I had a blowout on my 2013 FR XLR 300X12 Thunderbolt. My first indication that something was wrong was when I noticed rubber chunks flying off the trailer when looking in the right side rearview mirror.
I called Coach-Net and they sent a guy out to put on the spare. There was some damage to the body. I was 375 miles from home with no spare, and running on 4 tires just like the one that blew up. I limped home, driving slow and stopping frequently. I was happy to get home.
I wasn't happy about the tire trouble. I felt like I had done everything right. My camper was not overloaded, I was driving 62mph, I had checked the tires that morning, the tires only had 6000 miles on them (my camper was new in April 2013). I didn't have enough tire left to do any fault analysis, but I felt like the parts of the tire had separated and the tire had come apart all at once.
I wasn't about to put the same poop back on my trailer, so I order 5 new Hankook F19 7.50R16 Load range G tires. I also initiated conversation with Forest River through my dealer to try and get them to help with the cost to repair the camper.
When the new tires came in, and I had them installed, I found that one of the take-off tires was about to come apart. There was a noticeable bulge in the side of the tire. On the inside of the tire, there was 2 large bubbles indicating to me parts of the tire were coming apart. This tire was on the opposite side from the blowout, and on the front axle.
The problem I found in the 2nd bad tire seem to clearly indicate quality control issues. I am now thinking that I should get some money for tires.
I have had several email exchanges with my dealer. They say it is a Forest River problem. Forest River says my unit is out of warranty, and they don't have an obligation to help. The Forest River Rep provided the number for a representative from the company that provided the tires. I called the number (Lionshead Tire 574.533.xxxx) and get a voice mail that only identifies an individual - not any indication that it is a business. I have not had any response from the message I left.
Today's lesson is that I shouldn't have taken delivery of the camper with the tires that were provided by the factory. I am going to continue to try to get some compensation for the damage to my unit, and the value of the tires I took off the camper . Advice and opinions are appreciated.