Originally Posted by wincrasher
My new trailer came with ST 16" Akuret tires like the OP. The more I read, the more I'm nervous about them.
I for one, don't know much about tires, other than what we see in these posts, so you can understand why some get overly nervous about exploding chinese tires. The stories are everywhere. Do the major US manufacturer's that have these built overseas do actual testing and monitoring, or do they just subcontract them out and hope for the best??
Generally I consider myself cautious. I thought that I was being conservative keeping my weight below the 12,000 for the axles, my speed to 65mph and checking temp every hour or so. On my latest trip, on a 50 degree day, these tires never felt warm to the touch after riding at highway speeds. But running at 65 is maxing them out? How is the average joe to know this? I see plenty of RV's blasting down the highway at 70 to 80 mph.
When it comes to tires, I really couldn't care less about price. I'd be happy to buy too much tire if that's what it would take to have peace of mind. 4000 lbs capacity when 3000 is adequate is fine by be. It's just trying to determine what is the best that is the issue.
When you say "do US manufacturers test foreign made tires" my experience is that when a manufacturer not a dealer or distributor but one of the majors sells you a tire they also provide a warranty. The tire company doesn't want warranty claims so requires each manufacturing plant to follow corporate QA guidelines.
Now the question is who is a "major" manufacturer. This would be a company that owns a number to tire manufacturing plants.
You can check this list
. If you buy a tire from a company store with the name of one of these companies on the front door AND get a copy of the company warranty info for the brand you are buying then you have a good chance that someone made sure the tires meet reasonable quality levels.
Many imports are simply "round & black" things that a distributor or independent tire store like "Billy-Jo-Bob's Cheap Tire and Bait Shop" can get by the container load. They offer no or very limited ( 1 year) warranty.
You should ask "If I have a problem. Where do I go to get the tire inspected and replaced". If they can't point to a network of dealers across the US then you might want to consider a different brand.
Majors usually offer multi year (3 to 5) warranty.