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Old 04-13-2006, 07:00 AM   #1
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I have had so many problems with tires I can't count how many I have been through, in the neighborhood of 18 or so in 6 years. I have used different brands (Goodyear, Goodyear with the S, Carlisle, Trailer Manor or something like that)and the problem still persists. Current tires on the rig (see sig) are 10 ply, load range E, 15". I continue to have a problem with the belts seperating every 5000 miles or so. I keep tire pressure at 80lbs, the max allowed, and the trailer weighs in at 10,200lbs. What would be causing the belts to seperate and the tire to blow every 5000 miles or so? I purchase the warranty on the tires from Discount Tire so I get replacements for $15, just a pain to always know they are going to need to be replaced.
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I have had so many problems with tires I can't count how many I have been through, in the neighborhood of 18 or so in 6 years. I have used different brands (Goodyear, Goodyear with the S, Carlisle, Trailer Manor or something like that)and the problem still persists. Current tires on the rig (see sig) are 10 ply, load range E, 15". I continue to have a problem with the belts seperating every 5000 miles or so. I keep tire pressure at 80lbs, the max allowed, and the trailer weighs in at 10,200lbs. What would be causing the belts to seperate and the tire to blow every 5000 miles or so? I purchase the warranty on the tires from Discount Tire so I get replacements for $15, just a pain to always know they are going to need to be replaced.
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Old 04-13-2006, 07:58 AM   #3
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Is your axle spacing adequate to fit 16" wheels and tires? If you have room for an LT235/85R-16 tire, there are two excellent (albeit somewhat expensive) problem-solvers that you could use. Both are all-steel construction radial (versus the typical fabric-and-steel) that are specifically recommended by their respective manufacturers for trailer service.

E-rated (LT235/85R-16E, 3042 lbs @ 80 PSIG) - Michelin XPS Rib

G-rated (LT235/85R-16G, 3750 lbs @ 110 PSIG) - Goodyear G614 RST

I've run both - the XPS Rib on our previous 5th wheel and the G614 RST on our current 5th wheel - and have had no problems whatsoever with either. These tires have solved problems for many of us who have suffered through tread separations - our first 5th wheel had $2400 in damage when one of the non-circle-S Marathons (15") came apart.

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Old 04-13-2006, 09:08 AM   #4
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I have looked at the possibility of the 16" wheels but do not have the spacing needed to put these on.
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:12 PM   #5
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This is just FYI for those of us who have had tire issues. Goodyear RST is a great tire. Get the trailer align. and find a Shop who has a Nitrogen Machine and run N2 in your tires....trailer and truck. Please, do your research before you laugh.
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Old 04-14-2006, 09:57 PM   #6
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Have you had your 5vr weighed on all axles and tires as loaded for travel. You may be overloading that side or wheeel and that is what is causing the problem.
As far as tires try MAXXIS. These might help
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:17 PM   #7
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I just read Your post I had a forest river a 1999 4 tires all junk blew at hiway speed or fell a part 3 in side of 15min.on I 75 USA in Michigan.You know now I think back and wonder if the trailer went down the road with a toe in or out stressing the tire.Built like that?Or are the tires and wheeles to light for the job.I just went to AZ&CALIF.and back 13,650Ks with the 2004 trailer no a flat.But I also stayed below 65MPH So have Your trailer alinment checked for a bent or twisted axel sure must be a some thing wrong some where for the # of tires You have had go bad.My 1999 had load range c Cariles..John
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Old 04-16-2006, 01:25 PM   #8
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I had the alignment checked about 2 years ago and still the same problem. Tires show no wear as if the toe were out or alignment not correct. The belts just begin to sperate. Weight is 10,200 weighed at a scale. Never weighed each side but don't load enough stuff to put more wieght on one side than the other. Even so, I load evenly. Don't have basement storage in this model, just a little across the front where the LP tanks are also located, and one on each side of the trailer.

Bushman, how do you like your Cougar? I'm looking for a new fiver right now and Cougar looks good to me so far.
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Bushman back at You,I found no real faults with the Cougar.We are in the marked for a big Motor Home and the Cat is for sale.I found a few little things others may not have found like when built the extra screws and saw dust and some missed sealent or over amount and a little messey workmanship.But watch the mattress they need to upgrade they use junk as most Trailers do.I bought a good one from Sears..Bushman Also the Tires are Mission "Off Shore"but so far O.K. they are 8 Ply 15" 225s.John
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