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Old 06-13-2016, 05:03 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Blow Out

Well it happened last Friday afternoon. I had a blow out on my right front tire on my 5th wheel. I was 5.5 miles from the I185 on I85 around LaGrange, GA. Minimum damage to the camper.

I want to give kudos and say thank you to 2 groups of folks.

1st is the truck driver that stopped and walked up to help me with his gloves on ready to help.

2nd is Fryers Tire Center in LaGrange, GA. I got off the interstate and found them from asking a local person at the 1st gas station. I called them and ask if they had a tire my size and they said yes they did. They told me how to get there and where to park. With in an hour they had a new tire installed and only charged me an extra 5 dollars to secure some of the torn sheet metal under the camper that was torn. If you are in the LaGrange, GA area and need a tire call Fryers Tire.

After looking at the 2 1/2 year old and 3000 mile Goodyear Marathon tire, the guy at the tire shop told me it looked like the belts had shifted. He could tell if it was pre blow out or after blow out. It was a blow out I heard it blow. All the damage was in the tread area not in the side wall.

Thanks to those that helped.

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Old 06-13-2016, 05:29 PM   #2
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Glad all turned out well.
There are some good people out there and it is good to hear about them.

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Old 06-13-2016, 05:41 PM   #3
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5th Wheel Blow Out

Keep your tire and contact Goodyear. I've heard they've have helped cover repairs in the past if the tire failed and didn't blow from road conditions. It's probably time to look at upgrading to G series tires if you're running the E series marathon.
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:32 PM   #4
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Where was your GY made? Chinese made trailer tires have a terrible reputation. I had one come apart on a 5th wheel...young, low miles, covered out of the sun, below max weight capacity...just came apart.
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:56 AM   #5
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I just replaced all 4 of my tires after 2 blew out 24 hours apart. I put on GY Marathons, all made in China.
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:57 PM   #6
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You were lucky damage was minimal. $3-$4K repairs are the norm when tire treads shred.

Goodyear Marathons are probably as problematic as any on the retail market as there are so many of them on use in the RV, Marine and Horse trailer world.

If anyone has Chinese tires on your beloved RV, do yourself a favor and immediately replace them with Bridgestone Duravis R250's, Michelin's LTX ribbed tire or Goodyear G614's. The only decent Chinese ST tire is the G rated Sailuns, and they're a bargain if you can find a dealer.

I replaced my Westlakes with Duravis R250's which were almost 20 lbs. heavier with an inch thick sidewall. It cost me $800 minus selling the Westlakes online for $200--$650 net cost after mounting. That's cheap "peace of mind."

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