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Old 08-20-2016, 10:55 AM   #1
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Are Towmax tires any good?

I just bought a slightly used 2013 Eagle 266RKS travel trailer and it has Power King Towmax STR tires on it. I wonder if anyone has any experience with this tire. I'd like to know if it's reliable to use as is or if I should replace them with a top grade tire. Thanks!
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Most people will say they are junk. I know of a lot of people, including myself that never had an issue.

If they are original tires, they are due to be replaced due to their age. A lot of people like Marathons and Maxis. I installed Carlisle's this spring and lime them. I would recommend going up at least one load rating, if your rims cam handle them.
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I just bought a slightly used 2013 Eagle 266RKS travel trailer and it has Power King Towmax STR tires on it. I wonder if anyone has any experience with this tire. I'd like to know if it's reliable to use as is or if I should replace them with a top grade tire. Thanks!
Towmax are considered "China bombs" by many. OEM Jayco cheapies, I have Westlakes and nothing but trouble. Many threads on tires here and elsewhere, I went with Saiulins.
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:40 AM   #4
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Had over 25,000 miles on my 16" Towmax without any problems on a 12,000# Octane Toyhauler. Only replaced them because I hit a sharp hole and physically damaged one, it did not leak or blowout. Would have replaced with Towmax if they had been available. If you keep the pressure correct and remain under the max 65 MPH, they are no worst than any other ST tire. Now I'm sure the horror stories will start.
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I had them on the WH and had no problems whatsoever. That said, given the horror stories, I went with the Maxxis upgrade on the Eagle. As Jagiven said, your current tires are due to be replaced, and if it was me I'd go with a better quality tire.
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The biggest problem with all OEM tires is they are all under the proper load range for the camper. The best advise is to increase your next tires in load range.

Google towmax tire issues and then google Maxxis tire issues and you can then make up your own mind about which is your best bet for replacement tires.
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The biggest problem with all OEM tires is they are all under the proper load range for the camper. The best advise is to increase your next tires in load range.

Google towmax tire issues and then google Maxxis tire issues and you can then make up your own mind about which is your best bet for replacement tires.
And sadly it would cost the RV manufacturer just a few bucks more to go up a load range on the tires. Many trailers have a combined tire weight rating and combined axle weight rating less then the GVWR of the unit. They of course assume X amount of lbs will be on the tongue or pin. Too close for comfort IMO.
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Two of the Towmax tires failed on one trip only 18 months and less than 2000 miles after I purchased my fifth wheel. I replaced all four with Maxxis tires. Those are now 18 months old and show no signs of trouble.

I'd really like to use LT tires the next time I have to buy, but I'm a little nervous giving up the tow rating of about 400-500 pounds per tire.
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Cool Tires

I would check them real well for tread depth, sidewall bubbles or blisters, cuts, and dry rot cracking. If all those are good put a few more miles on them. I use the Maxxis tires and have not had any issues, but my tires usually go bad from age and not miles.

Tires can be a expensive but cost way less than the damage from a blowout. I've never had a blowout on my camper, but I had one on a utility trailer that ripped the steel fender off like peeling a potato!
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