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Old 11-18-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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Quality of Tires?

During a campout this weekend, we got into a discussion with a fellow RVer - we have just upgraded to a lightweight 5er (from a 32' TT).

The discussions turned to tires and I was surprised to hear one of the RVers assert that stock tires on a RV were not really "quality" tires and you - at best - could only expect a year's use out of them before they needed replacement.

Our "old" TT tires had easily 3 years use (say @ 30,000 miles) on them before we had to replace the tires...thinking that I am going to have to replace my (Nitrogen Filled) new 5er tires after 10K miles or so is a bit distressing.

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Old 11-18-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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During a campout this weekend, we got into a discussion with a fellow RVer - we have just upgraded to a lightweight 5er (from a 32' TT).

The discussions turned to tires and I was surprised to hear one of the RVers assert that stock tires on a RV were not really "quality" tires and you - at best - could only expect a year's use out of them before they needed replacement.

Our "old" TT tires had easily 3 years use (say @ 30,000 miles) on them before we had to replace the tires...thinking that I am going to have to replace my (Nitrogen Filled) new 5er tires after 10K miles or so is a bit distressing.

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You will be lucky to get a full year's use on them if you tow 10,000 miles a year. Voice of experience.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:26 PM   #3
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You'll get all sides of the coin on this one. Some people get many many miles and years on their stock tires. Others have had blow outs within a short amount of time.

I personally got about 4,500 miles out of my set of OEM tires (Akurets). I lost 1 to a nail and found a big tennis ball sized bubble on another. Since I had to replace 2, I went ahead and replaced all 4.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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Then, the natural follow-up question is.....

Recommendations on best replacement tire brands?

(Wondering if this is something that can be purchased at Sams/Costco?)
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Personally, when I did research to decide on what to replace my tires with- it was either Goodyear Marathon or Maxxis m8008. I opted for the Maxxis, but would have been happy with either.

I ordered mine from discounttiredirect.com and took them 2 by 2 into a local tire shop for mounting (and should have had them balanced but got talked out of it).
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You will be lucky to get a full year's use on them if you tow 10,000 miles a year. Voice of experience.
OC....In your opinion, what is the leading cause to RV tire failure?
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OC....In your opinion, what is the leading cause to RV tire failure?
Haven't had any with GY Marathons, but IMO, the majority of the off brand tire failures are overloading, under-inflation and inferior tire construction/material.
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Major cause of tire failure seems to be the owner of the tires. Failure to check pressure. Failure to stay at or under speed rating (65 mph is max). Failure to get the rig weighed/over weight rig. Just some of the simple things for which to be aware.
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Over-speed, over-loading, unbalanced loading (side-to-side, across axles), under-inflation, road hazards (the possibility is rarely discussed), all contribute to tire failure. If you don't have a TPMS, how do you know if the tire failure wasn't due to a road hazard?

I got 5 years and 30,000 miles out of my GY Marathons; made in China; did just fine.

This is not to say that there aren't occasions when there is a manufacturing defect. But, IMO, this is often blamed when there is another cause.
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:19 PM   #10
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Over-speed, over-loading, unbalanced loading (side-to-side, across axles), under-inflation, road hazards (the possibility is rarely discussed), all contribute to tire failure...
In my one catastrophic event, none of the above apply. Pressure checked 20 miles prior, never curbed, 50 mph and no road hazard involved, the tire just disintegrated.
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