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Old 11-27-2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Blown LT-E tire on camper thread..

With the seemingly daily onslaught of "China Bomb" threads, pictures and tales of damage to camper I thought I would start a thread for pics & tales of LT-E tires being used on campers that have blown out unexpectedly and caused damage.
I would like to see the results before I make the decision to switch over to LT-E's.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:39 AM   #2
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Might be a short thread!
I've thrown tread off alot of st tires both E & G rated, but none on LTs so far.
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:47 AM   #3
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Might be a short thread!
I've thrown tread off alot of st tires both E & G rated, but none on LTs so far.
Short indeed...
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Old 11-29-2014, 01:15 AM   #4
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We have "china bombs" but I'm installing a pressure/heat sensor kit on them in the spring and will be watching them stringently.

I'll change them all at the first sign of trouble or in 2-3 years....depending on how much we get to take it out.
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Old 11-29-2014, 05:45 AM   #5
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We have "china bombs" but I'm installing a pressure/heat sensor kit on them in the spring and will be watching them stringently.

I'll change them all at the first sign of trouble or in 2-3 years....depending on how much we get to take it out.
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.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:26 AM   #6
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My BIL did have a LT tire blow on his trailer this year. It didn't do any damage even though he was driving at traffic speeds of around 60 mph, as the tire held together on the rim. The tire had been on the trailer for maybe 20K miles.


Oh, I might as well add, that the tire was 9+ years of age and had served a previous life on his F350 crew cab for 60K miles. So all things considered, that LT tire proved itself well I would say.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:51 AM   #7
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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 disagree!! I've used the factory installed tires on my last 3 trailers and
had no issues at all. I just replaced the original tires a few months ago on my '08 trailer. I'm guessing we had a tad over 20,000 miles on them.

Telling everyone who comes along that their tires are going to blow is
scare tactics and just not true.

Much more important in the tire saga is the safety factor.
My trailer weighs 4050 lb at the axles loaded on the way to the camp ground.
If I add up the maximum weight carrying capacity of my 4 tires I get
7040 lb. I'm running down the road at slightly less than 60% capacity.

Do some trailers come from the factory with under rated tires - sure!
Do all of them come with sub-par tires?? Not at all.

My best friend recently bought a little J-flight. It's very light but I glanced at
the sticker on the door. His load carrying capacity is only 150 lbs!! Are you
kidding me?? How do those (J-flight factory engineers) sleep at night?!?
OTOH my friend will likely use the trailer 1 or 2 times a year and less than
100 miles each way. Odds are he'll be fine.

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These (2) made it to the (Goshen Rally),just had to change Tires and sign up for (Trailer Repair) after getting there! Youroo!!
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Dan, I disagree that we're using scare tactics when for warning folks that their tires may very well self destruct. It's a game of Russian Roulette when you combine a fairly heavy trailer and a Chinese made tire. There have been WAY too many instances on here and I have seen results on friends rigs of the destructive power of spinning rubber from these sub-par pieces of crap that are bought en-mass for our trailers. Very few complaints of LT's exploding. That should tell you something. And no, we can't all be overloading our trailers and no we all don't run with bent axles. These ST overseas time bombs are an insult to us as consumers. I'm happy as all get out you've had great success with yours and I wish you many, many more trouble free miles. It's simply not worth the worry and expense when these things go BOOM in the night. OK, enough rant. Have a good w\e.
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I think who imports the tire is more important than where it is made. The Trail Express tires that came on my trailer when I bought it were made in China. You cannot find those tires for sale in the USA. The company that imports them only sells them to Forest River so there is no incentive for them to ensure a quality product. My current tires are also made in China but say Goodyear on the side. I would hope that Goodyear would want to protect their reputation and ensure a quality tire being imported. If not I will never buy any tire from Goodyear ever again regardless of where it is made. I have not had any trouble with them so far and they went to Alaska and back this summer.
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