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Old 07-17-2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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New Rockwood 8289 WS Fifth Wheel. Tread separated on 1 tire with less than 4000 miles ! PSI OK , no road hazards and I only drive 60 to 62 mph. Can I expect this on all 4 or just bad luck ? What's your experience with made in China tires ? Thinking about pushing dealer to replace all tires !
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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You can't get away from tires from the far east. Answer to your question, YES, as they (oem tires) are the cheapest tires made and are near max load. Like the old Fram commercial, "pay me now, or pay me later"
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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New Rockwood 8289 WS Fifth Wheel. Tread separated on 1 tire with less than 4000 miles ! PSI OK , no road hazards and I only drive 60 to 62 mph. Can I expect this on all 4 or just bad luck ? What's your experience with made in China tires ? Thinking about pushing dealer to replace all tires !
Definitely replace them, and put on D-rated tires while you are at it.
I didn't wait for a blowout, and replaced mine immediately with Maxxis tires, one of the better brands.
The factory tires are cheap, and the C-rated ones they put on are maxed out as far as load is concerned.
You are lucky you got 4000 miles out of them.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:48 AM   #4
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I only had about 2000 miles on the china junk that came on my trailer. One was about to explode and the others were wearing funny. I put maxxis on before I started camping. Might be all in my head but I swear my camper pulls better.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:26 AM   #5
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hmmm Chinese tires

I too have only about 4000 to 5000 miles on my new Flagstaff IKBS832. One tire keeps losing a little air (1-3 lbs daily) and another would lose 10-12 lbs per day. The small leaker I am still watching closely , the big loser had a bubble on the inside with a pinhole in it.
Lionshead is not the best supplier Forest River uses. "Customer Service" will have you leave voice messages that never get returned. If you need another tire in a hurry.......too bad. So you are frustrated.....they really do not care. I have UPS tracking information that states my replacement tire will arrive tomorrow. I am of the opinion, as other members have stated, that a safer set of tires is in my very near future. Thanks for the valued information.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:09 AM   #6
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Yes replace all four now! Blow-out cost $2200 in damage plus 4 new tires. Less than one year old and under 5000 miles. Replaced with Big O tires 10 ply - Lr E. Much better towing and mpg.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:11 AM   #7
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What's your experience with made in China tires ?
14K km on steel belted radial Duros, which hail from HWA Fong Rubber Co Ltd if you believe the DOT coding. They've held up well and are inspected religiously given the negative press associated with these tires. The radial Duros apparently (anecdotal) have a better track record than their bias ply counterparts.
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Thanks for all the good advice. Appears a tire change in order before next trip.
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New Rockwood 8289 WS Fifth Wheel. Tread separated on 1 tire with less than 4000 miles ! PSI OK , no road hazards and I only drive 60 to 62 mph. Can I expect this on all 4 or just bad luck ? What's your experience with made in China tires ? Thinking about pushing dealer to replace all tires !
What BRAND and type of tire do you have now???
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I only had about 2000 miles on the china junk that came on my trailer. One was about to explode and the others were wearing funny. I put maxxis on before I started camping. Might be all in my head but I swear my camper pulls better.
Same here with the maxxis, I also went up a load rating to "D". Trailer seems to track behind so much smoother without so much wobble.
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