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Old 07-02-2015, 09:27 PM   #31
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My Trail Express have had no issues. (I got the TT late last summer). I had an issue with a cheap, plastic valve stem but took that tire into the shop and the put a nice steel one on it. Looking at the other 3 tires, one has a steel stem and the others the same cheap plastic. (My TPMS sensors won't connect on the plastic stems so it's not usable but we haven't been going out lately due to my crazy work schedule and the Mrs. is flying to New England next week for a couple of weeks.)

I am replacing the Express tires with Maxxis as soon as I have enough saved up and will get the rest of the stems replaced and all four balanced. (I'll, also, do a lube job on the axles while I'm messing with the tires.)

I did ask my dealer, who sells a lot of Forest Rivers with the Tire Expresses, if he's had any complaints about them and he has not....so that's reassuring.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:29 PM   #32
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I am curious, of the people that has had blowouts with the OEM tires; what load range were they? I was pretty excited to see mine came with LR D tires on a dry weight trailer of 6600 lbs. My last trailer was a Fleetwood Prowler that had 16" Goodyear Wrangler LT LR E tires on it from the factory. 13 years later that trailer still has the OEM tires on it with no problems.


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I'm surprised nobody has commented on this statement.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:52 PM   #33
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I'm surprised nobody has commented on this statement.
I know which tires I'm buying next! ....
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:12 PM   #34
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I have never had a failure with an OEM tire,because Ive never ran them. The current fleet includes a 06 corn pro 3 horse trailer,a 04 bri-mar tilt equipment trailer (14000 gross) ,a 4yd dump aggregate trailer (2004) and the 315wp. All 4 I bought new. All 4 were changed out to GY Marathons before they left the lot. All 4 have balanced wheels/tires w/brass stems. None have had any kind of failure.The 04's and 06 show no cracks or exsessive wear.All 4 have been stored in and or out of sun since I useally store them(except the 315) where i unload them. All 16 tires are hosed down with tire foam after every use.This should help answer the OP's question.

edit) as a side note the Ford SD and the wifes Grand cherokee have only had Bridgestone Dualler AT's on them,3 sets on the jeep at 140000mi,and 6 sets on the ford at 195000 miles. No failures or cracking on those either,and they are hosed with the same tire foam about once a month. That being said,I do replace car and truck tires when the sipes are worn off.The tires still are only about 2/3 worn when they are replaced.
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:31 AM   #35
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If you travel very far or fast on OEM tires you are at greater risk of having a major tire problem. So you would change them as quickly as possible if you are concerned about such matters.
I suspect the vast majority of, if not all, RVers have concerns about their tires. Therefore, and based on your premise, would it not be prudent to be lobbying the national transportation regulators to force the RV industry to advise their customers that "the tires we install on some of our recreational vehicles may blow up if you travel too far?"
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I'm surprised nobody has commented on this statement.
Yup... I'd be getting a little nervous about them.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:34 AM   #37
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The RV industry will never make such an admission even though I believe the evidence suggests it's true. For all the other stuff I just hope I am not near you as you drive 75mph in 90 degree temps on 10 year old OEMs. Value my safety too much!
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Old 07-04-2015, 08:28 AM   #38
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I just got back home after a 1600 mile trip on OEM tires, freeway speed between 65-70 MPH, posted speed of 55 on OR. hwy's. not a single problem.

Could not see where having the tires balance helped any but it was free so it did not hurt.
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Old 07-04-2015, 08:37 AM   #39
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I just got back home after a 1600 mile trip on OEM tires, freeway speed between 65-70 MPH, posted speed of 55 on OR. hwy's. not a single problem.

Could not see where having the tires balance helped any but it was free so it did not hurt.
Doubt very much if you could feel any difference from balancing, but tire wear will sure be different. Without balancing, they will cup and once they are cupped, the only way to straighten them is to have them "trued" (cut) while rotating. Been there, done that with a set of BF Goodrich tires years ago.
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:51 AM   #40
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My first three blowouts were load range E OEMS on my 2010 wildcat. Loud, explosive blowouts on first 2. Total damage @ $4800. 78 psi all the time. First one at @1500 miles, all under 5000 miles.

One blowout on current rockwood 8282 @3500. Lr C. Replaced all with Goodyear marathons. Now at about 6000 miles. So far, so good.

All OEMS were Trail Express brand.
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