On Monday morning I headed out on a 5 day trip to White Oak Creek Campground in Eufaula, Al. from North Central Florida. I got about 5 miles from home and one of my tire's tread separated. So I put on my spare (it was one of the tires from my original set) to get somewhere to get another tire. The pressure was only 70 psi so I took it easy until I could get to some air. When I stopped to get air it was starting to separate. So by now I am pretty frustrated and I just called roadside assistance and told them I needed 2 tires. I had upgraded from the Towmax 235/80 16r's load range E that came on my 5ver after a few issues with them almost two years ago to Hercules 235/85 16r load range F (I have had no problems with these tires until Monday). So the roadside guy shows up 3 hours after I first contacted assistance and has two new tires with him. They are a brand I never heard of TransEagle and they are 235/85 16r load range G and speed rated L, he says they are full steel belted sidewalls and all and are $159. So I tell him go ahead and install em. Now he tells me he can only install one on the steel spare and will have to take the other one to his shop 45 mins away because it is an aluminum wheel and because of the steel sidewall he needs a tire machine. I say just install the one then so I can get on my way and I'll deal with other tire later. So I get to the campground with no issues. On Wednesday the group of people we are camping with decides to go out to dinner in town and as I am driving back from dinner the steering in my Dually starts acting up, I make it back to the campground and pop the hood and PS fluid is all over the place I decide I'll deal with in the morning figuring it is a hose and I got enough tools with me to replace it. I get up out and discover it is the seal on the Pump, I call around and find a small shop that could get to it right away as we were leaving Friday. I fill the reservoir and take it to the shop. Guy calls me about two hours later and says the pulley was wallowed out and needed to be replace too but, couldn't get one until Friday morning. So i get the truck back around noon and by the time I hit the road it is about 2pm. I drive for about 3 hours and boom another tire explodes the tread is wrapped around the rear axle and it knock the jack pad off the rear jack, so I put the used spare I had picked up on and I am on my way. About 20 minute later my TPMS starts beeping and the tire is down to 72 psi. I stop at a truck stop and put air in it and off I go about 30 minutes later I am scrolling through the TPMS monitor and it is losing air. So about every 30 minutes I have to stop somewhere to get air in the tire just to get home. The Joys of Camping
I have a few questions as I decide what tires to get as I am going to replace em all and add a second spare too.
Has anyone ever heard of Trans Eagle tires and if so are they a reliable tire?
My 5ver originally came with 235/80 16's should I go back to that size from the 85s?
I liking the all steel belt construction but, my issues were all tread related so is it really that much of an advantage?
I want to pick up another 8 lug steel rim for the extra spare any advice on where I can pick one up reasonably?
Again Thanks in Advance