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Old 10-15-2013, 11:01 PM   #61
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My trailer has this brand of tires on it.
For now I do not have a problem with that.
I do not run with them under or over inflated 65 PSI is on the sidewall and that is what I run them at.
IMHO most tire failures can be attributed to the owner.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:00 PM   #62
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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.
Recalls can result in people having defective or questionable parts replaced. Recalls will only happen if there are complaints filed which result in investigations.
Failing to file a complaint does nothing to increase the probability of having an investigation or recall so you are not addressing your "concern".

Only a small % of RV owners follow forums.

My point was that there may be a lot of "noise" on RV forums but only a small number of those complaining seem to really care enough to bother to file an actionable complaint that might result in action being taken.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:05 PM   #63
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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

I wonder what plant makes the Westlake tires. Do you have a DOT serial?
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:47 PM   #64
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:29 PM   #65
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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.
I just read that Kumho is opening a plant near Macon, GA, in 2016 or 2017. I hope they will be making their ST tires there. I previously had some Kumho 14-inch D-load trailer tires and liked them a lot. They'll be made by Americans but probably designed by Koreans.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:05 PM   #66
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Akurets didn't make it

Well I was hoping to make it back to GA from MA without another issue. Not to be. At least I caught it this time before it totally blew. Tire pressure was at 78 PSI and I was approximately 1300 pounds under loaded capacity depending on whether you use the side wall or the previous downgraded capacity comments. I found that going to an LT was actually going to be less capacity so went with 4 Maxxis. (If you are in the greater Greensboro, NC area, Hall tire had a great deal on ST235/80 R16 at $143 per out the door.)
Thanks for the comments on NHTSA. That and Forest River through my local dealer start Monday.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:16 PM   #67
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That's scary glad your ok
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:49 AM   #68
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Tires are taken care of through their own warranty just like a car, Forest River can't really be of any help. Akuret warranty claims are handled through a third party called Lionshead, I talked to

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Well I was hoping to make it back to GA from MA without another issue. Not to be. At least I caught it this time before it totally blew. Tire pressure was at 78 PSI and I was approximately 1300 pounds under loaded capacity depending on whether you use the side wall or the previous downgraded capacity comments. I found that going to an LT was actually going to be less capacity so went with 4 Maxxis. (If you are in the greater Greensboro, NC area, Hall tire had a great deal on ST235/80 R16 at $143 per out the door.)
Thanks for the comments on NHTSA. That and Forest River through my local dealer start Monday.
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Is there any indication that they plan on paying for anything other than pro-rata share of tire life?
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Tires are taken care of through their own warranty just like a car, Forest River can't really be of any help. Akuret warranty claims are handled through a third party called Lionshead, I talked to Brenda Speicher Warranty Manager PH:574-533-6169 Fax: 574-533-6761
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