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Old 10-07-2013, 01:29 PM   #41
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Akuret Tire Failures

Just took a magnifying glass to try and read the load capacity on the side of the Akuret ST235/80 R16 tires and looks like 5520 per tire for single use at 80 PSI. Our Columbus Palomino 365RL, according to the door tag weighs 13007 dry and has a capacity of 3836 pounds of cargo. We are no where near that even if we drove without emptying the tanks, but as soon as I have a chance at a weigh station I am going to get weights for full rig, truck rear and camper tandem, and camper tandem only for weight distribution confirmation. I will post the weight results as soon as I have an opportunity. Bottom line there is plenty of capacity according to the tire manufacturer. Sooo - that begs the question - why are so many people having blow out issues so early in the life of the tires?
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:09 PM   #42
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Akuret have a maximum weight of 3,520. You will not find an "E" rated tire much above that. An F or G rating 3,700 or 3,800. Rating doesn't matter, if there is no accountability/oversight on the production line or regualtory...China.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:27 PM   #43
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Something to remember is that the rubber in a tire has a certain memory. So when a tire is under/over inflated the tire has already started to degrade. Today's failure may not be directly related to what happened today, but was actually caused, prior to the current event.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:01 PM   #44
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Just found Delta Tire's website and drilled down to the specs for their Akuret trailer tire. The actual "load limit" in their chart chart for the 235/80R16 is 3417 at 80psi. Delta Tires Catalog - Del-Nat® Tire Corporation - National Tires, Del-Nat Tires, Akuret Tires, Private brand tires.

I recently got a goose egg on a Duro tire with at manufacture date of the 43rd week of 2011 (4311) and when I called Duro, the first thing he told me was to go up to the next size tire because the RV industry put tires on the RVs that were near peak load limit with a dry RV. Anyway, I'm like everyone else, I'm buying the Goodyear Marathon or Power King Towmax when I pull the RV out next spring. Ha, I may even have a blowout with the 5er sitting under the shed for the winter with these tires.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:06 PM   #45
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Yeah - it was old eyes looking at the small print on the side of the tire. The printed is 3520 at 80PSI. Sounds like from other post that that may have been changed or downgraded to 3417. Hmm - wonder what the basis for the downgraded change is. At any rate following up to let you know the actual scaled load on the trailer tandem was 12720. Still well below even the downgraded number. And that is heavier than when we had the catastrophic failure. (Wife has done a lot of shopping on this trip) Tire cold pressures were 78 - 80 PSI in the AM before we hit the road. I have kept an eye on tire heat and do not seem to be having any other issue beyond further minor repairs to one of the pieces of skirting damaged by the blow out. Still have another 8-900 miles to go.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:17 AM   #46
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I had one of my Akuret ties swell up to about 3 inches taller than rhe rest, took almost a week to finally talk to someone about warranty. I replaced all four with LT Bridgestone's from Discount Tire. Besides the defect all four were about half wore out after less than five thousand miles. I will never buy another trailer unless the dealer swaps out the junk chinese tires before purchsase.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:25 AM   #47
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It's not a good idea to put LT tires on an RV that is supposed to have ST tires on it.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:48 AM   #48
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It's not a good idea to put LT tires on an RV that is supposed to have ST tires on it.

I must agree.

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Old 10-13-2013, 09:45 PM   #49
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LT Tires

No to be redundant on the LT replacing an S but - One of the problems with LT tires replacing S tires is in the wheels that came with the S series tires. They may not be up to the capacity of the LT tire. There should be capacity numbers or load ratings for the wheels. Your tire dealer should be able to determine this before recommending replacement tires. The tires that come with the trailer, RV truck etc. are all going to be rated for the vehicle as it is designed to be used. My issue with the Akurets is suspected quality issues. Why would they have downgraded the capacity? (See comments further back in the threads). Even with the downgraded capacity they still are up to the total for my camper. Now that the failures have come more to the surface I suspect there are far more failures out there than the 2% number that was initially thought. I still think something needs to be done about a recall before some one gets hurt and plan to speak with NHTSA as soon as the dust settles in DC.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:41 AM   #50
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We traded out Columbus 320RS for a Trilogy this weekend. The dealer only orders his trailers with upgraded wheels and tires. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security with the ratings or the rhetoric from FR and other Mfg's. I have learned, to “shoot over the rim” on tires and wheels.
I did call the actual wheel manufacturer for the wheels on my Columbus. The wheel manufacturer informed me that the wheels were more than capable of handling the 110 PSI or more that I was looking at. The problem is that the Goodyear “G” rated tires in the 16 inch, do not handle much more capacity than the “E”’s. I would be going from 3400-3500 to 3750 on the G‘s. In order to accomplish what I really needed, I would need to go to a 17.5 inch, to get the Goodyear Unisteel G114’s, “H” (LT) with a 4800 pound capacity, 125 PSI. Drove my Trilogy home yesterday, 400 miles with only 110 in them as the dealer’s compressor did not go to 125. Talk about a weight off your shoulders.
If you are not going to change wheel size, my former 235 80 R16’s/wheels/tires, were capable to handling 235 85 R16’s that would allow for an F or G rated, brand name tire, Goodyear, Carlisle, etc. If it was me, I would replace them with “E” rated Maxxis ST 235 80 R16. That is what I replaced the two Akuret’s that did not blow out and was very impressed with them, even over the Carlisle’s.
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