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Old 11-30-2010, 10:49 AM   #15
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I would change them...
Me, too. $2,500 in damage from a G614 tread separation, the second in 3 months. These tires and wheels are long gone!

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Amazing the damage a blown tire will do to a trailer ... Doesn't do that with cars ...??? Could it be the thicker wall tires or just the lack of reinforcement in the fender well ???
I'm definitely changing mine ... just waiting till the last minute to do so ... as suggested ^...
My son was driving my TV and blew a tire at 75mph in Phoenix , It wiped out the rear quater panel ,the rear bumper, bent the tail pipe almost flat and wrapped part of it's self around the axel and somehow got the rear window of the shell I have on the truck. The higher the load range the more damage it causes.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:09 AM   #17
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JR, I'm just an old geezer who drives Slow !!! 75mph !!! That's Scary in itself , much less towing something... My problem's age and dry rot, more than speed ... tires too .... hahahahaha
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:49 AM   #18
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Tire rebate cards when purchasing new cards

This Spring purchased 4 Michlin tires for the truck No problems with tires. Was sent a mastercard credit card worth $80.00 so yesterday purchasing tires for camper and gave cc to help with the cost. card was denied. Then calling cc co. today they say card is now only 70.00 Looks like the service charge on card amounts to about $2.00 a month. Any one else have this experance?
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You have to check the terms on the gift/credit cards--many of them do have an ongoing monthly fee. I don't think that is allowed any more by Fed law just lately passed. Look closely at fine print on back of card, or go to website to find out.
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I bought 4 Michlin and just sent the rebate into but it was only for $70.00.
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In june the tire store #was $80.00 but I was surprised that any amount was denied. Calling the card # it gave $70.00 still don't know if card will work. Didn't appreciate the look tire dealer gave me when he tossed the card back across the counter. Was thinking the cc was a mastercard and had to mark credit. But he smiled when gave cash.
This method works every time.
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Not meaning to be too Nosey , what do good trailer tires cost these days ??? I've got a Tandem , so I need all 5 on my Jayco feather Sport 20'...
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I planned on Michelin only the dealer said they don't make ST 225/75/R15 for RV's
So purchased the tires that I have had no problems with other than years aging. These are Power King Tow Max.S/T 225/75/R15 8 Ply
The tread has held good and show little wear. Drive usually 8/10 K per year.
The price is around $85.00 each then Tax and cost of disposal.

The only way to determine cost of tires is to visit and ask questions for me local dealer is 15 miles and had over the years been priced about the same as in larger cities.
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Amazing the damage a blown tire will do to a trailer ... Doesn't do that with cars ...??? Could it be the thicker wall tires or just the lack of reinforcement in the fender well ???
Truck & trailer tires do have thicker sidewalls compared to passenger car tire which takes longer to get thrown off after a blow out so they get to do more damage to the light weight material used in side wall construction.

Has any one ever noticed that blow outs seem to occur at higher speeds like the 75mph already posted. Most people do not realize that each make & model tire has a specific speed limit associated with it which is not readily advertised or made known to buyers. Try doing sustained high speed runs with your average passenger car tire and see what happens this is why they have speed rated tires H = sustained speeds up to 130 MPH and V= sustained speeds of 160 MPH S which is your ordinary passenger tire is something like 80 MPH. The higher the load rating for a truck or trailer tire normally means a lower speed limit due to heat build up problems.

Low tire pressures help to build up heat as you run faster also.
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Has any one ever noticed that blow outs seem to occur at higher speeds like the 75mph already posted.
The tread separation damage I posted earlier took place at 62 MPH on an 80 degF ambient temperature morning on Interstate 45.

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Sorry poor choice of words I meant a lot of blow outs not all of them. I did not mean to imply they all did.

I post on a rather large tow truck site and there are a lot of huge four axle tow trucks on the road that experience front tire blow outs with the "float" type front tires and the vast majority of these all seem to be speed related.

This is a log truck with a front tire blow out I towed it a few months ago, it
caused the owner in excess of $10,000.00 in repairs

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Thanks John , that's a Great idea !!!
Was thinking of using concrete blocks stacked in 4s like a pillar on each corner.... think that's enough ... it weighs 3500 lbs.
Reason is , I could use the concrete blocks later as a base for my outdoor wood fired Pizza and Bread oven .. trying to be practical ...
As an automotive mechanic I have always been warned against using concrete blocks for jack stands. Do you self a favor & go buy a set of jackstands for about $20. Store them in the TT & you will always have them with you if needed. Better to be safe than frugal.
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I've seen concrete blocks crack under the weight of a trailer, no matter if they are 8-4-16's or 88's. I personally have used railiroad ties that I had cut into 2' lengths to block up the frame of the 5er, but the jack stands sound like a good idea.

I just got new LT235/85R 16E tires installed this morning. These tires replaced the ST235/80R 16E Chinese tires that came with the 5er. I was lucky, I didn't have a blowout with any of the tires and they lasted nearly three years (March of next year) and just over 5500 miles on the 5er, but I did check the dates on the tires and all four tires where actually a year older than the 5er.
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