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Old 09-03-2014, 12:47 PM   #1
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Well, I Joined the "China Bomb" Club

I just joined the "China Bomb " club this weekend. My right front Akuret HF188 ST 235/80R16 blew out on the way home from a trip to the Arizona mountains. The tread came completly off causing an estimated $1,000 damage to the right side of 5th wheel. I was driving at 60 mph when a toyhauler flashed his lights at me and motioned to pull over. I didn't hear it blow out. Luckily, a Highway Patrol Officer pulled up behind me which made the traffic move over to the left lane. He assisted me in changing it. The DOT is 83B5HFA 4711 and tread depth was 11/16" as verified by the other 3 tires. The tire had approximately 1,000 miles on it and was checked at 80psi before leaving. My insurance adjuster took pictures and said he was going to attempt filing a calim against the mfg. Good luck with that! I did, however, file a report with NHTSA.

So what do I do now. I want to replace all tires and I've been reading about GY Marathons or Maxxis. What tires have you guys used to replace these bombs?
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:14 PM   #2
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$1000 damage??,, certainly not evident by the pictures. What other damage is there other than the obvious fender?
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:22 PM   #3
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I replaced mine with Maxxis, though I'd also definitely go with Goodyear Marathons without hesitation.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:23 PM   #4
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I just changed to gy marathons from the factory Westlake brand tires. I hear good about gy and marathon. GY were available so that's what I got. . Good luck with the new boots and repairs.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:27 PM   #5
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This was 1400 bucks from a China Bomb.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:28 PM   #6
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$1000 damage??,, certainly not evident by the pictures. What other damage is there other than the obvious fender?
This was $1800 damage in 2008. Just the fender and sheet metal.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:30 PM   #7
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I feel your pain.Mine cause 2600 in damage .About 2 months ago and still waiting for parts from Forest river.
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I just joined the "China Bomb " club this weekend. My right front Akuret HF188 ST 235/80R16 blew out on the way home from a trip to the Arizona mountains. The tread came completly off causing an estimated $1,000 damage to the right side of 5th wheel. I was driving at 60 mph when a toyhauler flashed his lights at me and motioned to pull over. I didn't hear it blow out. Luckily, a Highway Patrol Officer pulled up behind me which made the traffic move over to the left lane. He assisted me in changing it. The DOT is 83B5HFA 4711 and tread depth was 11/16" as verified by the other 3 tires. The tire had approximately 1,000 miles on it and was checked at 80psi before leaving. My insurance adjuster took pictures and said he was going to attempt filing a calim against the mfg. Good luck with that! I did, however, file a report with NHTSA.

So what do I do now. I want to replace all tires and I've been reading about GY Marathons or Maxxis. What tires have you guys used to replace these bombs?
I had two of those blow out, same side. Now that you have driven on just one tire, that tire very likely has been compromised by heat and carrying all the weight. I learned the hard way and would not go far before replacing it. I went with Maxxis. I like them so much, I have begun to replace my other trailers tires with them as well. A good tire pressure monitor system is a good early warning system to consider as well...if nothing else great piece of mind.
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:32 PM   #9
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Looks like the tread just peeled off and the tire is still up? The manufacturer most likely will not warranty it. They will say that you ran over something in the road that caused it. 'Been there' with two truck tires. The manufacture wanted back 'all' of the tire each time. I had the tread for one tire and no tread for the other. They did warranty the one tire when no 'cuts' were found. Yes, I had to 'mail' the tire back to the U.S. dealer rep. The second tire, I was told..."no 'complete' tire, no chance of warranty"....
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:13 PM   #10
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Yeah, there is further damage underneath that can't be seen in my pictures. The tire has no air in it and maybe when it's removed I can find out where it blew. Insurance co. said to keep it for their claim.
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