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Old 06-17-2014, 05:08 PM   #21
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Akuret ST 225-75-R15

I got around 4200 total miles

I just pulled a 3550 mile trip on a set of four not one single problem, take care it could happen to you.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:13 PM   #22
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Akuret ST 225-75-R15. I got around 4200 total miles. I just pulled a 3550 mile trip on a set of four not one single problem, take care it could happen to you.
Based on other folks experiences, I would say you have just about reached the life of your tires.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:22 PM   #23
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Based on other folks experiences, I would say you have just about reached the life of your tires.
That might be.

But then the bumper stayed attached to the trailer to, DAMN A double wammy commin down......
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That might be. But then the bumper stayed attached to the trailer to, DAMN A double wammy commin down......
But we'll never know.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:33 PM   #25
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But we'll never know.
I am sure one or more of the ST's will fail at some point, just like one or more of the LT Coopers on the PU will.

At that point I shall replace them and move on to the next page.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:45 PM   #26
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Goodyear and Carlisle, brand name tires, make their ST tires in China. Both failure rates are too high; follow the numerous RV forums to verify this. Until they implement a better quality control program and manufacturing processes, they'll remain China bombs. Tell me, what China ST tire is of equal or higher quality than Maxxis or Kumho?
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We went 1 year on the factory tires. Did not have any failures, but one of the tires had an obvious weaker side wall and did bulge. One thing to remember, many tires are installed very close to the maximum load rating. Increasing the load rating of factory tires would make a big difference in the stories we hear about failures. My wife wasn't too impressed that I was installing new tires this year, but she did come around after hearing my reasoning. The higher load rating for the new tires certainly give me that extra bit of security.

PS When posters mention higher failure rates for certain brands, where is this information coming from? Are there published properly conducted surveys or charts on various brands of tires? All tires will fail if improperly maintained and not run according to specs.
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Doeing, to answer your question, click here:
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We went 1 year on the factory tires. Did not have any failures, but one of the tires had an obvious weaker side wall and did bulge. One thing to remember, many tires are installed very close to the maximum load rating. Increasing the load rating of factory tires would make a big difference in the stories we hear about failures. My wife wasn't too impressed that I was installing new tires this year, but she did come around after hearing my reasoning. The higher load rating for the new tires certainly give me that extra bit of security.

PS When posters mention higher failure rates for certain brands, where is this information coming from? Are there published properly conducted surveys or charts on various brands of tires? All tires will fail if improperly maintained and not run according to specs.
Let me know if you need back up with your wife…mine will be happy to talk to her. Two blow outs with those Akuret beauties, on a span of three trips. The tires were properly inflated and trailer underweight. Repair costs to my Columbus over $2,000 and loss of use over 4 months, waiting on parts from the factory.
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We went 1 year on the factory tires. Did not have any failures, but one of the tires had an obvious weaker side wall and did bulge. One thing to remember, many tires are installed very close to the maximum load rating. Increasing the load rating of factory tires would make a big difference in the stories we hear about failures. My wife wasn't too impressed that I was installing new tires this year, but she did come around after hearing my reasoning. The higher load rating for the new tires certainly give me that extra bit of security.

PS When posters mention higher failure rates for certain brands, where is this information coming from? Are there published properly conducted surveys or charts on various brands of tires? All tires will fail if improperly maintained and not run according to specs.
My wife also nit happy when I replaced the tires on our 1 year old tt. Tire tread still looked new as we only camp about 4 or 5 times each year. They started to show cracking at the top of the side wall and we leave for Florida next. It was just a matter of time before they gave out. I bought from discount tire and bought the road hazard warranty. At least now I have a company that will replace a defective tire if and when it fails.

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My wife also nit happy when I replaced the tires on our 1 year old tt. Tire tread still looked new as we only camp about 4 or 5 times each year. They started to show cracking at the top of the side wall and we leave for Florida next. It was just a matter of time before they gave out. I bought from discount tire and bought the road hazard warranty. At least now I have a company that will replace a defective tire if and when it fails.

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Mine were right around 1 year old and had no signs of a problem, bubbling, cracking etc. After the first blow out, I thought it a fluke, but monitored them constantly and was on cruise control at 60 mph, when the second one blew out, causing $2,000 worth of damage. When I changed the last two out, I handled the sidewalls of the Akuret and replacement Maxxis…that told me everything I needed to know.
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Had 15" C-rated Maxxis on first TT from dealer, a 2005 Jayco. Towed 12000-15000 miles with it and not one tire failure. Sold it with the original tires on it.
Second unit, 2010 Winldcat came with 16" Trail Express E rated. All 4 failed within 3000 miles. 3 exploded, each causing damage, and the 4th was found warped with tread separated and was replaced before it blew. New Marathons, same size, on same trailer towned 12,000+ with no signs of wear. Same PSI and checked regularly. How's that happen?
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I'm going have to check my '14 Solaire for this brand. I should have kept my brand new coopers off my trade in


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I had Trail Express LR C tires on our unit from the factory, last August the back passenger side one blew up, no damage but it shook us up pretty good considering the location on a small shouldered highway. I put on the spare and managed to make it into the small town where we were camping, then went to the only tire shop in town to get the blown one replaced. I ended up replacing them all with Akuret LR E all around, figured the higher rating might get me a couple years even though they are Chinese. (the shop didn't sell Maxxis) So far so good, the tires run great at 65 psi, my old ones ran at 50 psi. I also bought a TPMS and it sure gives peace of mind.

We hear lots of hair raising stories about bad tires and blow outs, but with the millions of units on the road, I'm sure there are millions of tires that run just fine without issue. Every brand has their horror stories, IMO there are more stories about some brands because there are more units running these brands.
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We hear lots of hair raising stories about bad tires and blow outs, but with the millions of units on the road, I'm sure there are millions of tires that run just fine without issue. Every brand has their horror stories, IMO there are more stories about some brands because there are more units running these brands.
Yeah, just read about all the Forest River POS's on this forum, for example. Forum's draw people with problems for the most part, not happy campers.
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Does anyone know why they install Akuret tires on some Columbus & install West Lake tires on others? Our 320 came with West Lake tires. I did order 7K axles on ours & I don't know if that effected the tire choice. I had ours balanced & They needed almost no weights. I also run a TPS & do not exceed 65 MPH. I did that as soon as we got it & we just completed a trip that was a little over 9400 miles. So far so good but maybe we got lucky.
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Remember Forest River orders tires by the tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands from China. Whoever give them the best deal = brand of tire going on your camper. They all meet DOT regulations so FR is good to go to the letter of the law. Quality of tire is not high on the list. It's all about money and profit. Follow the money path. Warren Buffett aka Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company of Forest River. Must maximize profit for the shareholders! Now you know why these campers come with tire brands you never heard of before.
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Had a blowout with an Akuret tire July 3 going to the campground on 1-10 West between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana. Date code 0612 (6th week of 2012) with about 4,000 miles on the tires. Had extensive fender and panel damage. I have Maxxis on order and will be replacing the Akurets as soon as the Maxxis arrive.


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Had a blowout with an Akuret tire July 3 going to the campground on 1-10 West between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana. Date code 0612 (6th week of 2012) with about 4,000 miles on the tires. Had extensive fender and panel damage. I have Maxxis on order and will be replacing the Akurets as soon as the Maxxis arrive.
Sorry to hear of your damage. This should be a warning to everyone who does not have GY Marathons or Maxxis that this will happen to them. It is not a matter of if, but WHEN!
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