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Old 11-16-2018, 07:07 PM   #1
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Well, that was fun....(china bomb)

So, after months of planning and packing, today was the day we headed out for our week-long Thanksgiving trip--just our third--in our new HW277.


When we were returning home from our last trip (our second), while stopped for gas, a fellow RVer mentioned that he thought we had a "bubble" in one of our tires (he didn't think the tire appeared to be rolling properly). I had my wife drive for a minute in the parking lot so I could look at the tire, and it didn't appear off to me. We managed to make it home, though I was white knuckled the entire way.



Lately--maybe from reading this board too much (and maybe because of our last trip)--I had been uber paranoid about having a blowout on the POS stock tires provided by FR, so much so, in fact, that I had gone out this week to buy a jack, a lug wrench, and a portable air compressor--all things I should have had from the get go.


Sure enough, 30 minutes into our trip, while on US290 just outside Houston, the passenger side tire on the HW blew. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, there was no damage to our trailer or our truck, and we were able to get off the freeway safely. While I was prepared to change the tire, I decided to use FR roadside assistance. They came out, changed the tire, and were on our way...home. I just cannot risk my family's life driving on those POS tires. I am going first thing Sunday to NTB to have Goodyears or some other reliable brand of tire put on there. It is a shame that FR insists on using such a sub-par tire on
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:15 PM   #2
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Goodyear Endurance is a good choice. Check online at goodyear dot com... often have specials, you can also purchase online and have them shipped to local GY dealer and have them installed on a pre-arranged date. ALSO, have the rubber valve stems replaced with metal stems, then think about getting a TPMS system...

While at the install compare the old tire carcass weight and construction to the GY tires... you will be favorably impressed!
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:57 PM   #3
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Well, that was fun....(china bomb)

X2 on Endurance. Glad no one was hurt and no damage.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:28 PM   #4
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Sure enough, 30 minutes into our trip, while on US290 just outside Houston, the passenger side tire on the HW blew. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, there was no damage to our trailer or our truck, and we were able to get off the freeway safely. While I was prepared to change the tire, I decided to use FR roadside assistance. They came out, changed the tire, and were on our way...home. I just cannot risk my family's life driving on those POS tires. I am going first thing Sunday to NTB to have Goodyears or some other reliable brand of tire put on there. It is a shame that FR insists on using such a sub-par tire on
That's a bad road to have a blowout. Glad you made it to the side of the road safely.

When you get new tires, check the speed rating on your replacements. Many trailer tires are rated for 65 mph. Can't tell you how many times I've seen trailers being towed at 80 mph. Scares me a bit.
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:06 AM   #5
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sorry to hear of your issues, tires are not usually too big of an issue for popups. On our HW 277, we had the OEM tires on it for 5 years before we replaced them due to age - put over 15,000 miles on them.


i am curious though - why you did not replace the tires after you got home from the second trip if you white knuckled it home with a suspect tire?
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That's a bad road to have a blowout. Glad you made it to the side of the road safely.

When you get new tires, check the speed rating on your replacements. Many trailer tires are rated for 65 mph. Can't tell you how many times I've seen trailers being towed at 80 mph. Scares me a bit.
Many new trailer tires are rated at 80mph +
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So, after months of planning and packing, today was the day we headed out for our week-long Thanksgiving trip--just our third--in our new HW277.


When we were returning home from our last trip (our second), while stopped for gas, a fellow RVer mentioned that he thought we had a "bubble" in one of our tires (he didn't think the tire appeared to be rolling properly). I had my wife drive for a minute in the parking lot so I could look at the tire, and it didn't appear off to me. We managed to make it home, though I was white knuckled the entire way.



Lately--maybe from reading this board too much (and maybe because of our last trip)--I had been uber paranoid about having a blowout on the POS stock tires provided by FR, so much so, in fact, that I had gone out this week to buy a jack, a lug wrench, and a portable air compressor--all things I should have had from the get go.


Sure enough, 30 minutes into our trip, while on US290 just outside Houston, the passenger side tire on the HW blew. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, there was no damage to our trailer or our truck, and we were able to get off the freeway safely. While I was prepared to change the tire, I decided to use FR roadside assistance. They came out, changed the tire, and were on our way...home. I just cannot risk my family's life driving on those POS tires. I am going first thing Sunday to NTB to have Goodyears or some other reliable brand of tire put on there. It is a shame that FR insists on using such a sub-par tire on
I'm also wondering why you didn't get that tire checked first before buying the jack, lug wrench and air compressor and let it go until your trip?
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Because when I watched the tire, I didn’t see any noticeable issues. Hindsight is always 20/20.
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i am curious though - why you did not replace the tires after you got home from the second trip if you white knuckled it home with a suspect tire?
This ^^

Or have them at least checked by a pro.
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I agree with the GY Endurance recommendation - they are built to exceed the standard ST specification. I assume you have 14" wheels, so your choices are somewhat limited, by there is an Endurance load range D (65psi) tire rated for 87 mph rather than the standard 65.
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