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Old 09-19-2014, 12:13 AM   #1
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Consumer Reports that Chinese Tires are No Bargain


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Old 09-19-2014, 02:38 PM   #2
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I do not usually care for consumers reports,,, I mean their bias has shown in many reviews.

But this time I think they got it straight...

Short true story.. Got to work and the roads looked like August (Clear and dry) While I sat in the office we got about an inch an hour of SNOW

Parking lot is at bottom of hill
Bragging co-worker was lauging and speculating on the show "The Kid" was going to put on getting up that hill with his new Ford Splash with the extra wide rear wheels (Just about the worst ride I can imagine for those conditions) and sure enough. he did put on a good show.

Followed by McBrag and his big Linclon Mark-land yatch.. Same show

Two women, one from Ga where I'm currently stuck and one from TX, both with Front wheel drive, went up the hill smartly (And straight).

I brought up the rear with my Chrysler mini-station wagon, Also straight.

McBrag said "It's all those heavy boxes you have in the back (3 or 4 empty boxes, likely about a pound total)

NO.. It was the Kelly Navigator 800's on the rear that did it.

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Old 09-19-2014, 09:29 PM   #3
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There is a problem with china tires? I am sooooooooooo shocked.
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:29 PM   #4
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Totally unfair. You can't compare a car tire that has 2 or 4 ply sidewalls with a trailer tire that has 4/6/8/10 ply sidewall whether it's from China or not. True if a trailer has brakes, a person wants that trailer to help stop the TV, but if the TV and the trailer both have crappy tires and work fine, how is that crappy?

So what if you paid $100(each mount/balance) for a Chinese trailer tire and it only gives you 4-5yrs of trouble free service over a $200(ea m/b) USA trailer tire and it gave 6yrs service. You still saved $400 on a set of 4 tires that can let you be camping today, instead of waiting 6 more months to save up the extra money just to only get 1 more year service out of them. That's NOT a good ratio of investment.

I'm not talking about any blowouts, which can happen to any tire due to over/under inflation, debris/potholes on road, or any other sort of crap that one runs into.
Besides, a trailer tire wasn't designed to match what a vehicles tires are made to get of 50/65/80 thousand miles, with all the steel cords and much deeper treads.

A trailer tire generally gets maybe 10 to 20 thousand miles before needing replacement due to tire scuffing from tandem/triple axles that don't turn like the front wheels of a vehicle.

Now, if we're talking about using a true "truck tire" as a trailer tire, that's a whole other animal, and I agree that the Chinese tires will be no comparison. This is due to much better tread compounds, sidewall construction and all the steel/amamid cords giving the tire their strength.

You might not like Chinese, but not all Chinese products are that crappy if they have the proper QC behind it.
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I rolled over in my mind all the things I could say here about the many products from china that have been proven to be deadly or faulty, but it would serve no purpose.
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Are there any ST trailer tires made in the USA?

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