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Old 01-11-2016, 07:19 PM   #11
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How do I know if I have garbage tires or not? I have a 26rr with the upgraded radials so they say. What are good brands to swith to that will fit if mine are junk?
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If they are made in China, they are garbage. Depending on the size of your tires, you can buy them made in virtually any other country. There is a 4 didgit code on the sidewall that will tell you exactly which tire plant they came from.
The American major tire companies sell ST tires, although they may be made in Thailand, Taiwan, Europe, etc. Just stay away from China if possible. Sometimes you don't have an option as we did last year when we had 3 blowouts and a sidewall separation while on the way to the FL Keys. The only ST tires we could find were Akurets of which two of those have blown out on us. Not a lot of choice in the Keys.
Anytime you have a blowout, keep the tire, if possible. If not, take pictures and copy all the sidewall codes to include the date of manufacture. Report it to the NHTSA and let them deal with it. Sooner or later we will get their attention.
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DRB...you didn't say the details about "upgraded" tires. Upgraded how? DIY or factory.

Follow BlackHats advise and check the code to find the actual place and factory of manufacture at this site: All the D.O.T. Tire Plant Codes
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:32 PM   #12
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Also, have the tires "balanced" or add the "tire balance beads" it's well worth the money. You'll find none of the RV trailer/fifth wheel manufactures have the tires balanced. It will shake the heck out of your RV and damage the tires & frame components!


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Old 04-13-2016, 11:48 PM   #13
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If they are made in China, they are garbage.
Not necessarily. Indeed, some are. Many are decent tires. Our Duro radials are five yrs out with over 25K km under them. One has even had a puncture repair and thus far is no worse for wear.
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Agreed kandl. Between my Duro 2100 radials and Hercules Power STR I have 22,500 trouble free miles.


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Old 08-25-2016, 05:40 PM   #15
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Tires, tires, tires, I had one of my 4 tires on my 2016 Vengeance 3062v Toy Hauler develop a bubble in the side wall sitting in my driveway. Bought a Goodyear for a spare and installed the spare on my unit so I'd have all 4 identical. 3 days into our trip out west, an observant driver flags me down telling me I had a large bubble on the inside sidewall of one tire. Inspecting the tires I found 2 others with bubbles in the side walls, inside and outside. Limped back to town and found a tire dealer. Replaced all 4 "original Constancy LY188 Chinese tires" with Tow Max tires. Balanced & nitrogen filled. (towmaxtires.com) Working with Lionshead on Warrentee issues. On the road for 45 more days. I'll report back.


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Old 08-28-2016, 11:23 AM   #16
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There is a tire sticker of some sort next to the entrance door on my 327CK that I believe provides some sort of warranty. Might want to check out yours.

I think you are referring to the "Tire Placard" of vehicle Certification" label that all vehicles have. This is not a warranty sticker.
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Tires, tires, tires, I had one of my 4 tires on my 2016 Vengeance 3062v Toy Hauler develop a bubble in the side wall sitting in my driveway. Bought a Goodyear for a spare and installed the spare on my unit so I'd have all 4 identical. 3 days into our trip out west, an observant driver flags me down telling me I had a large bubble on the inside sidewall of one tire. Inspecting the tires I found 2 others with bubbles in the side walls, inside and outside. Limped back to town and found a tire dealer. Replaced all 4 "original Constancy LY188 Chinese tires" with Tow Max tires. Balanced & nitrogen filled. (towmaxtires.com) Working with Lionshead on Warrentee issues. On the road for 45 more days. I'll report back.


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Did you capture photos of each tire? Record the DOT serial? FIle a complaint for EACH failed tire with NHTSA?
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I think you are referring to the "Tire Placard" of vehicle Certification" label that all vehicles have. This is not a warranty sticker.
No, he's correct. I had a similar sticker on my 327CK, but I don't recall its specifics.
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Yep, all 5 with the same DOT
Filed a complaint form with NHTSA
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