Originally Posted by OldCoot
The monitor system won't prevent the bomb, you are taking a big risk pulling on the factory tires. It isn't if, it is when one will blow.
I think this is over-stating the situation. I towed 25,000 miles on a set of Goodyear Marathons with no issues at all. Only took them off because they were 6 years old.
Also towed 15,000 miles on a set of Carlisle tires with no issues. Sold the trailer with the tires still on it.
IMO, the reason you hear most about ST China-made tires is that this description covers about 95% (guessing admittedly) of the tires on RV trailers on the road. Of course most of the issues will be with Chinese tires.
Not that there aren't manufacturing issues at times. BUT, I still think that most of the issues are: overloading, uneven loading, over-speed, under-inflation, over-age, exposure, damage (as hitting a curb) or road hazard issues.
If you don't have a TPMS, you don't know if your tire is losing pressure due to a puncture for example. Once the tire fails, the evidence is lost and it becomes a "china bomb". If there is a tread separation or sidewall problem, are you sure you didn't hit a curb? Or a sharp rock in a campground?
OK, I'm not trying to start an argument. And I'm not singling out the poster that I've quoted above. This is more in reference to what is, IMO, general over-reaction to made-in-China tires.
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