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Old 09-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #11
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Skip the cheap ST tires and go LT. These XPS Rib | Michelin Tires are very popular with the FT crowd, along with GY G14 and Bridgestone DR250's. You have 16" rims so take advantage of LT tires.

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Old 09-03-2014, 01:32 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
This was $1800 damage in 2008. Just the fender and sheet metal.

No wonder we pay such high premiums for insurance.

I took my slightly damaged truck to a body shop once for an estimate of damages. He asked if I wanted the cash estimate or the insurance estimate. The insurance estimate was exactly twice as much.

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Old 09-03-2014, 06:43 PM   #13
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goduc offers good advise.
I installed Maxxis M8008 ST tires on my Columbus and really like them. They are far superior to ANY other ST tire, including Goodyear Marathon which by the way are usually made in China along with the other China bombs. Their sidewall is much thicker and they weigh twice as much as the OEM Chinese ST tires I took off. . I checked on Michelin XPS Ribs, but couldn't afford the $300 per tire price tag at the time. Be sure to balance your new tires.

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Old 09-03-2014, 07:32 PM   #14
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I do the same thing. I take off the china bombs and replace with an E load LT tire. A great tire that won't break the bank is the Firestone Transforce HT. A commercial grade tire that is almost 1/2 the Michelin ribs. I've used them on many tires and we used the Tansforce AT in the Army. We beat the crap out of them and I never had one fail on me.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:42 PM   #15
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I too am considering replacing the tires on my pop up when I take delivery. Just not too keen on spending $600 - $700. But I guess it would be piece of mind.

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Old 09-03-2014, 07:56 PM   #16
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Recently had a blowout with GY Marathon tire. Had approximately 7k on the tire with 80psi. Going to upgrade all with 17.5" wheels and higher load rated tires.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:58 PM   #17
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Right. If I do get new tires, I will look into D rated ones. Hopefully the aluminum rims will hold them.

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Old 09-03-2014, 08:21 PM   #18
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Heads up - on my 2013 KZ Stoneridge (sold it) I paid $700 extra for GY Marathons because I didn't want china bombs on the trailer. Guess where the Marathons are made? Yes, China! Never had any troubles it towing about 10,000 miles, but they are made in China.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:23 PM   #19
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One reason I chose to purchase a slightly used TT vs. new was knowing I would need to replace the tires, mattress, etc. before our very first trip... IMO TTs should roll off the assembly line ready to handle 3,000+ mile trips & 30+ days of camping without serious issues.

I understand that 3rd party components fail, even quality ones. However, the RV industry is full of intelligent people who are well-aware of the FACT that cheap China Bomb tires fail. They also know that they could quickly fix this issue for just a couple hundred dollars per RV but they choose not to.

IMO until TT manufacturers start placing better tires, mattresses, etc. on NEW TTs, I will buy slightly used TTs saving 30%-50% vs. new. In my case we saved enough to buy new tires, replace the mattress, add fans, and still have plenty of money left-over to replace all of the major appliances, etc. should they fail.

So many families jump into RVing before they factor-in the costs... IMO it's easy to find a gently used TT at substantial savings. Just inspect them VERY carefully for water damage & avoid folks who owe more than their RV is worth. My 2 cents...
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:42 PM   #20
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As others said, go to LTs load range E and don't look back. I never had an LT come apart on a truck or a trailer and I've travelled thousands of miles up and down the coast. Forest River is finally getting wise to this and are equipping new Cedar Creek 5th wheels with LTs.

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