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Old 03-21-2005, 06:01 AM   #1
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I just adjusted the brakes on my fiver. When giving the wheel a spin to check the adjustment I noticed a bulge in the tread of one. I probably would not have otherwise seen it. On further inspection, in discovered a slight bulge in the sidewall. I also found one other tire had a slight tread bulge. Last summer, another of these failed and did quite a bit of damage. These were all the original tires. Four years old and about 30 thousand miles.

I just ordered four Michelin XPS RIB replacements. Even the new (3,000 miles) replacement I bought last year is going. PS: Anyone in the San Antonio area want a great price on a narly new 225/75 R 16?

I thought I was very safety conscious and checked things regularly, but I nearly missed an imminent tire failure.
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I just adjusted the brakes on my fiver. When giving the wheel a spin to check the adjustment I noticed a bulge in the tread of one. I probably would not have otherwise seen it. On further inspection, in discovered a slight bulge in the sidewall. I also found one other tire had a slight tread bulge. Last summer, another of these failed and did quite a bit of damage. These were all the original tires. Four years old and about 30 thousand miles.

I just ordered four Michelin XPS RIB replacements. Even the new (3,000 miles) replacement I bought last year is going. PS: Anyone in the San Antonio area want a great price on a narly new 225/75 R 16?

I thought I was very safety conscious and checked things regularly, but I nearly missed an imminent tire failure.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Moby Bill:
I just ordered four Michelin XPS RIB replacements. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>You'll love 'em! I replaced the Goodyear Wrangler HTs that came with our last 5th wheel with the Michelin XPS Ribs (LT235/85R-16E) before the fabric-and-steel construction Wranglers had a chance to fail. The Goodyears generated so much heat under Interstate towing conditions that I could feel the heat radiating when we would stop at a rest area. With the all-steel construction XPS Ribs, I could lay my hand on the tread immediately after stopping.

The new 5th wheel (see signature) came with load range G all-steel construction Goodyear G614R/ST radials. We've towed in 105 degF conditions with no problems so far - they seem to run as cool as the XPS Ribs. We'll see, I guess....

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