Maxxis 8008 in 8 ply rating and I am running them at 60 psi. Your originals are probably 6 ply rated. Just remember that the higher ply rated will require higher tire pressure. Also, get rid of the rubber valve stems and have metal ones put on. My rubber stems and or China made tires leaked the whole time I had them. Every time we took it out I was airing them back up. The correct tire pressure is critical in helping to prevent problems. 10 ply rated were only a few dollars more but I was not willing to risk 80 psi on the factory wheels.

I took a chance on the factory tires just trying to get the first year out of them and I made it although just barely. I WOULD NOT do it again. If I were doing it again I would take it down immediately and have better tires put on it.

By the way, a lot of the major tire brands are now made overseas. And a lot of them are good tires. I think my factory tires were trail express or something like that and they were made in China. I worried about them the whole time they were on it.

I read a lot of reviews on RV tires and found the brand that I THOUGHT were the most trouble free. A couple of other brands that I found a lot of people using and saying good things about were Goodyear Marathon and Carlisle.

Since correct tire pressure is so critical you might invest in a good TPMS system also. Expensive but worth it. I use the TireMinder brand.

The tires and TPMS above are the ones I use. Do your research and choose the ones that you feel are best for you.

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Old 07-25-2015, 11:27 AM   #4
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Our Rocky also came with the Chinese Tire Express tires. (We bought it last fall.) The only issue I've had is not a tire but the cheap plastic air valves stems on the rims. (I've replaced one with a steel stem and plan on getting the others replaced....my TPMS system won't connect on the cheap plastic stems.)

I just keep a close eye on the tires and haven't had any issues. (If we took longer trips I would've already replaced them but most of our trips are just a 2-hour drive or less...tons of great camping spots here in Colorado!)
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:08 AM   #6
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We also have an 8289 trailer that came with the Trail Express tires. Trailer was new last year, ran one season on them, but worried about them the whole time, also wanted a load range D tire as opposed to those factory load range C....so just last week we installed 4 Goodyear Marathons, load range D. By the way, the Goodyear are also made in China, but I have a bit more confidence in the Goodyear plane in China than the Trail Express plant in China...there is enough material on here concerning tires to make you nauseous.
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WFD: if not already, get a TPMS and have metal valve stems on the wheels. Then tow with no worries. I almost never worry about my tires as I know the TPMS is monitoring them all the time.


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And yes, the load range C tires need to be replaced with load range D tires soon after you get that trailer. As stated many times, they are crap!


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Just brought home our new 8289ws. Hubby thinks the tires may be junk. They are made in china 225/75/r15. Any suggestions on an alternative is appreciated.
The factory load range C's that are on your 8289 do give you a little margin of leeway before being overloaded but it's not very big...going to a load range D will give you that extra bit of comfort....and I am sure by the end of the day someone will upsell that and tell you to go to a load range E...but your factory rims are not designed for the pressure a load range E can withstand anyhow.
The load range D gives you more than enough margin for that trailer.
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I have read several posts since joining this forum that state they had a TPMS installed, but it showed everything normal just before a tire failure. Now I am all for being as safe as possible, & I know that many, many of you believe in a TPMS; but we have to realize that as good as these systems may be, they are not perfect. You still need to check tire pressure & be careful of things your tires may contact. I still believe good common sense is the best way to protect our tires & ultimately our RVs. JMO, so every one be safe & do what makes you the most comfortable. Do like the idea of load range D tires.
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