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Old 04-03-2005, 12:44 AM   #1
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I have a 2004 Fleetwood Terra 32s with 4800 miles. On a trip to the Grand Canyon this week the right front tire started to separate and began thumping. Has anyone else had this problem with Goodyear....I'm hoping it is a fluke.
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Old 04-03-2005, 12:44 AM   #2
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I have a 2004 Fleetwood Terra 32s with 4800 miles. On a trip to the Grand Canyon this week the right front tire started to separate and began thumping. Has anyone else had this problem with Goodyear....I'm hoping it is a fluke.
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Old 04-03-2005, 10:54 AM   #3
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I presume you have the G670's. Overall, they have been a very good tire with little complaints regarding them. But like any tire, you can have the occasional problem. What size do you have and what tire pressure do you carry in them? You might have just picked something up in it also.
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Terra Don, can you give us some more info; ie what model and size Goodyear tire, the weight you have on that corner and the air pressure you had it set at cold?
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As the others have implied, underinflation is one of the primary causes of tread separation. An under-inflated tire builds up a lot of heat and the heat causes the plies to separate a bit, resulting in more heat and... you get the picture. It is not at all unusual to take delivery of an RV and have the tires improperly inflated for the load. You need to weigh the rig, preferably at each corner but at least front & rear axles to find the load on each and then inflate the tire according to the tire manufacturer's load tables. It is unlikely the dealer did this and it would have changed after you loaded your gear in the coach anyway.

Although the Goodyears have an excellent rep, I wouldn't rule out a manufacturing defect either. Difficult to prove, though and any dealer or factory rep is going to be very suspicious about the tire loading and inflation.
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