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Old 12-12-2014, 11:18 PM   #1
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Tires On A New 5th Wheel?

We are about to receive a new 2015 Rockwood 5th wheel. Does anyone know what type of tires will come with it. C or D load range and what make? I'am still waiting to hear back from my sales rep on this info. We ordered this unit so we have not had a chance to look at the tires. By the threads that we have seen, if it is C load rate we will be spending even more money to replace them with D load rated tires. We have a 3 year old TT and it came with D tires. The 5th wheel is about 300 LBS more than the TT and for the life of me I can not understand why they would put C load tires on this 5th wheel. I hope that I'm wrong. Thanks for any info.
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:59 AM   #2
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I can't answer your specific tire question about what comes on your 5th wheel, but I think the answer as to "why" has to do with 15-20% of the 5th wheel's weight going on the pin, so the tires don't have to carry the full weight, like they do (almost full, anyway) on a TT. The factory is going to go with the cheapest, lightest thing they can get away with and still be "rated" to carry the weight, even if it's just marginal. So you're probably onto something good. Do a search on these forums, there's lots of advice on this topic.
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info it makes sense. Still after reading all the issues with tires I think I will make the move to put D load tires on if in fact the trailer does comes with C load tires. There's to much riding on the tires to take a chance. Sorry for the pun.
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:17 AM   #4
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Hello,
Which 5 the wheel model did u order? What are your plans with it in December here in the frozen north? We too have a rockwood 5 but it is sleeping for the winter!
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:42 AM   #5
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Hello fellow Canadians.

We are picking up our new Rockwood 8285 IKWS in Florida, hopefully at the end of January. Will be down there for a few months so hopefully we can workout any of the bugs with the trailer. Do you happen to know what type of tires came on your unit and what is your model and have have you liked it?
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:48 AM   #6
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I think it's to early in the morning for me to be posting! I saw that you have the same unit as ours. Really interested in how you are enjoying this model. Any thoughts that you would love to share would be appreciated. We have also ordered the Diamond Package. Any towing issues? Thanks for any info that you are willing to share.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:27 AM   #7
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Traveling with OEM tires is apparently like playing Russian Roulette with the quality of your trip. I did ok until one return leg where the cap separated and tore up the side of my trailer. Pay the money to replace them. It's worth the peace of mind!
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:37 AM   #8
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Thanks Fivealive

There is no way I could travel with this new unit and have any piece of mind. I have read to many posts about poor tires. There must be many of RVer's that have not had any problems but there's no way I want my new 5th torn up. Thanks for the info.
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Thanks Fivealive

There is no way I could travel with this new unit and have any piece of mind. I have read to many posts about poor tires. There must be many of RVer's that have not had any problems but there's no way I want my new 5th torn up. Thanks for the info.
I feel exactly as you do and plan to change the tires on our new Flagstaff fiver to D-range as soon as it is delivered. When I ordered I was told that there was not a tire upgrade and if the dealer replaced them it would void the FR tire warranty.
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Scotsman,
I used the C tire for the first 13 months on our 8289 and after the trip last June up through the Near North across to Ottawa to visit my son we changed tires. Upon removal 2 beads were cracked and about to fail. I would highly recommend D load tires. I put Goodyear Marathons on mine, Maxxxis were not available and also were a choice. I did have a option for Westlake for a few dollars saved but have read of issues with them as well.

I ran to Indiana in the summer and Michigan for a late fall trip and no issues with GY tires on some of the worst roads I have been on.

There are some here have found the maximum inflation on stock rims is 65 lbs, mine were stamped with weight only. I run 60 lbs which is plenty for full loading, which we are very close too.

All the best and have a great winter.

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