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Old 10-14-2013, 06:50 PM   #51
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I might agree if there was a decent quality ST tire made, but there is not. In such case it is a much worse idea to run ST tires.

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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 10-14-2013, 07:17 PM   #52
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I might agree if there was a decent quality ST tire made, but there is not. In such case it is a much worse idea to run ST tires.
So you don't even like Maxxis? Most of us are happy with Goodyear Marathons, but I've never heard of anyone who didn't think Maxxis was "good quality".
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:00 PM   #53
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I have run LT tires for many years with zero problems, I can't count the number of bad ST tires I have had. Since the trailer was new I was going to give the ST's a fair chance but after a failure with less that 5000 miles on them I am not willing to roll the dice and end up with thousands in trailer damage due to Chinese junk. Besides the fact that if I have a choice I NEVER will buy a Chinese product over an American and there are no American made ST tires.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:32 PM   #54
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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-Natģ 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.
If in fact the RV MFG selected a tire that cannot carry a reasonable load, shame on them. BUT the Cargo Carrying Capacity is supposed to be on a label on every RV so if someone bought an RV with only 290# capacity then some of the blame is on them for not learning more about their purchase before laying down the money. Here is a YouTube video I saw, showing info on actual cargo capacity.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:34 PM   #55
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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.
Did you get a picture of the inflated tire? Sounds like they possibly left a belt out of the tire.

More important question is did you file a complaint with NHTSA and provide the full DOT serial. The will not start an investigation if they do not receive actionable complaints.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #56
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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.
I just checked. 7:38PM 10/15 and the NHTSA complaint web site is still up. That is the proper and best way to file a complaint. Don't forget you need the complete DOT serial. If you have pictures of the failed tire you can tell them that in the form so they can contact you if they want.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:43 PM   #57
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I had to replace my tires in the first year. Tire was deformed and got hot all the time. So hot you couldn't tough it. Keep a eye on them or you will blow out the bottom of the trailer.
If your tires are too hot to touch something is seriously wrong and I'm not sure it's the tires.
You do know the actual load on each tire based on certified scale weights don't you? Also you know your pressure gauge is accurate to +/- 4 psi or less?
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:48 PM   #58
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Anyone have a DOT on an Akuret tire?

I am asking because I can only find two complaints at NHTSA and only one with a DOT that identifies the plant SHANDONG HENGFENG RUBBER & PLUSTIC CO., LTD
in china.
and imported by Del-Nat

2365 Texas Drive, Memphis, TN 38106

If you think that tires from this plant are the reason for the failures they I would suggest you look for tires with the DOT that starts with "83.


If you can't be bothered to file a complete complaint why would you think any corrective action would ever take place?
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #59
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I had two blowouts on two separate occasions. The second caused thousands of dollars in damage. I did not file a complaint for either one. Why bother to file a complaint when FR/Palomino/Columbus has switched from Akuret to Westlake? My concern was for those who may have these time bombs on their trailers. There have been a couple of related threads, with way more than two reports of Akuret blowouts.
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There are blowouts with all types of tires, but since this is a Forest River forum, and Akurets were one of their tires of choice for the past few years, Akurets will be seen with a more critical eye. Westlake tires are made in China, in reading some of the other RV forums, there is some pretty eye opening things said about Westlake as well. RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: Westlake Tires
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