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Old 01-09-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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I keep reading about tire troubles while Rving. I have been Rving since 2002 and have had more tire trouble in the last four years than the forty years before RVing. I had a blow out on the truck in Myrtle Beach, bad value stem on new truck on the first trip with the fiver. I had one tire split and the replacement get a bluge on the side wall this on the fiver. I also had two blow outs on the fiver. I check my air pressure before each trip. I am getting new tires soon for the fiver as I don't trust them anymore.
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:15 PM   #2
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I keep reading about tire troubles while Rving. I have been Rving since 2002 and have had more tire trouble in the last four years than the forty years before RVing. I had a blow out on the truck in Myrtle Beach, bad value stem on new truck on the first trip with the fiver. I had one tire split and the replacement get a bluge on the side wall this on the fiver. I also had two blow outs on the fiver. I check my air pressure before each trip. I am getting new tires soon for the fiver as I don't trust them anymore.
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:33 PM   #3
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The answer should be no, but with the quality of everything going downhill, the tires that we get on our RV's are now made in another country and the quality is not like it used to be. It's like this in everything we buy anymore. Quality used to be something we took for granted but anymore everything we buy is not up to the quality we used to expect and is getting worse. As long as the dollar is the bottom line, I don't expect it to get any better any time soon.
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:05 AM   #4
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I cannot remember of having a bad tire in years. As for flats, the wife caught a big nail on the VW about a year ago but that was not the fault of the tire. Our fifth wheel had at least 15,000 miles before changing the original tires in 2005 with almost 7 years of use and reason for changing was AGE.

I'm curious as to the air pressure you keep on your Arctic Fox and Chevy Duramax, wondering if that could be a possible problem.

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Old 01-10-2007, 03:24 AM   #5
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Overall, I have less trouble now (disabling defects) than years ago. Now, I seem to have more problems with out of round, balancing and correct mounting.
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:24 AM   #6
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Sounds like you need to visit some scales. You'd be surprised how fast weight can add up. The bubble in the sidewall is usually from hitting a curb or a pothole.

An RV is just naturally bad on tires. The are asked to sit loaded for some time, then we get an urge, hook up and take off flying. I always make it a point to drive about 20 or 30 for the first mile, then gradually step it up till I get up to speed.

Tandems that are cut too sharp into that perfect spot can also be a cause of later failure that people don't think about.
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:51 AM   #7
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Since 1989 with 1 travel trailer, 2 5th wheels, and 2 motorhomes, We have only had 1 flat/blow out. That was in 2001 on the truck while towing the travel trailer. But I hit a large piece of metal on the highway that cut the tire, so it was not the tires fault.

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Old 01-10-2007, 05:47 AM   #8
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Check down in the TT and 5th Wheel forums. Many (if not most) of our 5th wheels are operating at 90% or better of the axle/tire load ratings, so there's not a lot of margin there. Some brands and/or models of tires have been very failure-prone, and others have proven themselves to be extremely reliable with proper inflation and maintenance.

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I have only had one tire fail in the last 2 trailers I have had.The tire failed on my past trailer from age.The trailer I have now has not had any tire failures in 9 years.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:19 AM   #10
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Wow, I've driven for almost 50 years, towed numerous travel trailers, and two 5th wheelers and have yet to have a flat tire or tire failure. I do, however, make sure I don't over-load my vehicles or trailers. I also check inflations before each trip, and routinely change tires every 7-8 years, or when tires are worn down irregardless of the mileage. I also buy nothing but premium tires.
I can't imagine what, if anything, you may be doing wrong.
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Hadn't had a flat or serious leak since beginning my RV chapter four years ago. Purchased a new set of tires for the Dynasty and had two leak downs in one week. The squids who mounted them neglected to tighten the valve stem extensions.
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When my DW and I first bought our first camper back in 2000 I had 3 blow outs in the first 3000 miles After buying new ones I was browsing through warrentee inf and saw that the manufactuer had a pretty fair warrentee So the next day I called them and they rembused me the price of the tires that blew. I put new Goodyears on it and had them balanced It was the last set I had to buy as I bought a new TT last spring We put almost 10000 miles on them and they still looked great Lots of good traed left I don't know if it was the Goodyears or the balancing but whatever it was I now recomend both to other campers when the subject comes up Also air pressure has to become a habit that one must not forget Have fun
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:40 PM   #13
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We have been lucky not to have had any damage due to blowouts. I have seen where some of our friends have had some damage one was very severe. Before we start Rving this year I am getting a set of Michelin RSP RIBS and hope this takes care of the problem.
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