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Old 07-08-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
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Akuret Tire Issues on Columbus 320

Beware, I have had two ST 235/80 R16's blow on 2 of my last 3 trips. The tires were properly inflated...the second blowout, was at under 60 mph, and caused signifficant body damage.

There is a three inch band of missing tread, the whole way around the tire (blowout #2), see attached photo's below. Clearly product defect and/or quality issue. These really are “China Bombs”.
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I hope the savings to Palomino/Columbus was worth it.
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I think this is the first reported Akuret tire failure that I have heard of. I recently traded my Sabre that had the same tires. Had about 7, 000 miles without a problem. I was pleased that our new Cedar Creek had U.S. made Goodyear LT tires.
Let us know how you come out on the tires and damage. Who steps up and pays for the damage.
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ret 20006,

Unless the consumer is planning on suing the “Republic of China” you are on your own. Columbus/Palomino will likely not get involved. For me, it is my insurance deductible and the cost of new tires.
I am curious, what was the size and weight of your Sabre? I am not surprised that there have not been more issues with Columbus owners, yet, as the line is still fairly new…
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Unless the consumer is planning on suing the “Republic of China” you are on your own. Columbus/Palomino will likely not get involved. For me, it is my insurance deductible and the cost of new tires.
I am curious, what was the size and weight of your Sabre? I am not surprised that there have not been more issues with Columbus owners, yet, as the line is still fairly new…
My Sabre 31 RETS-6 had a dry weight (from yellow tag) of 10,163#, only guessed at cargo we carried being about 1,200# for a total of about 11,353#. We travel fairly light, still had a lot of room in the basement for more stuff. I was only going to keep the Akuret tires until the end of the second season then replace. I didn't get that far because the Cedar Creek caught our eye. So far so good, we really like the Creek.
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I think this is the first reported Akuret tire failure that I have heard of. I recently traded my Sabre that had the same tires. Had about 7, 000 miles without a problem. I was pleased that our new Cedar Creek had U.S. made Goodyear LT tires.
Let us know how you come out on the tires and damage. Who steps up and pays for the damage.
I've read all the articles about the ST vs LT tire debate for RV's...interesting that your current RV came with LT from the factory?
I assumed all RV tires were ST because they were better suited...reason for my question is due to me shopping for new tires by next year...want to make the best decision for our setup!
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I've read all the articles about the ST vs LT tire debate for RV's...interesting that your current RV came with LT from the factory?
I assumed all RV tires were ST because they were better suited...reason for my question is due to me shopping for new tires by next year...want to make the best decision for our setup!
The Cedar Creek came with Goodyear G614 RST / LT 235/ 85R 16. Plant code MJOP (Goodyear plant in Kansas). Two were mfg. second week Dec. 2012 and two were mfg., 1 week of 2013. Trailer mfg. mid April 2013.

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Holy cow!
What damage occured to your trailer?
I would defineately contact someone at Columbus about this. I am at the point of being paranoid about the Akurat tires on my 320RS.
Who are you having do the repairs?
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I'm another report of Akuret tire issues. Fortunately, I found the tennis-ball sized bubble before I had issues. Lionshead Distributors (the provider of the OEM tires to Palomino) is sending me a warranty refund check since I've replaced the tires already.

4,000 miles on those tires before I found the defect. I got lucky - when we unmounted the tire, there were 2 larger bubbles on the inside.

Approximately 14,000 pound fifth wheel with 5,200 pounds on each axle.
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I do not anticipate Columbus holding themselves accountable for their poor decision to use these tires to begin with. I will have my estimate on my 320 tomorrow. The tire damaged the front and back, bottom of the driver’s side slide, peeling back the metal like it was paper. The wheel fender is gone completely. I would not trust my factory “authorized dealer” that sold me the trailer to make the repairs. I am going to the professionals at Tony’s RV. I would estimate the damage to be between $2,000 and $3,000, plus new tire and deductible.
I plan to replace the two remaining “China Bombs” and would suggest that anyone that has these tires do the same. I wish I would have replaced them all after the first blowout. The risk is simply not worth it. If two of them were to blow on the same side, at the same time, we could have rolled.
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There have been a couple other reports now of the Akuret tires failing on Columbus rigs. Even though you have proper inflation, if you are overloaded, the tire will fail. The tires are failing as it is now summer with hot hot hot temps on the road. Look around on the roads and you will also find semi truck tread recaps all over the place now due to heat. Doesn't matter what brand of tire, if it is hot and/or you are heavy load, the tires are prone to fail even with proper PSI inflation. Seems like they only last 3-6 thousand miles and they problems creep up.

All kinds of shapes and sizes of trailers dead on the side of the road with tire failures this fourth of July weekend as it was 90+ degrees. And that's just me traveling 200 miles round trip.

What I would be interested in is a higher load rating letter on the tires for the campers. I'm guessing ours are safe on paper but not much margin for error. The Columbus 320RS is about 12K lbs empty and 14K lbs full. For those of you that travel all over with your rig, go to a CAT scale and weigh yours on each axle and both axles to find out the true loaded weight of your rig. When you buy new tires, find out if you can bump up to the next letter for weight rating on the tires. I did this on my various boats I owned and problems went away with after upgraded weight rating tires.
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